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Hours Researched

25

Products Considered

10,071

Shots Hit

20.4 Million

Readers

What makes one driver better for one golfer over another? What key metrics in a golfer's swing influence the way equipment performs?

The desire to capture more data is why we expanded our test pool to 35 golfers and collected more than 10,000 shots. The more we know about the performance of each of the 25 drivers in our test, the better we can help narrow your choices. Whether you're an off-the-rack buyer, a guy who's constantly tweaking your gear, or someone who is going to take the time to get fitted by a knowledgeable professional, we're here to help you.

As we've done in the past, for 2018, we're again segmenting our data to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. We've broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. In part two of this three-part series, we're showing data specific to mid-range swing speeds (90-104mph).

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ADVANCED GOLF ANALYTICS

Data matters. And when it comes to finding the right equipment, it's critical. We help solve this by applying the largest connected set of head-to-head data to tackle one of golf's biggest challenges.

All testing was conducted inside our fully independent test facility located in Virginia. All testers used Bridgestone Tour B-RX  golf balls for consistency and to reduce test variables. All ball and head data were collected using  Foresight Sports GCQuad Launch Monitors. This comprehensive dataset was then run through our proprietary Most Wanted Rankings methodology. What we have developed is the most comprehensive test to determine the leaders in the driver category.

For more information, check out our How We Test page.

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HOW WE CONSIDER PERFORMANCE

Each year we work hard to improve our testing methodologies from the previous test.  In 2018, we've added yet another building block - statistical significance. Our Most Wanted winner is the club that finished in the statistically significant top group (based on Strokes Gained Driving) for the highest percentage of our testers. To simplify things a bit, we call the final order TRUERank; a metric that includes the order of finish (rank), along with the percentage of golfers for whom each club was shown to be in the top group.

For those interested in breaking out the individual components that make up total performance, we still provide you with club speed, distance (total yards and carry), and accuracy (offline/yards from center).

Be sure to check out the sortable tables to find the best driver that fits YOU.

RESULTS:

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero

Distance
239.92 yds
Accuracy
17.67 yds
Spin
2140 rpm
Launch
14.55 deg
Ball Speed
136.05 mph
TRUERank
1 (46%)
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PING G400 LST

PING G400 LST

Distance
235.56 yds
Accuracy
16.16 yds
Spin
2480 rpm
Launch
15.21 deg
Ball Speed
135.12 mph
TRUERank
1 (46%)
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Mizuno ST180

Mizuno ST180

Distance
237.48 yds
Accuracy
17.89 yds
Spin
2289 rpm
Launch
16.23 deg
Ball Speed
134.95 mph
TRUERank
1 (46%)
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Cobra KING F8+

Cobra KING F8+

Distance
239.93 yds
Accuracy
16.31 yds
Spin
2380 rpm
Launch
15.11 deg
Ball Speed
136.55 mph
TRUERank
4 (38%)
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PING G400

PING G400

Distance
237.97 yds
Accuracy
17.03 yds
Spin
2467 rpm
Launch
15.84 deg
Ball Speed
136.02 mph
TRUERank
4 (38%)
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Mizuno GT180

Mizuno GT180

Distance
237.86 yds
Accuracy
16.24 yds
Spin
2417 rpm
Launch
14.63 deg
Ball Speed
135.89 mph
TRUERank
4 (38%)
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PING G400 MAX

PING G400 MAX

Distance
234.69 yds
Accuracy
18.16 yds
Spin
2469 rpm
Launch
15.04 deg
Ball Speed
135.28 mph
TRUERank
4 (38%)
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TaylorMade M3 440

TaylorMade M3 440

Distance
236.04 yds
Accuracy
15.66 yds
Spin
2211 rpm
Launch
15.35 deg
Ball Speed
133.63 mph
TRUERank
4 (38%)
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TRUERank: Swing Speeds (90-104)

ClubBall SpeedLaunchSpinCarryTotalOfflineShot AreaTRUERank
Callaway Rogue Sub Zero136.0514.552,140225.95239.9217.673,0491 (46%)
PING G400 LST135.1215.212,480221.99235.5616.163,2781 (46%)
Mizuno ST180134.9516.232,289224.86237.4817.893,3921 (46%)
Cobra KING F8+136.5515.112,380226.45239.9316.313,2024 (38%)
PING G400136.0215.842,467225.12237.9717.032,9344 (38%)
Mizuno GT180135.8914.632,417224.33237.8616.243,1004 (38%)
PING G400 MAX135.2815.042,469222.33234.6918.162,9714 (38%)
TaylorMade M3 440133.6315.352,211221.38236.0415.662,5524 (38%)
Wilson Staff C300134.6215.592,157220.06234.0217.013,8529 (31%)
Callaway Rogue136.5114.642,139227.51241.418.082,8899 (31%)
Tour Edge HL3134.4814.022,166220.22232.1421.053,2289 (31%)
TaylorMade M3134.6815.242,219223.73237.4617.452,8939 (31%)
TaylorMade M4134.8415.022,370223.21236.5416.242,9159 (31%)
Titleist 917 D2135.7415.012,234225.38238.7617.923,2449 (31%)
Titleist 917 D3134.9915.332,350223.84238.6716.192,6509 (31%)
PING G400 SFT136.2215.232,539222.21234.9817.632,92816 (23%)
Bridgestone Tour B XD-5134.2415.332,579219.69232.4217.322,82516 (23%)
Vertical Groove Driver132.6815.752,316219.11231.3718.783,16416 (23%)
Tommy Armour TA1134.8514.442,237220.77234.5619.014,17116 (23%)
Cleveland Launcher HB134.2415.292,363219.84232.2618.623,83916 (23%)
XXIO X135.3415.982,554220.31231.3520.093,48016 (23%)
VEGA RAD-04134.3914.822,357218.61231.3919.224,82222 (15%)
Cobra F Max134.6316.212,806218.54229.8617.892,95322 (15%)
Wilson Staff D300133.6715.452,165219.49232.1318.574,27622 (15%)
Cobra KING F8136.7714.72,292224.02237.1919.113,88125 (8%)