Ok, you have poured over the Golf Digest 2015 Equipment Hot List, looked at the manufacturer’s websites, checked out the GolfWRX forum, and gone to ask some questions at a big box store. But you still aren’t sure which driver is right for you this year. After testing the new drivers from Callaway. TaylorMade, Ping, Tour Edge Exotics, Titleist and more, we have seen two big changes from last year. Spin rates are down…again. Every driver we tested has lower spin than last year’s model. Lower spin means more distance and maybe a bit more accuracy. It is tough to really give a carte blanche recommendation to any particular drivers as every golfer needs to be fit to get the optimum spin for their swing but I will say the Ping G30 LS Tec, TaylorMade R15, Titleist 915 D3 and Callaway GBB 815 Alpha had the lowest spin in our testing followed closely by TaylorMade Aeroburner, Tour Edge Exotic 8 Beta, Callaway XR, Titleist 915 D2 and Ping G30. Second, lofts are more true to market than last year. So now a 10.5 degree driver in a GBB 815 Alpha will play pretty close to the same loft as the R15 10.5. Of course all of the drivers tested were fit the golfer’s swing rather than just playing stock shafts. Finally, forgiveness is better on miss-hits as the sweet spots are getting larger. The two biggest improvements are in the TaylorMade R15 (versus the SLDR) and Callaway GBB 815 Alpha (versus last year’s GBB Alpha). For golfers that tend to miss-hit from heel to toe the most forgiving drivers are the Callaway XR, Ping G30 (all models), Titleist 915 D2 and TaylorMade Aeroburner. As always, you have to like the look of the driver at address so that you have confidence in your tee shot. And finally, get the right shaft that allows you to swing with confidence that you can hit more fairways and get the added distance you are looking for! So which one is best? The one YOU hit the best in your fitting session and take to the course. Every player is different which is why we pick the shaft that works the best first and then try different heads to optimize performance. So, if you have not had a new driver in the last 3-4 years, it is time to go get fit for more distance, accuracy and consistency off the tee!
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