Are you seeking unrivalled distances from tee to green? Are you hoping to achieve better shot accuracy? How about fine-tuning that shot shaping technique? Whatever it is you would like to improve upon this season, we want to help you get there so we’ve devised this helpful buying guide to golf drivers which details everything to help you play better and with greater confidence on the greens.

Below is an in-depth guide to handicaps, with the ideal drivers you should be using to achieve the best performances on the golf course.

Beginner/High handicap

High handicap golfers will do well to select a golf driver with a larger head size (460cc is preferable) with a lightweight or regular shaft. Also be sure to check loft as this can be good with helping to get the golf ball flying straight.

There’s plenty of options out there for golfers still acclimatising to the world of golf, as well as for those who are still a little unsure of their skill level. Even if you’ve never swung a golf club before these drivers will add confidence to your play so check them out. The TaylorMade M2 Driver, Cobra Golf King LTD Driver, Nike Golf Vapor Fly Driver, Callaway Golf XR 16 Driver and PING G Alta 55 Driver are all ideal for high handicaps and offer excellent lightness and forgiveness in every swing.

Mid-handicap and Game-improvers

Similar rules apply with mid-handicappers as they do for beginners, although you might have reached the point where you go for less loft and stiffer shaft should your individual swing speed increase. Considering an adjustable model would also benefit you as it allows for specific trajectory or shot shaping.

Good golf drivers for mid-handicap golfers include the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 Driver, Cobra Golf MAX Driver and Mizuno Golf JPX EZ Driver, and all of which offer excellent distance distribution and trajectory for the best possible results in the hands of players able to handle them efficiently.


If you are low handicapped then you may need to consider opting for a wider variety of shaft/head options, including matching your current swing speed, golf ball speed and launch condition. Consider checking out the range of more compact and workable heads as these will undoubtedly enhance your game. They are manufactured by most big brand names in golf.

Low handicappers are skilled to the highest level outside of professional and will seek out the most difficult to master golf drivers. Adding the TaylorMade M1 430 Driver, Nike Golf Vapor Flex 440 Driver and Cobra Golf King LTD PRO Driver to a low-handicappers bag should be taken as read.

Golf Driver Tips & Advice

Here are a few extra titbits of advice for golfers looking for golf drivers for this season and beyond.

Loft up

If you’re starting out as a novice golfer then having more loft than perhaps you need will help considerably. Over time your handicap will lower and so will the loft that you use, so it’s definitely better to work from the top and ease yourself down as your experience grows.

Swat up – Know your stats

Making a decision based on your stats is both a great way to learn and grow as a player. We only get better at something the more we practice so taking these points on board now will definitely help in the long term. Trust your stats and rise up the ranks.

Common misconceptions – How fast are you really swinging?

It’s funny but many of us believe – quite naively – that we’re quicker at swinging the golf club than what we really are. In reality many of us will believe the club is hitting the golf ball at tremendous speeds, but actually it’s more likely to be softer.

This is nothing to worry about, however, as over time your swing speed will increase as your experience level ascends. The same applies for hitting the golf ball.

A lightweight shaft is fine is you’re starting out as it offers forgiveness ideal for beginners. Just because others are using stiffer shafts does not mean you should follow suit, at least not until you move into the mid handicapper bracket.

Check out our full range of golf drivers now, or browse the golf brands which offer drivers as well as other equipment and clothing, including Nike, TaylorMade, Cobra, Titleist, Benross, Callaway, Wilson Staff, PING, Mizuno, Wilson, Masters, US Kids.