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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best driver of 2021

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What is the best driver in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best driver of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best driver of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best driver of 2021: The top 5

1. Titleist TSi3

Titleist Tsi3 sole

What Titleist says: “For players who create more consistent contact and require more precise control over CG placement. With a new Adjustable CG Track Design for advanced speed-tuned performance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @biebs333: “TSi3 driver is fantastic, great looking and forgiving; I love it. Tough to beat a Titleist, just a fantastic club all around.”
  • @dwboston: “Used my TSi3 on the course for the first time this weekend. 2 rounds, hit 22/26 fairways with it, and it’s noticeably longer than my 915 D2 (with the same shaft – GD AD BB 6S). It’s a keeper.”
  • @manima1: “Had the TSi3 for about a month now, and I can’t believe how good this head is. This thing should be getting more buzz than it is. Every once in a while, a product comes along that really moves the needle (i.e. Taylormade M series debut), and this is certainly one of those.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi3 driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Ping G425 Max

Ping G425 Max sole

What Ping says: “G425 MAX elevates the moment of inertia to PING’s highest level in history. Forgiveness comes mainly from a 26-gram tungsten movable weight, made possible by weight savings from advancements in the driver’s dragonfly crown technology. The CG-shifting weight can be set in neutral, draw or fade. A T9S+ forged face increases flexing for adding distance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @EatDrinkRunLSU: “I was fitted for a PING G425 Max in late January and finally got it in late February. I’ve played 81 holes with it in the last 3 weeks. I’ve hit some of the longest drives I’ve ever hit in 25 years of playing golf over the past 3 weeks.”
  • @Jim123: “The 425 max has made me sell the tsi3 and not think twice. Yea the sound is not the best, but you have to miss the ball completely to hit this thing bad. It is beating the 400max by an easy 15 yards, and I believe it’s even more forgiving.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the G425 Max driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. TaylorMade SIM2

TaylorMade SIM2 carbon sole plate

What TaylorMade says: “First we reshaped the driver, then we reconstructed it. Completely rebuilding the driver from the ground up to give you both forgiveness and distance. Go ahead, the tee box is yours. Swing away.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @GooseHook: “Two rounds with the SIM2 this weekend, and I think I can at least say it’s a big improvement over the original…for me. The more lively feel and taller face are pluses, and more importantly, I had ZERO big right misses. The RDX Black has a great feel, but I might have to give my Atmos a run at it to see which one gets the most out of the head. For now at least, it feels like I can swing naturally and not fight my driver for dear life.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “I have been loving my SIM2 driver with Accra TZ5 shaft in it. Has been a great match up for me and given me the ability to hit fades off the tee again.”
  • @benclab: “benclab: “I just got the SIM2, and it’s better to me (then OG SIM). Feels better, a tad more forgiving and still hits bombs. Funny, I was making fun of the colors a few months ago, and here I am rocking one.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. Callaway Epic Max LS

Callaway Epic Max LS

What Callaway says: “Introducing the new Epic MAX LS, designed for mid-to-low handicap players who want more speed, neutral ball flight and forgiveness in a lower spin, high MOI package. MAX ball speeds come from a NEW Jailbreak A.I. Speed Frame that works in combination with the A.I. Designed Flash Face. This unique driver head provides enhanced fade bias capabilities, along with Adjustable Perimeter Weighting to fine tune ball flight off the tee.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Swingblues: ” I don’t need to say the Max LS is pure PHENOMENAL, best driver ever made by Callaway. Period.”
  • @golfboy1: “Guys I have been golfing in Palm Springs, basically golf heaven! Finding the Max LS is a bomb… comes off hot and can shape it!”
  • @third-times-a-charm: “Max LS continues to impress. Again, I haven’t been seeing any positive gains like this from any driver in recent years. 

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Epic Max LS driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. TaylorMade SIM2 Max

What TaylorMade says: “The reconstructed SIM2 Max delivers high MOI with a heavy 24g tungsten weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located on the sole of the club to encourage optimal launch and spin properties, delivering complete performance and max forgiveness.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Titleist84: “Owned last year’s SIM and this year’s SIM2 Max. Last year’s SIM was slightly longer, but the SIM 2 Max is way more accurate.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 Max driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

Join the discussion about the best driver of 2021 in the forums. 

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Whats in the Bag

Nelly Korda WITB 2021 (August)

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Driver: Titleist TSi1 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 S

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (16.5 degrees @17.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 70 S

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees @20.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 75 S

Irons: Titleist T200 (2021) (4), Titleist T100 (5-PW)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber i80cw F4

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (50-08F, 54-14F, 58-10S)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber i95cw S

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Photos courtesy of SMS_on_Tour.

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Mitsubishi Chemical launches 5th generation Diamana PD shafts

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Mitsubishi Chemical is expanding on the range of options provided by Diamana TB by launching the new Diamana PD shafts designed to allow players to explore a lower-launching profile.

The new shafts feature a Consistent Feel Design, which is an engineering approach that aims to minimize any variation in butt OD, weight or balance point through an entire shaft series.

This Consistent Feel Design process seeks to remove any difference a player might feel as they hold a club, thereby removing any distraction when comparing different weights or flexes.

The new PD shafts contain Mitsubishi Chemical’s XLINK Tech Resin System: a unique, dual-phase application that utilizes epoxy and non-epoxy components to produce a carbon-rich structure with a stronger bond between resin and fiber.

The cross-linked phases are designed to create both high modulus and high elongation strength, yielding a lighter and universally stronger prepreg.

“Like TB shafts, Diamana PD are designed to maximize the modern dedicated fitting. Players can now see what a lower launching profile could add to their game while eliminating any distracting change in feel as they shift among weights and flexes.” – Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA Golf

The shafts also contain a Boron fiber that is equivalent in stiffness to high modulus carbon fiber, but with superior compression strength. Mitsubishi Chemical uses Boron fiber in combination with other proprietary materials in design to produce prepreg options that deliver unprecedented strength and stability.

Ion Plating completes the new shafts from MCA for a premium look.

Specs, Pricing & Availability

  • Weights and Flexes: Diamana PD 40 (R2, R, SR, S, X Flex), Diamana PD 50 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 60 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 70 (S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 80 (S, X, TX Flex).
  • Price: $400
  • Availability: Mid-September 2021
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WITB Time Machine: Hunter Mahan’s 2014 The Barclays winning WITB

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Driver: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 70X

3 Wood: Titleist 913 F.d (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 757X

 

Hybrid: Ping i25 (17 degrees with 18 degrees of actual loft)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 90X

Irons: Ping S55 (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon ST 120X

Wedges: Ping i25 (54 and 59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Prototype

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