Which tour stars are the best of the best off the tee? Hannah Holden looked at the stats across the PGA, European and LPGA Tours – and the results are very interesting

Which pros are the best drivers on tour and what big dogs do they game? I’ve delved into the stats to see who gains the most strokes off the tee on every tour and which driver is helping them do so…

Best drivers on tour: PGA Tour

10. Cameron Champ

+0.593 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 LST

9. Bubba Watson

+0.613 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 LST 

8. Corey Conners

+0.625 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G400 LST Driver 

7. Brooks Koepka

+0.631 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2

6. Jhonattan Vegas

+0.647 strokes gained
Driver: Titleist TSi3

5. Viktor Hovland

+0.656 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 LST 

4. Rory McIlroy

+0.660 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 

3. Sergio Garcia

+0.796 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max 

2. Jon Rahm

+0.834 strokes gained
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed 

1. Bryson DeChambeau

+1.162 strokes gained
Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro 

DeChambeau’s average driving distance of 323.7 yards helped him gain the most strokes off the tee of any player on the PGA Tour this season. He gained +0.328 shots more off the tee than World No 1 Rahm in second place.

To put that in perspective across the entire season he was 22 shots better than Rahm off the tee. That’s a serious advantage.

In terms of brands, Ping take the lead on the PGA Tour with four of the top ten using their drivers. This is closely followed by TaylorMade with three players in the top 10.

Best drivers on tour: European Tour

10. Jordan Smith

+0.6 strokes gained
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed

9. Andrew Johnston

+0.61 strokes gained
Driver: Cobra Radspeed 

8. Romain Langasque

+0.62 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2

7. Daniel Van Tonder

+0.67 strokes gained
Driver: Titleist TSi3

6. Adrian Meronk

+0.69 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 Max

5. Sean Crocker

+0.70 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM

4. Brandon Stone

+0.70 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 LST

3. Callum Shinkwin

+0.73 strokes gained
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed

2. Richard Mansell

+0.82 strokes gained
Driver: Titleist TSi3

1. Laurie Canter

+0.91 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G410

The top 10 on the European Tour was a lot tighter, with just 20.77 shots separating Laurie Canter in 1st and Jordan Smith in 10th.

As for the LPGA Tour, they didn’t collect strokes gained data for the 2021 season, so instead I’ve run down the 10 longest drivers on the circuit…

Longest drivers on tour: LPGA Tour

10. Jessica Korda

273.5yds driving distance
Driver: Titleist TSi4

9. Brooke Henderson

274.2yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G400
The best drivers on tour

8. Patty Tavatanakit

274.7yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G410 LST 
The best drivers on tour

7. Nelly Korda

275.1yds driving distance
Driver: Titleist TSi1
the best drivers on tour

6. Nanna Koerstz Madsen

276.5yds driving distance
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Zub Zero Triple Diamond
the best drivers on tour

5. A Lim Kim

276.7yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G425 LST
the best drivers on tour

4. Lexi Thompson

278.3yds driving distance
Driver: Cobra Radspeed 

3. Maria Fassi

279.7yds driving distance
Driver: TaylorMade SIM
the best drivers on tour

2. Bianca Pagdanganan

284.8yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G425 LST
the best drivers on tour

1. Anne Van Dam

290.8yds driving distance
Driver: Callaway Mavrik

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