Longest Drivers 2022

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Whether you’re a PGA Tour star or a high-handicapper, the quest for more yards off the tee never stops. Research shows that the closer you get to the green for your second shot, the lower your scores.

And while we could all hit the gym every day and convert to a diet of chicken, eggs and spinach in our bid to become the next Bryson DeChambeau, most amateurs will find the best way to gain yards is the right driver, a club fitting and, of course, lessons.

Bryson DeChambeau is one of the longest drivers in the world.

Remember, golf clubs perform differently in different golfers’ hands, due to things like your swing speed and the way you deliver the club into impact. While are in-depth tests are ideal guides it is vital to test any club you’re thinking of buying for yourself and compare it to the performance you get from your current club(s) and any other contenders you may be considering. A custom fitting is a great way to do that, with the help of an expert to dial in the numbers.

And if you’re in the market for more than just a driver then check out our guides to the best fairway woodshybridsironswedges and putters to help you narrow down your shortlist.

But, without further ado, here are the longest golf drivers…

Longest Golf Drivers 2022

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver was the longest on test.

1. TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver

RRP £499 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 166.7mph Spin: 2,298rpm Carry Distance: 288yds 

Never, in 15 years of testing, have we seen a low spin driver out-perform its category peers by 12 yards of carry. Usually, once our pro’s data has been averaged, there’s rarely more than a handful of yards covering off the top models. And a performance difference that small can easily be caveated with “data can be reversed or slightly different on another day’s testing”. But double-digit carry distance gains are utterly unheard of, until this year.

We’ll admit to being pretty shocked by Stealth Plus putting in such a strong performance. We’d tested the model before (in creating our YouTube video) when it outperformed Callaway and Ping models, with tidy but not ground-breaking ball speed and carry distance gains (2.8mph of ball speed and four yards of carry distance gain over the longest). But those numbers were blitzed in our 2022 driver test. The difference in part at least can be explained in switching Neil Wain out of a recommended shaft (that to him felt hard work) and into the stock (low flight) Mitsubishi Kai’Li… and are we glad we did. 

To put the Stealth’s performance into context, the model produced a ball speed 1.1mph faster than any low-spin driver we hit. By 12 yards, it was the longest driver within the category (it was also our longest overall driver by three yards). The Plus was flat-out No.1 at protecting ball speed loss on off-centre hits and second best at minimising carry distance drop-offs (only beaten by PXG’s 0811 Gen4 X by two yards). In anybody’s book that’s an outstanding across-the-board performance.

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver was the longest on test.

After what we’ve seen, we’re comfortable naming the Stealth Plus as our best low-spin driver of 2022, an award we’ve never bestowed upon a single model (whether low-spin, forgiving or draw biased) before. We’re certainly not saying everyone will see a gain of 12 yards. What we are saying is that if you’re looking at buying a new low-spin driver in 2022, hit the Stealth.

To put some context around our test pro’s performance, Neil has never played a TaylorMade driver before. He’s now very excited about getting the Stealth Plus out onto the golf course, particularly because he loves the crisp sound just as much as any performance gain. In the past he has shied away from super low-spin drivers, because their forward CG is less forgiving. But we feel Stealth Plus isn’t the very lowest spinning driver out there, hence why it suits Neil so well. So a switch to this lower spinning model (even though it might not be the lowest spinning driver available) will give an immediate gain in ball speed.

Thanks to slightly less spin there will be a decent distance gain. But as it’s not super low-spin, chances are he will also hit the fairway more often than not, and that’s just the sort of equation lots of decent golfers could replicate for themselves by switching to Stealth Plus this year.

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The Callaway Rogue ST Max was one of the longest drivers on test.

2. Callaway Rogue ST Max driver

RRP £479 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 165.7mph Spin: 2,524rpm Carry Distance: 285yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Based on the Max’s hugely impressive performance, we really shouldn’t give up on titanium faces just yet. Within this category the ST Max is outstanding.

It was our pro’s longest forgiving driver by five yards (a significant amount at his swing speed), but it’s not just raw power with no forgiveness; it also tied second-fastest in terms of ball speed and was third best at protecting carry drop off (nine yards or 3.2%), which is really beneficial when it comes to consistency. Its wide, stretched body, with new matt black crown manages to look really desirable at address.

But what’s really clever is that Callaway have built in a touch of draw bias to this model. The idea will help improve ball speeds for very slight heel strikers and give a hand to many golfers in attaining the ball flight shape they dream of.

The Cobra King LTDx driver was one of the longest on test.

3. Cobra King LTDx driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 165.7mph Spin: 2,418rpm Carry Distance: 280yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

The LTDx may be built on an improved titanium and carbon-fibre chassis, in line with the previous two Cobra drivers, but our test pro’s stats reveal it has moved on massively in terms of performance.

The LTDx was tied for second (with the Callaway Rogue ST Max) for fastest ball speed, first and second at protecting ball speed and carry (within this category) respectively, and it was also our pro’s second longest forgiving driver; an undeniably impressive performance.

To add to the cracking performance, we’re also big fans of the bullet-shaped head, which looks fast and forgiving at address, and were impressed how Cobra’s engineers have removed the ridge that ran around the perimeter of the CNC-milled face on previous models.

It’s a very sleek, attractive option – and a decent chunk cheaper than most of the competition this year.

The Ping G425 Max is one of the longest drivers.

4. Ping G425 Max driver 

RRP £450 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 162.9mph Spin: 2,640rpm Carry Distance: 279yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Ping don’t work on a 12-month life cycle for drivers, and the G425 Max is still a current model for 2022.

We tested it last year and while its full titanium head wasn’t quite the very fastest or longest, it was our best driver at protecting carry drop off – our pro saw just seven yards between his longest and shortest shots, which makes for consistent performance on the course. That’s exactly what a lot of club golfers should be looking for, and it’s the same this year.

Our pro saw a six-yard (better than any other driver we tested this year) loss when shots were hit away from the centre of the driver face.

Considering the G425 Max was also the tied-third longest forgiving driver, it continues to offer a brilliant blend of speed, distance and forgiveness that lots of club golfers will want.

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver was one of the longest on test.

5=. Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 163.1mph Spin: 2,515rpm Carry Distance: 279yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Mizuno drivers have been fast, long and powerful for a few years now, but it’s worth remembering all that performance comes from their stock shaft length which tends to be 3/4” shorter (which improves confidence) than lots of the competition.

Whilst previous ST drivers have focused on optimising ball speed and spin, it’s great to hear Mizuno talk about the new ST 220 family being the final piece of the jigsaw, and going after ultimate forgiveness on off-centre strikes. It’s a big move by Mizuno – we’ve often discussed their big sticks offering offering less forgiveness in the past. 

Like its predecessors the ST-Z 220 is a cracking looking driver and our test pro was a fan of the flatter look at address, which gave the impression of the driver sittng more squarely on its sole rather than the heel.

Sitting next to the Stealth the Z has a very different head shape – bigger and wider with a real stretched body footprint, and yet the driver manages to sound fantastic at impact.   

The ST-Z was our 3rd longest forgiving driver of 2022 (tied with the Ping G425 Max and Titleist TSi2), its ball speed, backspin, shot height and drop-offs were all really solid right across the board, and don’t forget the Z costs a fair chunk less than most of it competitors.

Such is Mizuno’s confidence in their drivers that they now feel comfortable with just using their ‘Running Bird’ logo as an identifier of the maker, with no brand name on the club at all.

The Titleist TSi2 was one of the longest on test.

5=. Titleist TSi2 driver

RRP £519 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.4mph Spin: 2,263rpm Carry Distance: 279yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

It feels like an age since the TSi family launched back in late 2020, but our test pro’s data shows the TSi2 (T3 longest with Ping G425 Max and Mizuno ST-Z 220) is still a force to be reckoned with.

We don’t love its head shape, but it does what exactly it’s supposed to. Even after two years, it’s still one of the most expensive drivers out there, and because there’s an update scheduled for later in 2022, despite the decent performance, we reckon it’s difficult to get fully behind the model right now.

The PXG 0211 driver was impressively long and offers a lot of driver for the money.

7. PXG 0211 driver

RRP £205 | VIEW OFFER

Ball Speed: 163.9mph Spin: 2,296rpm Carry Distance: 277yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

PXG expensive? Think again. Since being introduced at £325 last year, the 0211 has now dropped to £205, and this is a lot of driver for the money.

The model performed very well in our driver test last year and it’s done similarly well in 2022. PXG openly admit the 0211 isn’t their fastest or longest model, instead the driver is a brilliant all-rounder for combining speed and distance with forgiveness too.

Our data had the model down as 2nd best at preserving ball speed on off centre hits (in the forgiving category), whilst being 8 yards back from our very longest (which is also a newer model).

We love the super simple matt black head, no one can deny 0211 isn’t a brilliant all round purchase for lots of regular club golfers.

The Ben Hogan GS53 driver was among the top-10 longest on test.

8=. Ben Hogan GS53 Max

RRP £325 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 163mph Spin: 2,526rpm Carry Distance: 276yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Ben Hogan won’t be the first company many golfers think of when they’re thinking about a new driver in 2022, as the brand is more widely associated with brilliant forged irons and wedges. But we’ve tested the GS53 for a couple of years now and while it might lack the marketing excitement of some leading models, it really can hold its own from the tee. 

Compared to the very best the GS53 doesn’t quite have the same fully optimised titanium and carbon fibre chassis (with carbon fibre panels removing all inefficient weight through lightweight sole panels), which meant our test pro gave up nine yards of carry distance against his very longest.

Remember though, at lesser speeds differences tend to be smaller, so for many the GS53 will be a decent performing model.

The PXG 0811 XT driver was among the 10 longest on test.

8=. PXG 0811 XT Gen 4

RRP £285 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.3mph Spin: 2,662rpm Carry Distance: 276yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

When you employ big-hitting tour pros you need a driver that matches their thirst for speed and low spin. Tour player impact locations are usually much more consistent, so they can get away with using a driver like the XT that’s front weighted (for less spin and more ball speed) and specifically shaped for maximum aerodynamic performance.

This was our test pro’s second longest low-spin driver, so there’s plenty of power to unlock as long as you have the speed and launch to open up that performance. It’s a lot of driver for £285.

The TaylorMade Stealth driver was among the 10 longest on test.

10=. TaylorMade Stealth driver

RRP £469 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.9mph Spin: 2,822rpm Carry Distance: 274yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

The best golf equipment brands make three or more different drivers for a very good reason. One model of any driver family will suit a particular golfer better than the rest, and because one stands out, the others (when hit by the same golfer) can on the surface at least appear less attractive. This is exactly the case with the Stealth in our test pro’s hands.

Because the Stealth Plus suited him so well, the standard Stealth looks an inferior choice. But be under no illusion, for the majority of club golfers that won’t be the case. The standard Stealth will offer a better combination of ball speed and backspin which will optimise carry distance, and thanks to the extra 15% MOI it will be more forgiving and easy to live with on the golf course.

For the standard Stealth’s extra forgiveness, our test pro gave up 1.8mph of ball speed (versus Stealth Plus, but back weighted forgiving drivers never generate the fastest ball speeds) and 14 yards of carry, yet it still produced the fourth fastest ball speed in this category.

By including the Stealth amongst our five best forgiving drivers of 2022 we’re saying we love and can see benefit in the better energy transfer concept of a carbon fibre face, but we’re not saying everyone needs to go buy one. But if you’re considering buying a new driver this year, the Stealth drivers have to be on your shortlist.

The Wilson Staff D9 was among the 10 longest on test.

10=. Wilson Staff D9 driver

RRP £299 | VIEW OFFER

Ball Speed: 160.6mph Spin: 2,886rpm Carry Distance: 274yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

As much as the D9 is a decent looking driver our test pro’s slightly downward attack angle isn’t the perfect marriage for a model that was developed with input from Wilson’s more upward striking tour staff. It means our test pro’s backspin was the highest in the category with this model, which robs carry distance at his speed.

The D9 is a very different beast (with a 30g heavier head weight than the D7) to previous D series drivers. Gone is the lightweight and lively feel, in its place is a much more stable traditional driver weight set-up, so the model now feels much more of a mid – low handicappers model. In the right hands the D9 will do a decent job and it won’t cost the earth.

The Tour Edge Exotics C721 was among the 10 longest on test.

10=. Tour Edge Exotics C721 driver

RRP £349 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 166.9mph Spin: 2,110rpm Carry Distance: 274yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

We haven’t tested Tour Edge equipment for a very long time as their equipment has barely been available in the UK recently. That’s all changed now with the  brand now exclusively available from the UK’s largest golf retailer – American Golf.

On first inspection the C721 produced the fastest ball speeds of our entire test, which is a seriously impressive. But before getting too carried away, a deeper delve into the numbers shows the model also launched shots lower, with less spin and a lower peak height than any other forgiving driver. That’s not an ideal recipe for maximising carry distance.

The Tour Edge gave up 11 yards to our longest forgiving driver but our test pro commented on how fast shots catapulted off the face.

The Titleist TSi3 was among the 10 longest on test.

10=. Titleist TSi3 driver

RRP £519 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.4mph Spin: 3,009rpm Carry Distance: 274yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

The TSi3 was among our six favourite low-spin drivers last year, but thanks to the performance of TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus it doesn’t quite replicate that in 2022. It’s still no slouch when it comes to low-spin performance, though.

Compared to our very best, the TSi3 was 14 yards back from the tee box, and thanks to 150% more drop-off distance (than our best low-spin driver) between our test pro’s longest and shortest shots, you can see why the model is more workable due to it being less forgiving.

It is a cracking player’s driver, but don’t forget the model’s now into its second year, so should be scheduled for an update later this year.

The Cobra King LTDx LS was among the top-10 longest drivers on test.

10=. Cobra King LTDx LS driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 165.6mph Spin: 2,061rpm Carry Distance: 274yds 

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Having the long hitting Bryson DeChambeau on staff at Cobra must present some major issues for anyone who happens to be one of the brand’s driver engineers.

Of-course you’d always want DeChambeau playing this year’s new driver model (unfortunately DeChambeau very publicly let the brand know that he thought the previous RadSpeed driver was ‘junk’), but by making a model so tailored to his super quick speeds you end up creating a driver that’s almost unplayable for anyone else.

It seems a reasonable bet that Cobra tried to hit a sweetspot with the LTDx LS and that lays somewhere between what most low spin driver players want and what DeChambeau needs.

We can’t take anything away from the LTDx LS because its numbers are very good (tied 3rd longest). It’s also a lovely looking and great sounding driver too. But our test pro did say he felt like he had to work harder than with most other drivers to get the very best out of this model.

And when you compare it to the brilliant standard LTDx which was much more friendly and forgiving (it cut carry distance drop-off by 50% compared to the LS), it’s clear which of the models most club golfers should be choosing this year.

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Longest Drivers 2022 Launch Monitor Data

The launch monitor data for the longest drivers.

How we tested the longest golf drivers

– We created an indoor test lab at Keele Golf Centre to ensure a controlled environment

– The leading brands supplied their 2022 drivers in our Test Pro Neil Wain’s spec. Draw models and those aimed at more moderate speeds were sent in Equipment Editor Simon Daddow’s spec.

– We used premium TaylorMade TP5x golf balls and a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor to create the most reliable data possible.

– We rejected major misses but recorded how shots launched, span, peaked and dropped out of the air, before crunching the numbers to come up with our conclusions.

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Neil Wain is the Today's Golfer golf test professional.

What we learned from our Best Golf Drivers Test 2022

Matt black is in! 

Ping have insisted matt black paint is the right finish for their drivers for a few years, but 2022 seems to be the year other brands agree. TaylorMade’s Stealth, Callaway’s Rogue ST and Cobra’s LTDx models all have matt black crowns this year. It’s a look we like, and they’re much more subtle than the chalk white, nardo grey and shiny gloss black of recent years.  

Draw bias is mass market

Lots of golfers find it tough accepting they need a draw driver, especially if their slice isn’t too severe. So we really like how Callaway built a touch of draw bias into their standard Rogue ST Max. It’s a feature few will even know is there, but the design will really help tons of golfers hit the shot shape they’ve always wanted. 

There’s no embarrassment in opting for a draw driver. Draw drivers have been alive and kicking since Ping’s G30 SFT in 2014 and in 2022 every major brand now has three (or more) drivers in their line-up.

Draw drivers are now an integral part of the driver menu and with companies saying most golfers generally fit into a low-spin, forgiving or draw category, there’s no stigma attached to using draw-biased models anymore. If the truth be known, they’re exactly the drivers the majority of club golfers should be using.

Stealth IS fast

It’s had a lot of hype, but you can’t escape TaylorMade’s Stealth being consistently at the top of our ball speed charts. A significantly lighter face means there’s more weight at the back of the head, and much like a crash when there’s a big weight in a car boot, there’s bigger impact forces at play during a collision. It tells us TaylorMade are onto something with carbon faces. 

Low-spin drivers launch faster

It’s no secret front-weighted, low-spin drivers produce faster ball speeds. But if you’re considering putting one in play, make sure you look at other metrics, and don’t just allow yourself to focus on ball speed. On average our low-spin models produced ball speeds that were 0.95mph faster. But they also cut launch angle by 0.4 degrees and flew 2.4 yards lower, which at more moderate speeds isn’t a recipe for more distance or extra consistency. Seriously, think twice before plumping for a very low-spin driver this year.

Titanium drivers’ days aren’t numbered… yet

Possibly. But expect them to have legs for a little while yet. Think about Ping, who traditionally are slower than most to move into trendy tech. Until now they’ve resisted using carbon in their drivers (they’re still full titanium heads), a decision which has taken away virtually nothing in terms of performance against the stiffest of competition. Who knows what’s around the corner, but it would be a huge step for other driver brands to start making carbon drivers exclusively any time soon.

Watch the weight of your driver shaft

Switching our Test Pro between 50, 60 and 70g shafts illustrated brilliantly how different weights affect performance. For our pro at least (results will be different for you), the 50g models were faster, but more inconsistent; the 70g options were slower, but more stable; and the perfect blend of speed and stability came from the 60g shafts. With so many shaft options available, it’s crucial to get the right weight and profile to suit your game. Get it wrong and you’ll give up speed and consistency.  

Our final drivers test verdict

Never buy a driver based on our data alone; a proper fitting session on a launch monitor, with a qualified fitter, will always help you better understand which models work well for you, and why. Our consistent-striking pro’s data does highlight an excellent array of top performing models, though, and also shows what’s at stake by choosing more ‘value’-led options. Only you can decide if they’re a sound investment for your game and ability.

Finally, if you really want to optimise driver distance and playability on the course, don’t just chase high launch and low spin. Brands are now talking about tour pros moving away from low-spin drivers, in favour of a more rounded approach to power and playability, and we’re very much in favour of the movement. 

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Longest Golf Drivers: Older Models

Callaway Epic Speed driver

RRP £499.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 167.9 mph | Spin: 2795 rpm | Carry Distance: 283 yards

Callaway Epic Speed Driver

Callaway know what they’re doing when it comes to creating drivers that deliver distance.

The Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero was the longest driver we tested last year, and this year they’ve created two of the three longest drivers we’ve tested, in the Callaway Epic Speed and Callaway Epic Max. (With the Callaway Epic Max LS coming in fourth.)

Not only was the Callaway Epic Speed the longest driver we tested in 2021, it was the fourth most forgiving, making it a superb all-round driver.

Callaway Epic Max driver

RRP £499.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 167.1 mph | Spin: 3052 rpm | Carry Distance: 280 yards

Callaway Epic Max

It’s hard not to be impressed by what Callaway have done with their Epic drivers this year. Improving on the ‘Jailbreak’ bars that have helped boost ball speeds since their introduction in 2016, Callaway’s ‘Speed Frame’ further reduces crown deflection, meaning more energy is passed from club to ball. 

The result is greater ball speeds, which equals longer drives. 

The Callaway Epic Max may have come up a little short of its sibling, the Epic Speed, when it comes to all-out distance, but the fact it offers greater forgiveness without giving up very much in yardage means it will be a fantastic driver for a huge number of golfers. 

The Epic Max is the most draw capable, the highest launching and the most forgiving Callaway Epic driver available. Combined with distances that are almost top of the pile, the Callaway Epic Max is likely to be one of, if not the best-selling driver of the year. 

Honma TR20 driver

RRP £599.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.4 mph | Spin: 2384 rpm | Carry Distance: 280 yards

Honma Driver

The Honma TR20 driver features three sole weight ports, meaning it can be set up for different needs. 

In the Honma TR20’s most forgiving setup (with the most weight at the back) we found it performed superbly. Not only was it one of the three longest drivers of the year, it was one of the three most forgiving drivers, too. 

At £599, it’s not cheap, but the performance does back up the price tag.  

Callaway Epic Max LS driver

RRP £499.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 166.2 mph | Spin: 2727 rpm | Carry Distance: 279 yards

Callaway Epic Max LS

The Callaway Epic Max LS rounds off Callaway’s hugely impressive showing in terms of drivers for 2021, with three of the four longest drivers of the year bearing the name Epic. 

The Epic Max LS is Callaway’s low spin model, so it won’t be for everyone, but for high swing speed players who generate a lot of spin, it could well be the longest driver you can get your hands on. 

PXG 0811 X+ Proto driver

RRP £520.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 166.6 mph | Spin: 3016 rpm | Carry Distance: 279 yards

PXG Proto Driver

The PXG 0811 X+ Proto driver is a versatile beast, proving to be one of the longest and most forgiving drivers of 2021. That’s thanks to the four-weight sole set up, meaning the PXG 0811 Proto can be set up to focus on lowering spin or on a higher launch and greater forgiveness.

The PXG 0811 X+ Proto was our joint longest low spin driver at 279 yards and in its more forgiving set up was also just a yard back from our longest traditional forgiving driver, which means it’s a versatile and powerful option.

If you’re someone who generates quite a lot of spin with your driver the PXG 0811 X+ Proto is well worth testing.

And, at £405, it’s cheaper than many of its competitors, which isn’t something you can normally say about PXG. 

Cobra Radspeed

RRP £369.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 166.6mph | Spin: 2834 rpm | Carry Distance: 279 yards

Cobra Rad Speed

If you want a driver that helps reduce spin and delivers fantastic distance, without breaking the bank, the Cobra RAD Speed could well be for you. 

With a 279-yard carry, it was the joint-longest of all the low spin drivers we tested. And, at just £369, it’s one of the cheapest drivers available, which is incredible when you consider how much technology is packed into it.

It features adjustable weighting, a CNC milled face, skeleton titanium body, carbon crown/sole panels, new radial weighting and an Arccos shot-tracker in the grip. It makes the Cobra RAD Speed a fantastic value driver, but there is a catch. The Cobra RAD Speed isn’t particularly forgiving, with considerably more carry distance drop-off than the Ping G425 LST, a low spin model that proved far more friendly on off-centre hits. 

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TaylorMade SIM2 Max

RRP £449.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 164.9 mph | Spin: 2821 rpm | Carry distance: 278 yards

TaylorMade SIM2

The TaylorMade SIM2 Max was five yards behind the longest driver we tested this year (the Callaway Epic Speed), which perhaps shouldn’t be surprising given that TaylorMade have focused a lot on tweaking the original SIM design in order to increase forgiveness. 

As such, the SIM2 Max has a 5% larger face and 3% higher MOI than the TaylorMade SIM range it replaced. And whilst many golfers will understandably be drawn to the Callaway Epic Speed and the promise of five yards more distance, the TaylorMade SIM2 Max still outperformed the likes of Ping, Titleist, and Mizuno. Plus, all of the leading drivers are brilliant these days, so the performance differences are relatively small. 

Titlest TSi3

RRP £519.00VIEW OFFER
Ball Speed: 168.0 mph | Spin: 3154 rpm | Carry Distance: 277 yards

Titleist TSi3

Titleist haven’t always featured among the longest drivers available, but new shaping reduces drag by 15% which boosts clubhead speeds and, in turn, ball speed and distance. 

The Titleist TSi3 is a driver aimed at the better player (the Titleist TSi2 is a more forgiving alternative for golfers who don’t always find the middle of the face) and many tour pros quickly put it in the bag when it launched in Autumn 2020. 

At £519 (rising to £679 with a premium shaft) the Titleist TSi3 doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a very good-looking driver and whilst it didn’t top the charts for carry distance, it recorded the highest ball speed of any driver we tested. Carefully custom fit to your spec, that could make it a real contender for good golfers with high swing speeds who generate a lot of spin, particularly if budget isn’t an issue. 

Just be wary of the drop-off between your good and bad strikes when testing. We found it dropped 79% more carry distance on mishits than the Ping G425 LST, which is the benchmark for forgiveness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Today's Golfer Equipment Editor Simon Daddow.

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor at todaysgolfer.co.uk

Simon has worked in the golf industry for 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, before going onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.

Joining EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) in 2006 as Equipment Editor Simon has worked for Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines and the Today’s Golfer website.
Simon is 46 years old, he’s played golf for 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

You can contact Simon here.

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