In a mere 10 years, the average driving distance on the PGA Tour has exploded from John Daly’s 288-yard average in 1996 to a whopping 319-yard average held by the longest guy ever on Tour, Bubba Watson. We’ve seen several PGA Tour players hit the ball unprecedented lengths this year, so it’s no doubt that today’s equipment has helped professionals hit a long way.
But what about the rest of us mere mortals? Can today’s drivers do for the average player what they have done for the best players in the world? Granted, you may not challenge Bubba Watson’s leading average of nearly 320 yards per drive, but a few extra yards is definitely not out of the question with one of today’s exciting new drivers. The key in deciding which driver works best for you has to do with first determining what clubhead you prefer, what loft is suited for your swing and, finally, what shaft length, weight and flex are best fit for your swingspeed and tempo. Also, be sure not to forget grip and grip size, as bigger grips promote less hand rotation than skinnier grips do.
PING G5 Driver
TaylorMade r7 425 TP
| Callaway Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 |
Phil Mickelson • Longest Drive: 363 yards
We all know that Phil used two to win the Masters, but what you may not know is that the FT-3 is arguably the most revolutionary and technologically advanced driver ever made by Callaway Golf.
Shafts: Aldila Fusion NVS graphite
| Cleveland HiBore |
Vijay Singh • Longest Drive: 394 yards
Is the HiBore the next big thing? We’ll leave that to you to decide, but one thing we know for sure: it’s incredibly straight, long and easy to hit, thanks to its unique crown shape.
Shafts: HiBore Silver by Fujikura
|MacGregor MACTEC NVG2 (Tour) |
JosÃ© MarÃa OlazÃ¡bal • Longest Drive: 349 yards
Featuring a weldless Cup Face 360° clubface, the MACTEC NVG2 has a broad array of cool attributes, including Quadra Tungsten sole weights, a Tri-Plane sole and a razor-thin crown section for a low CG
Shafts: Quadra Action graphite by Fujikura
| Bridgestone J33 Series|
Stuart Appleby • Longest Drive: 426 yards
The all-titanium model used by Stuart Appleby has a tungsten weight in the trailing edge of the clubhead for both a higher MOI and a lowered and deepened CG. The trademark elastomer compound insert reduces vibration for a greater transfer of energy.
Shafts: Aldila NV 65 graphite