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What is the best driver in golf for 2020? The best driver has to be a combination of the longest driver and the most forgiving driver for a fitter to recommend it for play. Every year, our committee of 15 top club fitters weigh in and vote for the best drivers in golf in four categories.

At GolfWRX, it has always been our goal to help identify the optimal equipment for your game and create the best platform and community for discussion. Is the best driver the longest driver, the most forgiving driver or a combination of those and other factors? Last year, we founded our GolfWRX Best awards, which included drivers and irons. Data for these awards come from the best fitters int he world.

In 2020, we are continuing to help golfers play their best by working with the most knowledgeable fitters to compile data and deliver results to help you find the best driver for your game.

We continue to be impressed by the innovation that is brought to golf equipment—especially drivers—but we also understand that if you are looking for improvements year over year from a fit driver, results are harder to come by.

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to helping you see results on every swing you make.

2020 has proven to be another big year for drivers across the board as designers and engineers from every OEM further push the limits of materials, structure, and shape to boost moment of inertia (a measurement of forgiveness) and speed, while also fine-tuning center of gravity to provide better performance.

Ultimately, the ideal way to find your personal best golf driver is to work with a professional fitter and find the one that offers you total performance for your game. The hard part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so as GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

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Best driver of 2020: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter, Cool Clubs
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ken Morton Jr: Owner Dir. Retail & Marketing, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Tim Briand: SVP Customer Experience, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Joe Kwok: Owner, Joe Kwok Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van

Best driver of 2020: The categories

We have broken it down into four total categories. Three are swing speed-based and the other forgiveness.

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  1. Best driver for slower swing speeds <94 mph
  2. Best driver for swing speeds 95-105 mph
  3. Best driver for faster swing speeds 106+ mph
  4. Best driver most forgiving (we will also suggest alternative options for slicers)

The reason for this format is that every golfer fits into one of these categories regardless of age, handicap, or gender.

Even before starting the process of building the survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless head combinations available to golfers. Time after time, swing speed and forgiveness were the highest-ranked choices, after that it comes down to adjustability to fit individual players and their trends.

We then worked internally to craft a survey that allowed the fitters to be honest—we want the truth just as much as you do, and to prevent anyone from feeling they couldn’t be, we allowed all of the results and quotes to remain anonymous unless otherwise stated.

We can’t thank the fitters enough for their time, and we hope that if you are still looking for that best driver for 2020, we can help you find it!

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GolfWRX best drivers of Spring 2020

Below are the four categories for 2020 best drivers. In addition, we have great quotes from our fitter panel for each winner. Why was it so good? You’ll find out with specific comments from the best fitters in the industry.

Here are the winners!

BEST DRIVER FOR 106 MPH AND ABOVE

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TaylorMade SIM driver

TaylorMade SIM: The TaylorMade SIM (Shape in Motion) series is the result of engineers taking proven design concepts and combining them into three different drivers. The standard model SIM offers hosel (loft) and center of gravity adjustment to fine-tune specs for each individual player while also maintaining a very stable and low spin platform. Multi-material construction makes this TaylorMade’s most advanced driver to date.

From the fitters

  • This driver offers great ball speed and a massive amount of adjustability. The players that we are seeing benefit the most from this driver have above-average swing speeds and are in need of spin control. Ball speed across the face is very consistent and for those golfers that miss lower towards the heel, it maintains a ton of speed and keeps spin low … Con: The Standard SIM is not the most forgiving driver in the SIM family but considering the other options available in the line you can find a club head for any golfer.
  • This is one of the lowest-spinning TM drivers ever—in some cases, depending on player dynamics, we need to loft up to see optimal results. The moveable weights are extremely useful when fine-tuning for ball flight and directional control. Thanks to our ability to build from scratch, being able to adjust the back and sliding weights gives us lots of options for length too.
  • This is the epitome of a classic low-spin driver with a great shape. It’s a better driver than the M5 with improved ball speed and more forgiveness all over the face. Depending on the player’s speed and dynamics, it’s not just a low handicap driver—it can really help dispersion.
  • The firm feel attracts the better players, and I think a big part of the acoustics is the weight channel close to the face. Less consistent strikers can benefit from this club, thanks to the adjustability and spin reduction, but the SIM Max might be a better option for golfers that need a bit more help with around the face contact.  For golfers that struggle with a consistent miss or want to eliminate one side of the course, the adjustability makes it a fantastic club to dial in and adjust as a golfer’s swing potentially changes.
  • A great driver for golfers who struggle with spin consistency and need to lower spin. The driver is so good that I generally start with the neutral settings and fine-tune loft before getting into the settings. Compared to the previous generation TaylorMade drivers, the lower loft option of eight degrees allows us to close the face and keep lofts lower, something we couldn’t do before.
  • One of the fastest, most-adjustable drivers on the market, and thanks to the adjustability, I can get this driver into almost any golfer’s hands. It’s such a great head and lower spin—I wish it came in a 12-degree head.
  • This is the most forgiving moveable weight driver from TaylorMade ever. It offers high ball speed and low spin. We like to consider this club the best tour caliber driver on the market because it checks all the boxes. On the other hand, it is still a great driver for more average skilled golfers because the dispersion is very tight thanks to the reduced spin and Twist Face.
  • This driver brings TM back to the spin-dropping power of the SLDR but in a much easier to hit driver, thanks to heel and toe stability and Twist Face. It’s a pure spin killer. This driver is a big improvement over the previous M5 in terms of sound and actual ball speed.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero driver

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero: The driver artificial intelligence helped to build. The Mavrik Sub Zero combines higher MOI into a lower spin package. The Sub Zero is the lowest spinning of the three models in the Mavrik line where the key design feature is Cyclone Shaping to improve aerodynamics over the previous Epic Flash. Improved clubhead speed can help golfers produce faster ball speeds, which in the end results in more distance.

From the fitters

  • High-speed players create more spin, and the Mavrik Sub Zero does a good job of controlling that spin ratio. Improved sound over last year with similar ball speeds off the face, I think Callaway once again has the best driver in golf.
  • It has a lighter head weight compared to other drivers in the low-spin category—this offers us the ability to fine-tune using additional weights or hotmelt but also means if we are building longer, drivers we can maintain swing weight and help some players gain speed. It’s a low-spin head with great ball speed retention around the face. SOUND is AMAZING and a big improvement over the Epic Flash … Con: The lighter head can also be an issue when working with some counterbalanced shafts at standard length or if building under length.
  • Amazing ball speeds especially around the face away from the sweet spot, but this great ball speed also means misses have a greater chance of going further offline. It’s a very neutral driver that can be made more fade biased thanks to stock flatter lie angle the adjustable hosel to go even flatter.
  • The whole Mavrik line launches higher than its predecessors and higher to loft than other drivers in this category. Even with the slightly higher launch, this driver still maintains lower spin and one of my top-three quickest heads. This driver in the “weight forward” position makes it one of the lowest-spin heads in a fit.
  • Similar to SIM in terms of launch conditions (low launch and low spin) but with just a bit more spin and height for most players. This is a great clubhead for mid-to-lower handicaps, but higher handicaps that struggle with face contact should look more towards the standard Mavrik. For better players, this driver is a real winner when you get the settings dialed.
  • This is one of the only heads to keep up with the SIM and the performance. It is a ridiculously fast head that is very efficient around the whole face. The aerodynamics work well and with the heavyweight towards the back can really boost forgiveness. The Mavrik Sub Zero is a way better head than the Epic Flash SubZero in the forgiveness department. The only thing would be that its not quite as low spin as the SIM.
  • Really hot all around the face for ball speed, and depending on the golfers, this driver and the SIM battle it out for top ball speed. It’s as low spinning as previous Epic Flash Sub Zero side by side, but with the Mavrik you gain extra forgiveness, and we can use the adjustability to get to the lower spin rates. Less than perfect strikes still get great performance, especially better than previous Sub Zero drivers.
  • I find it to be a slightly more left-biased of the low spin heads which is great for players that occasionally miss right or want to have a “players” driver that is easier to draw. Dispersion compared to the previous generation Epic Flash Sub Zero is greatly improved. Golfers have been loving the new sound and feel of the entire Mavrik line.

TaylorMade SIM Max driver

TaylorMade SIM Max: The SIM Max offers all of the advantages of the low spin standard model SIM but in a driver that offers greater forgiveness, thanks to the removal of the sliding weight track to reposition more discretionary weight around the head. The SIM Max also has a slighter deeper face, which offers golfers looking for vertical stability better dispersion too.

From the fitters

  • The Max offers all the ball speed of the standard SIM but with added forgiveness, making it a great driver for players that need a touch of spin or have dynamics that keep spin naturally low (generally players that have an upward angle of attack)…looks and sounds so solid … Con: Less adjustability with no sliding track but you still get extra forgiveness.
  • Rockstar! Long, high, straight. Twist Face has gotten better and better since its introduction, and we are now seeing shots missed out on the toe that would normally miss much more right hold their line and stay closer to the target line … Con: Depending on dynamics, some slower speed players don’t maximize the available performance in the head.
  • It’s a great driver for the golfer that tends to miss left because of the roll of the face, and the paint on the toe creates an open look. It can be a real confidence booster to swing away and not have that left miss. Just like with the SIM, the loft options and two-degree sleeve allow us to help players get dialed into loft and face angle look. Also, I feel the need to mention: Twist Face works! I have found that golfers that miss lower on the heel keep it closer to the middle and keep ball speed up compared to others we test.
  • The SIM Max plays to the trend of lighter-weight drivers to help golfers get more left and right directional control. It’s an easier driver to turn over than the standard SIM and very forgiving…with the right shaft. It is easily one of the top two in ball speed. It’s a much easier driver to fit than the previous M4/M6 models.
  • This head can do everything the SIM can but with a bit more forgiveness and a touch more launch. In the low-spin category of drivers, this in on the shortlist for most forgiving.

Titleist TS3 driver

Titleist TS3: In 2019, the Titleist Speed Project ushered in a new era for performance in Titleist metal woods.  The TS3 has continued to be a staple in fittings by offering big gains for players making the switch from previous generation Titleist drivers.

From the fitters

  • All-around performers that can work for a lot of golfers. The TS3 keeps up to any driver on the market, once you get it dialed in. It’s very accurate, and thanks to the adjustability and loft option, it’s not just a “better players” driver.
  • This is the absolute best all-around driver Titleist has ever made. Great forgiveness, center of gravity adjustability for ball flight control, and hosel adjustments make this an easy-to-fit driver. Maybe slightly more geared to the mid-to-lower handicap, but almost anybody can fit into this. The only negative thing I could say is its potentially not the best drivers for higher spin players that need greater hosel adjustability.
  • The CG adjustability and the hosel sleeve make this the perfect candidate to help golfers that struggle with a hook miss. One of the great things about Titleist is all of the loft options and the fact that the TS series drivers sound so good. It’s my favorite Titleist driver ever, but still more geared to a lower handicap.
  • This driver looks like a sleek sports car and delivers with results. The hosel adjustment makes getting players into the right head and loft combo easy, but it can be a spinnier driver for players that miss lower on the face compared to some other clubs. For lower spin players looking for a consistent flight, this one often comes out on top.
  • This driver gets overshadowed because it’s on the second year of Titleist’s traditional two-year cycle, but it is a wonderful neutral driver with lots of settings and can really help golfers that miss more left. You get a lot of spin control with all of the settings, but I wouldn’t classify it as a “spin killer.” If you want that in the Titleist line, you have to go TS4.
  • A “classic-looking driver” with all the bells and whistles—it’s a total sleeper ball speed machine. It offers medium to low spin in a much more forgiving package than Titleist has ever offered. To me, the TS series is the best Titleist drivers ever made!
  • All-around for ball speeds, the TS3 can keep up to any other driver in the market. It works well for so many players and excels for golfers with a neutral to upward AoA with the driver. Great draw and fade adjustability with the Sure Fit hosel and weight system. It’s not the lowest spinning driver in the lineup, that title belongs to the TS4 but that’s why the Titleist line up is great, there is a driver for everyone.
  • Classic Titleist look with updated speed. Forgiving for golfers of all abilities, yet still workable to the best players in the world as well as the top amateurs.

Cobra SpeedZone driver

Cobra SpeedZone: To infinity and beyond! Since its introduction in late 2019, the Cobra SpeedZone with Infinity Face has been a huge success. Cobra engineers focused on improved geometry and mass shifting, along with implementing new manufacturing techniques to precisely control face thickness around the edges of the face, including topline and sole. This allows Cobra to have some of the highest quality control standards for face thickness in the market.

From the fitters

  • Extremely forgiving with tight dispersion and great ball speed—this is my best all-around driver for 2020. This driver is neutral in weighting and can get more fade bias with setting adjustments. It’s in the top 10 percent in ball speeds, from everything we have tested.
  • The SpeedZone is another fantastic driver that offers top-end ball speed and gets VERY close to the Ping G410 Plus in the category of forgiveness. Its a perfectly neutral head which works well for players that like to work the ball and helps us in fittings. The thing you have to watch for, depending on the player and their dynamics, the Cobra is one driver where if you get the combo wrong it can be too low spin on mishits resulting in lost carry distance.
  • This is the sleeper of the year! Even with all the technology and performance, it still seems underrated. Spin control and consistency on mishits are really good, and the sole design is brilliant, since no matter how you adjust loft, it sits square…speaking to “sitting square” the topline on the SpeedZone is extremely easy to align for players that struggle with lining up off the tee compared to other drivers with very round toplines and paint breaks.
  • This head is really low spin—basically on par with the TaylorMade SIM driver but with extra forgiveness. For golfers that are already low spin, you can creep into “too low spin” territory very quickly so you have to be careful, of the loft and shaft combination. Feedback from a lot of players is that the milled face and carbon construction makes the driver feel really solid.
  • Although similar, this is a nice step forward from the previous F9, and like the SIM, it fits into the lower-spin category, where it is a fantastic club for higher speed players and those that want to eliminate the left side. To me, the secret of this head is finding the right shaft for slightly faster players and tweaking the weights in the sole to get the head weight up even more. It becomes very stable and still maintains the lower-spin properties.
  • Another ball speed monster from Cobra. I would say the only downside is the workability compared to others and shape since we see most high-speed golfers gravitate towards more classic looking drivers.
  • This is a very low spin driver that gets really low with the heavier weight in the front weight port. With the slightly heavier weights, this driver becomes just seems to want to go straight. The only drawback I have found is for players that tend to miss with a fade or push those misses can become bigger with the club, since it can be a bit more difficult to turn over.

BEST DRIVERS FOR 95-105 MPH 

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Callaway Mavrik driver

Callaway Mavrik: This driver is the flagship of the Mavrik line and offers of most aggressive aerodynamic Cyclone Shaping. It hits the perfect balance of lower (ish) spin—but not too low with forgiveness and higher MOI. Most golfers looking at the Mavrik series will end up with this in the bag thanks to its fitting versatility.

From the fitters

  • This club is very easy to hit, and it’s a great driver for a huge part of the golfing population. Head to head against the SIM Max, these are the two drivers that most golfers are going to look at, but for players that miss more around the face, the ball speed retention is second to none.
  • Almost anyone can fit into this driver, and for those that need a little extra help hitting a draw, it can be tweaked to be a big help. The mid-spin profile creates a lot of options, but for the highest ball speed players it can start to become a bit too easy to turn over—this isn’t a bad thing, it just means golfers should move into the SZ head instead.
  • A perfect blend of moderate spin control, ball speed, and added forgiveness. For players that love the Mav SubZero but need a touch more spin, this club looks the part and performs.
  • Great all-around driver, tied for fastest ball speed with SIM Max. The ball speed around the face is fantastic, and you can fit almost anybody with this driver. Muted sound compared to previous generation is a big improvement. With the CG being a bit higher, we don’t get the extremely low spin as other drivers, but the deviation is low.
  • My best fitting driver. Stable and works for the majority of players. Consistent spin with excellent ball speed and forgiveness. You can hit it all over the face and get really good numbers with this driver.
  • Ball speeds are consistent around the face, spin rates are lower compared to others at this speed, and it’s very forgiving. What’s not to love?
  • Of all the drivers in 2020, this one has the best potential to create the most ball speed. It’s a great driver for your average golfers but just like other drivers in the market, adjustability makes a great club for golfers needing a bit more directional help too.
  • Similar category to SIM Max in that its a touch higher launch and bit higher spin but still very much on the lower end of what we see available in terms of drivers in the market. Compared to the previous generation Rogue and Epic Flash it has a bit more spin head to head but that also helps make it more accurate.
  • Wonderfully forgiving driver with a small inherent draw bias because of the internal weighting and the static lie angle. The dispersion is higher because ball speed on off-center hits is still high. This is a great driver for mid-to-higher handicaps and golfers who square the face but have an inconsistent strike pattern.

TaylorMade SIM Max driver

TaylorMade SIM Max: This is the second category the SIM Max finds itself in. This proves that when an OEM designs a well-rounded head, fitters are going to take advantage. The other benefit not yet mentioned about the removal of the sliding track is it simplifies the options for the golfers—because many golfers that buy a club off the rack don’t want to worry about ever adjusting any moveable weights.

From the fitters

  • Day-to-day, we see the fastest ball speeds of any driver with the SIM Max, plus it’s an extremely stable head … It’s so easy to dial in perfect launch conditions once you get the correct loft.
  • This driver offers very similar performance numbers to the SIM with additional forgiveness and a touch more spin. It offers less adjustability, but it’s a small sacrifice to gain a higher MOI.
  • I use this driver, so I may be a bit biased here, but it’s super forgiving and from a fitting perspective the SIM Max is one of the most versatile drivers for a number of golfers. Think SIM but with a bit more launch and the added benefit of tighter misses.
  • Flat-out consistent. It works just as well for average speed players as is does with golfers on the higher end. In the TaylorMade SIM line, this is by far the most all-encompassing driver head.
  • This driver reminds me of the great original TaylorMade M2—you can get great results that launch higher and with less spin for more players. This driver truly excels on lateral misses on the face – if you are missing heel and toe it still seems like it wants to find the fairway and I guess that’s the power of the Twist Face’s extra bulge and roll.

Ping G410 Plus driver

Ping 410 Plus: The G410 Plus is the standard for which other drivers are measured against for forgiveness—regardless of performance characteristics. The G410 has three models in the line but the Plus is the all-around performer, and it’s no surprise to find it on the list.

From the fitters

  • The G410 Plus clicks every box for all-around performance and is massively forgiving. It’s easy to see why so many players use it and why it’s even a big seller off of the rack. When you put this driver head to head with other clubs it might not be the leader in every category, but where it doesn’t lead its easily top 3. The only negative thing I’ve heard from some golfers is the turbulators are still a visual distraction – but after a few swings, most golfers don’t even notice them.
  • Absolute forgiveness leader or as we call it a “forgiveness monster!” This is the perfect driver for players that really struggle with consistent center contact and still need help. The ball speeds off this driver are amongst the highest but it’s not a leader. It’s a perfect mid-spin head that can be dialed in to fit to almost any player.
  • This driver is almost always in the Fairway! It’s not the pure longest driver but it is far and away the most forgiving driver on the market. Sure it doesn’t have the same “sexy” story as some other clubs but if you are looking for a driver that is always going to give you an approach shot then this is it! Good shots are great and bad shots and still pretty good.
  • The 410 Plus is a great all-around driver that is just plain easy to hit. Spin numbers are always in check, and there are lots of options with the hosel and weight adjustment to max out variables
  • The G410 Plus just hits frozen ropes! It’s the MOST forgiving driver on the market and when you add in all of the adjustable settings with the hosel and moveable weight it can be dialed to fit any golfer and create a much tighter shot dispersion. You can hit this thing all over the face – left right up or down, there is a good chance you’re going to find the short grass.
  • The forgiveness of this driver sells itself. It holds its start line better than any other driver on the market. The higher MOI comes on the tails of a heavier overall head weight so some builds can be harder with some shafts but thanks to custom fitting and building this is not a common problem, the only thing we have noticed is lower face strikes spin more that other driver.
  • This is the most forgiving driver period. It’s a bit higher launch and higher spin which puts it in the category with Sim Max, but its more versatile thanks to all the adjustability. The ball speed drops around the face as you move away from the center BUT couple that with the extremely high MOI and it keeps balls closer to the target line and in the short grass more often.

Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme driver

Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme: The SpeedZone Xtreme is built on a slightly larger platform than the standard model which allows more weight around the perimeter. A 17-gram weight at the very rear combined with multi-material head creates the highest MOI Cobra has ever had while still maintaining and a high launch/low spin profile.

From the fitters

  • This is a juiced-up SpeedZone that maintains lower spin rates and offers greater stability. We don’t get the same spin control with the single weight, but it still allows for easy final customization. Going shorter and with a heavier weight makes this club an MOI monster.
  • Sound, shape, and performance are A+ with this head. All the great benefits of the standard SpeedZone but with added forgiveness and a touch more spin.
  • This driver truly is a more forgiving SpeedZone with a bit more spin for players of equal speed and way more forgiveness. For players in this swing speed range, a driver with a little extra spin means more carry and more total distance. It’s the closest competitor in forgiveness to the PING G410 Plus, which is a big compliment – but with less spin.
  • This head offers forgiveness close to the highest we see of all the drivers in 2020, add that to the available ball speed and you have a driver built to help golfers hit more fairways and hit it longer.
  •  Cobra has done a great job separating this driver from the standard SpeedZone. It has a bit more spin, offers higher MOI and is just a very solid club for players that might not have all the speed at the top end. Its also very neutrally weighted which is great because not all slower players are looking for a draw-biased club.
  • This driver is like a lower spinning G410 Plus. The loft adjustability helps us dial in the flight window and the spin stays lower because of the CG placement in the head. Even though it is a max forgiveness head it is very neutral in ball flight.
  • This has been a really good driver for a lot of golfers this year. It’s got a ton of forgiveness, plus with all the hosel options its easy to dial in. It also keeps the spin down for a lot of players – especially misses lower on the face.

Callaway Mavrik Max driver

Callaway Mavrik Max: At 460cc’s, the Max has the largest footprint from address because of its more shallow profile which makes it the easiest to launch of the three Mavrik models. It shares all the same features of the other drivers in the line including Flash Face 2.0, and Jail Break but in a more player-friendly package. Two weights (14g and 2g) offer either a maximum MOI setting or maximum draw with the weight position in the heel.

From the fitters

  • This driver is closer to the standard Mavrik for spin rates than some people think—especially in the standard weight configuration. The Max is also not as draw-biased as it may appear from the weights and its easily the 2nd or 3rd most forgiving driver out there. But, put that heavy weight in the heel and adjust the hosel and it becomes a slice killer.
  • For those mid-range players who need a little help creating a draw flight the Callaway Mavrik Max is a great head. Very easy to swing because of its slightly lighter head weight and a lot of forgiveness.
  • For golfers with mid to lower swing speeds that need launch and additional carry, I fit this driver a lot. Thanks to the adjustable weights you can set the Mavrik Max up to be a hugely forgiving bomber.
  • This is the second most draw bias driver on the market after the Sim Max D. This driver creates the tightest dispersion pattern of the Mavrik line and is great for golfers that need increased carry.
  • Like other drivers in the larger footprint category it gets up into the air quicker – relative to loft, but the magic is that it still keeps spin on the lower end to help keep misses in the fairway. If you need more carry this is one of my top drivers.
  • The Mavrik MAX is very close to the standard Mavrik in overall performance but with additional draw bias for those players that need help eliminating the right miss and need a touch more spin. Even if you are a lower handicap, this is a driver to try depending on your shot preference because thanks to the weight and hosel adjustability you can really dial it in.
  • When going head to head against the Sim Max D this thing is a more versatile club. The best thing about this club is that just because its the “game improvement” club in the line, thanks to the looks and the adjustability it can be fine-tuned to build a super forgiving “players” (lower handicap), driver.

BEST DRIVERS FOR SWING SPEEDS OF 94 MPH AND BELOW

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TaylorMade SIM Max driver

TaylorMade SIM Max: The SIM Max showing up in every speed category shows not only how good the driver is but its adjustability and loft offerings can fit a wide range of players.

From the fitters

  • Total package.. good ball speed, great inertial properties to promote proper launch and spin and stability. Long, forgiving, and consistent – what else could you really want?
  • Very forgiving! With it being such a low spin head for moderate clubhead speeds its important to consider choosing a higher loft than other drivers. 1st or 2nd in ball speeds easily!
  • Super forgiving and it offers both a neutral and draw bias option with the adjustable sleeve without appearing to change the face angle too much.
  • This is my clear cut number one most fit driver. Looks, spin, launch forgiveness – this driver is like Goldilocks getting the porridge at just the right temperature.

Callaway Mavrik Max driver

Callaway Mavrik Max: You shouldn’t be surprised to see the Mavrik Max driver in this category. The shallower more draw-biased shape makes it easier for moderate speed golfers to create the necessary spin to keep the ball in the air longer for increased carry. Callaway has addressed this need for more spin across the entire Max line, and with modern golf ball tech, it’s a winner.

From the fitters

  • Callaway Mavrik Max gives you the ability to move weight to the heel and keep the face squared up to allow moderate players a great look from address.
  • The Max is very forgiving. It’s top one or two in ball speed on off-center hits in my fittings, and it also has a bunch of great stock shaft options.
  • The Mavrik Max is the most anti-push/right miss driver of 2020. It starts off in a mostly neutral looking package but if you combine the more upright lie angle with the ability to aggressively close the face, it’s not going to miss right very often. For how high it launches, it’s still a pretty low-spin driver, which also helps reduce ball flight curvature.
  • A super forgiving driver that can be configured at a neutral as needed, or it can be set up for the MEGA DRAW! Even though it can be set for a draw, the spin stays lower than a lot of other draw drivers. You can miss all over the face and still see a lot of performance, which is what makes it so helpful to a lot of players.

Titleist TS1 driver

Titleist TS1: Titleist utilized the TS frame and made it faster with the TS1 by lightening the entire club from head to grip, allowing players every opportunity to gain speed. The shallower profile and longer front to back shape increase MOI and also help with spin retention—a necessity for moderate speed players.

From the fitters

  • A total sleeper again. Titleist isn’t well known for this category, but with the lighter head design, forgiveness, and enhanced ball speeds, it is really good for slower swing speeds.
  • The TS1 is a great performing lightweight driver. This could make me sound like a broken record but it’s just very forgiving and easy to launch.
  • The perfect driver for slower swing speed players that can be built in a lightweight package. Thanks to the fitting process some players that are looking for that extra help can still benefit from the design with a standard weight shaft. It’s mega-forgiving and one of the highest launching heads relative to loft on the market.
  • If you are a slower speed golfer looking to add carry and gain back some lost distance this is a must-try. The stock shaft options compliment the head extremely well for the target golfer. Every slower sleep player that has come into a fit seeking most distance has gained with this driver.
  • This driver works exactly as advertised. It launches like the Mavrik Max but offers a much more neutral bias and spins less. It’s has a really tight dispersion pattern and is great for mid to lower end clubhead speed players.
  • Great light head, works perfectly for low-speed players. The stock air speeder shaft is a great compliment to this driver off the rack.

Ping G410 Plus driver

Ping 410 Plus: A great design will always be a great design. The G410 Plus continues to be one of the most forgiving drivers on the market, and with an all-around-performance design, it’s no surprise to find it again on the 2020 list.

From the fitters

  • I feel like this driver is top 3 in all kinds of categories. The G410 Plus is easy to hit, feels great, and it looks good…honestly what more could you want? The available adjustability and a good variety of stock shafts make this my top pick.
  • Like all Ping drivers, it is super forgiving, but this one is also super adjustable. Thanks to the new weighting system and the available “flat setting” we are seeing fantastic results in getting players missing better and tightening up dispersion as well as being long.
  • This is your meat and potatoes easy-to-hit driver that can help any golfer that misses around the face. The great thing about this driver is its ability to be adjusted and “grow” with golfers. If you have a right miss and get it dialed in to help, and then through a swing change or improvement you start to miss more left, the adjustability in the hosel and the weight around the perimeter are easy to understand and get dialed back in.
  • Our number-one seller! The best all-around performing driver. Very stable with low spin and great ball speed retention on heel-toe misses. Ping defies the theory of low spin has to be low MOI.

XXIO Prime driver

XXIO Prime: The Prime series from XXIO is all about premium golf club performance and components. By utilizing advanced lightweight construction throughout the club, it allows moderate swing speed players to maximize all of their potential distance.

From the fitters

  • XXIO Prime is excellent for anybody with moderate clubhead speed. We can always find a little more clubhead speed and ball speed with a Prime driver – or any club for that matter.
  • Great for the slower swing speed players looking to increase launch and spin—and it just doesn’t want to go right!
  • This driver fits the intended market perfectly – it is the easiest to swing club. It’s fantastic at promoting a draw and great for slower speed players looker for every last yard.
  • XXIO Prime far exceeds the performance of all other clubs in this category thanks to the total package of head and shaft.
  • These drivers excel at delivering more distance, tighter dispersion, and carry. For the lowest speed golfers, we cant beat these drivers no matter what combo we build. It can help with the right miss and for a lot of players too. We call the XXIO Prime the fountain of youth driver!

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Ping G410 Plus driver

Ping 410 Plus: If you feel like you’ve seen this before—you’re right. The Ping G410 Plus was rated our number one most forgiving driver in 2019, and it continues to lead the pack. The high-MOI design produces consistent results all over the face and with the adjustability for shot shape, you have the ultimate fairway finder.

From the fitters: “Ping has always been one of the most forgiving and straightest drivers on the market” …  “For the last 4 generations or drivers, when we think straight, we think Ping! The design says confidence at address and it delivers.”

Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme driver

Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme: The SpeedZone Xtreme’s shape and geometry create an extremely high MOI. The great “hack” with this driver is that, thanks to the adjustable rear weight, when it’s played at a shorter length the additional mass (14g vs standard 6g) takes the MOI even higher, and makes it the most stable driver Cobra has ever produced.

From the fitters: “Like every year, Cobra is producing an amazing driver, which seems to fly under the radar. Amazing ball speed forgiveness all over the face. Tends to flight lower and kill spin compared to most products.” … “Arguably one of the straightest drivers of all time.”

TaylorMade SIM Max driver

TaylorMade SIM Max: The SIM Max has made its way into every category on our best drivers ranking. Although it doesn’t offer the same adjustability as others, it proves that a versatile clubhead designed to be well rounded can be a winner for almost any golfer.

From the fitters: “I love to fit with this driver because you are able to adjust the two weights for a player that hits it straight, or for someone that fades the ball. Add that to a driver that has great ball speeds you have a great combination made to hit more fairways.”

Titleist TS2 driver

Titleist TS2: The TS2’s continued success on our best driver list is proof that Titleist’s commitment to re-engineering their metal woods to maximize performance has paid off with the Speed Project. It also proves that a well-fit driver can be hard to beat.

From the fitters

  • They have made a really forgiving driver that fits more players than just the single-digit handicap. This driver with a square-looking face and hosel options make it one of the straightest.
  • This is my Titleist sleeper. Where the TS3 is geared more towards a mid to lower handicap that needs lower spin, the TS2 is a great head for mid to lower handicaps looking for the extra spin and control with the driver. Thanks to the adjustable hosel and all of the available lofts this is another driver that although designed for a specific demographic can be fit to almost anyone.
  • The TS2 fits a wide spectrum of players. I like to call this club the perfect driver for the “trunk slammer/doesn’t like to practice golfer” that wants performance and forgiveness, in a traditionally shaped head design.
  • This is the best driver in the Titleist line for the most number of golfers. It offers a touch more spin than the TS3 but still keeps numbers in control for players with higher swing speeds. It has a square look at address that appeals to the traditional golfer but the performance catches a lot of people off guard. This club excels compared to previous generation Titleist drivers on heel and toe misses which keeps more golfers in the short grass. Overall it’s a very stable mid-spin driver that can also help golfers with higher dynamic loft thanks to loft options and hosel adjustability.
  • This is my driver! It works very well for a large range of golfers and just like other Titleist products, the loft options and Sure Fit sleeve make it a lot easier to get just right once we have the shaft and unadjusted loft optimized. Thanks to the extra spin we can get players extra carry from a very neutral head.
  • Great ball speed and forgiveness in a traditional-looking package, it’s a great driver for the right player and keeps up to any other driver on the market.

Callaway Mavrik Max driver

Callaway Mavrik Max: By building the Mavrik MAX on a high MOI platform packed with technology, it’s easier for golfers to hit fairways. When you put all of the adjustability features together—including the hosel adjustment and heel weighting—it doesn’t take long for a fitter to dial in specs built for distance and finding fairways.

From the fitters: “Customers feedback tends to say this is one of the straightest drivers on the market and I agree. Its slight draw bias and lighter overall weight helps the average players square the face too.” … “The Mavrik Max is one of our go-to clubheads across the board regardless of the clubhead. Being so straight makes this driver check all the boxes.”

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Forum member comments on 2020 best drivers

TaylorMade SIM 

herbert7890: “I ADORE my SIM. As a matter of fact, it helped this past Saturday on my way to my lowest round since coming back to golf a year ago (after a six-year hiatus due to surgery). Shot a 1 Under, 71. The driver really helped me to accomplish this, so long and very straight for me. Longest was 330 Yards, but 8/14 drives were 300 plus. I have it set at 7.5 degrees with a Hzrdus Smoke Green Shaft.”

CJ17: “My God, this thing is long. I have an 8* SIM in a Ventus Blue 6x at 44.5”. Absolutely eliminates the left side and just hits rockets. Even outside of the middle of the face, it just eliminates spin, which is super useful as a high SS guy. Some drivers seem just to balloon if you are bringing big speed and don’t exactly nut it. Don’t see myself ever changing unless I have to make swing changes.”

fillwelix: “The thing (10.5 SIM in a Ventus Black 6x) was seriously nuclear. My clubhead speed bumped up only about 1 or 2 MPH, but the launch and spin were incredible, as well as ball speed. I topped out at 170 ball speed, which I had never gotten before.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

LyinLikeARug: “I was recently fitted into the SZ driver head with Accra TZ6. The shape and sound are just about perfect. According to the WRX podcast episode with David Neville from Callaway, the Mavrik SZ head was heavily influenced by the Epic Flash triple diamond head. I have never hit a triple diamond head, but I love the idea of a driver designed to defend against the high toe duck hook miss.”

Banker: “I’m liking my SZ more and more. I tried a Pro Blue in it this weekend and think I’ve found my combo. It was longer than the Veylix Rome and Phenom combos by a good margin. Besides the sound, which is a very solid, thwack and it feels just like it sounds, my misses have been every bit as forgiving as my 410+ head was since I’ve been playing it. 

TaylorMade SIM Max

SecondShot: “Played five rounds with my new SIM Max driver. Oh boy – most forgiving driver I’ve ever hit. It feels like cheating. And the sound is hot.”

Haber: “I have had my Sim Max 10.5 for a few months now and have never hit more fairways in my life. I ordered mine with the stock Diamana and ended up with a couple AD GP’s in 6s and 6x. For my 105 swing the 6s worked out the best, and it has been a point and shoot. I sold the 6x to my playing partner who plays the Sim 8 degree, and he has never driven the ball better either. This lineup is one of the best.”

gc70: “I’m gaming the Sim Max 10.5*, 44.5”. I have it set up flat opened up, so it’s 9.75* with a GD IZ 6s. Last two rounds I went 26 of 28 fairways. This is the best feeling, sounding, and forgiving TM driver ever IMO. When I do miss a fairway, it’s within feet of the fairway.”

Titleist TS3

Tim929: “Feel of the TS3 at impact is as classy as it gets, the sound is superior as well (vs any other brand I tried). Titleist means titleholder… and yes it does.”

DaRiz: “The TS3 is a monster. Performance/feel wise it reminds me of the Cobra LTD (but available in a sexier 8.5* package). If I am honest, I don’t love the way it looks on the sole; I think the TS2 and TS4 look way better upside down, but the look at address is the best from any OEM in the past few years IMO. It is just so classic and neutral with the perfect shape. I agree on the SureFit cartridge; it does not move the weight that much, but what it does do better than any other weight distribution device is change the feel. As was mentioned, the TS3 is naturally draw-biased, so it is great for those who miss closer to the heel. Even though I play a draw, I fall into that category of heel-side misses, and when I put the weight on the heel side, the sound/feel gets super smushy, and I love it. I could see some people absolutely not getting along with it due to CG location, but paired with the right shaft (obviously) it hits bombs and looks good doing it.”

SAM_PGA: “My TS3 is the best driver I’ve ever hit, paired with the UST LinQ Purple it is the most consistent driver I’ve EVER played. My miss is typically in the heel. And with my throw weight set for more weight in the heel it’s no wonder why I don’t have the high right miss and VERY GOOD ball speeds even with a slight miss.”

Cobra SpeedZone

jvincent: “Just got back from my trip to the RTJ Trail where I put my new SZ to the test. Last year I played a 9* F9 with a 14g -front, 10g-back setup at 44.5″. I have the 9* SZ with a 16g-front, 8g-back setup. Same shaft I had in the F9. From a looks/setup perspective, the SZ is a big improvement over the F9. The infinity face looks much better at address. Acoustically, the SZ is a little bit livelier than the F9. Performance-wise, the SZ was fantastic. It was very consistent across the face.”

arobbins3: “I went from F9 to the SZ. Couldn’t be happier with performance. I think the SZ is more forgiving than F9 and performance is just where I need it to be. It’s money. I hit it better than the SIM and Mavrik. But that’s just personal – you can’t go wrong with the SZ. Both the white and yellow look great, too.”

Callaway Mavrik

JoeFrigo: “The regular Mavrik will be the sleeper of the line. At 9* I found it very accurate, controllable, penetrating, and spin surprisingly low. I routinely saw 13* launch with spin around 2200 – 2500. “

Thinnedit: “Been hitting the standard Mavrik indoors for about a month and the sound is a massive improvement over the flash (my opinion). Finally received mine yesterday and hit it outdoors today. Wow, this driver sounds amazing. Nice muted thwack and the ball gets small real quick. Really struggled with a ‘push power fade’ with the flash, with the Mavrik the ball just goes straight. 100-103mph swing speed with ~150 ball speed. Slight fade/draw instead of the extreme lefts/rights I was previously experiencing. I don’t know what else I can say. I love it.”

AzSuperHack76: “3rd round in with the standard Mavrik. Absolutely love it! The sound is so much better than the Epic Flash, night and day different. Everyone has commented on how great it sounds. I didn’t think it was possible for a driver to be more forgiving than the Epic Flash, but the Mavrik is. Again distance is basically the same for me compared to the Flash, but dispersion is clearly better with the Mavrik. I wasn’t even looking to buy a driver, but when I demoed the Mavrik, the sound, feel, and dispersion made it an easy purchase.”

Ping G410 Plus

LaymanM: “A big fat yes for me and much much straighter! Had a G400 Max and tried tour 65s, Alta CB and Adlila Rogue max 75x. Hit really bad hooks. Now have G410, play flat setting, fade position and PX evenflow black 75 6.0 at 44.5″. It’s 10-15 yards longer and just wants to fly straight. I love this driver!”

Kratus977: “I’m loving my G410 plus. I always wished for a G30 that went as far as my Cally Epic. This is what the G410 is for me. Can’t say enough about this driver. Absolutely love it, and have so much confidence in it.”

Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme

03trdblack: “The Xtreme is just like cheating, and it didn’t seem to matter what kind of swing I made, every shot was exactly the same. Was using the new Aldila Rogue Silver 110 stiff…Spin was just a hair higher than the regular version with the heavy weight forward, but it was so easy to hit and so consistent I didn’t even care. The other benefit it has over the G400 Max is you can lower the loft all the way down to 7* which will be a huge benefit if you already hit it high enough but want the extra consistency.”

arobbins33: “I have the SZ Xtreme in the bag (I got it off a trade) along with the SZ 3 wood. The Xtreme is super, super forgiving. But it does spin a bit more than the SZ head with the same shaft. I was also consistently around 108mph clubhead speed with the SZ and consistently around 105.5 with the Extreme last night on the launch monitor.”

gripandrip: “I had a chance to hit the Xtreme head today. I had hit the regular SpeedZone head a few days ago. The Xtreme head is very forgiving, but not any longer than my current EPIC SZ (original). That said, it’s a great driver, and the forgiveness alone would be reason to change for anyone struggling with consistency. It is, however…. pretty darn loud.”

Callaway Mavrik Max

PuttersaurusRex: “Paired my Mavrik Max with a VTS Silver I had laying around, and I am done searching. Every drive was straight today.”

jeffrey3: “What I have found with the Mav Max, is that for my game, the heavier weight in the heel is preferable. It really does help the club turn over easier, and that has proven helpful for me out on the course. Mav Max launches high. 9* should be the starting point, and then see if you need to go up to the 10.5* head. I generally have my 9* +1 or +2 anyway, so between 9-11* in loft will be plenty for most of us with the Mav Max. Mav Max is very forgiving, but not idiot-proof.”

Titleist TS1

pricenicky: “I was fit for the TS1 with the speeder 40 reg. It hit okay and felt good at d1. I replaced the shaft with a GD IZ 4 R1 AT 46 ” AND omg – what a difference! I had a tv 25 gram grip put on, and now this club is d6 / 46 ” / 221 CPM and only 269 grams because of the weight difference of the grip and shaft. A great re-shaft from the speeder.”

collingsom1a: “I found the TS1 driver to be one of the finest drivers I have hit in a long time. I never, ever thought I’d find a driver that would replace my Ping G400 MAX. But, I found the TS1 so smooth to swing, and when great contact was made, it sounded wonderful, and the ball literally exploded off the face. I was hitting it 15-20 yards past all the guys in my foursome, and I’m usually only 5 yards past them. I particularly enjoyed the boring trajectory, and longer carry, less spin vs my Ping G400 MAX…I’m usually not an ultra-lightweight shaft guy, but the Fubuki 45g shaft was perfect for me. Very smooth feeling, very balanced…I am a senior player, and that’s who this club is engineered for, someone with slower speed. If you’re over 50-60, you need to take a demo for a spin.”

Titleist TS2

steven2: “When the Titleist guy swapped the Smoke Black 60/6.5 for the EvenFlow White 65/6.5… I went from hitting the TS2 decently to hitting it really well. And it felt totally different – both more ‘life’ in the shaft and also far firmer in the hands. I felt I could really trust my swing to protect against the left side, where the Smoke just wanted to snap left on what felt like only slightly poor swings.”

CCTxGolf: “I can go at my TS2 as fast as possible without having to worry too much about spraying one either direction. Best and easiest to hit, for me, since Callaway xr16. And I’ve tried most of them. The confidence in being able to really get after it is what gives me the extra distance.”

harpua728: “Been spending a lot of time with these drivers and up to now I strongly preferred the look of the TS3. However, for whatever reason, the TS2 didn’t look too bad to me yesterday, and I definitely find it more forgiving. It gives you the confidence to swing away and not worry about tiny misses.”

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From the team at GolfWRX

We at GolfWRX have one goal in mind with everything we do, to give you the information that will help all players get better. The whole point of having the “best driver,” in this case, is not just to hit it further but to find the tool that helps you shoot lower scores.

So now, once again we see technology making all clubs, faster, more forgiving, easier to control, and ultimately better. But now what? What can OEMs, fitters, teachers, and we at WRX, do to push the conversation all the way past the drive and into the cup faster?

We believe it falls into three categories

  1. For the fitters: Any club fitting involves numbers, testing and eventually a result. The driver (result) in this case seems to be cooked and in theory should enable that player to hit better drives to better places on the golf course and put them into position to make a lower score. SHOULD is the key word here. But what can fitters do for their clients once the shine of that driver has worn off? What if on the course things change and the club doesn’t perform like it should? Putting systems in place like Arccos (for example) that allow fitters to follow their clients for 5-10 rounds to “make sure” might be the answer. Imagine, after 10 rounds your fitter sends an email saying “it looks like you are losing your driver off to the right, let’s discuss and see what we can do to adjust it.” Some fitters use systems like this, but it hasn’t become essential like a launch monitor. It needs to be.
  2. For the teachers: Golf IQ is a term only used for the best players in the world. How often have you walked up to a coach and discussed first and foremost the basics of “playing the game”—not technique but strategy. Golf is chess not checkers. You just got fit into a driver that helps you hit it 320—but now what? Where do I hit it now and why? This goes for <em>every</em> player. Players need to develop an understanding that golf is a game of score not swing. Once again with measurement and tracking technology, players can now get an honest look at their games from a 36,000-foot view. It’s not as essential as launch monitors. It needs to be.
  3. To the OEMs and WRX: We all strive for the “real” info. We at WRX pride ourselves on giving you the information, and whenever appropriate, our opinion, based on our experience, but ultimately it’s up to you to get in the dirt. Club companies are becoming better at delivering what the science means but now that information needs to be applied to the golf course and the player. “More distance, more speed, more forgiving, etc.” are punch lines we hear every year. But how will the player <em>really</em> experience that and to what degree? We all need to condense all of this info down to that first tee shot. When talking about your new driver the conversation needs to be “I hit it in spots on the golf course that helped me shoot a lower score.”  “My driving is now something reliable in my game,” NOT, “I shot XX, but I did hit it 300 on 9.” We’re striving to get the conversation there. It hasn’t been essential. It needs to be.

Conclusion

All of the fitters consulted for this year’s best driver piece have accumulated data from thousands of fittings with golfers across all skill levels, and their feedback and information can’t be undervalued.

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Now, it’s your turn: Everybody swings the club differently and everybody has their own experience from testing. We want to hear from you. What driver are you using? What did you switch from? What performance gains did you find in your own game? Share your experience to help others!

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2020 Honma TR21: Irons, hybrids, and fairway woods

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Honma designs and builds clubs to be high-performance tools in the hands of discerning golfers, and with the release of the new Honma TR21 fairway woods, Honma TR21 hybrids, and Honma TR21X irons for 2020, the company is pushing technology and forgiveness like they never have before in a players performance line.

Honma’s TR backstory

The TR21 line builds on the successful TR20 line, which was released earlier this year. The TR line is geared towards the better and aspiring players looking for performance, while Honma’s XP line is catered to players looking to maximize forgiveness.

As a refresher, the entire TR line includes

  • a multi-piece forged iron in the TR20 P
  • a single piece forged cavity back in the TR20 V
  • a blade TR20 B which was released just a few weeks ago

It also features the TR20 driver, which comes in both a 460cc and 440cc version to provide golfers a lower-spinning more traditionally shaped option.

As great as the TR line is up until this point, it was not all-encompassing and left room for traditional lower handicap players that were looking for Honma fairway woods and hybrids to fill out the rest of their bags. It’s not that Honma doesn’t offer clubs in those categories, but the nonadjustable XP-1 fairway woods and hybrids and their draw-biased higher-launching and higher-spinning designs are not where the “TR” player fits in.

This brings us to the TR21 series, which rounds out the line and creates a full bag of options for golfers across the board.

2020 Honma TR21 fairway woods

The TR21 fairway woods come in two options with one being exclusively available in a 3-wood for those golfers looking for a larger fairway wood off the tee or to maximize forgiveness from the fairway and rough.

Honma TR21 F fairway woods

The TR21 F is a precision fairway wood designed for workability and control. At the heart of the control are two adjustable sole weights—one at the rear and one near the front towards the face—as well as the Honma patented “no turn” adjustable hosel. The weights come stock in a 12g/3g configuration to help increase or lower spin, and along with the adjustable weights, there is forward and toe-positioned mass to help centralize the center of gravity and maximize forgiveness.

The 455 carpenter steel crown and face offer proven performance and are both built with variable thicknesses to reduce mass around the head and boost ball speeds off the face. Optimizing mass around lower stress areas of the head might seem commonplace now, but these types of details allow the engineers at Honma to continually fine-tune the end performance of the club and the acoustics to appeal to the end-user.

The final component here is workability, and as mentioned, the adjustable weights and hosel allow Honma fitters and golfers alike to dial in ball flight and distance. The one detail, which Honma designers meticulously honed but may go unnoticed by many golfers, is the leading edge and sole shape. Fairway woods have to be versatile and be hit from all kinds of lies. By removing a small amount of depth from the heel, it becomes a lot easier when a player has to “squeeze down” on one or hit from a tough lie.

Specs, availability, and price

The TR21 F is available in 3-wood, 4-wood, 5-wood, and 7-wood models and comes with one-degree of loft adjustability. The big standout is the 4-wood since most OEMs have dropped that option with the introduction of adjustable hosels. Honma knows loft gapping is crucial in the long game and having the extra wood available prevents golfers from having to close the face to add loft with the standard 3-wood.

They come stock with the in-house designed and manufactured in Japan high-performance Honma VIZARD shaft with 50, 60, and 70-gram options in regular, stiff-regular, stiff, and extra stiff.

The TR20 F fairway woods are priced at $299.00 and will be available at retail starting November 1 (right-hand only).

Honma TR21 F Ti fairway “Big LB”

This is “The Big One.” The TR21 Big-LB packs all of the available technology into a package designed to launch the ball high while drawing inspiration for its name from a club that was first introduced when woods were still, you know, made out of wood.

The key technologies built into the new TR21 BIG-LB are all designed to do one thing—launch it high and launch it far. The thin one-piece titanium body and face are brazed to the heavy steel soleplate.

NOTE: Brazing differs from welding in that the temperature is considerably lower and does not melt the base metals. Rather, the heat source melts a filler metal and draws it into the joint by capillary action. It creates a metallurgical bond between the filler metal and part surfaces. (Source: MachineDesign.com)

The brazing process is commonly used in the production of premium club designs and allows engineers to save weight that would have been added by the welding process. Brazing offers much tighter control of the final center of gravity placement. It is a more costly process for a number of reasons, including the fact the brazing material features a large amount of silver, but when you are trying to squeeze every bit of performance out a design, it’s worth it.

So about that soleplate: It, along with the adjustable tungsten weight, combine to a mass of 102g (with the stock 12g weight). This means that at an estimated total club head weight of 217g, the soleplate and weight make up just over 47 percent of the club’s mass. That’s how you achieve an extremely low and deep CG into a club head.

Other key technology feature

  • Variable thickness face to maximize ball speed off the center and when mishit
  • Sole slot behind the face to increase flex, to boost ball speed on lower face strikes
  • Non-rotating loft and lie adjustability adapter to reduce shaft variation and change lie and loft up +/- 1°

Specs, availability, and price

The BIG-LB is 14 degrees with 1 degree of loft adjustability.

The stock shafts are the in-house designed and manufactured in Japan high-performance Honma VIZARD shaft with 50, 60, and 70g options in regular, stiff-regular, stiff, and extra stiff.

The BIG-LB is priced at $329.00 and will be available at retail starting November 1 (RH only).

Honma TR21 H hybrids

The TR20 H falls in line after the fairway woods in providing a traditionally shaped, compact hybrid with adjustability.

Much like the TS21 fairway woods, they were designed with workability and the better player in mind by providing a visibly higher toe and square topline. Honma understands that better players fear the “hooky” hybrid and engineers have done everything they can to offer maximum workability along with shot-stopping power.

The key features of the new TR20 hybrids are

  • Thin internally ribbed crown for acoustic tuning and a lower center of gravity
  • Variable thickness face for faster ball speeds on mishits
  • Adjustable non-rotating hosel for lie and loft, which according to Honma can also help adjust spin rates up to +/- 700 RPM
  • Adjustable sole weight (same design as the weights used in the rest of the TR20 and TR21 line) to aid in custom fitting and feel.

Specs, availability, and price

The TR21 H hybrids are available in 18, 21, 24-degree lofts and come with 1 degree of loft adjustability.

They will come stock with the in house designed and manufactured in Japan high-performance Honma VIZARD shaft in 65, and 75g options in regular, stiff-regular, stiff, and extra stiff.

The TR21 H hybrids are priced at $249.00 and will be available at retail starting November 1 (RH only).

Honma TR21X irons

The TR21X irons are Honma’s first entry into the hollow player’s distance category and are going to make the biggest impact as far as any iron they have released to date. They are the biggest iron in the TR line but mirror the design philosophy and aesthetics of the rest of the line, which makes them the perfect candidate for building combo sets.

The TR21X and the whole TR iron series follow what has become an industry trend by designing entire families of irons that allow fitters and golfers to perfectly blend together their perfect combo set. The visual cues of the new TR21X mirror those of the smaller TR20B, so you should expect to see a number of players go that route.

Excelling in the players distance category requires technology, and Honma is pulling out all the stops by building multi-material iron that brings together a high strength steel face, thin steel body, concentrated tungsten weight bars, and low-density foam for acoustic tuning.

Let’s break down the details

  • Face – The high strength steel face is “L” shaped, which means the bottom wraps around the leading edge to the sole. This moves the weld away from the face and allows for more flexing which creates the potential for more ball speed, especially on lower face misses. It is constructed of C300 maraging steel and is only 2.2mm thick, which puts it near the top of the category.
  • Thin body construction – In order to maximize the amount of discretionary mass in each head the thin body saves as much mass as possible to be positioned around the head, and in this case, is precisely located using concentrated tungsten.
  • Tungsten weight bars – Based on the iron in the set, the tungsten weight bars vary to accommodate increasing head weights and to finely position the COG. By using tungsten, engineers can achieve placements not possible with either standard construction of my using less dense steel – the end result is each iron being tuned for loft performance since your 3 iron has to launch a lot differently than your 9 iron.
  • Injected foam – The final part of the process is the foam filling to acoustically tune the irons. Performance is important but without making them sound appealing, it’s all for none. In the case of the TR21X we have a set of irons that designers meticulously engineered to deliver on both fronts.

Specs, availability, and price

The TR21X irons are available 3-11 iron (gap wedge)

They will come stock with the in-house designed and manufactured in Japan high-performance Honma VIZARD graphite shaft in 65, and 55g options in regular, stiff-regular, stiff, and extra stiff. They are also available with Nippon’s Steel 950GH Neo along with other custom options available.

The TR21x irons are priced at $212.00 each in graphite and $188.00 in steel. They will be available at retail starting November 1 (RH only)

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Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges: New finishes, custom grind options

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Earlier this summer, Cleveland unveiled the all-new Cleveland ZipCore line of wedges, which feature a low-density hosel core to reposition mass higher in the head to better control launch and spin.

Cleveland is excited to build on the success of ZipCore wedges by adding new finish and custom options to the already very popular line—both on tour and with consumers—with ZipCore Black Satin and Tour Rack Raw.

RTX ZipCore Technology recap

  • The low-density ZipCore in the hosel of the wedge head shifts the center of gravity higher and towards the toe to boost what Cleveland is calling High-Low MOI. What this means is you get less spin rate variance ( aka better spin robustness ) on shots hit both higher and lower on the face. This also creates greater control over launch which leads to better distance control.
  • New UltiZip Grooves are 11% sharper and 7.3% deeper than previous generations, while also being 7.4% closer together for more groove contact area.
  • New face heat treatment boosts durability and helps maintain spin performance over a longer period.

More photos in the forums.

Speaking on the new wedges, Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf stated

“The new RTX ZipCore is a technological leap forward for Cleveland wedges. We’ve inserted a low-density core inside the clubhead, allowing us to create a wedge with unprecedented consistency and exceptional feel. They also feature our tour-proven grinds and most aggressive groove technology to date–all packaged in a sleek yet traditional design.”

Custom Sole Grind program

The biggest addition to the new RTX ZipCore line, beyond the finish options, is the new Tour Rack custom sole grind program, which allows you to fully customize, trailing edge, heel/toe relief, along with a custom leading edge.

Each wedge starts off as a standard RTX ZipCore Tour Rack—the exact same heads used by Cleveland staff players all over the worldwide tours—and then one of Cleveland’s master craftsmen grind each wedge by hand to create the perfect sole for you. This results in a unique wedge customized to cater to your specific short game.

“Tour Rack gives golfers the full tour-level experience. With the raw finish and custom sole and leading edge grinds, now any golfer can get their set of wedges built just like the guys on tour.”
-Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf

Cleveland RTX ZipCore: Specs, Price & Availability

Don’t forget if customization isn’t your thing, the RTX ZipCore comes stock in a huge variety of grind and bounce options to fit any golfer and any swing.

The stock shaft is the all-new True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 wedge “Spinner” and the grip is a Golf Pride tour velvet 360. Before custom options, the Tour Satin and Black Satin wedges will retail for $149.99 each, and the Tour Rack wedges (Right hand only) are priced at $169.99.

Wedges will be available at retail starting October 2.

More photos in the forums.

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Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2020 U.S. Open (plus an exclusive interview with Cobra’s Ben Schomin)

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Driver: Cobra King SpeedZone (7.5 degrees @5.5)
Shaft: LA Golf BAD Prototype 60 TX (45.5″)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 9: Bryson DeChambeau hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America via Getty Images)

3-wood: Cobra King SZ Tour (14.5 @11.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf BAD Prototype 70 TX (43″)

3-wood: Cobra King SZ Tour (14.5 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: LA Golf BAD Prototype 80 TX (41″)

Irons: Cobra King SZ One Length (4, 5), Cobra King Forged Tour One Length (6-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Rebar Proto (37.5″)

Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50 @47, 55 @52, 60 @58)
Shafts: LA Golf Rebar Proto shaft

Putter: SIK Prototype

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Jumbo Max Tour

Check out Johnny’s conversation with Cobra’s Tour Manager Ben Schomin below

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