NCG 2014 Driver Test – The Results

Competitions

We have reviewed the top 21 drivers on the market for our 2014 test. Find out what we thought of all of them.

Others love Christmas Day but for us, our annual driver test is the highlight of the year. This time, we called in what we believe to be the 21 best models on the market. And then we hit them until our backs ached and hands bled!

The Methodology

We conducted the test at Moor Allerton GC in Leeds, where we used their state-of-the-art fitting studio complete with Trackman launch monitor. All the brands were invited to send in their latest drivers with the option to provide custom-fitted samples if they preferred to do so.

Key factors
-Looks
-Sound and feel 
-Distance Forgiveness
-Quality of components 
-Value for money 
-Playability

The Testers

Dan Murphy (DM)
Handicap: 3
“A new driver is all about custom fitting – I like a fast feel off the face and I need to be confident the shaft is keeping my spin rates down without costing me any swing speed.”

James Whitaker (JW)
Handicap: Pro
“There’s so much choice these days and with the adjustability at our disposal we really can dial in the performance. That said, I still like to see a classic head shape at address.”

Pete Chippindale (PC)
Handicap: 12
“I really like a driver that feels light as it makes me feel that I can finish my swing and get maximum clubhead speed. I’ve used white-headed clubs before now.”

THE RESULTS – CLICK THE LINKS TO FIND OUT MORE

GOLD AWARD WINNERS

TaylorMade SLDR/SLDR TP – VIDEO

Ping G25 – VIDEO

Nike covert 2.0 Performance/Tour – VIDEO

Callaway X2 Hot – VIDEO

SILVER AWARD WINNERS

Cobra Bio Cell/Bio Cell+ 

Yonex Ezone XP

BRONZE AWARD WINNER

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha – VIDEO

FACT: THERE WAS NOT A POOR DRIVER IN THIS TEST. WE HAVE OUR FAVOURITES BUT DON’T THINK ANY OF THESE COMPANIES MAKE POOR DRIVERS. THEY DON’T.

PING i25 – VIDEO

Wilson Staff D-100

Wilson Staff FG Tour M3

Callaway Big Bertha – VIDEO

TaylorMade JetSpeed/JetSpeed TP – VIDEO

Cleveland 588 Custom

Lynx Boom Boom 3

Benross Rip/Hot/Max Speed 2

Titleist 913 D2/D3

MD Golf Superstrong Superfit 

John Letters TR47

Adams XTD

Mizuno JPX EZ

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