Need a new driver but not sure which one to pick? You’re not on your own.
There are endless options already on the market – offering something suitable for fast swing players looking for a workable club and beginners who need a forgiving driver to help them find more fairways.
Whilst there’s bound to be a driver that ticks all the right boxes in terms of performance, look, feel and price, brands are continually releasing new clubs. Making it even harder for you to decide which one to go for.
Although we have plenty of drivers to choose from, here at Clarkes’ Golf Centre, our Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist clubs appear to be the most popular – particularly the G425 SFT, SIM 2 Max and TSi2.
Let’s take a closer look at these 3 drivers, including their pros and cons and how they compare with each other, to help you make an informed decision.
- Ping G425 SFT Driver – the slice buster
Do you slice the ball? The Ping G425 SFT (Straight-Flight Technology) model is specially engineered to bring shots back on-line and into the fairway. A fixed 23g weight in the clubhead shifts the centre of gravity (CG) towards the heel to correct the slice.
The G425 SFT is a draw-biased driver, making the toe of the club significantly lighter. And with less weight at the toe, it’s easier to turn the clubface to square up to the ball at impact – giving you more control over your shot.
- Offers an impressive level of forgiveness
- Perfect for slicers
- Left and right-handed options available
- Not the best for golfers with a hook
- Limited loft options
- TaylorMade SIM 2 Max Driver – the most forgiving
The TaylorMade SIM 2 Max driver shares the same cutting-edge features as the SIM 2, including split mass weighting, forged ring construction, asymmetric inertia generator, speed-injected Twist Face and Thru-Slot speed pocket.
The key difference is that the SIM 2 Max has a slighter larger clubface and address profile and uses a 24g tungsten weight to shift the CG further back – resulting in a higher launch, more spin and more forgiveness. This applies to the left-handed version too.
- Performs well on off-centre hits
- Offers more forgiveness than the SIM Max
- Provides a solid feel with no harsh vibrations
- Less adjustable than its predecessors
- Fewer loft options for left-handed golfers
- Quite pricey (around £350 on sale)
- Titleist TSi2 Driver – the distance bomber
Do you want a golf driver that has a classic look whilst also being easy to hit and offering consistently good distance? The Titleist TSi2 is a brilliant all-rounder, helping players to achieve more distance and forgiveness off the tee.
Thanks to a combination of new technologies, the TSi2 can launch higher than most other models on the market and provides a straighter, more stable ball flight – especially on off-centre hits.
- Offers excellent off-centre forgiveness
- Great for all playing levels
- Provides fantastic distance
- No shot shape adjustability
- Confusing shaft choices
- Premium price tag
What’s the verdict?
Ping has created a club that helps to keep slices at bay, encouraging a straighter, more powerful ball flight. TaylorMade, on the other hand, has produced a driver that helps golfers send the ball faster. This is no doubt down to the Inertia Generator design that promotes improved aerodynamics throughout the swing. And Titleist has optimised their driver to feel faster and hit further.
The Ping G425 SFT has a fixed 23g tungsten weight, whilst the SIM 2 Max driver has a 24g weight positioned on the inertia generator for maximum confidence on the tee. The Titleist TSi2 doesn’t have an adjustable weight like either of these but has a redesigned shape to reduce drag and promote clubhead speed.
For more information about the drivers we stock at Clarkes’ Golf Centre, you’re welcome to get in touch. Our team is always on hand to help and will gladly share their expertise – just give us a call on 01744 419 914.
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