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TaylorMade Qi10 Drivers – What You Need To Know

Phillip Bishop
Phillip Bishop
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TaylorMade Qi10 Drivers – What You Need To Know

Whether you’re new to golf or a golf gear-head, you know who TaylorMade is. For years, they have been a dominant presence in the driver market.

You may have heard the statement that there are three things you need to know about TaylorMade drivers: Scottie (Scheffler), Nelly (Korda) and trophies.

TaylorMade Qi10 Driver Lineup

TaylorMade Qi10 Drivers

Navigating and understanding every driver on the market is overwhelming. They can be low-spinning. They can be a middle-of-the-road option that offers distance and forgiveness. Or you have the absurdly high MOI (moment of inertia) offering. Most manufacturers offer a driver that fits these definitions.

TaylorMade is no different.

TaylorMade Qi10

TaylorMade Qi10 driver model

Every OEM has a flagship or mainstream driver offering. Think of it as the best of both worlds, jack-of-all-trades, etc. For TaylorMade, their Qi10 driver is their main offering.

For most golfers, a driver that offers distance and forgiveness is difficult to beat or pass up. The TaylorMade Qi10 offers the best balance of distance and forgiveness potential for a large percentage of golfers. Most golfers have the opportunity to benefit from either distance or forgiveness with this driver. Some might even see benefits of both performance characteristics.

Finding a driver that offers distance and accuracy is one you must consider. Always remember that performance—especially data-backed performance—should take precedence over subjective appeal.

TaylorMade Qi10 Data

Data is the lifeblood of MyGolfSpy. Without it, we wouldn’t be who we are. In our opinion, TaylorMade Qi10 is a well-rounded driver, likely to fit a large majority of golfers. How does the data stack up? Here are some key metrics from our 2024 Most Wanted Driver Test:

  • Ball Speed – 143.0 mph
  • Carry Distance – 238.3 yds
  • Total Distance – 250.3 yds
  • Backspin – 2,340 rpm
  • Launch Angle – 13.31 degrees

TaylorMade Qi10 LS

TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver model

Low-spin drivers are primarily marketed to high swing speed golfers and better players. This is because the level of “forgiveness” on a low-spin driver is drastically decreased compared to, say, TaylorMade Qi10 or Qi10 Max. Another key point is that most high swing speed golfers struggle with too much spin. Excessive spin is one of the biggest drawbacks of having speed. This is where the TaylorMade Qi10 LS comes into play.

The TaylorMade Qi10 LS does exactly what it is supposed to do—decrease spin and offer a more aesthetically pleasing profile versus other members of the Qi10 driver lineup.

Should you play a TaylorMade Qi10 LS? From a marketing standpoint, it is perceived as a niche driver that has a specific target market. However, our testing and data suggests it might be a driver worth considering for a larger segment of golfers.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS Data

Now take a look at how the TaylorMade Qi10 LS compares. You’ll notice that the Qi10 and Qi10 LS offer some similar performance benefits.

  • Ball Speed – 142.7 mph
  • Carry Distance – 240.0 yds
  • Total Distance – 252.7 yds
  • Backspin – 2,289 rpm
  • Launch Angle – 13.26 degrees

TaylorMade Qi10 Max

TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver model

TaylorMade’s Qi10 driver lineup strives to enhance forgiveness across the board in each driver model. Most notably, TaylorMade Qi10 showcases their “quest for inertia.” That’s not to say Qi10 and Qi10 LS don’t have similar properties but Qi10 Max maximizes the properties.

Inertia (or moment of inertia) is a term that can be confusing. Most correlate it to how forgiving a driver is. The best way to think of it is that the higher the MOI, the better a driver is with resisting twisting.

Have you seen the video of TaylorMade demonstrating the MOI in the new driver lineup? The Qi10 Max driver twists less than its counterpart. It’s quite remarkable and gives you a visual of MOI in full affect.

With this much MOI, what type of golfer is the TaylorMade Qi10 Max geared to? Golfers seeking stability and predictable shot outcomes, otherwise known as forgiveness.

TaylorMade Qi10 Max Data

The data for the TaylorMade Qi10 Max is going to show you just how stark a difference in performance there is between the three TaylorMade Qi10 drivers. Keep in mind that the TaylorMade Qi10 Max is made for a specific reason, just like the other two drivers.

  • Ball Speed – 141.6 mph
  • Carry Distance – 231.2 yds
  • Total Distance – 245.9 yds
  • Backspin – 2,602 rpm
  • Launch Angle – 13.67 degrees

Which TaylorMade Qi10 Driver Is Right For You?

Sorry. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question.

Each TaylorMade Qi10 driver offers pros and cons. They all perform differently. The data above showcases the differences in performance.

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The data above is our “Efficiency Data,” which is more refined than your traditional raw averages. Think of it as a truer representation of how a golf club performs, especially since our driver testing consists of 35 testers, each of whom delivers the driver differently at varying speeds. A person swinging at 80 mph will not have the same data as a golfer swinging at 120 mph. Our “Efficiency Data” covers this gap in performance.

So, again, which TaylorMade Qi10 driver is right for you? Ultimately, you need to assess your game and determine what your needs are off the tee.

Do you want more distance? In our testing, it is safe to say, TaylorMade Qi10 and Qi10 LS offer the most upside.

Do you need less spin? TaylorMade Qi10 and Qi10 LS handle spin well.

Do you need more spin and higher launching shots? TaylorMade Qi10 Max is the logical selection.

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Performance Over Everything

Choosing which TaylorMade Qi10 driver to play should boil down to which one best serves your needs off the tee and the one that offers the best performance. Only you can determine what type of performance you are searching for.

There are three critical performance metrics you need to consider: distance, accuracy and forgiveness.

Finding the driver that offers the best combination of distance and accuracy is a no-brainer. Some may sacrifice distance for improved accuracy. For others, it may be the opposite. Only you can decide which performance characteristics will take precedence in your decision.

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Cancer Survivor. Amputee Golfer. Essentially, a OneLeggedBoss. When he isn't facilitating testing or analyzing data, Phillip enjoys his family time, practicing and playing golf, unwinding with video games, capturing photos of nature, or devouring pretzels.

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      Will

      2 weeks ago

      No mention of the fact that one of the forum member testers had a head crack? I remember that from the previous article because I’ve had to have my Stealth 2 Plus replaced TWICE after the plastic part of the head randomly shattered on decent hits. If it’s happening across model years it seems like more than just a fluke, and seriously calls their build quality into question – which for the price is absolutely ridiculous.

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      Hopp Man

      2 weeks ago

      Sounds like they have replaced it and that is what they are supposed to do. If they didn’t, then it would be a bigger issue. Friend of mine had the shaft of his TS driver break the other day at the range, stuff breaks, unfortunately, even metal faced drivers crack.

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      Dr Tee

      2 weeks ago

      It’s not just which head you select—you need to use monitor data to match the correct shaft ! Each of these heads may behave verydifferently depending on which shaft is selected. I recently selected the “middle” Qi10 with Ventus Blue 50 R shaft to bring down excessive spin my fitted Ping G 430 Max was producing with immediate 3 mph increase in swing speed an reduction in spin by 800 resulting in improved distance and rollout. The result— I can hit one less club for most approach shots. Suffice it to say, I am a fan and a very happy camper.

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