The Most Forgiving Driver 2020

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Even the world's best golfers don't hit it out of the middle every time, so we can all benefit from a more forgiving driver. Here we find out which drivers provided the least distance drop-off on off-centre hits during our 2020 test.

When picking the best driver, it's important to focus on more than just the one that goes the furthest. That's why, for the first time, our drivers test this year looked at the average drop-off in distance between good and bad strikes.

Nobody strikes their driver perfectly every time - even the pros - so a driver that carries 280 yards with a good strike and 275 yards with a bad strike will serve you much better than one that carries 285 yards with a good strike but 260 yards with a bad one. 

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As always, we'd recommend you do your own testing and get a custom fitting to see what the most forgiving driver is for you, but here are the ten best models, where bad strikes were least severely punished in terms of carry distance loss, during our 2020 driver test. 

1. Callaway Mavrik

Ball speed drop-off: 6.9mph

Backspin increase: 708rpm (1st)

Carry distance lost: 5 yards (1.8% of total - 1st)

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2. Mizuno ST200

Ball speed drop-off: 5.7mph

Backspin increase: 1,539rpm

Carry distance lost: 11 yards (3.9% of total - 2nd)

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How they placed (1st - 5th)

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3. Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Ball speed drop-off: 9.1mph

Backspin increase: 1,889rpm

Carry distance lost: 12 yards (4.3% of total - 3rd)

T4. Ping G410 LST

Ball speed drop-off: 2.4mph (1st)

Backspin increase: 1,370rpm

Carry distance lost: 12 yards (4.4% of total)

T4. Callaway Epic Flash

Ball speed drop-off: 5.2mph

Backspin increase: 1,570rpm

Carry distance lost: 12 yards (4.4% of total)

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6. Ping G410 Plus

Ball speed drop-off: 4.3mph (2nd)

Backspin increase: 1,149rpm (3rd)

Carry distance lost: 12 yards (4.5% of total)

T7. TaylorMade SIM

Ball speed drop-off: 4.8mph

Backspin increase: 1,557rpm

Carry distance lost: 14 yards (5.1% of total)

T7. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

Ball speed drop-off: 4.4mph (3rd)

Backspin increase: 1,583rpm

Carry distance lost: 14 yards (5.1% of total)

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How they placed (6th - 10th)

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9. Mizuno ST200G

Ball speed drop-off: 5.7mph

Backspin increase: 1,220rpm

Carry distance lost: 14 yards (5.2% of total)

10. Titleist TS4

Ball speed drop-off: 8.2mph

Backspin increase: 1,364rpm

Carry distance lost: 15 yards (5.5% of total)

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