As you likely know, golf is arguably one of the most challenging sports ever. But things get a lot easier in this crazy sport if you can hit it long and straight off the tee.
Heck, even if you don’t always hit it straight but at least get it down there 250+ yards, the game gets so much easier. The longer you hit it off the tee, the shorter approach shots, which mean more putts for birdies (and hopefully lower scores).
But a lot of players make things harder on themselves by not playing drivers with enough forgiveness. A lot of times golfers use drivers that are meant for low handicap players or use one with the wrong loft/shaft settings.
Instead, you need to play the right driver for your game.
So what is the most forgiving driver?
After doing a ton of research, here are our five top picks to help you find the one for your game.
Most Forgiving Drivers in 2021
1. Callaway Epic Max
If you want forgiveness and distance, you will love the Callaway Epic Max driver. This club was designed using AI technology and is a huge step up from the 2020 Mavrik Max driver.
So what does AI have to do with making a forgiving golf club?
Well, they use AI to test endless variations of the club for maximum forgiveness and maximum ball speed. The result is the Max driver with a ton of high MOI (which makes it more forgiving) and a draw bias. Even if you slice the golf ball, this driver should help you straighten things out.
The 460cc clubhead is their most forgiving driver yet. Plus, it has a 16gram sliding rear weight to adjust ball flight and tweak for your own unique swing. And you can adjust loft with their OptiFit hosel and add up to 20 yards to your swing according to their website.
This is their highest launching driver and comes in a 9, 10.5, or 12 degree loft. Paired with a lightweight shaft (choose from a Project X Cypher or Project X HZRDUS Smoke), you can’t go wrong with this forgiving driver.
2. TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Another wildly popular driver is the TaylorMade SIM2 Max. The original SIM2 is a highly popular club by PGA Tour players including guys like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.
Now, they made it even more forgiving and easy to hit with the same great look of the SIM2. This is their highest launching, most forgiving driver yet. Plus, it has a built-in draw-bias to help you minimize that nasty slice and turn it into a straight shot (or at least a playable cut).
This forgiving driver is available in three shaft flexes; A, R, and S with the Fujikura Ventus Blue stock shaft. You can also choose a 9, 10.5, or 12 degree shaft.
3. Cobra Radspeed XD Driver
If you want to hit it hard and long like Bryson, why not play the brand he loves and is sponsored by? Cobra has made some serious strides in the past few years and now have an amazing product line of drivers.
The most forgiving Cobra driver is the Radspeed XD which made the Golf Digest Hot List in 2021. This club is meant for higher handicap golfers and engineered for distance with plenty of forgiveness.
Using radial weighting, the 20 grams of back-biased weight helps create a low spinning driver. This club is geared toward 5-25 handicaps and has a built-in heel bias to reduce those nasty slices.
4. Titleist TSi Series Driver
Titleist unveiled their latest drivers in 2021 with rave reviews. The new TSi metals are innovative and will help you add more distance to your game. Currently, their line-up offers four different models but if you’re searching for forgiveness, stick with the TSi1 or TS12 drivers.
These two are built for distance above all else and don’t require a huge amount of swing speed. The TSi series were built to deliver maximum launch and forgiveness regardless of where you hit it on the face. Thanks to a new approach to creating a high MOI club, your shot dispersion should be tighter than ever.
Plus, you can always adjust your loft and lie with their performance tuned adjustments. Not to mention, the stock shaft is awesome with its Aldila Ascent.
This is an easy to hit, high launching shaft that has FMT (focused Mass Technology) to help players square the club face. While you can’t adjust the club with sliding weights like some driver, this feature helps reduce your slice a ton.
The TSi series drivers are available in 9, 10, or 12 degree loft options. Watch this YouTube video to learn more about the TSi 1 can help your driving game.
5. Ping 425 Max Drivers
The Ping 425 Max driver is the most forgiving driver from Ping ever thanks to its incredibly high moment of inertia! It has a 26 gram tungsten movable weight and you can shift for a fade, neutral, or draw setting.
Plus, it has a forged face to maximize ball speed for extra distance. Paired with aerodynamic design, you will swing with more speed than you thought possible.
There are more forgiving drivers on the market than ever before. As golf continues to grow in popularity (largely due to the pandemic), manufacturers are expanding product lines to suit all types of golfers. Now you can play a version of your favorite PGA Tour player and hit it long off the tee.
When it comes to getting the most out of these drivers, make sure to buy the proper loft and shaft flex. Loft specifically plays a massive role in distance off the tee.
One of the biggest mistakes so many golfers make is playing a club with not enough loft. They want to be like their favorite pro who plays an 8 degree driver but in reality, they can’t swing like them!
Put your ego aside and play the correct loft for your game. Most high handicap players need 10.5 or even 12 degrees to maximize distance. Playing a shaft that isn’t too stiff is also super important as well.
Paired with a new, forgiving driver you will hit it longer than ever.
Do you buy a new driver every year to help you gain more distance off the tee?
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