So, what 2019 driver head appeals to YOU?
When selecting a club head, the driver head has to look good to your eye, sound good to your ear and feel good in your hands. This is what we call the “soft side” of the fitting process but it is very important. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard golfers tell me something like, “that just sounds terrible,” or “Nope, not playing a blue driver head.”.
While most drivers these days are 460cc in volume, they can have a distinctly different look based upon their design. The Srixon Z585, for example, will have a longer look from front to back than the Srixon Z785. By design, that takes the center of gravity back which results in a higher launching head. Same thing with the TaylorMade M6 (longer front to back for higher launch) versus the TaylorMade M5.
There are a few companies that still offer a slightly smaller 435cc or 440cc head like TaylorMade M5 Tour 435cc.
Finish and Color
I remember when the now-famous “white” driver heads hit the market. You either loved ’em or hated ’em. Same with all of the colors of the Cobra drivers. Well, now we have come full circle to more traditional colors and finishes. As you can see in our featured image, there a quite a few options. Matte is now the finish for PXG , TaylorMade and Ping. More of a glossy finish is found on the Cobra F9, Callaway EPIC Flash, Titleist T2/T3, TourEdge Exotics EXS and Srixon Z785. Since most of the driver heads have a light weight composite crown, you will see some of those highlighted with just a clear gloss cover. Again, these are TOTALLY personal preferences, but if the driver does not look great to you, your confidence will not be there at address.
We have come a long way since the days of the “tin can” sound of the NIKE SQ. However, everyone has a certain sound that they like. The new Titlest TS2 and TS3 for example have a more solid sound than the previous models. Same with the Tour Edge Exotics EXS. Some golfers like a more metallic sound at impact. Again, this is personal preference so make sure you test these drivers for sound as well as feel, especially on miss-hits off the toe or heel.
In my opinion, the shaft in the driver contributes more to feel than anything. So make sure you test a couple of different shaft flexes and weights before you decide you like or do not like the feel of a certain driver.
So bottom line, today’s drivers are so good, I doubt that we will see one out-perform the other by more that 5-10% with the proper shaft. In fact, in our preliminary testing, about 5-7% increase in ball speed is what you see across the board. So pick a driver that looks good, sounds good and feels good. Then get the proper shaft to optimize your performance!