Top drivers by Tour wins in 2017
So which were the top drivers racking up the tour wins in 2017?
We’ve reached the end of the European Tour season. Yes, I know it annoyingly starts again the following week but it seems like a good time to look back.
Well, we’ve split it into European Tour and PGA Tour and then left the majors and WGCs separate seeing as both count on both tours.
Just putting together a piece on the drivers used by tour winners in 2017. As you can see, it’s a highly scientific process… ?????? pic.twitter.com/hiPtyXwQo3
— James Savage (@JamesSavageNCG) November 21, 2017
The count starts from the beginning of 2017 up until the conclusion of the Race to Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship and the RSM Classic on the PGA Tour.
Now before you start, yes we know that 95 per cent of these players are contracted to play the drivers they use so inevitably the brand which pays the most tour players to use their stuff will come out on top.
But it’s still interesting to see which models were in play each time a player made it to the winners’ circle.
And, just for ease, we’ve grouped the 2016 and 2017 versions of the TaylorMade M1 and M2 together.
Top drivers by tour wins: European Tour
And we’ve almost got a 50-50 split between the M1 and M2 models across the board.
Tommy Fleetwood recorded his two wins with the Nike Vapor Fly before switching to the Titleist 917 driver at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
TaylorMade M1 – 10
TaylorMade M2 – 9
Titleist 917 – 5
Callaway Epic Sub Zero – 3
Ping G400 – 3 (Matt Wallace, Tyrell Hatton x 2)
Callaway Epic – 2
Nike Vapor Fly – 2
Titleist 915 – 1 (Renato Paratore)
Titleist 913 – 1 (Rafa Cabrera Bello)
Top drivers by tour wins: PGA Tour
And special mention to Henrik Stenson for his win without a driver in the bag. He hits his Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood better than many hit driver.
TaylorMade M1 – 8
Titleist 917 – 8
TaylorMade M2 – 7
Callaway Epic – 5
Callaway Great Big Bertha – 2 (Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner)
Cobra F7+ – 2 (Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau)
Titleist 915 – 2 (Jordan Spieth)
PXG 0811 – 2 (Billy Horschel, Pat Perez)
Callaway Epic Sub Zero – 1 (Grayson Murray)
Ping G400 – 1 (Austin Cook)
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood – 1 (Henrik Stenson)
Top drivers by tour wins: The Majors
Top drivers by tour wins: World Golf Championships
Top drivers by tour wins: Totals by model
TaylorMade M1 – 21
TaylorMade M2 – 18
Titleist 917 – 13
Callaway Epic – 7
Top drivers by tour wins: Totals by brand
Top drivers by tour wins: NCG verdict
So there was no surprise to see TaylorMade as the top brand but we were quite surprised to see more wins for the M1 than the M2.
I think there has been a perception that the TaylorMade M2 is the number one driver on tour and that may still be the case but there were more wins with the M1.
It was also a bit of a surprise to just see all victories coming courtesy of just seven brands – and one of those (Nike) is no longer making golf clubs.
We’re not saying that these are the only brands to consider when it comes to making your own purchase as the likes of Srixon, Mizuno, Bridgestone, Wilson, Benross and Lynx are all making very strong product.
But we can understand the challenges of these brands when they don’t have that ‘tour validation’ when it comes to drivers.
And as stated earlier, TaylorMade pay more players than Ping do for example so there is a disparity between the number of Ping drivers winning on tour and Ping’s market share which is extremely strong.
If you’re in the market for a new driver in 2018 you may like to choose one featured here. But we can expect new drivers from TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra, Mizuno and Titleist in 2018…