Do you know how many golf drivers are available on the market right now?
I don’t either, but my point is, there are a ton.
And the reason there are a ton is that technology can make drivers suited for all sorts of swings, people, slices, hooks, etc…
In this post, I want to discuss the easiest driver to hit for beginners and what features you should consider when picking one up.
Driver Features to Consider
Golf Driver Head Size
The head of the club is probably the biggest factor to consider when choosing a driver for a beginner. It makes sense that the bigger the head of the driver, the more likely you’ll strike the ball. The maximum allowable size head is 460 cc.
Often times the most forgivable driver will have the biggest head. This usually correlates to a larger sweet-spot. Meaning, even if you don’t hit the ball perfectly, it will still carry well, and be less likely to shank off to the right or left.
Additionally, golf driver heads come in different shapes. For beginners, the rounded head is usually the best. They tend to be less bulky, and don’t get caught up on the turf as often.
The loft of the driver is the angle of the clubface. The loft of drivers ranges from about 8-14 degrees. There are drivers out there that go to an extreme, but for the purpose of this article and simplicity, we’ll stick with drivers in that range.
Beginners tend to have a slower swing speed, so a driver with a bit more loft, which will carry the ball a bit further is ideal. So if you’re anything like me, a loft of 10 give or take 1 or 2 usually works best.
Golf Driver Shafts
Again, there are a variety of shafts and materials available these days. Golf club shafts are available in five distinctions (extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior and ladies) and are typically made of steel or graphite.
Clubhead speed determines the flex a golfer needs. The higher the speed, the stiffer the shaft. Steel shafts, which are heavier than graphite, are stiff and less forgiving than graphite. Graphite shafts are lighter and can help increase swing speed. Selecting the right flex for your shaft is key to good ball striking. Beginners usually benefit from starting with a flexible shaft.
Finally, the budget will play a role. I personally think it’s kind of dismissive not to consider the cost. I don’t believe in getting the cheapest item because I think you get what you pay for. And I don’t think it’s necessary to overspend on features that you won’t use, or could even hurt your score.
What is Considered Easy to Hit
The high-end drivers the pros use are very specific to their swing. A driver that is easy to hit is one that is forgiving, meaning if you have a mis-hit or don’t make perfect contact, the ball won’t veer much.
It could be the difference between hitting off the side of the fairway a bit and hitting out of bounds. Drivers that are easy to hit are also lighter, meaning you can easily play a round of golf without getting tired of swinging the driver.
I would also add an acceptable driving distance to this category of easy to hit. Beginners need to work on techniques such as weight distribution, waist thrust, perfect contact, and wrist alignment, all of which can contribute a lot to how far your drives go. The drivers below don’t necessarily need all these techniques to be perfected before hitting the course.
I don’t want to add a bunch of fluff to this post and get side-tracked on a tangent. So without further adieu, below is the list that I researched. When possible I provide a couple of different vendors so you can get the best deal available.
Easiest Drivers to Hit
1) PGX Offset Golf Driver – I’m gonna start this list off with one of the most affordable options, and that is this Pinemeadow Offset Driver. The offset of the driver helps you square the ball at impact. Having a square face at impact is important and will result in straighter drivers. At 460cc’s the driver offers every golfer a large sweet spot giving you maximum forgiveness. While Pinemeadow might not be a big name brand you recognize, the rave reviews on this driver prove it’s holding its own.
2) Cobra Golf 2019 F-Max Superlite Offset Driver (Editor’s Choice)- what I really like about this one is how light it is. An Ultra-forgiving construction strategically positions weight low, back and heelward to deliver straighter, higher-launching trajectories. A variable thickness that enhances ball speed and distance across a larger sweet zone. Reviewers say it’s the best club they’ve owned, while others say it’s adding 10-15 yards to their drives. Can’t complain about those results.
3) TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Black Driver – TaylorMade is probably the premier driver manufacturer in the golfing market. It’s still considered very affordable at under $200 and is probably why so many beginners that have difficulty making good drives rave about it. Made with the max club head of 460 cc and comes in a variety of shafts, it is easy to see why so many are sold. An Ultralite titanium core strategically moves weight to the perimeter of the clubhead for more forgiveness as well as higher launch and greater control.
4) Callaway Golf 2020 Mavrik Max Driver – I’m reluctant to put this on the list because of the price, but for the Callaway Mavrik line, this one is deemed the most forgiving and easiest driver to hit for a beginner. I’m not here to tell you how to spend your money and it would be remiss to leave it off. The Mavrik Max driver features two interchangeable weights for a MAX forgiveness or MAX draw configuration. If you have issues hooking or slicing, this might be for you.
5) TaylorMade M4 Draw Type Driver – Another TaylorMade driver, but what can you expect from the leader in the golf driver world. If Tiger is hitting TaylorMade, you can be pretty assured it’s a manufacturer you can trust. The M4 features Twist Face Technology introduces a new curvature that reduces side spin by altering the loft in areas of common mis-hits to help you find the fairway. The M4 version features all the distance, accuracy, and forgiveness of the standard M4 with an even greater ability to hit straighter drives. For someone like me that has a tendency to have a few mis-hits during the round, the M4 can help out.
Conclusion of Easiest Drivers to Hit
As you can see the aforementioned drivers range in price, but they all have a flexible shaft option, large clubhead, and are designed to help those that struggle to hit decent drives. Hitting the driver tends to kick in the “swing out of my shoes” thought process, which can cause some massive drives, but more often than not, it rarely goes as straight and far as one would hope. Hopefully, one of these clubs can add a little distance and straighten the drives out for you.
If TaylorMade is your pick check this out.