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TaylorMade Qi10: Everything you need to know!

Best Low-Spin Drivers 2024

The best of the best! We roundup the best low spin drivers that are currently available on the market

 

Finding the right golf driver can be a challenge for golfers, but with top brands like Titleist, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade, and Cobra offering specialised drivers in 2024, there are plenty of options to consider. We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the best low-spin golf drivers from these trusted golf equipment brands.

These include the Titleist TSR4 driver, Callaway Paradigm AI Smoke Triple Diamond driver, Ping G430 LST driver, TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver, and Cobra DarkSpeed LS driver. Each driver is designed with unique features to help golfers achieve greater distance, accuracy, and overall performance on the course. 


Best low spin-drivers 2024


TaylorMade Qi10 LS Driver

5 star review
taylormade qi10 ls driver

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

This driver is probably the best-looking driver head TaylorMade have ever released. The compact head shape with the new gloss finish Infinity Crown and blue carbon face, it is the most classic driver on the market right now.

The head shape is beautiful, I love that we have moved away from the red face and I love how the face seems to just seamlessly merges into the crown and the rest of the head. Before even hitting the club I’d be quite happy to have this is my bag just for sex appeal.

Out on the course, I love how the ball feels from the face. You can barely feel when you have hit the toe or the heel of the club, which is amazing.

I have no doubt that any golfers who currently use a TaylorMade driver will immediately move into the new Qi10 driver models, as it is a straight-up performance improvement. I can also see a lot of brand loyalists switching to this, too, especially if they prefer a classic-shaped head. This might be the best driver of 2024.

PROS

  • Looks great behind the ball
  • Good performance on miss-hits
  • Extremely adjustable

CONS

  • There are no cons

  • Read the full TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver review HERE

RRP: £529

Right-handed lofts: (Degrees) 8, 9, 10.5

Left-handed lofts: (Degrees) 9, 10.5

Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Limited Blue 65 – R, S, XS

Mitsubishi Tensei AV LimitedBlack 65 – S, XS

More information: TaylorMade Website

Cobra DarkSpeed LS Driver

5 star review
cobra darkspeed ls driver

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

When something comes in all-black, we are conditioned to believe it is somehow better than the same product that isn’t all-black. Think about Range Rovers. Lovely cars, but when you see one in all black, it somehow feels cooler and more valuable. This is how I feel about the new Cobra DarkSpeed LS. The headcover is all black, the head is all black, it looks stealthy, it looks fast, I want to hit it hard.

There has been a significant amount of change in the tech of Cobra’s low-spin driver that goes beyond its dashing good looks. Cobra have put a new 3-port interchangeable weight system on the sole of the club to allow players to dial in their launch conditions and ball flight. I opted to keep the heaviest weight on the back for more backspin and larger sweet spot, but you could move it forward to reduce spin and help take either the left or right side of the course out of play.

I used this driver out on the course before I tested it on a launch monitor (after changing the grip) and was very pleased with the results. It felt really fast to swing with the new aerodynamic head shape and gave me good results on mishit shots. I have been able to hit different shot shapes with this driver, as well as high and low shots, with more workability success than I’ve seen or had the confidence to try with other low-spin drivers.

PROS

  • Love the compact shape
  • Quick ball speeds
  • Low price

CONS

  • The Cobra stock grip still remains too thick
  • Read the full Cobra DarkSpeed LS driver review HERE

RRP: £429

Lofts: 8°, 9°, 10.5°

Shafts: UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X White XS and S
Project X Hzrdus Limited Edition Matte Black Gen 4 S
UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Blue R and S

More information: Cobra Website


Titleist TSR4 Driver

4 star review
Titleist TSR4 driver review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

The smallest driver in the Titleist line-up is excellent for workability, precision and spin control. This is perfect for golfers who want to reduce spin and still get fast ball speeds.

The TS4 driver is basically two products in one. This is because are two ways you can configure the sole weights to either maximise spin reduction or maximise forgiveness.

If you put the heaviest weight at the front, the centre of gravity is moved nearer to the club face. This gives you maximum spin reduction, but it also reduces MOI making the driver less forgiving. If, however, you put the heaviest weight at the back, there is more weight on the perimeter, which drives up MOI and forgiveness and provides more spin.

I was really impressed with how much performance I got out of this, as I didn’t think it was a model that would suit my game. I got my highest club head speed of any TSR model with this, which gave me an impressive average carry distance of 238.5 yards.

If you are here for spin reduction, both these settings work fantastically well. The TSR4, in its pure form, spun 1000 rpm less than the TSR2 and 500 rpm less than the TSR3.

Overall this is a great addition to the TSR line-up, but it works for a very specific type of player who wants to reduce spin and doesn’t need massive amounts of forgiveness.

PROS

  • Smaller, more refined shaping
  • Low spin option
  • CG can be customised to your swing

CONS

  • Not as forgiving on off-centre strikes
  • Only works for high-spin golfers

  • Read the full Titleist TSR4 Driver review HERE

Right-handed lofts: 8°, 9°, 10°

Left-handed lofts: 9° (8°, 10° custom only)

Titleist featured shafts: Hzrdus Red CB, Tensei AV Blue with XLink Tech, Hzrdus Black, Tensei 1K Black

Premium shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD UB, Tour AD DI, Tour AD IZ

More information: Titleist website

Callaway Paradym AI Smoke Triple Diamond Driver

4.5 star review
callaway ai smoke triple diamond driver

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

No one can argue that this is not one of the best-looking drivers ever made. The head shape is small and classic, the carbon crown gives you a premium feel and the line on the face at the address gives it an inviting look that the old Paradym Triple Diamond didn’t offer. The smokey 360 carbon chassis looks brilliant too.

Callaway has acknowledged and addressed this directly with the new Paradym AI Smoke Triple diamond driver with enhanced technology in the head. The first new tech story is the AI smart face: this has been developed by Callaway’s trusty supercomputer with the help of amateur golfer’s strike data. Thousands of golfers’ strike data have been input into the computer, which has led AI to design a face that is more forgiving of regular golfers’ habits and faults.

 the test, I found that I never hit any shots where the back spin rate dipped into my ‘danger zone’ of below 2200, which is where I cruised with the old driver. More spin is more control and I was delighted to see the ball spinning on average 700 rpm more than the old driver, which resulted in a 10-yard average carry gain.

PROS

  • Looks brilliant behind the ball
  • Strong performance from off-centre hits
  • More distance than last year’s Triple Diamond

CONS

  • A compact head is not confidence-inspiring for inconsistent golfers.

  • Read the full Callaway Paradym AI Smoke Triple Diamond driver review HERE

Shafts: Project X Denali Black | 60 G (STF | X STF) | D4
70 G (STF | X STF) | D5
MCA Tensei AV Blue | 50 G (STF) | D3

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 50G

Lofts: 8° (RH only) 9° & 10.5° Length: 45.75″ Lie: 57° Volume: 450cc

More information: Callaway website

Ping G430 LST Driver

4.5 star review
ping g430 lst driver

Reviewed by Tom Irwin

The LST is slightly small that the other two models in the range, a 440cc head vs 460cc, and this helps generate more speed than I have previously managed with Ping drivers. It is bringing Ping closer to other brands in terms of aerodynamics and out-and-out clubhead speed whilst retaining their still untouchable forgiveness.

Googly eye emoji. The balls speeds here from the Ping G430 LST driver are amazing. 171? I am 45 for goodness’ sake! And look at those spin rates.

It is not spinning, but it is launching and the higher launch & peak height is more than acceptable This is a seriously efficient driver and a seriously efficient set up

What you have got is technology that is maximum forgiveness, easy to launch and low spinning. It is an impressive combination.

And then there is that sound. Overall the Ping G430 driver LST is the sweetest sounding, fastest Ping driver I have used in 20 years of playing Ping drivers.

PROS

  • The sound! Yes, Ping, at last!
  • Serious ball speeds
  • Faster than other Ping drivers
  • The lowest spinning driver of 2023

CONS

  • I have to give it back

  • Read the full Ping G430 LST driver review HERE

Right-handed lofts: 9,10.5

Shafts: ALTA CB Black 55 / 65 / 70 or ALTA QUICK 35 /75 or Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65 / 75 / 85 or Ping Tour 2.0 Black 65 / 75 or Project x HZDRUS Smoke Red RDX 50 / 60 / 70 or Mitsubusi KAI’Li White 60 / 70

More information: Ping website

Best low spin drivers 2024

When it comes to low-spin drivers, the right fit can make a significant difference in your game. With top brands like Titleist, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade, and Cobra offering specialised drivers in 2024, there are plenty of options to consider.

Each driver features unique technologies and design elements that cater to the needs of golfers seeking greater distance and accuracy with low spin. Consider your own preferences, skill level, and swing speed 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 making 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, and we did this at Worksop Indoor Golf Centre using GC3 launch monitors to ensure the fairest possible environment for the drivers to be tested in. Each tester was given a different category of driver to test so that apples could be compared to apples.

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 impact conditions, you may not actually hit the model 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, especially if you have a slower swing speed.

For most golfers, especially high handicappers, something more forgiving will yield the best performance. Most forgiving golf drivers have a slightly bigger club head with perimeter weighting for high MOI. They also have a centre 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 and 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.


Jack Backhouse

Callaway Epic Max driver review

Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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