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Best Drivers for Slicers 2024

Are you sick of chipping out from the right trees on every hole you hit driver on? Have a look at our list of best drivers that will help correct your slice

 

For those golfers who are fighting a slice off of the tee, the right driver set up can be the missing piece to your golf game. Rather than trying to manipulate yourself, draw bias drivers are designed with weights placed more at the heel of the club to promote a more closed club face at impact. This is great news for you slicers of the ball as this should help control that drastic left to right.

Below we highlight some of the best drivers for golfers with a slice 2024.


Best golf drivers for slicers 2024


TaylorMade Qi10 Max Driver

5 star review

Reviewed By Hannah Holden

The Max driver has the largest profile in the Qi10 range, but it still looks great behind the golf ball and is likely more confidence-inspiring for the majority of golfers. I love the new infinity carbon fibre crown and how seamless the top of the club looks behind the golf ball.

I was really impressed with the high ball flight I got with this and the consistency of the flight. My ‘worst shot’ dispersion-wise finished only thirteen yards from my target, and from left to right, my dispersion was only 25 yards wide, which is absolutely insane. I’m not sure I have ever hit a driver so straight with a variety of strikes.

This driver is going to make an impact in the golf market this year. It offers serious levels of forgiveness that could improve the game of all golfers, from high handicappers to tour pros and it is going to be a serious contender for going in my bag this year.

Pros:

  • Confidence Inspiring Design
  • Extreme Forgiveness
  • High Launch

Cons:

  • None


RRP: £449

Shafts: Fujikura Speeder NX TCS 50 (S, R, A) and Mitsubishi Diamana T+ 60 (X, S, R) 

Grip: Golf Pride Z-Grip Black/Blue 0.600 52g 

Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°

More information: TaylorMade Website

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D driver

4.5 star review

Reviewed By Paul Miller

I am aged 46, 8 handicap golfer with a slow swing speed. I don’t hit the ball a great distance, but the strength of my game is generally the consistency of my driving. I can hit the ball both ways, but I do favour a fade off the tee.

As such, I was pretty happy with my numbers, with the ball going right or left when I intended to. So, even though the total spread was 69.3 yards from left to right, I would point out that in reality, when I was trying to hit a fade or a draw, it happened, and with the draw, it was definitely under control.

Overall, I was really impressed with this driver’s performance. When you are over the ball, you just want to hit it, and so it gives you confidence before you even hit the ball. Though I tend to play mainly with a fade, I was impressed with the results when trying to hit a draw. I felt the ball was under control and would be happy to use this when finding the fairway – be it with a fade or a draw.

Pros:

  • Consistency
  • Sits great on the eye
  • Great for those wishing to draw the ball

Cons:

  • Premium price point


RRP: £569

Shafts: Project X Cypher 2.0 | 40 G (LGT) | D2
MCA Tensei AV Blue | 50 G (REG | STF) | D3 & 60 G (STF ) | D4

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 50G

Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°

More information: Callaway website

Cobra DarkSpeed Max Driver

5 star review

Reviewed By Hannah Holden

I really like the fact that although this is Cobra’s most forgiving driver model it doesn’t look too big behind the ball, yet is still confidence-inspiring. It’s a big win for Cobra in the looks category this year.

This driver is called Max for a reason, Cobra is aiming to deliver maximum forgiveness, maximum height, and maximum draw bias.

The back of the driver features a 12g weight that can be positioned at the heel of the club for the most draw bias or at the rear for a more neutral option. During my testing, I kept this at the back as I don’t need excessive amounts of help hitting a draw. I was seriously impressed with the results in terms of dispersion and consistency.

My average carry distance ended up at 229.8 yards, which I was really happy with. I really liked the fact my carry distance was very consistent across all three models in the Darkspeed range, which meant you could pick the best model based on ball flight, spin and shot shape rather than simply going for the model that flys the furthest.

PROS

  • Easy to hit
  • Great dispersion
  • High launch
  • Good balance of speed and forgiveness

CONS

  • Not everyone needs draw bias


RRP: £429

Stock Shafts: Project X Hzrdus CB Red (A and R flex) | UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Red (R and S flex)

Grip: Lampkin Crossline

Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°

More information: Cobra Website

Ping G430 SFT Driver

5 star review
ping g430 sft driver review

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

As soon as you pick up the G430 SFT, you almost sigh with relief as its profile is much bigger than a lot of the other brands’ new drivers this year. The Ping has a shallow face and an elongated head, which makes it feel massive and that the sweet spot is huge.

Ping have also added their Spinsistency technology to the drivers in the G430 range. This means that strikes from low or high locations on the face will spin more consistently, which produces more predictable, longer shots.

This driver is a real contender to be my gamer for the 2023 season. I don’t normally go for a draw driver, but this was so easy to hit AND long that it gives you the confidence not many drivers give you. Driving is such an important part of the game now that if you can find something that is forgiving and long, you’d be a fool not to use it.

PROS

  • Sounds brilliant
  • Consistent flight from all strike locations
  • Adjustable weight means draw features really work
  • Plenty of shaft options

CONS

  • It will not suit a player who already draws the ball


RRP: £525

Lofts: 10.5°

Featured shafts: Alta CB Black 55/65/70; Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65/75/85; Ping Tour 2.0 Black 65/75; Alta Quick 35/45; Project X Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 50/60/70; Mitsubishi Kai’li White 60/70

More information: Ping website

Wilson Dynapwr Driver

4.5 star review
wilson dynapwr

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

Straight away, the shaping is very different; it’s now much more pear-shaped than before and looks solid behind the ball. The red detailing is subtle but frames the head nicely. The head feels quite light in the swing, which encourages you to swing hard, which I really like.

On average, I carried this 262.4 yards, with my longest at 271. This is exceedingly long as I tested this club on a frosty morning at -2 degrees, so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of distance and clubhead speed.

The 156.4 mph average ball speed is pretty good, with my fastest at 162.6 mph probably one of the fasted ball speeds I’ve seen on test this year, so huge props to Wilson for that.

We can thank artificial intelligence for this impressive speed. Wilson, like many other brands this year, have enlisted the help of computers and A.I. to run thousands of calculations to produce a club face with variable thickness to maximise ball speeds.

Forgiveness is a huge factor when it comes to picking the right driver, and this has to be one of the most forgiving out available at the moment. It is also incredibly adjustable, which we didn’t see in last year’s driver, but this is a huge win for golfers who can now really customise their shot shape.

PROS

  • Smaller, more classic shape
  • Very forgiving
  • Centred hits gave very competitive ball speeds compared to more expensive drivers
  • Will suit slower swing speeds

CONS

  • Non-centred centre of gravity won’t suit players who hook the ball


RRP: £370

Lofts: 9˚, 10.5˚, 13˚

Featured shafts: Fujkura Ventus Blue & Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX

Grips: Lamkin Crossline 360

More information: Wilson Website

Mizuno ST-X 230 Driver

4.5 star review
mizuno st-x 230 driver

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

After a quick warm-up, I took this to the range where I teach and blasted my first shot 264.4 yards through the air with ease. I normally don’t hit any drivers with ease, so this was a big deal.

I thought that my dream of having a smaller profile head with high spin characteristics was something I could only dream of, but Mizuno have managed it in the ST-X 230.

The spin on my miss hits dropped to around 2200rpm, which is still a very playable number, and my good hits were up over 2600rpm; this felt like the ball was in the air forever. My average carry of 265.1 yards and ball speed of 160.6mph is seriously good compared to other drivers I’ve hit this year.

The great distance I achieved with the Mizuno ST-Z 230 driver is thanks to a new forged SAT 2041 beta Ti face is boosted by the Cortech Chamber on the sole. The new tech makes strikes feel solid from all over the face and keeps ball speed and distance up.

The dispersion with the Mizuno ST-X 230 driver is slightly left-biased, which is what you’d expect from a head with the adjustable weight slightly off-centre towards the heel. This could be counteracted by lowering the loft and opening the face. Still, Mizuno are saying that professionals and elite amateurs are averaging more ball speed with it being slightly draw-biased, and that is something I am here for.

PROS

  • Slight draw biased round head
  • Very forgiving
  • Higher spin and very workable

CONS

  • Head feels really big


RRP: £499

Lofts: 9.5˚, 10.5˚, 12˚

Grip: Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid 360

Shaft: UST Helium Nanocore 40, UST LIN-Q M40X Red 50

More information: Mizuno website


Best Drivers for Slicers 2024

Golfers who struggle with a slice need drivers that cater to their specific needs and physical abilities, and choosing the right driver can make a significant difference in their game.

With top brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra, Ping, and Wilson offering specialised golf drivers for slicers in 2024, there are plenty of options to consider. With features like adjustable weights, draw-biassed designs, and improved aerodynamics, these golf drivers can help slicers achieve greater distance and accuracy on the course.

Consider your own preferences and skill level to determine which driver is the right fit for you and get ready to enjoy improved performance and greater confidence on the course. 

How do we test drivers?

At National Club Golfer we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.

Each driver is hit with TP5 golf balls to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. After this it is time to head out onto the golf course and test the clubs in practice and competition play. We do this across a variety of golf clubs in our base of Yorkshire.

What is important when buying a new driver?

When buying a new driver it is important to know what you want from that club to help you improve.

Most people are looking for more distance, each driver model is optimised for different things. Depending on your swing and your impact conditions, you may not actually hit the model that is advertised as the longest, the furthest. So if you want more distance it is always worth giving different models a hit before you make a decision.

For most golfers, especially high handicappers, something that is more forgiving is going to yield the best performance. Most forgiving golf drivers have a slightly bigger club head with perimeter weighting for high MOI. They also have a center of gravity that is further back to help players get more height on their shots.

Do you want something that is draw bias? There are so many models out there to help with slice correction, it would be silly not to take a look if you see your ball disappearing into the right trees too often. A closed face and draw bias weighting can get you hitting straighter shots in no time at all.

Don’t forget about the shaft either. Getting the correct shaft can help dial in your spin, launch angle and can also give you some extra distance. Having a club fitting or trying different options with your local pro can really improve the performance of your new driver.

How To Use A Golf Driver

Driving the ball well is one of the most difficult skills in golf to master, but it’s a vital ingredient to improving your golf and being a good player. After the basics of tee the ball up high enough, widening your stance and moving the ball forward in your stance, how do you go about improving?

Check out this video where Equipment Editor Hannah Holden and PGA Professional Jack Backhouse go through some drills you can do to start getting better.

How To Draw The Ball In Golf With a Driver

Learning to draw the ball and fixing your slice makes driving the golf ball a lot further, as not only will you hit it a lot further, but you will be able to control your ball better in the wind and on doglegs.

Hannah and Jack have made a useful video to help you understand why the ball is not drawing, and what to work on to get it drawing properly, which you can check out HERE

Nicola Slater

Nicola Slater

Nicola recently graduated from Stirling University where she studied Sports Studies, she wrote her dissertation on barriers to participation for women in golf.
Nicola plays her golf at Hickleton Golf Club and has recently started her professional career on the LET Access Tour. Having played for Yorkshire Ladies and has represented England at junior and senior level.

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