Best Golf Drivers For Distance: Quick Menu
Every golfer wants more distance off the tee and, one easy way to do that is by looking for a new driver that can go in your bag. In today's market, many brands are introducing new technology to maximize the performance from their drivers and, in this guide, we have taken a look through what drivers will suit your game in the distance department.
Firstly, what exactly makes a driver ideal for distance? Well, this can vary depending on the level of golfer but a common theme is getting the best optimization of launch possible and making sure the spin characteristics are where they should be because, if your driver spin rate is too high, it will balloon in the air.
In this guide we've tested the best golf drivers for distance to give you an idea of how they could perform for you. The video below provides an overview of the best all-round drivers on the market this year.
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As we've mentioned, lower spin is often the key ingredient for longer drivers, so we've highlighted some of the models that offer this through head shape and weighting. However, this sort of set up won't suit every golfer, and the lower spinning, more compact heads in the drivers listed below are mostly aimed at better ball-strikers. As such, they are much less forgiving than the most forgiving drivers or best drivers for beginners.
Because of this, we have also added models that will suit those looking for distance, but have a slower swing speed. In this department, it is spin that will benefit the user, as it will carry further in the air if the optimal amount of spin is available.
Our expert club testers have personally tested every model we list below, so be sure to read the full reviews if you want to take a deeper dive into any of the models we've chosen. Our reviews include comparisons to older models as well as other models in the currents ranges to help you decide which driver will best suit your game. Also be sure to check out our other guides - such as the best golf drivers for mid handicappers, or the best high handicap drivers.
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The Cobra Darkspeed Max is not just one of the best draw-bias drivers we have ever tested, but also one of the most forgiving, with it proving to be an excellent all-rounder.
There's so much to like about the TSR1 driver. It's visually appealing, super lightweight making it effortless to swing, and definitely helps players with a moderate swing speed to generate power for high-launching drives for noticeable distance gains.
The Max model really is the headline product of the new Qi10 range. Incredibly easy to launch and with impressive stability, this driver will hold a lot of appeal to many golfers.
The stability and forgiveness of the head would be remarkable in isolation, but combined with the relatively low spin levels and high ball speed, it’s pretty exceptional.
The Dynapower Carbon is a tech-advanced, visually appealing driver that, well fitted, should perform admirably against what’s in your bag. Didn’t quite match the big four’s recent launches for ball speed but we certainly enjoyed the dull, dense sound and feel at impact.
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The Srixon ZX5 Mk II driver combines a lot of forgiveness in a no-nonsense design that offers very good performance in a good looking head. Ideal for mid to slower swing speed players, the ZX5 Mk II also sounds better with the all titanium head.
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A truly stunning driver that contrasts the other heads in the family with its more compact shape. Aimed at confident ball-strikers with higher spin rates, we were impressed by how much forgiveness was on offer.
Used by Rahm
An exceptional driver in the low spin market. The looks, sound, feel and ball data are exactly what we look for in this category. Although not much has changed over its predecessor, it now has a sleeker look with incredible performance
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A hugely impressive driver that does a great job of balancing distance with consistency. This is a low spin driver with a truly broad appeal that has the high tech looks and powerful feel to match the all round performance.
Used by McIlroy
Combining the best bits of both the Max and LS to create an exceptional all round performer, the Qi10 is extremely forgiving at this spin level and will appeal to a broad spectrum of players.
Better players – the target market for this club – might think they need to go with a higher-end brand. But don’t be so quick to judge: This club may well surprise and seduce you, once you give it a try.
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We begin with the looks, with Cobra opting for a 'dark' theme for 2024. Aside from the word ‘MAX’ and a couple of tiny accent dashes in red, the Darkspeed Max has an all black matte crown that we really liked. What's more, the look at address is something which will appeal to many, with the squareness of the driver behind the ball not giving it the impression of being a draw bias club.
Performance-wise, the Darkspeed Max delivered strong results across the board, with the ball speed strong and the launch and spin a little higher than the other two drivers in the Darkspeed family. The spin and launch is not excessive though, with the carry distances plentiful.
Overall, the aspect that sets this driver apart from others is the draw bias. In testing, we couldn't get this club to go right, with the right-to-left flight adding an extra few yards to what is an already powerful driver.
- Read our full Cobra Darkspeed Max Driver Review
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The TSR1 driver from Titleist is specifically designed for players who have slow swing speeds, with the TSR1 featuring an ultra-lightweight design that is roughly 40 grams lighter than the TSR2.
An interesting aspect, which not many would notice, is that the TSR1 driver is quarter of an inch longer than the standard TSR2, TSR3 and TSR4 models. This, combined with its lightweight feel, is designed to help moderate swing speed players deliver greater distance and spin, which will help keep the ball airborne.
In testing, we could really feel the aerodynamics at work and, what's more, we also noticed the speed of the ball off the clubface through impact. As for carry and distance, compared with other drivers, we achieved a significant yardage gain of approximately 20 yards. This is also to do with the deep center of gravity that the TSR1 possesses.
- Read our full Titleist TSR1 Driver Review
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The Qi10 Max driver is the highlight model in the new Qi10 range and, as such, the whole series was named after this club. For those who don't know, the quest for 10k MOI was what the TaylorMade engineers set out on hence the ‘Q’ for quest, the ‘i’ for inertia and the ‘10’ for 10k, giving us the Qi10.
So, although it's one of the most forgiving drivers money can buy, it is also one of the longest, with the Qi10 Max unleashing a powerful and meaty sound at impact but at a decent pitch. What really stood out to us was the stability. The resistance to twisting, even when struck at the very extremities of the face, was genuinely impressive.
Like other 'Max' versions of drivers, the spin was a little higher, but this helps get the ball airborne and keep in the air longer. Overall, the way TaylorMade has delivered incredible levels of forgiveness and stability without compromising speed is truly astonishing.
- Read our full TaylorMade Qi10 Max Driver Review