An upgrade on a golf driver is like buying a new car, and we all become very enthusiastic to get out there and try it on the course. New prices however prevent many of us from making the change, but solutions are available, thanks to the many golf sites on the internet selling used clubs. Because they are used, does not mean they are past their best or are older models. Many golfers buy the latest drivers advertised to gain extra distance, but soon find out that the new club is not for them.
Opportunity strikes and below are a list of used drivers that will be well worth purchasing. They are in no particular order of preference.
- TaylorMade Sim Max Driver
- Ping G425 Max Driver
- Cobra King Speedzone Black/Yellow Driver
- Callaway Epic Flash Driver
- Callaway Rogue Driver
- Callaway GBB Epic Driver
- Titleist TSi2 Driver
- TaylorMade Sim2 Max Driver
- Callaway Mavrik Max Driver
- Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Driver
- XXIO X Driver
- Titleist TS1 Driver
- TaylorMade M5 Driver
- Best Used Golf Drivers
- 1. TaylorMade Sim Max Driver
- 2. Ping 425 Max Driver
- 3. Cobra King Speedzone Black/Yellow Driver
- 4. Callaway Epic Flash Driver
- 5. Callaway Rogue Driver
- 6. Callaway GBB Epic Driver
- 7. Titleist TSi2 Driver
- 8. TaylorMade Sim2 Max Driver
- 9. Callaway Mavrik Max driver
- 10. Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Driver
- 11. XXIO X Driver
- 12. Titleist TS1 Driver
- 13. TaylorMade M5 Driver
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Best Used Golf Drivers
TaylorMade continues to invent new ideas in drivers and the Sim range has an all-new shaped head. Advanced aerodynamics produce faster speed through the ball with maximum forgiveness. The multi-material construction offers a high MOI. TaylorMade calls it “Shape in Motion” and the re-shaped sole design delivers more clubhead speed.
The head has been individually calibrated and injected to reach the threshold of the maximum legal limit of ball speed. Revolutionary face curvature reduces side spin and delivers straighter shots on mis-hits. Reduced side spin also diminishes hooks and slices.
- Most MOI in Ping history
- Long and easy launch
- Very forgiving
- Not the longest driver on the market
- Ping sound at contact a bit different
This model Ping driver has the most Moment of Inertia in the history of Ping drivers. In simple terms, the ball flies off the face without extra effort. The 26-gram tungsten movable weight adds forgiveness on all mis-hit shots and a fair distance is maintained.
Weight saving comes from the advanced dragonfly crown technology, which Ping now uses in their latest models.
The CG can be altered by shifting the tungsten weight to a draw, neutral, or fade bias. Increased flex from the T9S+ forged face adds distance and easy launch for high flying long straight drives. The driver sits beautifully at the address creating confidence.
- Easy launch
- Sleek looking at address inspires confidence
- Long and forgiving
- High-pitched sound at contact
- Limited performance gains from the K9 model
- Colour scheme not for all
Cobra has taken inspiration from Formula 1 race cars and optimized 6 zones to maximize performance and clubhead speed through every swing. The CNC milled infinity face creates a power zone, while the T-bar speed chassis reduces the amount of titanium used. A 360 Degree carbon wrap crown reduces weight and the speed back weighting is positioned low in the head creating a low CG for high launch with low spin ball flight.
Perimeter weighting around the head offers stability through all strikes and consistent distance. The black and yellow color scheme is attractive and Cobra is known for its out and out length on all its drivers.
- Outstanding distance
- Adjustable perimeter weighting
- Premium shaft choice
- Elongated head shape
- Sound at impact not for all
Callaway Epic Flash drivers employ a new Flash Face Technology to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance. Artificial Intelligence(AI) is the new buzzword in golf club design and Callaway has taken this to new heights for optimal performance.
The internal Jailbreak Bars stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more load on the face to promote faster ball speed. A lighter Triaxial carbon fabric saves weight, which is distributed within the head to raise MOI for exceptional forgiveness on mis-hits. A sliding 16-gram weight allows golfers to choose their shot shape from neutral, fade, or draw bias.
- Loft and lie can be adjusted
- Jailbreak Technology produces high ball speed
- Very stable through impact
- Light feel not for all
- No sliding weights
The Callaway Rogue driver lives up to its name in terms of performance. An attractive-looking driver that sits well at address, and inspires confidence over the ball. The Jailbreak Technology is still a great selling point for Callaway and the distance results are proven.
Increased ball speed will always excite golfers as this equates to more distance off the tee. Another feature is the stability on mis-hits, and the dreaded vibration through the hands is minimal. Fair distance is maintained even on these mis-hits. The high MOI generated off the face and a lower spin rate produces straight, long, and accurate tee shots. The Rogue is a serious game improver and should be tested.
- Geared for the player wanting increased distance
- Jailbreak Technology increases face flex and stability
- High MOI
- The sound at the impact is a bit dull
- Head design not for all
- All adjustments can be overkill for some
The Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic driver head is round and symmetrical and is easy on the eye at address. Geared for the player that has a repeatable ball flight and wants to increase distance and control off the tee. The ultra-light Triaxial Carbon Crown weighs only 9,7 gms and offers forgiveness and a high MOI.
Callaway has always produced fast face drivers and the Jailbreak Technology allows the Epic to perform at its best. The bars stiffen the structure of the head, which forces the face to flex more, increasing ball speed. The optifit hosel allows for adjustment when required. The 17gm sole weight can be adjusted to vary spin through contact and is a feature the better player will incorporate on windy days to change the flight trajectory. The sound at impact is more of a carbon sound than the titanium sound of the XR16 driver.
- TSi range best ever driver from Titleist
- Improved aerodynamics increase clubhead speed
- Great stability
- High launch characteristics not for all
- No shot shape adjustability
- Head design at address not for all
The Titleist TSi2 driver is a club for the golfer seeking some pronounced distance increase, but without the loss of control. The new face construction of ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium, delivers incredibly fast ball speed off the entire face. The deeper, lower CG maximizes distance through Speed Optimized MOI design.
The improved aerodynamics increases speed through impact and the stable head produces a powerful solid sound. Titleist claims the TSi range to be the best drivers they have ever produced. In 2020 it was the most used driver on the PGA Tour. They claim the combination of looks, sound, feel, and great stability make this a winner for all golfers. Well, Titleist is a top brand and has won many major tournaments on the Tour, so it has to be a club worth testing on the course or the range.
- Forgiving and long
- Adjustable head for lie and face angle, and loft
- Mid-to-low spin rate reduces slices and hooks
- The better player may want to shape shots
- Lower trajectory not for all
- Price tag
TaylorMade describes the Sim2 Max as an all-in-one package driver. It offers a mid-to-high launch, mid-to-low spin rate for accuracy and sheer distance. The Sim2 Max is the shape of forgiveness with new innovative forged ring construction. It unlocks a new dimension in distance and forgiveness.
Forged from lightweight, high-strength aluminum that is milled to an exacting shape it unites a massive rear weight, a full carbon sole, crown, and a new milled back face cup. Added to this, the Sim2 Max is adjustable, and has 12 different settings to the loft, face, and lie angle, using the four-degree sleeve on the hosel. The Sim2 Max has a higher MOI than the Sim model. A great driver for the player seeking forgiveness, while still maintaining distance off the tee.
- Easiest Mavrik driver to hit consistently
- All the latest AI Technology from Callaway
- Adjustable weight setting for forgiveness or draw bias.
- Price tag
- Best for the average player
- Impact sound not for all
The new Mavrik drivers deliver performance that defies convention. The Mavrik Max is the easiest Mavrik driver to hit in the range. The Flash Face SS20 offers fast ball speed and forgiveness and gets the ball a long way down the fairway. The latest AI Technology architecture and face design optimize COR for high ball speeds and increased consistency.
Speed is maintained across the face ensuring minimal loss of distance on mis-hits.
The two interchangeable weights allow for maximum forgiveness or a setting for a draw bias. The extremely light FS2S titanium used in the face delivers consistent performance and provides optimal spin robustness, forgiveness, and speed.
Got to try this one!
- Low spin driver
- Adjustable weights for fine-tuning trajectory
- Optimum ball speed and forgiveness
- Slightly smaller head at 450cc
- Set loft correctly to attain benefits
- Price tag a bit steep
The Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero driver is loaded with the latest technology from Callaway. It is a low spinning driver with a high MOI. The new AI-designed Flash Face SS20 delivers ball speed across the face. High strength FS2S titanium, an extremely strong material that is 6gms lighter than standard titanium, promotes optimum forgiveness, ball speed, and spin robustness.
The Jailbreak+T2c Triaxial Carbon Crown adds forgiveness and ball speed and the lighter crown allows for redistribution of weight for higher MOI. The smaller 450cc head features 2 interchangeable weights in the front and the back. (14gm and 2gm). This allows adjustment to change the launch angle and spin rate.
11. XXIO X Driver
- Easy Launch
- Very forgiving on mis-hits
- Lightweight feel delivers more clubhead speed at impact
- The lightweight feel may not suit all
- Clubhead control may be lost
- Premium price tag
Dunlop Sports manufacture the XXIO X driver and it is packed with performance for skilled players seeking lightweight performance and easy speed. Built for the low to mid-handicap player, the carbon fiber sole and powerful deep straight cup face deliver improved speed forgiveness and launch. The cup face design compensates for mis-hits across the face and limits distance loss.
The high-impact energy head features Dunlops Flying Technology improving the resilience performance. Low swing MOI increases clubhead speed, and the lighter components and higher balance point add to this characteristic. The smart impact shaft has a unique flex profile, that assists players hold their balance through the swing.
- High spin and launch off the tee
- Increased clubhead speed for extra distance
- Accuracy and control without swing tempo change
- Titleist head shape does not appeal to all
- Better players may want to go for the latest technology from Titleist
- The high launch and extra spin not for all
The earlier model of the TS range still offers good value and will deliver Titleist performance for those who feel the new technology is out of reach financially. The lightweight driver produces faster ball speed from every swing, without a change of tempo.
With increased launch spin, players will accomplish decent distance and control off the tee. The driver features a 0,4mm thick 8-1-1 Ti cast crown and improved aerodynamics for increased clubhead speed. The high launch trajectory is ideal for slow swing speeds who sometimes struggle to get the ball airborne with confidence.
The TS1 driver may be a slightly older model, but Titleist performance and forgiveness will always prevail.
- New technology to maximize distance and feel
- Maximum legal ball speed
- Sits well at address and pleasing on the eye
- Better players may want to keep up with the latest offering
- Weight positioning could be overkill for some
- Not much distance gains from the M3 model
The M5 has a multi-material head manufactured through a new process by TaylorMade. Drivers are Speed Injected to maximize ball speed and distance. The M5 has been individually calibrated to reach the threshold of the maximum legal limit of ball speed. Engineered to make everything faster. COR is optimized across the entire face.
The M5 features a revolutionary Twist Face Curve that provided more loft in the high-tow, and less in the low-heel to produce more of a consistent spin. A New Flexible Hammerhead slot works in conjunction with Speed Injected Twist Face to produce a larger sweet spot and preserve the ball speed on mis-hits. Inverted designs allow the weight to be positioned further back along the perimeter of the club. Efficient Inverse T-Track enables 2 x 10gm weights for optimal spin and trajectory.
This club has some serious technology and will still please many players today.
Changing drivers during most players’ golf careers is just something we all do. For many, it is a process of staying up to date with the latest technology even if the upgrade does nothing for their game.
For others, it is all about game improvement and adding that extra distance to stay competitive with the regular fourball. Taking the first paragraph above into account is the reason that many of the latest models hit the secondhand market regularly. Eventually, the player decides the latest is not the greatest for his game and trades the driver.
While all the latest head development and technology is the focal point, shaft selection will play a huge role in the success of the driver purchased. Remember the shaft is the engine of the club, and using the correct flex and kick-point will give the best results.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.