Best Golf Drivers for Mid Handicappers 2019


Are you looking to hit it longer so you can hit more greens?
Trying to break 80 for the first time?
Hitting the ball in the wrong fairway?
Do you even know where the ball's going on yuor tee shots?

I've been there. The anguish is real.

Shaft flex and loft are essential to getting that extra oomph

But modern technology is here to help. Having unshakable confidence standing on every tee box is easily the best feeling in golf. You just know where it's going and the shape it's taking to get there. It does take time to settle into a new driver but when you do, man...it's electric.

I've found the best golf drivers for mid handicappers right here to get you that same nonchalant feeling. You're going to be hitting it longer and straighter with the right club suited for your swing speed. I'll go through shaft flex as well as loft so you can select the correct one for you to have more fun on the golf course.

How to pick the right shaft for you 

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It's important to choose the correct shaft flex for your driver. To do this, you need to know your swing speed and as mid handicappers, we have a wide range of swing speeds. 

Here's a quick reference to picking a shaft based on your driver swing speed:

70-80 mph : Senior Flex (A)
80-90 mph : Regular Flex (R)
90-100 mph: Stiff Flex (S)
100+ mph: Extra Stiff Flex (X)

You can easily test this at a golf shop or driving range. Most places let you hit in the nets for free because that way they can convince you to buy a driver. I use them to test my swing speed then buy my stuff elsewhere!

Amount of carry depends on the loft too

Loft is the 2nd most important aspect. Less loft is less forgiving which is evidenced by how much easier it is to hit a 9 iron than a 3 iron.

Your slices and hooks will be even worse with a lower lofted (8 to 10 degree) driver while more loft (10.5 to 14 degrees) means your slices and hooks will diminish and the ball will fly higher and straighter, giving you more carry and hence, more distance.

•  Fast swing (100 mph +) and hit it reliably in the fairway, best driver is 9 to 11 degrees loft for extra forgiveness.
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Average swing speed (80-95 mph) it's best to get 11 to 13 degrees of loft for more carry.
•  Slower swing speed
, it's best to get a driver with 13 or 14 degrees of loft.

New technology makes you your own club fitter

Paired with the right golf ball, modern drivers can add significant yardage to your long game. Some guys even notice 20 yard gains. Below are the best drivers mid handicappers. 

WARNING: I do not advocate for the hyper-adjustable drivers on the market. While they appear to be 'more value' because you can adjust the settings to anything you like, the problem with them is this very benefit. You're going to be wondering whether you have the right setting every time you hit a drive in the trees.

I prefer making golf simple and making it fun. Removing decision paralysis by setting yourself up with a simple, moderately adjustable driver will serve you well mentally, which is all that really counts. By moderately adjustable driver.

I mean being able to change the loft setting up or down a degree or two, but not sliding weights around the sole of the club. That's where the head worms take over and crawl in your brain, making you question yourself on every tee shot.


Best Golf Drivers for Mid Handicappers

  1. Cobra F9 Speedback (most forgiving distance driver for any golfer)
  2. Wilson D300  (best value driver pound-for-pound)
  3. Taylormade RBZ Black (best point-and-shoot driver)
  4. Srixon Z585  (best for golfers who hit it toward the toe)
  5. PING G400 (best driver for higher ball flight)
  6.  Callaway Rogue (best for adding distance)

All-round best driver for most golfers

Cobra have become one of the front-runners in golf club tech. They now make very forgiving golf clubs that are really aimed at the mid-handicapper, including their brilliant F7 and F8 irons. Their one-length irons are working magic for many golfers.

As with most drivers on this list, the crown is very simple without any flashy graphics or ridges. It's easy to align and it does so without putting you off while standing over the ball.

The name Speedback comes from the apparently aerodynamic design of the clubhead. Truth be told, I don't believe much of the aerodynamic hype out there. But this driver delivers regardless of these buzzwords.

Simple, beautiful face filled with tech

The milled clubface is very reassuring to look down at when addressing the ball. This is half the battle of driving the ball. Feel comfortable. Cobra immediately puts you at ease when sliding this F9 behind the ball on the tee.

What they have done behind the face is also important to the performance. Behind the milled clubface, you'll find they've designed the clubface to deliver better performance where most of us hit the ball on our bad shots.

I personally hit it high toward the toe while others hit it low toward the heel. Cobra has both shots covered by making the sweet spot more elliptical. 

Adjustability

You can switch the two weight plates back and forth but honestly, it's fine out -the-box. As with most drivers now, you can adjust the loft up or down to increase height in ball flight or lower it. 

Pros
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    Sweet spot designed to help toe and heel hits
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    Simple adjustability that reduces opportunity to have decision paralysis
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    Lighter crown for more swing speed
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    Crisp sound at contact
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    Superb, simple, milled club face for confidence at address
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    May not add more distance but go straighter it will
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    Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

Point and shoot driver that remains popular everywhere

The Taylormade RBZ has been so popular over the years, Taylormade just keeps updating it and this update is one of the best, purely because it's no longer white. And it's much cheaper than the 'top range' drivers which retail for $400 and over. My good friend Didi still jams an old RBZ even after trying the Taylormade M5 and M6. 

He decided to keep the $500 and play more golf with his RBZ instead.

The top of the crown is nice and sleek with minimal design to keep you focused on the shot and line up easily to your target.

Off center hits go straighter than normal on shots hit low in the heel and high in the toe - less duck hooks and poopoo slices. Not having the fancy weights to slide around under the club really puts your mind at ease knowing that you have no choice but to hit the ball and not worry about what setting is best for you.

Now that's not to say it isn't adjustable. You can still add or reduce loft from the club at address by turning the shaft where it enters the clubhead. Your standard 10.5 degree driver can therefore become 9 or 12 degrees.

Good for golfers with average to slow swing speeds

The club is very lightweight and if you feel like you need a little extra help getting the club moving faster, the RBZ will add a couple more mph to your swing. 

There's a reason the RBZ range is so popular among golfers and it's because it works. No fancy confusing technology, just a simple boom boom machine.

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    Superb Taylormade sound - unlike the more expensive TM models.
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    Super well priced for what you get
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    Very forgiving and easy to hit with minimal shape - massive sweet spot
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    Top of the crown is sleek and simple
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    Special slot behind the face to increase ball speeds for more distance - this is a distance monster.
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    No weight plates or sliding weights for the tinkerers
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    Headcover that comes with it is crap

Best value driver - pound for pound - for slower swings

The Wilson D300 has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a Cleveland of old. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot. Definitely in the sleeper category, not many guys will know about this driver and at this price, it's a best kept secret. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

Adjustability and forgiveness that costs not much at all

A 10.5° Wilson D300 means you can adjust the loft to 11.5° and the 13° can adjust from 12° to 14° giving you plenty of opportunity to find the ideal ball flight for you. You can close the face by turning the hosel, encouraging a draw instead of a slice too. A great value driver overall. I really recommend the 13 degree option to give you the upper end of the loft for more carry distance.

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    Adjustable hosel for more loft and draw settings
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    Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
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    Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is low
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    Forgiving on mishits - producing acceptable results
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    Funny looking spikes on the crown can be off-putting

Simple point and shoot driver for everyone especially toe-hitters

From the same manufacturer of Cleveland, comes a very very simple driver from Srixon. The Z series is so good, you can see me jamming it in my latest videos on my Youtube channel. I play the Z785 which is adjustable on the hosel. I haven't used the adjustability which essentially means, I have the even easier to hit Z585 and that's why I recommend this highly for mid handicappers.

Very popular from 5 handicap up to 20

The best part of these drivers is how SIMPLE they look at address. There is almost nothing on the crown except a little mark to show the center of the face.

The stock shaft is a Project X HZRDS which is a high quality shaft indeed. The shaft really is the powerhouse of the club and these come fit with a very strong engine.

What I've noticed the most about this club is how on toe hits, the ball actually goes AS FAR AS solid strikes which is perfect for someone like me who hits it toward the toe more often. 

The face has no fancy graphics on it. The crown is super simple and the sweet spot sends feedback up your arms, knowing you've hit it in the pantie.

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    The beauty is in the simplicity of design and superb performance
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    Extremely large sweet spot where toe hits go almost as far as middle hits
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    Z785 has some adjustability for loft while the Z585 is super simple no adjusting
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    The crown has very little detail on it, it is very classic looking
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    Z585 model has no adjustability at all

One of the simplest to hit drivers in the world

PING has to be the most popular name in amateur mid handicapper golf. This is easily the most gamed club I have seen in guys bags who were NEVER able to hit a driver before. You get the guys who don't play PING and then you get the guys who do, and they LOVE it.

My friend Steve just upgraded to this PING G400 and I haven't seen him hit a driver like that before. He was using a Jetspeed from Taylormade, which he was great with, but the G400 just takes it to another level. 

The main difference I see in the G400 and other clubs of the same spec and loft, is the higher ball flight. The ball flight is penetrating and high. It carries much further which gives guys a load more distance with the exact same swing. 

Minimal adjustability and straighter shots

There's only a single weight plate on the bottom of the club so you'll never be worried about the settings. The loft can be changed up or down a degree or two and that's about all you need to increase or decrease height of the launch. 

PING keep it simple and are really geared toward the mid handicapper in every sense of the word making forgiving irons, forgiving woods and superb putters. On Tour you might find only a couple of guys like Lee Westwood and Bubba using PING, but really, these clubs are not Ferrari, but they're more like Ford, built tough and reliably.

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    Very classic head and face design with minimal graphics
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    The ball goes straighter and in some cases reduce shot shapes to baby fades and draws
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    High-launching for much more carry but maybe less rollout on soft fairways
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    Minimal adjustability options for a nice simple point and shoot driver
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    Bigger sweet spot than ever on a PING driver
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    Sound is very muted and may not appeal
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    Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

Callaway Rogue

The driver that's added distance to many golfers tee ball

Callaway came out with the Epic, which I owned until it snapped on the back of a golf cart. The Rogue is the upgrade to that driver. Now there is no real reason to go out and get the Epic Flash.

The Rogue is going to be lower in price due to it being an older model which means you can get yourself a bargain of a club and pick up some distance.

You can get this driver in 9, 10 or even 13 degrees which means you can really get some more loft and laucnh the ball higher for more carry. The Jailbreak technology is still in this one as a carry-over from the Epic. 

Jailbreak technology is where they've put two pins behind the club face for more stability so you get even more ball speed. I can attest to this being true as I hit the Callaway Epic slightly further than my Srixon I own now.

Conclusion

With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed to help the average golfer, I hope this cleared up some of the options.

A clear winner for me is the Epic followed by the XR16 as just the simplest most forgiving drivers out there to help slash your scores and get you hitting shorter irons into the greens.

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mark butcko says

great info looking for a new driver handicap 13 68 years old swing sped appx 80

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