We’ve tested all the latest models to give you the lowdown on the best driver for high handicappers of 2023
If you’re a high handicap golfer or beginner golfer in the market for a new driver, you’re in a decent position already. So what is the best golf driver for high handicap golfers?
There’s nothing worse than teeing up the ball on the first tee and watching it go sailing into the rough stuff, or worse, onto the next hole.
That’s where getting maximum forgiveness is key in a driver, especially for higher handicap players with slower swing speeds who tend to hit the ball off centre.
We’ve tested the complete new range of drivers from the big golf brands, so we’ve picked out the most forgiving drivers in each brand’s roster to help you get your driving game back on track.
The below models can also be considered the best golf drivers for beginners, the best golf drivers for mid to high handicap golfers, and even the best golf drivers for 18 handicap players and over, as their characteristics are equally beneficial for these these types of players.
If you’re happy with the performance of your driver but need some more power on the fairways, you’ll need some of the best new fairway woods. Or if you’re wanting to invest in some quality hybrids, we’ve reviewed the latest models to help you make an informed decision before buying.
Best golf drivers for high handicappers 2023
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD
Powerful and forgiving
I really like the changes Taylormade have made to the Stealth 2. The crown being glossy instead of matte gives you a more classic feel, and I think it’s brilliant that although it is a draw-biased driver, when you stand over the ball you can’t tell.
TaylorMade are right on the money with the new Stealth 2 HD driver. It has all of the looks of a players club that golfers want, with all the technology to straighten out the ball flight, which is what all golfers need. I love that the draw bias is subtle and not so in your face as it can be with other brands.
This is the only draw-biased driver I have ever considered putting in my bag. Before taking it out for tournament play, it would need to be finely tuned and tested to ensure I am not likely to hit my confidence-shattering low left shot, but I can’t look past how easy it is to use.
I believe that this driver is going to be a real hit in 2023. It is remarkably easy to hit, and because of it’s good looks, it will appeal to more than just the slicers of the golfing world.
- Read the full review here
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Callaway Paradym X Driver
Highest launching driver
As with the rest of the Paradym range, this is a great-looking driver. Looking at this at address, the club head is more elongated than the rest of the family. This is to allow Callaway to get more weight low and back so this club is easier to launch and is more forgiving.
Callaway have really changed how their drivers look in address position compared to last year’s Rogue ST. The first big change is that the crown now has a gloss finish. I love this change and think a dark glossy crown looks great behind the golf ball. The shaping is much more compact which I massively prefer, and I also like the new matt alignment feature on the front of the crown.
I loved how easy-to-hit this model felt, and I think this would really suit mid to high-handicap golfers, but personally for my game, it launched too high and spun too much to put in play. I do think this could be dialled in with a proper custom fitting though.
- Read the full review here
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Ping G430 Max Driver
Ping drivers are always very confidence-inspiring over the golf ball and this model is no different. It has a bigger oversized shaping than we see from other brands but we are excepting of this as we know how it boosts performance.
I really like the new patterning on the back of the crown and the addition of small lines on the back of the head as I feel it frames the centre of the club and weirdly makes it look slightly smaller behind the golf ball.
I always love the consistency of Ping drivers but sometimes feel the bigger shaping means I don’t get as much club head speed or carry distance as I would like. So I was keen to see if this would change with in the new G430 model.
- Related: Read the full review here
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Cobra Aerojet Max Driver
Best draw bias driver
This has the biggest shaping in the range but I don’t think you can massively tell. It sits really nicely behind the golf ball and the slightly longer front to back length of the crown is very confidence inspiring.
Straight away, it was clear just how much more draw bias this was than the Aerojet or the Aerojet LS models. I didn’t have one ball finish to the right of the target line which is perfect for players who lose the ball to the right and want to straighter out their ball flight.
I really like the fact all the drivers carry similar distances as it means you can pick a model based on what spin, launch and shot shape characteristics you need, rather than purely being driven by carry distance.
Overall this is another great driver from Cobra. It is seriously worth checking out if you are fed up of missing the fairway to the right and also if you want something easy to hit high and need a driver that spins more.
- Read the full review here
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