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Hours Researched

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Products Considered

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Shots Hit

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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. Today, if you’re a high swing speed player (105+ mph), this data is for you.  

While overall results for the Most Wanted Driver test yield small differences – the high swing speed group showed a whopping 16 yards of difference between the longest and shortest drivers.

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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
278.22 yds
Accuracy
18.56 yds
Spin
2286 rpm
Launch
13.19 deg
Ball Speed
154.78 mph
TRUERank
1 (50%)
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PING G400 LST

PING G400 LST

Distance
277.45 yds
Accuracy
17.18 yds
Spin
2514 rpm
Launch
13.05 deg
Ball Speed
155.73 mph
TRUERank
2 (40%)
#2

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TaylorMade M4

TaylorMade M4

Distance
274.2 yds
Accuracy
15.71 yds
Spin
2574 rpm
Launch
13.54 deg
Ball Speed
154.42 mph
TRUERank
2 (40%)
#2

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Callaway Rogue

Callaway Rogue

Distance
276.06 yds
Accuracy
18.67 yds
Spin
2320 rpm
Launch
13.02 deg
Ball Speed
154.99 mph
TRUERank
2 (40%)
#2

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Mizuno ST 180

Mizuno ST 180

Distance
276.93 yds
Accuracy
18.59 yds
Spin
2360 rpm
Launch
13.53 deg
Ball Speed
153.52 mph
TRUERank
2 (40%)
#2

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TRUERank: Swing Speeds (105+)

ClubBall SpeedLaunchSpinCarryTotalOfflineShot AreaTRUERank
Callaway Rogue Sub Zero154.7813.192,286263.45278.2218.5632571 (50%)
Mizuno ST180153.5213.532,360262.48276.9318.5931032 (40%)
Callaway Rogue154.9913.022,320261.05276.0618.6731812 (40%)
TaylorMade M4154.4213.542,574259.5274.215.7131592 (40%)
PING G400 LST155.7313.052,514263.61277.4517.1832142 (40%)
TaylorMade M3 440154.2513.272,276261.67275.6320.2635696 (30%)
TaylorMade M3153.9213.152,277260.99275.5519.0432656 (30%)
Cleveland Launcher HB153.1113.242,505256.26269.9918.5428286 (30%)
Tour Edge HL3153.0412.412,320257.65272.7318.8137546 (30%)
Cobra KING F8+153.7113.762,432259.45272.3921.4933206 (30%)
Titleist 917 D3153.4513.312,381260.73274.6119.5836786 (30%)
Cobra KING F8154.7113.572,612257.03270.6417.4636636 (30%)
Wilson Staff C300152.6112.762,085257.47273.518.91316013 (20%)
PING G400 Max155.413.822,630263.39275.3119.54270013 (20%)
Bridgeston Tour B XD-5152.0913.312,570255.46268.4420.77381613 (20%)
Mizuno GT180154.0313.52,610257.9271.9618.69244413 (20%)
Vertical Groove Driver153.4713.722,400260.32273.4221.1327413 (20%)
PING G400154.7614.172,671260.44274.118.13337213 (20%)
Wilson Staff D300154.3612.922,191259.98276.4216.65348313 (20%)
Titleist 917 D2155.0613.132,542261.71274.8220.14341613 (20%)
XXIO X155.7713.52,844258.51270.2920.96315121 (10%)
VEGA RAD-04154.9412.892,336262.82275.9920.28309021 (10%)
PING G400 SFT155.4413.382,760257.95270.720.28381521 (10%)
Cobra F Max151.6214.842,990250.18262.4918.87228221 (10%)
Tommy Armour TA1154.3812.462,358259.69273.5318.57364521 (10%)