The 2024 PGA Tour season has begun and with that, we begin another look at every driver used to win on tour over the course of the next eight months. We've played nine events so far, with Ping earning its third victory of the year after Austin Eckroat's triumph at the Cognizant Classic. Titleist also has two wins to date while Callaway, Mizuno, Srixon and TaylorMade all each have one victory to date in 2024. Looking at all the winning drivers provides an interesting way to review a year, while also offering a closer look at the best technology being used on tour. Included with each player is a key driving stat from the week he won.
Austin Eckroat, Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches
Driver: Ping G430 LST (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5), 10.5 degrees
Key driving stat: Eckroat was fourth in strokes gained/off the tee (3.531) while being tied for third in the field in driving accuracy (45 of 56/80.3 percent).
Jake Knapp, Mexico Open
Driver: Ping G425 LST (Project X Hzrdus T1100 Green TX), 9 degrees
Key driving stat: Knapp ranked 90th in strokes gained/off the tee through the Genesis Invitational, then finished 11th for the week at Vidanta. He was also second in driving distance at 322.6 yards.
Hideki Matsuyama, Genesis Invitational
Driver: Srixon ZX5 LS Mk II (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX), 9.5 degrees
Key driving stat: For the week at Riviera Country Club, Matsuyama was 16th in strokes gained/off the tee while averaging 300.0 yards on the measured driving distance holes.
Nick Taylor, WM Phoenix Open
Driver: Titleist TSi3 (Fujikura Atmos Blue 6X), 10 degrees
Key driving stat: During a surprisingly crummy weather week in the Arizona desert, Taylor put in steady work off the tee. During his opening-round 60, he led the field in strokes gained/off the tee. For the week he hit 37 of 58 fairways, putting him 22nd for the week.
Wyndham Clark, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Driver: Titleist TSR3 (Project X Hzrdus Smoke Green 60 6.5), 9 degrees
This is Titleist’s most popular model on tour. It's designed for players who have a consistent impact pattern around the center of the face. As a result, the face features a special variable-thickness pattern that emphasizes the best performance for center strikes. The TSR3 has a more compact size, but it also adds a movable weight that allows players to shift the center of gravity slightly. Yes, this helps somewhat with draw or fade preferences, but mostly it’s designed for lining up the CG with where a player is making impact. The result is better energy transfer.
Key driving stat: Clark ranked 11th in strokes gained/tee to green while also ranking third in driving distance for the week on the Monterery Peninsula.
Matthieu Pavon, Farmers Insurance Open
Driver: Ping G430 Max (Fujikura Ventus TR Black 6X), 9 degrees
Before the introduction of Max 10K, this was the most stable head in the Ping lineup. Its difference lies in mixing that stability with a 25-gram movable-weight system to set ball flight at neutral, fade or draw. Aerodynamic ridges at the front of the crown (“turbulators”) help this big head glide through the air, and a thinner face adds energy. At the same time, less face curvature means low impacts launch with less spin for more distance.
Key driving stat: Pavon became the first Frenchman to win on the PGA Tour since 1906 with the help of hitting 35 of 56 fairways for the week, ranking him T-16.
Nick Dunlap (a), The American Express
Sean M. Haffey
Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS, 9 degrees
The most compact of the three clubheads, the LS is designed for better players who like to work the ball and desire less spin. Noticeably sleeker is the sliding-weight track on the sole, which is positioned more forward and lower this year for increased effectiveness on trajectory and spin. It also weighs nearly six grams less. This weight savings along with the savings from the carbon face and body construction can be repositioned in the form of 19 grams in the rear perimeter for extra stability.
Key driving stat: Dunlap, a sophomore at Alabama playing in just his fourth PGA Tour event, ranked fourth in driving distance (averaging 320.5 yards) en route to joining a select group of amateurs to win PGA Tour events.
Grayson Murray, Sony Open in Hawaii
Driver: Mizuno ST-X 230 (UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X 7F5), 9.5 degrees
Somewhat the fraternal twin of the ST-Z 230, the ST-X 230 shifts the weight saved from its carbon-composite crown and sole slightly toward the heel. While for some, that 14-gram back weight offers a bit of slice correction, its main function is to make the overall head easier to manipulate during the swing. That means it can appeal to players looking to work the ball. Still, its relatively deep position in the head improves overall stability on off-center hits. Just as important to ball speed are the high-strength titanium alloy in the face and a channel cut in the sole to improve the way the face deflects, particularly on lower impacts.
Key driving stat: In claiming his first PGA Tour title since the 2017 Barbasol Championship, Murray led the field in strokes gained/tee to green (5.075). He averaged 310.5 yards in driving distance and hit 66.7 percent of his fairways for the week.
Chris Kirk, The Sentry
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 TX), 9 degrees
Key driving stat: Kirk wasn't flashy off the tee, averaging only 281.6 yards to rank in the middle of the field at Kapalua, but he was among a host of players to hit at least one drive more than 400 yards, hits long measuring at 428.