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245

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 the final segment of our three-part series, we’re showing data specific to low swing speeds (75 – 90 mph).

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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:

PING G400 LST

PING G400 LST

Distance
197.64 yds
Accuracy
14.46 yds
Spin
2048 rpm
Launch
14.13 deg
Ball Speed
119.15 mph
TRUERank
1 (73%)
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Wilson Staff D300

Wilson Staff D300

Distance
191.79 yds
Accuracy
14.44 yds
Spin
1652 rpm
Launch
15.29 deg
Ball Speed
116.32 mph
TRUERank
2 (64%)
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PING G400 SFT

PING G400 SFT

Distance
191.99 yds
Accuracy
14.73 yds
Spin
2269 rpm
Launch
14.88 deg
Ball Speed
116.69 mph
TRUERank
3 (55%)
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TRUERank: Swing Speeds (<89 mph)

ClubBall SpeedLaunchSpinCarryTotalOfflineShot AreaTRUERank
PING G400 LST119.1514.132,048181.18197.6414.46 4,268 1 (73%)
Wilson Staff D300116.3215.291,652174.19191.7914.44 4,228 2 (64%)
PING G400 SFT116.6914.882,269177.31191.9914.73 3,343 3 (55%)
VEGA RAD-04115.7314.532,240173.11189.515.1 3,528 4 (45%)
Cleveland Launcher HB119.1114.312,258182.4197.3716.01 4,329 4 (45%)
Callaway Rogue115.8515.242,067174.3189.9514.41 3,942 4 (45%)
PING G400 Max117.4214.562,242178.67193.3917.17 3,465 4 (45%)
Titleist 917 D3117.0614.242,097175.07191.3315.57 3,730 8 (36%)
PING G400117.2314.662,222176.48190.5116.6 3,962 8 (36%)
Titleist 917 D2116.63152,149177.91192.6516.32 4,150 8 (36%)
Cobra KING F8118.4314.322,111177.87192.8317.91 3,904 8 (36%)
Bridgeston Tour B XD-5116.6314.692,249175.65191.3814.75 5,047 8 (36%)
Wilson Staff C300116.1713.551,949169.84187.3715.1 3,886 8 (36%)
Tommy Armour TA1116.1714.182,163174.65189.6814.52 3,854 14 (27%)
Cobra KING F8+117.6214.352,220176.58193.4314.66 3,954 14 (27%)
Mizuno ST180117.1315.292,150179.13193.9515.91 4,568 14 (27%)
TaylorMade M3 440115.315.052,090171.66187.7515.7 3,204 14 (27%)
TaylorMade M4116.8514.762,383174.45189.8214.58 3,180 14 (27%)
Mizuno GT180117.6713.812,113176.16190.8317.3 3,546 14 (27%)
XXIO X117.0715.292,314178.69191.717.73 4,344 14 (27%)
TaylorMade M3116.59152,407175.6189.6815.92 3,076 21 (18%)
Cobra F Max117.9115.442,575181.39192.9416.89 4,004 21 (18%)
Vertical Groove Driver116.0216.072,325177.62190.0420.28 4,727 21 (18%)
Tour Edge HL3115.1214.412,005169.2184.5919.58 3,006 24 (9%)
Callaway Rogue Sub Zero116.1714.372,024172.5189.1315.41 4,062 25 (0%)