Who should create the list of the best clubs in golf: members of media, or the best golf club fitters in the world?

That’s NO to members of media and YES to the best golf club fitters in the world, right? At GolfWRX, we put our faith in the best fitters, and we think you should, too.

To create this year’s 2015 Gear Trials: Best Drivers List, we polled six of the best golf club fitters on the planet. That’s not our opinion. Four of the six are rated top-100 club fitters in America by Golf Digest, while the other two (Modern Golf and True Spec Golf) are top international club fitters.

The 2015 Gear Trials Panel includes:

Each of these six club-fitting staffs performs in excess of 1,000 professional fittings each year, and they can attest to this:

There is no single “best” driver of 2015, but there is certainly a best driver for you.

So how do you know which one it is?

The preferred method is to go through a custom fitting with a top club fitter, but even then it can be difficult. There are a head-spinning amount of new drivers on the market, and for a variety of reasons, some people aren’t able to visit a top-rated club fitter.

what if GolfWRX could create a short list of drivers that perform better than all the other drivers on the market?

What if that list was backed BY six of the best club fitters in the world, and verified by independent testing?

Well, that’s exactly what we did.

For this year’s list, we asked our Gear Trials Panelists to rank the top-6 performing drivers in three different categories:

  1. Distance: The drivers that go the farthest. These tend to work best for golfers with high swing speeds and/or golfers who need to lower their spin rate to create more distance.
  2. Forgiveness: The drivers that are the most consistent, and fly the straightest. These tend to work best for golfers who struggle to hit the center of the face consistently.
  3. Best Overall: Our most stringent category. These offer the best blend of distance and forgiveness.

We could have stopped there and published our results, but we knew our readers would want us to go a step further.

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To confirm the performance of the clubs selected by our Gear Trials Panel, we had Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti, Mich., perform a comprehensive Trackman-based club test of all the latest models. We saw a direct correlation between the Panel’s top-6 picks in each category and the test results.

That wasn’t a surprise.

There was a shocking amount of overlap this year in the votes cast for 2015’s Best Drivers. Of all the drivers our Gear Trials Panelists could have voted for — and each Panelist could have voted for any driver it felt was worthy — seven drivers received an overwhelming majority of the votes. Furthermore, five of the seven drivers secured a place in each of our three categories (Distance, Forgiveness and Best Overall), a testament to just how well-rounded today’s drivers truly are.

So here it is, our 2015 Gear Trials: Best Drivers list.

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It’s backed by the experts, verified by independent testing, and in our opinion, the most important best driver list in existence. You could test every driver in your local golf store, but in the end, we’re confident that these seven choices (or their lower-spinning equivalents) will perform best for you.

The Ratings

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Below are the distance, forgiveness and overall ratings for each of our 2015 Gear Trials: Best Drivers. The ratings (scaled 1-10) represent the votes of our Gear Trials Panel in each category.

Note: The list below is in alphabetical order.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 4-degree loft range
  • Price: $449.99

What you need to know: The strength of Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 drivers lies in their lightweight chassis, which use eight different materials — including a forged composite crown — to allow engineers to move more weight low and deep in the clubhead. That leads to high-launching, low-spinning drives and great ball speed — even if you miss the sweet spot.

The Big Bertha Alpha 815 is also a leader in adjustability, offering golfers complete control over launch angle, spin rate, and trajectory bias.

The coolest feature is Callaway’s “Gravity Core,” a removable stick that fits vertically inside the middle of the driver head. “Flipping the stick,” so to speak, allows golfers to manipulate the driver’s spin rate independent of launch angle. There’s also two adjustable weights on the sides of the heads — one lighter, one heavier — that can be swapped for more draw or fade bias.

Need less spin? Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver ($499) has a deeper, 460cc head shape that works for better golfers who want to maximize distance on their best shots. It’s one of the lowest-spinning drivers of 2015, and while it’s not as forgiving as its counterpart, it can help golfers create even higher-launching, lower-spinning drives.

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Callaway XR

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 4-degree loft range
  • Price: $349.99

What you need to know: Callaway’s XR driver doesn’t have all the adjustability of the company’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 drivers, but if you’re not into adjustability, this could be a better choice — especially if you’re looking to save $100.

The XR has the same R-Moto Face Technology as the 2015 Berthas, which removes weight from the face of the club to deliver more forgiveness — and quite forgiving the XR is.

Our club fitting panelists says that the XR works especially well for golfers who need higher-lofted drivers — it’s offered in both 12- and 13.5-degree models.

The XR also has Callaway’s new “Speed Step Crown,” bumps on top of the driver head that help make the driver more aerodynamic. It can lead to gains in club head speed and ball speed, which of course, lead to more distance.

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Cobra Fly-Z

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 4-degree loft range
  • Price: $329.99

What you need to know: Making a top-performing driver is all about putting weight in the right places. Cobra’s Fly-Z driver was designed to move as much weight as possible low and rearward in the club head. That makes it Cobra’s best model for golfers who want a low-spinning driver that delivers maximum forgiveness.

If you must buy a driver off the rack without being custom fit, the Fly-Z is likely the safest option on this list. Its MyFly8 adjustable hosel and SmartPad sole technology work together to allow golfers to pick one of five lofts from 9 to 12 degrees and still retain the neutral face angle that most golfers prefer.

The Fly-Z also has a “Speed Channel,” which looks like a moat around the club face, and it helps improve ball speed on off-center hits. And if you’re into colors, the driver is available in six of them.

Want more control over launch conditions? Cobra’s Fly-Z+ driver ($399) has what the company calls “Flip-Zone Weighting,” which allows golfers to slide the driver’s sole weight forward if they want a higher-launching, lower-spinning trajectory. The lower, more forward center of gravity causes the driver to become slightly less forgiving, but some golfers need the weight more forward to hit longer drivers, while others may prefer the Fly-Z+’s more compact appearance at address.

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Ping G30

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 2-degree loft range
  • Price: $349

Ping’s G30 is hands down the most forgiving driver in golf. That’s thanks to its large club face and extremely low, rearward center of gravity, which give it the highest ball speeds we’ve seen on mishits.

Even if forgiveness isn’t a primary concern, the G30 will likely still be a top contender to be the next driver in your bag. It launches impressively high for its low level of spin, making this G-Series driver a potential candidate for golfers who needed Ping’s lower-spinning I-Series drivers in the past.

Most golfers recognize the G30 for its “Turbulators,” four ridges on the front of the driver’s crown that lead to better aerodynamics for increased club head speed.

Still need less spin? For you, Ping created the G30LS Tec driver ($349), which has a slightly lower, more forward center of gravity that reduces spin roughly 300 rpm compared to the G30. The LS Tec looks the same as the G30 at address, but it’s slightly more workable, and is a better fit for golfers who want more fade bias than the G30 offers.

TaylorMade AeroBurner

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: No
  • Price: $299

What you need to know: The AeroBurner driver combines TaylorMade’s new aerodynamic head shape with the company’s latest Speed Pocket — a deep slot that runs along the entirety of the sole — to reduce spin and improve ball speeds across the face, particularly on shots struck on the bottom half of the face.

If you’re looking for a lightweight driver, which can help some golfers swing faster and create more distance, the AeroBurner is our top pick. Fully assembled, the AeroBurner driver weighs less than 300 grams, making it the lightest driver on this list.

Like all recent drivers from TaylorMade, the AeroBurner has a low, forward center of gravity, which helps golfers hit the high-launching knuckleballs that lead to more distance. While the AeroBurner is not adjustable, it’s offered in four different lofts (9.5, 10.5, 12 and 15 degrees).

Need more fade bias? TaylorMade’s AeroBurner TP driver ($399) has a face angle that’s 1-degree more open, and a lie angle that’s 2 degrees flatter, which creates the neutral ball flight most better players prefer. It also comes stock with a stiffer, heavier shaft stock shaft that are often a better fit for stronger golfers.

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TaylorMade R15

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 4-degree loft range
  • Price: $429

What you need to know: When it comes to reducing spin, few drivers can match TaylorMade’s R15, which is likely the lowest-spinning driver on this list. The R15 has an extremely low, forward center of gravity that helps golfers hoist their drives higher and with less spin than any TaylorMade driver in the past.

What our fitters love most about the R15, however, is the unparalleled control it gives golfers over trajectory. For that reason, TaylorMade earned a top spot in our “Forgiveness” category for the first time.

“When you get the right loft, the right shaft and the weights in the right position, it’s like magic,” said one of our Gear Trials Panelists.

Need more fade? Slide the two weights on TaylorMade’s R15 Front Weight Track more toward the toe of the club. Need more draw? Slide them toward the heel. And if you’re looking for more forgiveness from the club, you can split the weights across the weight track, which improves the driver’s moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of ball speed retention on mishits.

Need freakishly low spin? TaylorMade’s R15 430 driver ($429) will give it to you. It’s 30cc smaller than the standard R15, which gives golfers enhanced workability and the smaller head shape that purists prefer. Golfers will pay a noticeable penalty in forgiveness with the R15 430, but if you’re looking to hit your best shots as far as humanly possible, this is often the driver to do it.

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Titleist 915D2

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  • Headsize: 460cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 2.25-degree loft range
  • Price: $449

What you need to know: Our biggest knock on Titleist drivers of the past? They spun too much, causing many high-spin golfers to look elsewhere. Thanks to the 915D2, that’s no longer the case.

With the 915 series, Titleist’s added its “Active Recoil Channel,” a deep slot that extends from the heel to the toe of the driver to increase ball speed on mishits and substantially lower spin rate. Most impressively, Titleist was able to do this while maintaining the forgiveness that we enjoyed from the 913D2 driver.

Like previous versions, the D2 comes in a staggering amount of lofts (7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12), which are enhanced with the driver’s SureFit adjustable hosel. It allows golfers to make the small tweaks in loft, lie and face angle so they can get the exact launch conditions and look they need to play their best.

Titleist also leads the way with six premium stock shaft options, including Mitsubishi’s Second-Generation Diamana Plus Series and Alidila’s Rogue shafts.

Prefer a smaller driver head? Titleist’s 915D3 driver ($449) performs quite similar to the 915D2, but it has a 20cc smaller head that that makes the driver more workable and slightly lower spinning.

Drivers also receiving votes

Is your favorite driver not on the list? The models below also received votes for our 2015 Gear Trials: Best Drivers list, but not enough to make our final list. They are:

  • Callaway Big Bertha V-Series
  • Nike Vapor Speed
  • Nike Vapor Pro
  • Nike Vapor Flex
  • Srixon Z545
  • Tour Edge Exotics E8/E8 Beta
  • Wilson D200

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  1. The “distance” on the Callaway XR Driver does not make sense at all … unless the stock shaft is keeping it back.

    Pros are playing this head because of the added distance it gives some of them over the BB 815. Same MOTO face with more aerodynamics and lighter head equals more distance.

    Change the shaft and I bet that scale changes. I am playing a V Series, which has a reputation as “long”, and am getting a XR Driver – will compare using the same shafts.

  2. What a bunch of whiners! I enjoyed the presentation. I would probably would not take the time to read a treatise anyway. For me it was just right! You can’t please everyone.

  3. The point system is the problem! Its not a relative system but subjective! Distance says R15=10 and 915= 8. We hear if R15 =300 yards then 915 = 240 yards when we know that’s not true. IF 915 went 295 yards in testing compare to R15 at 300 yards then 915 should get 9.8 points!

    Golfers aren’t dummies except for the group in front of us that wont hurry up LOL!! Give us real information not subject…. you took a lot of time compiling a lot of data and then didn’t use it properly!

    Please redo its really easy now that you have the data!!!

    • This right here^^^ I had same thought that point system is useless and is just a RANKING system. If WRX has the data just make it a multiplier like Rory says and give us REAL information not a fluff ranking system. I also read if R15=10 and XR=7 then same as R15=300 yards then XR=210 yards. Its like saying we have the data but you don’t get any….Tease!! Was XR 10 yards back or 90 who knows…WRX. I’m in market for a driver which should I buy?!

  4. Guys, it is just a guide – from this, and knowing my game, I can eliminate a few of the above, demo the others that may fit my game.

    I am surprised by the distance ratings on the XR Driver – I suspect it is the stock shaft that is an issue although on other reviews, the distance among the XR, Aeroburner, Mizuno, Fly Z, Titleist were about the same. So the guys who see it tested day after day by various golfers may not be getting good data…

    But otherwise, I can take out the R15, DBD, anything that denotes “Pro”, the G30 (heavy for me), anything not adjustable, and try the rest.

    • People don’t come to GolfWrx for vague info. That’s what Golf and Golf Digest and the litany of other publications are for. GolfWrx is for people who are the sabermetricians of golf. While this info was nice, it doesn’t really help. What they should say is frankly that most of the top clubs are phenomenal and spend more time practicing ; )

  5. I guess I am finding these kinds of rating do nothing more than give you some suggestion as to what you might like to try… from my own personal demo of the drivers I would tend to disagree with the overall rankings, as well as the individual rankings for distance an forgiveness. To each his own!

  6. Everyone is a critic. Maybe next year you let all the readers give their “expert” opinions on which clubs they view as “best” in each category and then they can beat each other up with negative comments.
    Sorry, but I actually enjoyed this article. It confirmed several of my own findings from hitting many of these same clubs, yet provided other opinions from fitters who deal with these products every day. I play Ping driver, fairway and hybrids and the evaluations were spot on, in my opinion. These clubs aren’t the “longest” but they are very forgiving to me. I also play Titleist AP1 irons. Not the “longest” irons, but I enjoy the consistency. Most of the fitter’s views confirmed my findings and rationale for playing those clubs.
    Unfortunately, many readers of this site appear to have unrealistic expectations about what a club comparison from people who work with these products daily will “magically” produce. I would expect these results to be very similar to the magazine article results that are also published every year as these tests are all subjective. The negativity of the comments after this article are mostly of a “piling on” nature, usually found after an article concerning political candidates. That is especially sad to me that such a low level respect is offered from a community of people who all love the same game.

  7. “move more weight low and deep in the clubhead. That leads to high-launching, low-spinning drives and great ball speed”

    “The R15 has an extremely low, forward center of gravity that helps golfers hoist their drives higher and with less spin than any TaylorMade driver in the past.”

    So, I guess CG placement has no effect on launch conditions; both are high launch/low spin, regardless if it’s towards the face or the back. Okay.

  8. I guess what comes to mind is…

    You used “custom” fitters that do 40 hours a week of “custom” fittings….but I don’t see any custom component heads being tested, all I see are OEM heads?????

    KZG, Maltby and Wishon did any of these companies get a shot??

  9. So – you show the ‘show’ ponies but don’t provide any data (despite stating it)

    If you were going to do this the right way (at least you tried…) – you should list the data from each entrant (not just your top 10) and then some testers opinions, then using your fiters show the reader/forum member how you got to your conclusion. without all the data that you say you used…the lack of transparency makes this popularity contest; birdcage material.

    i respect golfwrx and think you guys do a phenomenal job but this was a sincere swing and a miss. mulligan please.

  10. Much better article with at least some ratings included. The one thing I thing I would debate is that you can simply take the distance rating + the forgiveness rating and divide by 2 to come to a fair overall rating. A 10 in distance and a 6 in forgiveness is hardly going to be driver most golfers will want to consider gaming regularly, yet it would rate an 8. Perhaps assessing the cumulative deviation from the average (tossing out the top and bottom performers) would be a more accurate way of assessing the best all around performer?

    • I would hope people could read the very handy charts and be able to draw some of these conclusions on their own…a driver with a 10 for distance and 6 for forgiveness is great for a player who wants maximum distance and doesn’t miss the center of the club face often.

      Again, keep in mind that these 7 were far and away better than the rest of the tested clubs, so it’s the lowest ranked driver in terms of forgiveness is still likely more forgiving than many other drivers…

  11. There can be no Winners in this competition – the Best driver head with the wrong shaft will losse anytime compared to a medium quality head with just the right spine aligned shaft for the player
    PAY for it and GET FiTTED !

  12. Good job golfwrx for posting the rankings and data. This is the best effort and now comparison tool for a driver shootout. I will not take your word for it but it does narrow me down to a few. Big Bertha and R15 will be on the short list. If I spin it to much I will try the DBD lower spin Big Bertha vs the R15.

    Good job WRX!

  13. Everyone should relax, it’s just a typical driver test with predictable results

    Most golfers have a brand loyalty and won’t change anyway. However, if your in the market with a totally open mind then you would or should test all of them, plus those that didn’t make it

    Given the core followers of this site they should have tested 20 to 30 minimum, especially drivers from Bridgestone, Nike, Cleveland, Srixon, etc.

    • If you read the article again, you can see they did have a process for narrowing it down to the 7 which are listed. All of the companies you mentioned could have been amongst the final seven, but simply their product wasn’t good enough across the board.

  14. I’m not really sure why you bothered to publish this article. You start with the premise that everyone should be fit to accommodate for individual differences and then you proceed to narrow the list of drivers to be considered to 7. IMO, your readers would be better served by stopping at recommending they get fitted for a driver and allowing the fitter and the individual decide what to consider.

  15. There are a lot of great car companies making a lot of great cars from all over the world, and somehow Motortrend is able to pick a “car of the year” and a “truck of the year”. Why is it so hard to do with a few drivers?

  16. if most of you blokes hit these drivers blind, there would be minimal discernible difference besides obvious things like this one goes higher or this one spins more.

    They are all high quality products and all these clubs are maxed out on tech, besides a multi million company that sells golf clubs is not going to release duds.

    Stick to your mizuno’s or srixons or what ever else golf hipsters are hitting.

  17. All these drivers are really great and tie for best driver! None of them have anything bad about them, and all the CEO’s of these companies can now hold hands and sing Kumbaya and everyone lived happily ever after.

  18. This was promoted as having a few tricks up its sleeve but, after all the hype, there isn’t anything in the results that hasn’t already been provided by a manufacturer’s marketing team or a publication’s puff piece. It provides about as much useful information as a list on BuzzFeed. This plays out like an obvious attempt by Golfwrx to do what other golf magazines have done in the past with their so called reviews: get manufacturer’s to link their web sites to that of the reviewer, generating more web traffic and ad revenue for said reviewer. And…it appears they are on their way to achieving exactly that. The second sentence of the editor’s letter (http://www.golfwrx.com/291623/gear-trials-feedback-a-letter-from-the-editor/) states: “In the 24+ hours since it’s been published, we’ve set records in views and comments.”

    Mission accomplished.

  19. Zac, just a TERRIBLY written “gear trial”.

    As other forists mentioned, if you’re not planning to give people any data whatsoever (which would be quite simple: absolute longest, absolute dispersion, median distance/dispersion, spin range, etc) what’s the point of calling this a gear trial? You’ve not even listed them in any order…?!?

    I love the forums but the articles are becoming more vanilla by the week. Not sure if this is what it takes to get invited to launch events and gear shows but from a pure “editorial” perspective and knowing that you consider yourself a serious journalist you should be ashamed to distribute this article as anything else than it really is – a thinly veiled advertising article for 90% of all major OEMs

  20. Constructive criticism… take a position, do something to show some level of differentiation. If not hard data, at minimum the visual sliding scales used last year. I enjoy much of the content on this site, but for such a high hype, major interest article, the regurgitation of the manufacturers’ marketing points is a major let down and added nothing new to what any semi-serious player already knows.

    No one driver is best for all players or swings, but if you don’t attempt to differentiate (low, med, high swing speed player data for instance) why bother making a “best list”? Just make a page to link to the respective reviews and don’t pretend to call it a competition. You guys have a good site, but judging by the comments, I think it’s clear you missed on this year’s trials approach.

  21. I’ll go with Ryan’s take. Do your own trials based on your geometry and approach to the golf swing.
    I think it’s great that companies have produced a great batch of product for all of us to explore this year. I selected the R15 TP driver matched with the AeroBurner TP HL 3 wood. I’m not going to bore everyone with my sparkling numbers and inflated distance gains, but I will say these two selections feel great and go deep for me! I’d like to think these two clubs will be in the bag for at least………………3 months!!! Lol! Only kidding.

  22. so you guys took the time to let players test the drivers on trackman, collect all of the distance and accuracy data and then you let the player VOTE on whichever driver they wanted to?

    am i reading this correctly? if so why even collect the data? if you collect the actual data you do not need the player to vote for a driver, the data gives you the longest, the straightest, and with a little math, the one that is a good mix of both.

    this gear trial test was hyped up to be more than the thinly veiled advertisement that it seems to be. i love how instead of actually listing them in the order they placed for distance, etc. you chose to list them alphabetically.

    if i want a real driver test with actual data published, fortunately there are sites that actually do that kind of testing now.

    this article was just about as meaningful as reading ads in a magazine honestly

      • zak,

        are you serious?? if you are not sure how i came up with that, re-read this section of the article

        “There was a shocking amount of overlap this year in the votes cast for 2015’s Best Drivers. Of all the drivers our Gear Trials Panelists could have voted for — and each Panelist could have voted for any driver it felt was worthy — seven drivers received an overwhelming majority of the votes. Furthermore, five of the seven drivers secured a place in each of our three categories (Distance, Forgiveness and Best Overall), a testament to just how well-rounded today’s drivers truly are”

        also in the faq article it goes through the panelist voting process & procedure in detail.

        so you let panelists, who hopefully are players otherwise why are they voting on golf clubs, vote. am i missing something??

        i understand that there is a group of panelists and then a group of testers as well. i am just curious about how you came about the actual lists. was it a combination of panelist votes and tester data? if so where there any drivers that made one list and not the other? were the drivers ranked in different order for panelist vs testers?

        just a lot of unanswered questions and none of the actual data and no stack rankings

        overall in my opinion this is a pretty weak article for what it was hyped up to be.

        just my opinion

      • zak,

        i think i understand what you are saying. i guess my wording in the original post was not the best. i was just wondering why even have the panelist vote if you are going to collect the data from the testers. the panelist (fitters) can be just as biased to certain brands that they have good relationships with or are associated with

        i just dont get the logic of the test or how the “winners” were listed alphabetically

        seems like a cop-out to the companies you get ad dollars from

        jmo

        • You’re right, fitters can be biased to certain brands. But we know these fitters well, and kept their votes confidential to give them the freedom to vote for the drivers they thought were the best in the business. Our independent test verified that they did indeed choose the best performing drivers currently available, as we expected.

          We are proud to list these seven drivers as the best drivers available. If you were to test them all, which we encourage, you would likely find the best one for you on this list.

          Best of luck with your search!

  23. Wow what a shocking article. Pick the top drivers from the top 4 golf companies and state no negatives about them. I thought I read the golf digest hot list last month??

  24. While I did not have a chance to participate in these trials, I do work at one of the fitting places mentioned. While it’s true that guys in the shop are sponsored by certain manufacturers, if you take the time to go through a fitting with one of them, you would understand that those fittings are completely unbiased. You will walk out with whatever driver works the best for you based on the numbers. When I’m fitting, I run the gamut on whatever clubs I think will work best for you. I’m not sponsored, but I have never felt pressure by any particular rep or manager to push a product. There are certain companies that hamstring us with what they give us fitting wise. At the time of these trials, I can guarantee that certain companies had only given us one or two loft options with maybe one stock shaft. It’s very possible that the combination didn’t match well with anyone that was testing and therefore led to poor numbers. There are always good products and bad products. This year happens to be a year where the products are all pretty darn good. If you compare that to last year, where at least 4 major manufacturers had subpar products, then people should see this as a good year to upgrade their equipment. My policy is if the new product isn’t significantly better, then you shouldn’t buy it. Take the time, get properly fit and do your own gear trials to find out what works best!

  25. why promote the purchase of these clubs on amazon/etc. when you’re using local facilities and people who are knowledgeable and do this for a living doing the testing and providing the data? why not promote the local businesses?

  26. Thanks for the useless article. I thought one out of the listed drivers was any good. Many drivers that aren’t listed as the “best” were easily better. And no data to go with the claims. This information is as bad as the hot list.

  27. Just give me the Titleist, thanks. Ok, so you looked at current driver models and listed those for better players or masses. Nothing new here and aside two months too late. By now everybody who had a driver on thei list to buy likely made up his/her mind.

  28. Interesting, as others say, opinion only. No details at all. And makes one wonder especially since shaft chosen can make tremendous difference, even stock shafts have several options.

    Lastly, had a friend go to a Callaway fitting center and compared the new Callaway drivers with his several year old Titleist (913D3 if I remember correctly). Fitter told him to keep 913 as it was just as long and dispersion as good as any of the new Callaways. So like others said, it really really would be interesting to see if performance gains are really there. Each year, the manufacturers say x + yards over the prior year. Adding those up over several years, should be lots and lots of yards. yet when people compare fitted several year old drivers versus new, most of the time, minor distance differences. Why?

    • Your friend now has the peace of mind that his driver is giving him his best chance to play his best golf. We hope that our readers will get fit, as your friend did, so they can have the same peace of mind when they tee it up during their next round.

      The 913D3 is an awesome performer, as is the 915D2 and 915D3. But it takes a fitting to find out what’s best for you. More often than not, in a professional fitting environment, the best for you will be one of the drivers on this list.

    • Well at least you are being up front by adding affiliate tags to the BUY NOW buttons to make sure you are getting Amazon commissions. This site is becoming so entertaining to watch you get hammered by the readers. What a train wreck. Hahaha

  29. Would have loved to see if the Bridgestone J715 was at least considered. Seems like this is a just a list of the biggest manufacturers latest offerings.

    Of course the other interepretation of this article is it dosen’t matter at all what manufacturer or what club you buy, they are roughly all the same. That in and of itself is useful information. Just go to a store and buy the one most pleasing to your eye, take it home, and filddle with the adjustments.

    • Zac,

      That process can work, but a proper fitting is best. And usually, one of these seven drivers (or their low-spin equivalents) will be the best performer.

  30. Last year’s “sliding scale” graphic for each driver in the respective categories was much more helpful and you could compare and rank clubs based on each attribute. Would be interested if GolfWRX brought that back.

  31. Looks like all major manufacturers tie for best golf equipment, no need to worry just pick what pleases your eye. Kinda makes the whole process an excercise in futility. Might be of more interest to me if someone would compare the equipment from five years ago to those made today.

  32. Unfortunately with no data these kind of reviews are subjective nonsense… we don’t even know that from fitter to fitter the same criteria were used and weighted appropriately let alone if the statistics support the conclusions. So what we end up with is these are the best, just take our word for it.

  33. Golf Magazine’s reviews beat the crap out of this one. Don’t be so freaking biased and give opinions and state the facts that they list on their very own website. Be objective, sheesh. Golf Digest Jr.

    • My thoughts exactly. Although, this has actual links to the OEM website or Amazon to purchase!

      I thought we would see some empirical Spin, Ballspeed, and Dispersion data. In the absence of that, one can only assume the advertising revenue was the driver of these driver recommendations.

      • GolfWRX has no affiliation with Golf Digest, and has been independently owned and operated since 2005. We ended our association with Golf Digest in 2014, which was a non-editorial agreement.

        – Zak Kozuchowski
        GolfWRX Managing Editor

  34. What do you guys want? You want them to run a bunch of tests and spit out lots of data without any statistical analysis? You will very likely end up with results that are:

    1. Not statistically significant
    2. Not repeatable

    • How about listing the top 5 in each group with the avg numbers of each one? This list tells us absolutely nothing. I know nothing more about any of these drivers that I didn’t know before today. I think that’s why people are complaining. For such extensive testing that they did, which I’m sure cost a ton of money, they basically came out with the equivalent of the Gold, Silver ratings of the Hot List. If I want the most distance, which driver should I get from this list? If I want the most accuracy, which driver should I get from this list? No one can tell me. How does that help anyone?

      • If you’re relying on a list written by someone else with data compiled from a number of people that AREN’T you, then you really need to learn the importance of custom fitting. This list was never meant to be a “de facto standard” for any one person.

        More than likely, the drivers on this list represent the number of golfers that were properly fit and achieved the best numbers with a specific club. That is all people.

        Why do you need to have someone tell you what club is best for YOU? Are you all robots incapable of thinking for yourselves and completely reliant on the input of others to make a decision? Get real!!!

  35. With over 2000 shafts available, how can one title an article “Best Drivers” using stock shafts? IMHO the best driver is the one that has the best fitted head, the best fitted shaft, and the best fitted grip combined. A “Best Driver” test using only heads is kinda’ like a “Best Golf Shirt” test using extra large as your only criteria. Next time, use independent fitters who are not tied to sales organizations and who have access to all of the major component manufacturers. You can get the “Best Driver for YOU” fitted and built for less than the price of some of the drivers on this list.

  36. I think its one of the best articles that has appeared on this site. Especially if you spend the time to read the individual reviews. The bottom line is that all the major manufacturers put out good lines. IMHO some have better stock shafts than others but that depends on an individual’s swing speed angle of attack etc. No matter who comes out on top the critics will be quick to challenge the result or the testing modality. Usually because their brand didn’t win or didn’t fare so well. Same as the next day callers or posters on sports radio or blogs challenging every call made by the refs against their team.

  37. Will we see the top Drivers for each category? If all I care about is distance or accuracy, how do I know which is which? This is really cool and a lot of time was spent doing this, but I don’t really know what this information tells me except those above are rated the 7 best drivers in no particular order.

  38. This “review” read like each OEM’s sales brochure. This feels a lot like the GolfDigest Hotlist: useless

    The panel has one mission: make sales on the products they carry.

  39. No Nike. Which confirms my experience that they are mediocre at best. Shocked that the titleist got on the board. Similar to Nike. Callway and r15 were very good in my testing.

  40. While I appreciate all the work that went into this I would like to see more critical reviews. We know all these drivers are great, especially when fit for you, we also know that each has a weakness. Why not call those out? Or maybe put drivers in different categories… swing speeds/ball flight/handicap/etc? I’ve done some testing with one of the major manufacturers, testing other brands offerings against theirs, and it was clear that some were better for me than others.

  41. Great job and very informative.

    The Nike driver guys won’t be too happy, however. My own personal trials earlier this year found similar results to yours here. The TM offerings worked great, the Nike models were OK, but didn’t “wow” me, the Cobra impressed, the Callaway’s were solid, and the Titleist was also a great driver. In the end however, I ended up with the Ping G30 LS.

    • No it’s not. While that driver was best for HIM, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be best for everyone. If you read his actual review of the whole thing, it took him a while to get it dialed in. The long and short is he had access most can’t get.

      I don’t particularly see the benefit in this whole ‘review’ as anyone worth their salt on a course should know the value of a real fitting. Maybe this will lead the average golfer who buys whatever off the rack to narrow the selection down, but anyone wanting the best driver for them should know they need to be fit.

  42. Wow voters gave no love for the miz jpx 850? at my fitting it gave me better #’s than 2 of the finalists and 2 more of the ‘honorable mentions’. If it only weren’t 4 bills i’d be gaming it right now.

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