Last year I was wondering if golf companies would be able to create a better driver in the years ahead. Have we reached the point where technology has been maxed out, and now we are just getting similar products with better marketing campaigns?
Now, if you are wondering if they crossed the limit and perfected their drivers, I invite you to continue reading what the best golf drivers for 2020 are, and what performance you can expect from them.
Best Golf Drivers, 2020
Callaway Golf Mavrik 2020
When the Epic Flash Drive was released last year, it was greeted with awe since it was the first AI (Artificial Intelligence) designed driver. Contrary to some opinions that it was marketing hype, it proved to be speed and distance-enhancing.
Recognizing the value of the A.I designed woods, Callaway followed the lead, and this year the company introduced the second-gen of the A.I designed drivers- the Mavrik. There are actually three Mavrik subcategories: Mavrik Standard, Mavrik Max (more forgiving), and Mavrik Sub Zero (for better players). We’re going to shortly review the Standard version.
Flash Face SS20: designed by a supercomputer, it is combined with FS2S Titanium, a stronger version of the previous one, but slightly lighter. The purpose is to enhance the speed but at the same time to maintain it within the R&A limits.
Jailbreak Technology: first introduced in the Big Bertha line, this technology integrates two internal bars that connect the sole and the light carbon crown to increase the MOI (forgiveness).
Shape and Design: The aerodynamic shape is the standout change from the rest of the Callaway drivers, and the company claims that it reduces drag, which adds on speed gain. But, what’s strikingly noticeable is the glossy metallic orange and black combination that gives it a premium look.
Performance: The overall design of Mavrik speaks of more speed and distance. The adjustable hosel, low weight distribution, and the titanium rib system allow springy feel at impact, mid trajectory, and exceptionally pleasing sound.
- AI designed face for speed optimization
- Aerodynamic head for less drag
- Adjustable hosel
- Four shaft options to choose from
- High MOI and forgiveness on off-center shots
- The weight is not adjustable (it is for Mavrik MAX and Sub Zero)
- Very expensive
When you see some of the best golfers in the world such as Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy opting for a TaylorMade driver, then you know that there’s a lot behind the driver. After the huge success of the M5/M6 lines, this year TaylorMade surprised us with an unstandardized and asymmetric head shape that has been impressing seasoned golfers for about five months now. This innovative structure, called Shape In Motion (SIM) promises to deliver faster and longer ball flights off the tee.
There are three models intended to meet various golfers’ skills and needs, so you can choose from this model, which is SIM (regular), then SIM MAX and SIM MAX-D.
Sole: This time, the secret behind the SIM is in the new sole shape, which is highly aerodynamic and asymmetric due to ‘Inertia Generator’ that places weight low and back for more forgiveness. The company claims that this ‘deviation’ reduces the drag and matches the arc of the swing.
Twist Face: We have seen it in the previous M5/M6 line. The corrective face angles produce almost equally successful ball flights when it comes to off-center hits. We also see the Speed Pocket and the Inverted Cone Technology introduced in the M family drivers that have proven to increase the speed and reduce the spin.
Sliding Weight and Loft Sleeve: Personalization of the golf club used to be a privilege of the tour players in the past, but now it is easily accessible to anyone (for a price of course). You can optimize the club up to about 20 yards of draw-fade bias.
Performance: The SIM model delivers low spin and distance gain to more than 20 yards if you know how to hit well. It is intended for better players, so in terms of forgiveness, it does deliver some. However, if forgiveness is what you are looking for, then SIM Max is a better option.
- Asymmetric sole and Inertia Generator
- Speed injected speed face
- Thru-slot speed pocket
- Movable weight (just SIM regular)
- 4-degree loft sleeve for adjustability
- Low spin and distance gain
- Not very forgiving (see SIM MAX for more forgiveness)
Callaway Epic Flash Driver
The ultimate flagship of the first Artificial Intelligence (A.I) driver, the Callaway Epic Flash driver, is the one that pushed the boundaries of golf drivers. It was the most sold driver for 2019 and the driver of choice of mid to low handicappers.
Speed is the central feature of this driver, thanks to the unique Flash Face design. It is the driver that puts together low spin and high forgiveness with exceptional distance gain and piercing ball flight.
Flash Face: This is the part of the driver that the supercomputer created, which differs drastically from any other Callaway’s design. The ear-shaped structure delivers much more ball speed resulting in more distance.
Jailbreak Technology: Seen in previous Callaway drivers, the two hourglass-shaped internal bars join the crown and the sole, making the structure stiffer and more stable. This leads to adding more impact load on the face, which means more speed.
Adjustable Perimeter Weighting: Depending on your golfing style and the speed of your swing, you can move weight to promote fades, draws, or straighter flights.
Performance: If you expect distance gain, then go for it. The Epic Flash driver is made to get you more yardages even if you hit off-center, and it will certainly ‘notify’ about the error.
- Lightweight Triaxial Carbon Crown for added forgiveness
- Speed and distance-enhancing driver
- Adjustable weight and loft
- Three premium shaft offerings
- On the pricey side
Cleveland Launcher Turbo Draw
The chances to see a Cleveland driver on tour are not very high, contrary to its popular wedges. However, Cleveland has released a few drivers within the past five years that deserve the utmost respect. Most of them dominate the game improvement category, such as the Launcher HB driver.
The latest, Cleveland Launcher Turbo Draw is the driver that I believe will gain popularity among average golfers who practice from time to time, who are inconsistent in their swings and who are looking for a driver that can quickly “fix” their swinging errors. However, don’t get fooled by this light description of the driver. It features serious technological advancements and a break-through design regarding forgiveness and speed.
Turbocharged cup face: What this means is that the face has a variable surface so that the COR (the energy transfer) is more consistent across a larger area. This means that off-center shots will result in greater speed and, consequently, more distance.
HiBore Crown: used in the previous HB Launcher, the HiBore Crown delivers the aerodynamic properties of the driver. It allows the CG (center of gravity) to be positioned lower so that you can launch the ball higher in the air. The launch angle is additionally enhanced by the ultralight hosel, which redistributes the weight lower and deeper.
Deep Weighting: By weight removal from other areas and added to the sole with whooping 35g, the MOI (forgiveness) gets maximized and which leads to longer and straighter shots on off-center shots.
Performance: Launcher lives up to its name, as it does deliver a higher launching angle, straighter ball flight, it adds speed and consequently distance. Most importantly, it is forgiving, so the heel or toe shots usually end up with similar speed as the center shots. So, if you are an average golfer with speed up to 100mph, then you can benefit greatly from this driver.
- Lightweight, forgiving, and easy to hit
- It can provide substantial help if you’re struggling with a slice
- Available in standard and draw models
- Miyazaki C. Kuma graphite shaft with counterbalanced design
- Lampkin 360 grip
- Non-adjustable hosel
- Not recommended for low handicappers
With its previous model, the Mizuno ST190 won on a PGA Tour and its popularity spiked. This year, the company decided to move forward with a trio of drivers (the standard, the G, and the X) that build on the predecessors with some tweaks, additions, and of course, technology.
Design: Design-wise, it keeps its traditional line, but it looks sharp and symmetrical. There’s lots of gloss on the sole with emphasis on the logo and carbon fiber on the Crown.
Face: The forged, Beta rich Titanium face with a thickness which is optimized to reach the maximum allowed limit, but not to overcome it, delivers straight and fast ball flights that rival the premium drivers. Thanks to Wave Technology, it enables the sole to compress and rebound at impact, creating a springy effect.
Weight: It is positioned low and deep in the head. Since it can be moved, it won’t allow you to customize your driver. However, the other side of the coin is that you’ll have a more stable driver that produces low spin and is more forgiving.
Performance: If you are familiar with the Tour Ready sound and feel that the Mizuno irons deliver, you will probably get that feel with this driver. In addition, you can expect low spin and forgiveness due to the low CG, so if you are a player that seeks predictable, straight-line distance, then this is a good option to go consider.
- Carbon Composite Crown moves the weight low and deep
- Wave sole that compresses and rebounds at impact for more speed
- Quick Switch Adaptor for adjustable loft/lie settings
- SAT Beta Ti Face and optimized face thickness
- Value for the money
- Limited shaft options for the US market
Cobra Golf Speedzone
When Cobra Golf released the F9 driver last year, it soon became one of the most popular drivers on the market. And, while many thought there was nothing else to add, Cobra introduced the Speedzone, raising the bar once again.
Speedzone tackles six zones of performance to add more speed and distance with some unique features that make the Speedzone an incredibly powerful driver that appeals to most players. If you are looking for extra forgiveness and a driver that can ‘fix’ your errors, take a look at the Speedzone Xtreme, a driver that was simultaneously released with the Speedzone.
CNC Milled Infinity Face (Power Zone): Since it is the driver’s face that creates the speed, Cobra decided to expand the milled area by 95%, enhancing the precision and the speed with every impact.
Chassis (Strength Zone): The titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis utilizes less titanium. However, it is a very strong structure able to withstand extreme speed. The saved weight is placed back and low creating a low CG for more forgiving performance.
360 Carbon Wrap Crown (Light Zone): Half of the body goes to the Crown, which allows more carbon fiber to a crown than it was ever made. This makes it more lightweight, saving 25g positioned around the perimeter for greater forgiveness.
Aero Zone: The new aerodynamic design combined with the low CG creates maximized airflow, which reduces the drag and, therefore, increases the speed and the distance.
Performance: Swinging with King Speedzone for most drivers will be for most golfers a pleasant experience. The name reflects its performance, so, yes, you are likely to see a speed boost. It delivers low spin and high launches thanks to the low CG, however, what you might not like is the metallic and slightly hollow sound.
- Interchangeable front and back weight ports
- CNC Milled Infinity Face
- Matte crown-easy to align and set up
- Very consistent, balanced and forgiving
- Four premium shaft options
- Some golfers might find the metallic, hollow sound unpleasant
Designed to appeal to the American and European golfers while maintaining the Japanese heritage, the Honma TR20 is the driver that promises a lot to better players. It was designed for tour players like Justin Rose, and it integrates tour-level performance and lots of technology. The TR20 comes in two head profiles (460cc and 440cc), and it is the weight management that the company is proud of the driver.
Face: The thin face structure, which features vertical grooves located on the backside, is ultra-strong and enables the golfer to deliver fast ball speeds not only on center shots but off-center too.
Chassis architecture: The titanium frame is complemented with the ET40 ribbed Crown. The sole too has been made from carbon fiber, allowing for weight saving and opening the possibility for weight management.
Weight management and CG: Depending on your preferences, there are three adjustable sole weights that provide the opportunity to adjust it for less spin, a stronger draw bias, or to add more forgiveness. As you move the weight, the CG changes as well, so it will directly influence the way you swing the ball, and help you customize your shot.
Adjustable lofts: The loft and the position of the face can be adjusted without rotating the shaft, thanks to the unique, patented Honma design.
Performance: Designed for better players, this driver has a lot of potentials that can be easily unleashed if you have some dexterity. You can expect speed and distance gains with every swing, with pleasant sound and feel.
- One of the most adjustable and customizable drivers
- Titanium frame and carbon crown
- Thin face structure with vertical grooves
- Three interchangeable weight ports
- It comes in two head sizes (460cc and 440cc)
- Vizard shafts availability for no additional costs
- One of the most expensive on the market
Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220
One of the most praised value-for-the-money drivers of the previous year was Tour Edge EXS, which was rightfully placed among the best lists. It was a high-performance driver that could easily compete with the ‘big five’ names but for almost half the price.
This year Tour Edge hit the market with an upgrade of the entire line introducing new technology without soaring the prices. The EXS 220 is considered more forgiving than its predecessor, so let’s take a look at its construction.
Diamond Face: The company says that it will help you achieve faster ball speed, less spin, and more forgiveness on off-center shots. This is the key technology of this driver as it features 42 thin and thick diamond shapes that expand the MOI.
Titanium Construction: The low density of 811 titanium is lighter but stronger, and that made it possible to reposition weight much lower in the head, which increases the launching angle.
Performance: If you are looking for a low and piercing ball flight that features a consistent draw, then this driver can help you achieve your goal. It is one of the most praised drivers when it comes to acoustics and feel, thanks to the internal sound diffusion bar.
- Faster ball speeds, less spin and more forgiveness
- Adjustable Hosel for +/- 2 degrees between the three loft options
- Triple Carbon Tech reposition the weight into the back of the head
- Three different stock shafts
- Excellent value for the money
And The Winner Is…
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