2017 Best Drivers

Today more than ever, the best driver you've ever seen is one you haven't actually seen yet. That's not only how much is changing in driver design, but how changeable (loft, weighting, shaft, face angle, center of gravity bias, etc.) drivers have become. Take a look. Then, look again.

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Today more than ever, the best driver you've ever seen is one you haven't actually seen yet. That's not only how much is changing in driver design, but how changeable (loft, weighting, shaft, face angle, center of gravity bias, etc.) drivers have become.

The crop for 2017 reveals drivers made completely differently than ever before. Some of those changes result in faces dramatically thinner than before. Some result in constructions dramatically more complex in their use of multiple materials than before. Some result in clubs dramatically lighter than they've been before. All of those changes are geared in two primary directions: making the club more efficient and faster than before and making it easier for the golfer to swing it more efficiently and faster than ever before.

As has been the case for the last decade, adjustability again breaks new ground this year. More drivers than ever not only are giving golfers the option of tweaking the loft settings through an adjustable hosel, but also manipulating movable weights. These weights change the center of gravity from heel to toe and from front to back and sometimes both at the same time in different directions. These movements not only can change the ballflight for the same swing, they can change the swing so the club is delivered to the ball with maximum efficiency.

So if you thought the driver you've had in your bag is about as good as they get, we urge you to bring it with you to your next demo day or golf shop and watch as a fitter shows you what you're missing. Take a look at everything that's out there. Then, look again. You might see something you've never seen before. Like a shorter iron in to the first green.