Ul­ti­mate Driv­ing Ma­chines

Driv­ers have never been more ad­vanced than they are to­day – and that’s good news for you


Ev­ery year a plethora of new driv­ers hit the mar­ket, all promis­ing ex­tra ad­justa­bil­ity, bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics, faster ball speeds and, of course, more dis­tance.

Call­away, Tay­lorMade, Cobra, Mizuno and Wil­son all have brand new 2017 models ar­riv­ing right now in shops across the coun­try. But for you to put them all to the test to find your per­fect big dog takes a se­ri­ous in­vest­ment of time from both you and your pre­ferred re­tailer.

We’re all about help­ing you make bet­ter buy­ing de­ci­sions, so we’ve tested them for you and come up with a short­list which we reckon are worth your con­sid­er­a­tion this year.

We’ve not in­cluded cur­rent models on sale in 2016 (like Ping’s G, Call­away’s Fu­sion or Srixon’s Z 565). But this ex­clu­sive test does pit two of the big­gest club launches of 2017 head-to-head – namely Call­away’s Epic driv­ers and Tay­lorMade’s M1 and M2.

How we did it

We asked the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to send us their lat­est 2017 models in each of the tester’s specs. Each player hit shots us­ing Fore­sight Sports’ GC2 launch mon­i­tor in­side a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment. We col­lected ball and club data from ev­ery shot hit.

Ma­jor misses were re­jected, but we mon­i­tored how shots launched into the air, what hap­pened dur­ing their flight as well as where shots im­pacted the face to give a good com­par­i­son of for­give­ness be­tween each model. Af­ter some se­ri­ous num­ber crunch­ing – as well as a cou­ple of heated dis­cus­sions – we de­cided if each driver was do­ing what its man­u­fac­turer claims it does, and how each might per­form for you.

The testers

Chris Ryan, pro, Se­nior pro­fes­sional at The Bel­fry and gear ex­pert.

Chris Jones, 11 hand­i­cap, a hard-hit­ting but in­con­sis­tent player. Si­mon Daddow, 10 hand­i­cap

Equip­ment Edi­tor, a for­mer golf club de­signer with a slower, con­sis­tent swing.

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