GolfOnline’s Top 10 Golf Drivers for High Handicappers

by Maura Hutchinson

Whether you are just starting on your golf journey, or have been playing for a couple of years now, choosing the right golf driver could make all the difference to your game. At GolfOnline we are proud to stock the latest golf drivers from the world’s biggest brands including Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist and more. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Drivers for higher handicaps, available now at GolfOnline. Read on to find out who’s won our coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as important info you should know before purchasing your new driver.

Things to Consider When Picking a High Handicap Driver:


Clubhead size
Most golf drivers come in 440cc and 460cc. A bigger clubhead offers a larger face and more importantly, a larger sweet spot. This equals more forgiveness and is perfect for players with a higher handicap.

Loft
For beginner golfers and those with slower swing speeds, you will require a higher loft. This is one of the easiest ways to achieve great trajectory off the tee and will also help your shots to stay on the target line.

Shaft
Most golf clubs offer steel or graphite shafts. The lighter graphite shafts are usually a better option for high handicappers as they help increase clubhead speed. A longer shaft can also help to increase distance, but be careful as this can also decrease accuracy.

Flex
In simple terms, this just means the amount of bend in your shaft. Swing speed and distance are the main factors in helping to determine the correct flex on your clubs. For slower swing speeds (under 250 yards) a regular, or even senior, flex is the way to go.

Adjustability
An adjustable driver allows you to tweak the loft and lie of your club. This is a great feature that benefits most golfers, especially those with a higher handicap.

MOI
A driver with a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) offers golfers more forgiveness, as the club resists twisting on off-centre hits. This can also produce more spin and a higher launch, the perfect combination for a high handicapper.

Custom Fitting
Custom fit golf clubs can benefit any level of player. For those just starting out or golfers with a higher handicap, playing with a custom fit club is guaranteed to maximise your performance. Book your custom fit appointment with GolfOnline today to help you to achieve greater distance, accuracy and consistency every time you step onto the course.



10. Srixon ZX5

The ZX5 features a unique Rebound Frame structure that increases ball speed and distance, even on off-centred strikes. A 15% larger crown repositions mass low, pushing MOI up and increasing forgiveness. A weight port and adjustable hosel allow you to fine tune this club to your unique swing.

Pros:
15% larger crown than previous models, making it ultra forgiving. Flatter head shape should also help to instil confidence at address. Available for custom fit.

Cons:
Some golfers have mentioned the adjustable hosel system can be a bit complicated.

Verdict:
This golf driver is perfect for the higher handicap player who wants to achieve straight ball flight. It’s mid-range price point for a driver will also appeal to newer players looking for a quality driver that offers great value for money.

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Srixon ZX7 Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
The ZX5 could be yours for £419! Buy 2 Srixon ZX Woods and save £15 per club. (Offer subject to availability)

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“Superb Piece of Kit - Had a selection of the Latest Drivers - Mavrik, SIM, Ping G410 and the Srixon ZX5. The Srixon Stands up against all the others no doubt – [it’s] made from quality components” – Andy (October 2020).


9. Honma TR20 460

The TR20 460 has been specifically designed to offer players exceptional speed you can feel, hear and see. A flat crown and semi-shallow shape provides high trajectory and appropriate spin. Adjustable weights and hosel allow you to fine tune for additional distance.

Pros:
Beautiful classic look. Lots of adjustability and high launch. Custom fitting available.

Cons:
Premium quality = Premium price tag. Might put someone new to the game off.

Verdict:
This classic and simple looking driver will be the envy of all your playing partners. It’s light, fast and gives you an incredible amount of adjustability.

Similar Products:
Honma T-World TR20 440 Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
The TR20 460 is available now for £559. Buy 2 standard Honma Woods and save an extra £15 per club. (Offer subject to availability).


8. Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset

The F-Max Airspeed Offset delivers a new level of lightweight performance, maximising clubhead speed, distance and forgiveness. An offset hosel design helps to correct any rightward tendencies, allowing you to find the middle of the fairway easier and more consistently.

Pros:
Lightweight, modern and sleek design. Offset hosel should greatly improve if not eliminate your slice. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Offset hosel might not appeal to every golfer.

Verdict:
This club is great value for money and offers mid-speed swingers the perfect amount of draw-shot bias. At the current price point this is an amazing option for high handicap players.

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Wilson Launch Pad Offset Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
At £269 this driver is a great buy. Save £15 per club if you purchase 2 standard Cobra Airspeed Woods. (Offer subject to availability).

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“For a high handicapper with a problem with hitting to the right the Cobra Offset (Airspeed) definitely helps me hit a lot more straighter drives” – Peter (July 2020).


7. Wilson Launch Pad Offset

The Launch Pad Offset has been specifically engineered to solve your slice. The moderate hosel offset, combined with 13g of weight in the heel side of the club and an upright lie angle, promises to put an end to your problem once and for all. Lightweight components including the head, shaft and grip translate to an effortless increase in clubhead speed, plus greater launch and distance.

Pros:
Excellent value for money. Super lightweight design that’s easy to hit. Moderate hosel offset will help eliminate your slice. Available to custom fit.

Cons:
No adjustability.

Verdict:
This is a great driver option for high handicappers and those new to golf. It offers a price point that won’t break the bank (compared to other drivers) and those looking to improve their slice will definitely be happy.

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Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
Available now for only £249! Buy 2 standard Wilson Launch Pad Woods and save £15 per club. (Offer subject to availability).


6. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

The Launcher HB Turbo looks great, hits hard and goes far. The new Turbocharged Cup Face provides a higher COR over a larger impact area, which simply means you can expect increased ball speeds and more distance. The Ultralight Hosel redistributes weight low and deep for a higher launch and exceptional forgiveness.

Pros:
Very forgiving, high launch and low spin with decent distance gains. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Not adjustable. The HiBore Crown and detailing give it quite a different look at address. Might not appeal to all golfers.

Verdict:
Don’t let its low price point fool you, this driver is packed with technology to help your game succeed off the tee. This makes it a great option for high handicappers and those just starting out on their golf journey.

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Wilson Launch Pad Offset Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
Buy now for only £279 and take advantage of £15 off each club when you purchase 2 standard Cleveland Launcher Woods. (Offer subject to availability)

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“With the first hit I knew I was on to a winner. Gave me confidence [off] the tee again. Club head looks stylish and expensive while being good value for the high handicappers” – Derek (August 2020).


5. Callaway Big Bertha B21

Callaway says the new Big Bertha B21 will offer players “distance any way you swing it.” This driver delivers a super unique combination of high launch, low spin and significant draw bias in a forgiving head shape. Advanced technologies, you’d expect from a Big Bertha, help to make the B21 really long, easy to hit and extremely forgiving.

Pros:
Instils confidence at address. Definitely helps to reduce your slice but won’t eliminate it completely. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Not for golfers that draw the ball or have a hook shot.

Verdict:
While the Big Bertha 21 can get you impressive distance off the tee, it is no where near as long as other top drivers, like TaylorMade SIM, Cobra SpeedZone or Callaway Mavrik. But for those new to golf this could be an excellent driver, especially if you tend to slice the ball.

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Srixon ZX5 Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
Purchase your new Big Bertha B21 Driver today for £399.

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“Very nice design, colours and build, quality as you would expect from Callaway” – Robert (October 2020).


4. Titleist TSi 2

Titleist promises the TSi series is faster in the air and faster at impact. With a new all-titanium head, the TSi2 offers a bigger profile and longer heel, with a lower and back CoG that’s more forgiving. Adjustability allows golfers to fine tune performance, ensuring you are getting the most out of every swing.

Pros:
Great adjustability features to benefit every player. Easy to hit, with plenty of forgiveness. Available for custom fit.

Cons:
Higher price point might put off those new to the game.

Verdict:
This incredible driver offers the simple and classic look you’d expect from Titleist with a boost of performance technology to match. Its larger head shape offers players great forgiveness across the whole of the face plus all-important confidence at address.

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Honma T-World TR20 460

Product in our store and online shop:
The new TSi 2 Driver ranges from £499 - £669 based on your preferred options. Buy 2 standard Titleist TSi Woods and save £10 per club. (Offer subject to availability)

3. Callaway Mavrik Max (Bronze Award)

GolfInstore manager Kevin has awarded the Mavrik Max the bronze award and says, “Mavrik Max, is going to be for the golfer who wants maximum forgiveness. This is set up as more of a draw bias club, so the golfer who tends to hit a left to right ball flight. This generates more draw spin which will enable a straighter ball flight for them and this is the driver with the most forgiveness.”

The Mavrik Max is perfect for golfers looking for a long easy-to-hit driver with the ability to reduce slices off the tee. This club offers a larger head and the highest MOI of the Mavrik range, with the most draw/bias capabilities.

Pros:
The most forgiving of the Mavrik range and the easiest to launch. Looks and sounds great. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Orange colour scheme might not appeal to every golfer. Premium price point.

Verdict:
The Mavrik Max is easy to hit and is definitely the most forgiving driver in the Mavrik range. While there aren’t huge improvements from the Epic Flash series, if you’re looking for an upgrade from an older driver, or wanting a club that could help to reduce your slice, this is a serious contender.

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TaylorMade SIM MAX

Product in our store and online shop:
Available now for £449, you can also take advantage of £15 off per club when you buy 2 standard Callaway Mavrik Woods. (Offer subject to availability)

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“Callaway have a clear winner on their hands with the release of the Mavrik. Increases in distance and forgiveness will sell every time” – Alex (February 2020).

2. Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme (Silver Award)

Kevin’s pick for silver is the incredible Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme, “SpeedZone Xtreme is for the golfer who wants maximum forgiveness without too much technology to worry about. A bigger head designed to launch the ball higher but with slightly lower spin. You have the option of changing loft and setting to a draw bias as well. This will help any golfer of any handicap.”

The SpeedZone Xtreme features a higher MOI and larger look at address, without movable weights. Boasting a slightly heavier (17g) Tungsten Exhaust weight, it is easily one of the most forgiving drivers from the 2020 lineups.

Pros:
Great value for money. Cobra Connect to help track performance. Maximised stability on off-centred strikes. Custom fit available. Two colourways to choose from.

Cons:
Modern styling might not appeal to all golfers. No moveable weights.

Verdict:
This top quality driver offers golfers superior performance without the premium price tag. More forgiving than the standard SpeedZone, it also features adjustable loft and lie settings on the hosel and an improved CNC Milled face for even more appeal. This is definitely a driver you should be considering.

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Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset Driver

Product in our store and online shop:
Buy now for £349. Purchase 2 standard Cobra SpeedZone woods and save £15 per club. (Offer subject to availability)

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“Very good driver. I have the previous version and this is more forgiving” – Livio (November 2020).

1. TaylorMade SIM Max (Gold Award)

Kevin’s top pick and gold award goes to the TaylorMade SIM Max, “From my fitting experience with customers, this has been one of the easiest clubs to us. With the twist face technology in the head this has helped with off-centre shots, and I have found that shot dispersion was closer together. It also gained golfers an extra 10-15 yards more distance.”

For those craving more forgiveness, the SIM Max offers an 8% larger face than the standard SIM, and a slightly higher launch. This gorgeous club has been specifically designed to provide faster clubhead speed for more ball speed and distance, while the rear weight creates high MOI, perfect for those with a higher handicap.

Pros:
Aesthetically beautiful driver. Ultra lightweight, forgiving and instils confidence at address. Also available in a draw-bias version. Custom fit options available.

Cons:
No sliding weight technology (as seen in the standard SIM)

Verdict:
This club is made for those golfers looking for maximum forgiveness. While it’s not the cheapest of drivers, we believe it’s £399 price point offers players great value for money in terms of design and technology.

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Callaway Mavrik Max

Product in our store and online shop:
Secure your SIM Max driver now for £399. Buy any 2 standard TaylorMade SIM woods and save an additional £15 per club. (Offer subject to availability)

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“Goes like a rocket and is very forgiving for when you don’t quite hit the sweet spot. Delighted with it and I am now hitting distances regularly that I’ve never hit before. Highly recommended” – Hugh (June 2020).