Golf can be immensely fun. There’s nothing quite like sending that ball flying straight and far down the fairway. It makes you feel both powerful and relaxed at the same time, giving you the time of your life while still providing a ton of physical benefits to your body. There’s no denying that golf can be one of the best ways to spend your free time.
But there’s just one problem – in order to start dominating the golf course, you have to get really good at golf. No one is born a prodigy and in normal circumstances, you have to practice to get there. Still, telling someone to practice is all well and good, but being motivated to practicing is another thing altogether.
But what if we told you there’s a reliable way to get good quick without feeling the shadow failure looming over you from the very start. That’s what forgiving drivers are for.- they’re here to give you results as you still learn the ropes, so that right off the bat you can shoot longer shots that travel the fairway farther and straighter.
Top 9 most forgiving drivers on the market
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most forgiving drivers on the market, so that you can get ready to start making real progress in golf with ease.
1. Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Men’s Speedback Driver
Cobra is one of the most well-known and reliable brands on the market. If you’re buying one of their products, you can be absolutely certain you’re getting a club that’s worth your while. This is, of course, also true for their latest, 2019 F9 Men’s Speedback Driver.
The design itself was inspired by supercars, which is pretty evident just by looking at the head. It’s made so that it is as aerodynamic as possible, with a low center of gravity. These are pretty good indicators that this club will be very easy to handle. While making it, the creators were prioritizing speed, accuracy, and forgiving, and you can tell that they succeeded from every detail in the design.
The term “speedback” in the name refers to the use of Speedback technology. Unique to Cobra clubs, this is a cutting-edge technology that is intended to really optimize the speed of both the clubhead and the ball. Thanks to this, players will find it particularly easy to maximize their distance.
The grip comes equipped with the Cobra Connect sensor – a tracking system that can connect to your device using Bluetooth. If you’ve ever felt the need to track your progress and quantify just how much better you’re getting, this is exactly the tool for you, as it stores all the data for further analysis.
The carbon wrap crown that this model uses increases the carbon fiber area of the club by 12%, which can save you up to 10 grams of weight when compared with titanium crown drivers. For the force that this driver offers, it still feels very lightweight, thus making it incredibly easy to handle even for beginner golfers.
This lightness comes at no cost of stability, however. Though you’ll have an easy time swinging, your mishits should still land straight, thanks to the CG being lowered and pushed back, as well as an increased MOI. You’d be hard pressed to find a more balanced driver. Regardless of your experience level, this driver will work like a charm.
2. TaylorMade M6 Driver
TaylorMade is another company that gets mentioned a whole bunch when talking about forgiving drivers. With all the subsequent iterations of M2, M3, M4, etc. they’ve been ensuring that golfers have an easier time reaching very high speeds with their swings. With the M6, they’ve really outdone themselves in terms of forgiving.
Everything about the M6 is calculated. Using modern technology, they’ve calculated the required amount of resin to inject into the face. The amount is ideal to stiffen the face while not reducing the performance too much. Normally, manufacturers have to consider a margin of error for polishing, so that they stay within the rules, but the way the resin input is calculated via the algorithm has allowed TaylorMade to push the limits and reduce any slowdown
With an aerodynamic design and a shorter rear of the head, the M6 is a very forgiving club that hits fast and far. This is achiever through the Inertia Generator, a 46g weight that hangs off the bottom of the sole. The silver titanium top functions as an alignment aid. Much like the M4 before it, the M6 has the trademark Twist Face, which helps reduce the effects of spinning and reduction in ball speed for off-center hits. The sweet spot, however, is large enough for none of this to really matter, making it a truly forgiving driver.
All in all, the M6 is a very solid, forgiving driver that will give players an edge from the get go. Its spin profile works great for players with above average swing speeds. For the quality it presents, it’s also fairly cheap, making it a very good choice for golfers that are just starting out.
3. Callaway Men’s XR 16 Driver
Yet another legend in the industry, Callaway is a fantastic choice for golfers of all levels of experience. Made from high-quality materials, most of their clubs function incredibly well whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran. The XR series is here to ensure maximum forgiving.
In most cases, increasing the forgiving of a golf club comes down to making the driver larger. This, in turn, usually, results in a reduced ball speed. This is not the case with Callaway’s XR, however. WIth help from Boeing, they managed to ensure that, while still large, the head of the XR is still very much aerodynamic. The result is a clubface that is large and forgiving, but also very thin and light.
One interesting aspect of the XR is that it has no gravity core, moveable weights, or any other moving technology, so it’s hard to adjust it. This is offset by the fact that it can be easily wielded by pretty much anyone due to being an impeccably forgiving driver. With a reduced spin time and an increased sweet spot and MOI, this driver was made for giving less experienced players a better performance.
As for its center of gravity, it was significantly lowered and pushed to the back. What this means is that speed is increased at every impact, and that in turn adds more distance, no matter how good a player you are. This combination of features is quite simple, but the result is undeniable. There’s just no going around the fact that the XR guarantees an incredible ball speed that few other drivers can beat. Whether you hit off the heel, off the toe or dead-center, you can be sure this will be your result.
4. Tour Edge Golf – Hot Launch 3 Driver
If you’re looking for a great, forgiving driver that won’t leave you completely bankrupt, Tour Edge is here to offer a solution. Over the years, this has become Tour Edge’s entire schtick – with the market for budget golf clubs dwindling, they offer drivers that are significantly cheaper than most, while still ensuring that the quality is great.
The Hot Launch 3 Driver is no different. Right off the bat you’ll see that it definitely doesn’t look like a cheap product. The 60 gram UST Mamiya shaft in stiff flex looks great and functions even better, holding together even with very strong swings. The black crown has just a single alignment dot, making it look very clean and elegant. Overall, this driver definitely looks nice, with a pretty luxurious feel to it, despite the low cost. It fetches for less than half of the regular market price and really isn’t obvious about it, which is a definite plus.
That said, it is quite loud for a metal driver – whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is entirely up to you, however. The launch angle as the ball is hit is quite high, and the carry distance is actually very good. While the spin rate won’t be winning any awards for few RPMs, it still gets the job done and can compete with most golf clubs that are much more expensive.
It’s important to note that the Hot Launch 3 has an off-set version. Should you have a problem with slices, this is probably the option you should go for. Regardless of which one you choose, though, you will definitely get good mileage out of this driver. It offers some great distances, incredible forgiveness, and impressive looks, and that’s without even taking into account its low price. It has all the technology many more expensive drivers boast, including a titanium cup face, with variable face thickness, as well as both a low and deep CG, which is what really makes this club so forgiving. If you’re pressed for cash, it’s good to know there’s still a reliable driver available for you out there.
5. MAZEL Titanium Golf Driver
The MAZEL Titanium 460CC golf driver has a lot to offer to those looking for a truly forgiving experience. The first thing that will make a difference is the precision milled cup face. The MAZEL Titanium utilizes innovative CNC Cup Face technology, which has been created specifically for it. The main idea behind it is that the edges of the face circle around the crown and sole of the cup. This gives the face a precision not commonly seen among drivers. Because of this, the clubface is much thinner, working perfectly with a high rebound structure.
This unique structure helps in the overall performance of the driver. It is very easy to reach fast ball speeds across the face, and this is particularly true for mishits. With that in mind, the club can also very reliably carry long distances. On impact, the driver lands on the ball with a very satisfying crack, marking every hit clearly.
Thanks to the heavy back weighting zone with an additional screw which helps shift the weight from the front of the club, the MAZEL Titanium has a low center of gravity. It’s located very low and back, as far away from the crown as possible. For players, this is good news, as the ball will fly higher, with more backspin, giving golfers more control over their shots, extending their play.
The ball rolls more, which helps add distance and increase your accuracy. The loft is 9.5 degrees, which results in much more control over ball trajectory. Though a lower-lofted driver requires a bit more skill than those with higher lofts, they’re definitely worth it in terms of sheer performance.
The forgiveness of this club is further emphasized with the very large sweet spot that maximizes distance, a speed channel in the club face that helps decrease the face’s thickness and improves ball speeds, as well as the fact that the head itself is made of titanium, allowing for faster and steadier ball speeds on launch. Overall, this is an incredibly well-made, forgiving driver that can be used well by professionals and amateurs alike.
6. Cobra Men’s Fly Z Driver
Cobra comes up on our list yet again with an incredibly forgiving driver that will help amup up your game without any effort. Thanks to its well-thought-out structure, it can give you the boost in accuracy, distance, and ball speed you need to really start making good progress.
A lot of this is achieved because of the face. With a trench designed around the face’s perimeter, the entire structure is much thinner and lighter, which results in a greatly increased speed. To further reinforce this, crown zone weighting technology was added, which ensures that the crown zone is located more towards the back of the head, which impacts the center of gravity in a positive way, making it much easier to handle.
The club also has a forged E9 zone face structure, which can help take the weight out of specific areas – that in turn increases the speed of the sweet spot. The sweet spot itself is large enough to ensure that even off-center hits are fast and accurate.
The Fly Z Driver is also adjustable – the MyFly design lets you change the loft from 9 all the way up to 12. Additionally, it comes equipped with SmartPad technology, which will ensure that you deliver a square face on contact, regardless of the loft setting.
All in all, the Cobra Fly Z is an incredibly robust driver. There are so many technologies packed into it that make it an incredibly attractive model for all types of players. While it’s definitely a fantastic forgiving driver for any player, it’s also important to point out that the screws holding the weights on may snap off at times.
7. TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men’s Driver
An older model by TaylorMade, but no less good than the M6 we’ve already covered in our review. It’s still one of the most forgiving drivers you’ll encounter, and it has most of the technologies that make the M6 so great – it’s just a slightly older model, making it also cheaper.
This TaylorMade model is specifically made with men in mind. It is engineered in a way that will ensure maximum shot distance and better ball control. Because it allows you to have more influence on the trajectory of your ball, you are more likely to achieve low spin rates, higher launch rates, and greater distances.
When it comes to the crown, it was made using a variety of materials, which allows you to move between five and seven grams lower on the clubhead. This is a pretty notable shift in weight and, as a result, the sweet spot on this club is incredibly big. Not only does that greatly improve your accuracy, but the club offers the highest inertia moment out of all the TaylorMade drivers. What this results in is even more distance and control.
The center of gravity is pushed both low and back, which results in much improved swing speeds – something that really makes drivers forgiving. If you’re having trouble making hits with your swing, this driver will definitely do the trick. With its massive sweet spot, adjustable loft, inverted cone technology, and a solid velvet grip that we didn’t even begin to mention, this is one of the best drivers for beginners. While it won’t win any prizes for high professional performance, it’s definitely great for hitting drives from the very start.
8. Cleveland Golf Men’s Launcher HB Driver
Cleveland is a company that is best known for manufacturing wedges and putters, so it’s not exactly the first option that comes to mind when talking about drivers. Indeed, it has been a good few years since they introduced a new driver on the market. This was less a matter of skill or experience than it was a matter of marketing choice. Still, now that they’ve come up with a new driver for golfers to enjoy, it turns out that it’s nothing to sneeze at.
It bears mentioning that the Launcher HB has no adjustable hosel or moving weights. While at first glance this might make it look very basic, it has a lot more going for it. The HB stands for HiBore Crown technology, something unique to this driver. It changes the shape of the crown, moving the weight lower and further back, so that the crown can actually flex more on impact. In essence, this ensures that ball speeds are faster, and launch is easier, making this driver the definition of forgiving. While slightly more massive than drivers usually are, this allows it to ensure a high launch, as well as a low spin trajectory.
It also comes with a Flex-Fin, which ensures that even your mishits stay in play. The Cup Face ensures that the sweet spot is incredibly big, so no matter where on the club you end up hitting the ball, you won’t lose your power. As the center of gravity is located so low and so far back, all your shots will end up higher and straighter, with the MOI increasing as well.
This incredibly forgiving driver has a great, lightweight shaft, which makes you feel as if you’re swinging nothing at all, ensuring that the balance is at its optimal level. All this actually comes at a surprisingly good price. So even though it may not look like much at first, don’t give up on it – it might just be the best golf club for you.
9. TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Black Driver
The RBZ in this club’s name starts for “Rocketballz.” The name suggests high speeds and great power, but is that really what we get here with this forgiving driver? Right off the bat you’ll notice that, despite its mid-range price, this is an elite-grade driver. With the sleek black clubhead, it has a universal appeal that should appease even the most traditional of golfers – they’ll need that, since this driver is filled to the brim with new technologies.
Its aesthetics are overall very simple and clean, with dark colors and understated logos, with just a hint of thin white lines to bring out the finer details. It’s a club that will make you feel confident just by looking at it as you hold it in your hand.
It comes in three base lofts: 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees. The sleeve is adjustable. The head is 460cc, making it the largest possible size within the current regulations. As a result, the sweet spot is incredibly large, covering almost all of the clubface’s surface. Because of this, you can perform incredibly powerful hits regardless of which part of the clubface you hit it with.
The sole of the clubhead contains a Speed Pocket, a type of thin channel cut into the back of the clubface, whose purpose it is to ensure maximum spring on impact. As the face rebounds off of the speed pocket, the ball ejects further, as if it were springing off a trampoline.
Overall, this is an incredible driver that prioritizes speed. WIth a great shaft and adjustable loft, it is an incredibly well-made, forgiving driver that is available at a very reasonable price.