There are loads of new drivers out in 2023, but which ones actually suit a player who struggles for strike consistency? We’ve got you covered with our list of most forgiving drivers 2023
When it comes to golf drivers, forgiveness is a key factor for many players, especially those who are just starting out or looking to improve their game.
Luckily, there are many forgiving golf drivers available on the market today. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the most forgiving golf drivers of 2023. These drivers include the Titleist TSR1 Driver, Ping G430 SFT Driver, Wilson Dynapwr Driver, Cobra Aerojet Driver, and Callaway Paradym X Driver.
Each driver offers unique features designed to enhance forgiveness and help you play your best round of golf.
Most forgiving drivers 2023
Titleist TSR1 Driver
I hit a few more shots with it and was really impressed with how easy it was to hit and how effortlessly I was able to get the ball in the air higher than I ever have. The first shaft I tried was the TSR1 specific shaft which is only 40g, and I loved it. The ball was spinning way too much to be optimal, but I didn’t want to stop using it as it was just so much fun.
The TSR1 is 40g lighter than any of the other TSR drivers, with weight savings in the head shaft and grip. This will allow players to move the club quicker and hit it further. It also has the lowest and furthest back centre of gravity, which provides a high launch and maximum forgiveness.
Overall this is a great addition to the TSR line-up; it will help slower players hit it higher and further whilst also helping low-spin players enjoy hitting driver more often. It won’t be for everyone, but it will help many golfers enjoy their games more.
- Higher launch angles than other models
- Super light
- Really forgiving
- Not the best option for high-spin players
- RELATED: Read the full Titleist TSR1 review HERE
Right-handed lofts: 9°, 10°, 12°
Left-handed lofts: 10° (9° and 12° custom only)
Titleist featured shafts: Mitsubishi MMT SpeedMesh 40 (Men’s) and 35 (Ladies)
More information: Titleist website
Ping G430 SFT Driver
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.
- Sounds brilliant
- Consistent flight from all strike locations
- Adjustable weight means draw features really work
- Plenty of shaft options
- It will not suit a player who already draws the ball
- RELATED: Read the full Ping G430 SFT review HERE
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
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 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.
- Smaller, more classic shape
- Very forgiving
- Centred hits gave very competitive ball speeds compared to more expensive drivers
- Will suit slower swing speeds
- Non-centred centre of gravity won’t suit players who hook the ball
- RELATED: Read the full Wilson Dynapwr review HERE
Lofts: 9˚, 10.5˚, 13˚
Featured shafts: Fujkura Ventus Blue & Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX
Grips: Lamkin Crossline 360
Cobra Aerojet Driver
Straight away, it was clear just how easy this club is to launch. It also felt super easy to hit and I could very easily get the ball a long way down the fairway despite where the ball was struck on the club face. If you are someone who struggles to launch the ball, this could be a perfect option.
One of the most impressive things here was just how consistent the front-to-back dispersion was here. This was great out on the golf course as it meant I could consistently carry hazards such as bunkers and leave my ball in a great position.
The left-to-right dispersion was obviously bigger but there is only just over 40 yards from my furthest left and right shot which isn’t bad at all.
Overall this is a great performing driver and when you take into account the price point it is a club that is hard to overlook.
- Great distance
- Will suit lots of golfers
- Slight draw bias
- Easy to hit and launch
- Great loft options
- Some players may hit too high
- RELATED: Read the full Cobra Aerojet review HERE
Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°
Stock shafts: MCA Kai’li Blue 60, Project X Hzrdus Black Gen 4, MCA Kai’li White 60
Grip: Lamkin Crossline
More information: Cobra website
Callaway Paradym X Driver
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.
So how does this perform compared to the rest of the Paradym range?
It definitely launched the highest. My highest shot launched at 121.4ft with the average of just over 100ft which was 14ft higher than the Paradym and 18ft higher than the Triple Diamond. If you struggle to get enough height on your driver, this would be a great option to launch the ball higher. It also spun the most, which was to be expected given the CG location is further back.
- Great dispersion
- Very consistent carry distances
- Forgiving on off-centre strikes
- Ball flight may be too high for some
- Bigger head than other Paradym options
- RELATED: Read the full Callaway Paradym X Driver review HERE
Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Stock shafts: MCA Aldila Ascent PL Blue, Project X Hzrdus Silver
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 or WMS Lamkin ST Soft Undersized
More information: Callaway website
Most Forgiving Drivers 2023
Choosing the right golf driver can make all the difference in your game, especially if you’re looking for forgiveness on the course. With options like the Titleist TSR1 Driver, Ping G430 SFT Driver, Wilson Dynapwr Driver, Cobra Aerojet Driver, and Callaway Paradym X Driver, you have a variety of forgiving golf drivers to choose from in 2023.
Evaluate each driver’s unique features and benefits to determine which one is the best fit for your game, and get ready to enjoy a more forgiving and enjoyable golfing experience.
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.
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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
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