5 drivers with a generous sweetspot
Nearly every major equipment manufacturer has released their 2023 club lineup. Now the work begins. If you’re in the market for a new driver, consider this guide a roadmap to tracking some potential options to complement your game.
To be clear, the goal of this guide is to highlight clubs that do certain things well. We’re of the belief that golfers deliver the club differently, thereby making it impossible to claim any one club is the “best” for someone with a tendency to slice
But with the help of our robotic and player testing insights, we’re able to whittle down the field and provide some options to test. It’s up to you and a certified club-fitter to determine where you should go from there.
5 DRIVERS FOR EVERY PLAYER TYPE: 5 drivers to help you fade the ball | 5 drivers to help you correct a slice | 5 drivers to help you boost distance | 5 drivers to help you lower launch | 5 drivers to help you increase launch | 5 drivers with pinpoint accuracy | 5 drivers with a generous sweetspot | 5 drivers with a low spin rate | 5 drivers with a high spin rate
Callaway Paradym X
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Callaway Paradym X
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The Paradym driver lineup — which comes in three models to help you find your best fit — incorporates proven technologies that Callaway has refined to blend greater forgiveness with more distance. The main attribute of the Paradym is the 360 Carbon Chassis that eliminates any titanium from the driver’s body to push mass to where it can best help the target player. Models include the Callaway Paradym, Callaway Paradym X and Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond.
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Ping G430 Max
Ping G430 Max
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Five months after Ping’s G430 took the PGA Tour by storm in Las Vegas, the driver lineup is officially coming to retail. As we’ve come to expect from Ping, all three drivers (G430 LST, G430 SFT and G430 Max) are plenty forgiving and boast a heaping helping of stability. But there’s more to G430 than pure stability. Ping engineers cranked up the speed with the help of a shallower and thinner VFT forged face designed with the same Spinsistency technology the equipment manufacturer first debuted in its fairway woods and hybrids. The complexly curved clubface features a modified roll profile with less loft on the lower portion to normalize spin and increase ball speed. Models include the Ping G430 Max, Ping G430 SFT and Ping G430 LST.
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Srixon ZX5 MKII
Srixon ZX5 MKII
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The power in the ZX MKII woods comes from Srixon’s Rebound Frame which is in its second generation. This frame creates multiple areas in the head for the face and body to seamlessly flex to create better energy transfer to the ball resulting in more ball speed and more distance. The flex zones of the ZX MKII woods work like double-stacked trampolines — not something we recommend you try unless you’re looking to break your collar bone, but something that works great when you’re looking for distance off the tee. Models include the Srixon ZX5 MKII and Srixon ZX7 MKII.
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TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD
TaylorMade Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD and Stealth 2 Plus Drivers
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The carbon wood is here to stay, and after the Stealth driver cemented its place into the bags of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Tiger Woods and many more elite pros, Stealth 2 brings even more speed, forgiveness and control to players’ bags. The standout feature of the Stealth 2 line is the Nano textured 60X Carbon Twist Face that has a newly optimized profile off the back of the face that incorporates TaylorMade’s famous Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) to better maintain ball speeds on shots hit away from center. Models include the TaylorMade Stealth 2, TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD and TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus.
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At roughly 40 grams lighter than a standard driver, Titleist’s 460cc TSR1 driver is exactly what you’re thinking — a lightweight product designed for slower to moderate swing speeds who want to pick up more distance (and launch) without making significant modifications to their swing. The TSR2 has been re-engineered from the inside out to deliver more ball speed, stability and a look that fits more in line with the rest of the TSR series. The TSR3 follows a similar path of the improvements to the TSR2, thanks to a newly designed face insert and a subtly reshaped skirt and sole for better aerodynamics. The TSR4 is a true specialty club in the fitting space designed to offer reduced spin for players that have swing dynamics that make it harder to create ideal launch conditions. The TSR4 also offers a smaller head profile. At 430cc, it’s one of few sub-460cc drivers on the market. Models include the Titleist TSR1, Titleist TSR2, Titleist TSR3 and Titleist TSR4.
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