The Best Driver
For Beginners

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What if I told you that hitting 250 yards is not difficult and impossible to do?

That all you need is proper training and the correct golf driver that is most suitable for your skill.

That is why The Golf Prof is here to help you search for the ONE new driver that will give you more distance, more accuracy, better feel, and most of all one that will make you smile and want to play one more round of golf again.

Usually, the first club that you will use on your first tee shot is a driver. And if you hit the ball nicely, having a long distance shot and correct direction, that would pump up your confidence through out your golf game.

How many times have you tried hitting 250 yard drives but found yourself short?

Imagine, every time you will use your driver, you feel that you are in control as to where your ball will land. Your wish will finally come true.

That is now possible with advanced technology and sophisticated materials used in every part of your driver.

Quick Comparison: Top 5 Best Drivers for Beginners

Here are the top five golf driver for beginners that The Golf Prof recommends. The table is designed with you in mind so that you can easily compare each driver’s features.

Recommended Specifications for Beginners
ProductTaylorMade M1
Callaway XR 16Cobra KING F6
TaylorMade AeroBurner
Adams Golf Blue Driver
Rank#1#2#3#4#5
BrandTaylormade Golf DriversCallaway GolfCobra KingTaylormade Golf DriversAdams Golf
Prosgreat distance driverGreat distance
very forgiving driverVery forgiving
lightweight driverLightweight
customize driverEasy to customize
stylish driverStylish
durableDurable
adjustable loft settingsAdjustable loft, lie, and face angles
adjustable loft settingsAdjustable ball flight, trajectory, and spin
great distance driverGreat distance
very forgiving driverVery forgiving
lightweight driverLightweight
Fast ball speedFast ball speed
customize driverEasy to customize
lightweight driverDurable
adjustable loft settingsAdjustable loft
great distance driverGreat distance
very forgiving driverVery forgiving
lightweight driverLightweight
Fast ball speedFast ball speed
AffordableAffordable
adjustable loft settings8 adjustable loft settings
Center of Gravity options2 Center of Gravity options
great distance driverGreat distance
very forgiving driverVery forgiving
Lightweight driverLightweight
Fast swing speedFast swing speed
Less ball spinLess ball spin
Easy to alignEasy to align club head to the ball
great distance driverGreat distance
Lightweight driverLightweight
Fast swing speedFast swing speed
High launch anglesHigh launch angles
Very affordable driverVery affordable
ConsconsExpensive
consLoud on impact
consNeed to monitor if screws are tight
Expensive driverExpensive
Unappealing head coverUnappealing head cover
consNeed to monitor if screws are tight
shorter driverShorter
regular flex stiffRegular flex is a bit stiff
consNeed to monitor if screws are tight
scratchesExpensive
scratchesVisible scratches on the club head due to its light color
regular flex stiffRegular flex has too much flex
Thinner shaftThinner shaft might compromise durability
Price
The Golf Prof Score9594929089
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Head Size460cc and 430cc
460cc
460cc
460cc
460cc
440cc to 460cc
Loft
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°
9°, 10.5° and 13.5°
Adjustable loft
(9°, 9.5°, 9.5° Draw, 10.5°, 10.5° Draw, 11.5°, 11.5° Draw, and 12°)
9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and 15°

9.5°, 10.5° and 12°

10.5 to 15 degrees
Shaft Material
Graphite, Fujikura graphite, Mitsubishi graphite, and Aldila graphiteGraphite, Fujikura graphite, Mitsubishi graphite
Matrix Red Tie 60Q4 graphiteMatrix Speed RUL-Z 50 graphiteGraphiteGraphite or Titanium
Shaft's Flex Stiffness LevelRegular (R), Senior (A), Stiff flex (S), Extra Stiff Flex (XS)
Regular (R), Senior (A), Stiff flex (S), Extra Stiff Flex (XS)Regular (R), Senior (A), Stiff flex (S), Extra Stiff Flex (XS)Regular (R), Senior (A), Stiff flex (S), Extra Stiff Flex (XS)Regular (R), Senior (A), Stiff flex (S)Regular or Senior
Length45.5 inches
45.75 inches
45.25 inches
45.75 inches
45.5 inches
44 to 46 inches
Adjustable LoftYesYes
Yes
NoNoIf you have the budget, choose the driver with an adjustable loft.
Head Cover Included
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wrench for Loft Adjustment Included
YesYesYesNot applicableNot applicable
Hand OrientationRight and LeftRight and LeftRight and LeftRight and LeftRight and Left
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How to Interpret the Driver Comparison Table

The table shows a quick comparison of the top 5 best driver for beginners. The leftmost column indicates the common concerns that a person has when choosing for a golf driver.

The second to sixth columns show the specifications of The Golf Prof’s top 5 drivers. The last column serves as a guide and shows the specifications that I recommend for beginners.


Top 5 Best Driver For Beginners Reviews

TaylorMade M1 Review

Great Distance But Expensive


TAYLORMADE M1

Best Choice - Best Driver for Beginners
Best Choice - Best Driver for Beginners

I vote for TaylorMade M1 as the best driver for beginners because it has the most options and features among the five drivers that will help your ball reach farther distance more consistently.

First and foremost, the letter “M” in M1 means multi-material. TaylorMade M1 is made from its proprietary 7-layer Carbon Composite Crown having ultra-thin and high strength materials in the driver head. It comes with TM Lamkin Performance 360 grip or you may also customize your grip with a different color, size and feel.

A wrench for hosel loft adjustment and a driver head cover are included. If you are a left handed golfer, M1 also has a driver for you!

Pros

great distance driverGREAT DISTANCE
very forgiving driverVERY FORGIVING
lightweight driverLIGHTWEIGHT
customize driverEASY TO CUSTOMIZE
stylish driverSTYLISH
durable driverDURABLE
adjustable loftADJUSTABLE LOFT, LIE, AND FACE ANGLES
adjustable ball flightADJUSTABLE BALL FLIGHT, TRAJECTORY, AND SPIN

Its driver length is 45.5 inches. There are two sizes available for the its driver head: 460cc and 430cc. I recommend a 460cc driver head for beginners like you. A bigger club head size means a bigger sweet spot.

Choosing the right combination of a driver’s shaft material, loft angle, lie angle, face angle, and shaft stiffness is critical in achieving a super fast clubhead speed. The faster the clubhead hits the ball, the farther the ball goes.

1. You can choose from three shaft materials relative to your swing speed.

a. Fujikura Pro 60 Shaft
Use this for high launch. I recommend this for beginners with swing speed of 84 mph and below.

b. Mitsubishi KuraKage Tini Silver 60 Shaft
Use this for mid launch. I recommend this for beginners with swing speed of 85 to 100 mph.

c. Aldila Rogue Silver 70 Shaft
Use this for low launch. I do not recommend this for beginners. This is more suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

2. You can control your ball flight with the revolutionary three head adjustment systems:

a. Loft Sleeve System
It allows you to adjust the driver head’s loft degree angle, lie angle, and face angle.

Regarding adjustability of the head’s loft, it can be adjusted up to two degrees more, or two degrees less from the base number. The adjustment is by one degree increment. So if you purchased a driver with 10.5 degrees loft, then it can have the following lofts: 11.5 degree loft, 12.5 degree loft, 9.5 degree loft, and 8.5 degree loft.

b. Front Track System
It includes one 15 gram adjustable weight, so you can adjust your ball flight to draw, neutral or fade setting.

c. Back Track System
It includes one 10 gram adjustable weight, so you can adjust your ball trajectory and spin to high, medium or low setting.

3. You can choose among different loft angles such as with 8.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees, and 12 degrees.

I recommend loft angle of 10.5 degrees if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph, and a loft angle of 12 degrees if your swing speed is less than 80 mph.

I believe that 8.5 and 9.5 degrees are more suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

4. You can choose from different shaft flex options available: Senior flex (M), Regular flex (R), Stiff flex (S), Extra Stiff flex (X).

I recommend a senior flex shaft if your swing speed is less than 80 mph, and a regular flex shaft if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph.

Stiff flex and extra stiff flex are more suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

5. You can customize your shaft with a different color, weight, torque, size, launch, spin, and tip stiffness.

Cons

expensive driverEXPENSIVE
loud on impact driverLOUD ON IMPACT
need to monitor if screws are tightNEED TO MONITOR IF SCREWS ARE TIGHT

Packed with so many features, Taylormade M1 is quite pricey compared to other drivers.

But come to think of it, even if you need a bigger initial cash outlay should you choose M1 and eventually realized that this driver really does its job, then it’s worth every penny.

Compare it to buying several cheap drivers that turn out to be inefficient. Then, you will end up spending more money and wasting more time in the long run.

Although it boasts of internal acoustic engineering controls, I feel that it makes a loud sound on impact. But this point is subjective, what may be a clunky sound for me may sound solid for others.

Also, one of the pros that I listed for M1 is that it is lightweight. But for some, they think that it feels too light and needs some weight.

With its so many adjustable features, there is a probability that the screws might loosen. And being an obsessive compulsive (OC), I prefer to regularly check and see if the screws are tight or need to be tightened.

Callaway XR 16 Review

VERY FORGIVING BUT EXPENSIVE


CALLAWAY XR 16

My second top choice for drivers for beginners is Callaway XR 16. Compared with TaylorMade M1, Callaway XR16 is almost at par, even longer by 0.25 inches, except that TaylorMade M1 has more adjustable features.

If you are a left handed golfer, XR 16 also has a driver for you!

Pros

great distance driverGREAT DISTANCE
very forgiving driverVERY FORGIVING
lightweight driverLIGHTWEIGHT
customize driverEASY TO CUSTOMIZE
lightweight driverDURABLE
adjustable loftADJUSTABLE LOFT

XR 16’s driver head size is 460cc which is recommended for beginners like you. It has an aerodynamic large driver head designed by experts from Boeing which is one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, resulting to more forgiveness. So even if you hit it off center such as near the heel or toe of the driver head, your ball will generally have added distance.

1. XR 16 is made with R•MOTO Face Technology, making it to have a thinner, lighter and stronger driver face. All of these factors lead to more speed on your golf ball.

2. It has an adjustable head loft, it can be adjusted up to two degrees more, or one degree less from the base number.

The adjustment is by one degree increment. So if you purchased a driver with 10.5 degrees loft, then it can have the following lofts: 11.5 degree loft, 12.5 degree loft, and 9.5 degree loft.

3. You can choose from the following shaft flex: Senior flex, Regular flex, Stiff flex, and Extra Stiff flex.

I recommend a senior flex shaft if your swing speed is less than 80 mph, and regular flex shaft if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph.

Stiff flex and extra stiff flex are more suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

4. You can customize your shafts with these after market shafts:

a. Fujikura Speeder Evolution 565 Red
This has a shaft weight of 57 grams to 60 grams. I recommend this for Intermediate level golfers.

b. Fujikura Speeder Evolution II TS 665
This has a shaft weight of 63 grams to 66 grams. I recommend this for Advanced golfers.

c. Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series 42
This has a shaft weight of 41 grams to 43 grams. I recommend this for beginners.

d. Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 50 TiNi
This has a shaft weight of 52 grams to 55 grams. I recommend this for Intermediate level golfers.

5. XR 16 offers various driver head loft angles of 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees, and 13.5 degrees.

I recommend loft angle of 10.5 degrees if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph, and a loft angle of 13.5 degrees if your swing speed is less than 80 mph. I feel that 9 degrees loft is more suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

Cons

Expensive driverEXPENSIVE
Unappealing head coverUNAPPEALING HEAD COVER
consNEED TO MONITOR IF SCREWS ARE TIGHT

Callaway XR 16 and TaylorMade M1 are almost on the same price range. But M1 is packed with more features that is why I prefer M1 compared to XR 16.

High quality drivers come with a price, simply because it costs more to produce such durable and efficient clubs.

Head covers are needed for protecting your driver. But unfortunately, the head cover that comes with XR 16 does not seem to offer full protection for your stick. I also find it very tight when putting it on the driver. Also, a long neck headcover would have been advisable.

But since head covers do not have anything to do with your golf score, you can simply buy a separate head cover just in case you do not like what is included in XR 16, which translates to additional cost.

One thing that I like about XR 16 is it has many adjustable features. But, as I mentioned before, the screws used for these adjustable features should be checked regularly to see if the screws are tight.

Playing with loose screws will adversely affect your performance and is also very dangerous.

Cobra KING F6 Review

FAST BALL SPEED BUT SHORTER DRIVER LENGTH


COBRA KING F6

Cobra KING F6’s club face is made with forged titanium E9 that results to a lighter and thinner face. Its 460cc big head size, coupled with its exclusive Speed Channel, make it a very forgiving driver even if you hit it off center.

Pros

Fast ball speedFAST BALL SPEED
AffordableAFFORDABLE
very forgiving driverVERY FORGIVING
lightweight driverLIGHTWEIGHT
adjustable loft settings8 ADJUSTABLE LOFT SETTINGS
Center of Gravity options2 CENTER OF GRAVITY OPTIONS

1. You can adjust your ball flight and spin by setting the ‘Front to Back’ Center of Gravity option.

a. Front Center of Gravity
If you want your ball to travel at low trajectory, then set it at front center of gravity. A penetrating ball flight is advisable for windy conditions.

b. Back Center of Gravity
If you want your ball to travel at high trajectory, then set it at back center of gravity.

2. KING F6 is designed with a Speed Channel that results to fast ball speed after impact.

You should aim for a high ball speed because the faster the ball travels, the farther it goes. While KING F6 increase your ball speed, Adams Golf Blue Driver, on the other hand, increases your swing speed.

You may be wondering what is the difference between swing speed and ball speed. Swing speed is how fast the club head travels as it hits the ball. Ball speed is how fast the ball travels upon impact.

3. You can easily adjust the loft settings with the following options: 9°, 9.5°, 9.5° Draw, 10.5°, 10.5° Draw, 11.5°, 11.5° Draw, and 12°.

4. You can choose from the following shaft flex: Regular flex, Stiff flex, and Extra Stiff flex.

If you know your swing speed, please refer to the chart here to know what type of flex suits you best. If you don’t know your swing speed, I recommend that you start with a Regular flex first.

5. You can customize your driver’s weight.
If you feel that your driver is too light and needs more weight, you can add more weight with the different weight options available: 6g, 10g, and 14g. Test what swing weight is more appropriate for your swing.

Cons

shorter driverSHORTER DRIVER LENGTH
regular flex stiffREGULAR FLEX IS A BIT STIFF
consNEED TO MONITOR IF SCREWS ARE TIGHT

I like how KING F6 has a large sweet spot and it helps achieve longer drives. The only downside for me is it is the shortest among my top 5 best driver for beginners recommendations.

The longer the shaft will more likely result to a faster swing. A faster swing will more likely result to more distance.

But it is not really short because it measures 45.25 inches which is still within the range of my recommended driver length.

I usually recommend a Regular flex for beginners but some people are saying that the Regular flex of KING F6 is a little bit stiff. But the problem is the other flex options available are even stiffer.

You need to match your shaft flex with your swing speed. Beginners tend to have slower swing speed that is why I recommend a Regular flex instead of a Stiff flex.

Lastly, another thing to consider is the need to constantly monitor if the screws are tight. Use the wrench that is provided to avoid over tightening.

TaylorMade AeroBurner Review

LESS BALL SPIN BUT EXPENSIVE


TAYLORMADE AEROBURNER

The driver length of TaylorMade AeroBurner is 45.75 inches with a club head size of 460cc which are both recommended for beginners. AeroBurner has custom metalwood shaft options. And you can choose which shaft flex and weight are a perfect fit for you.

Pros

great distance driverGREAT DISTANCE
very forgiving driverVERY FORGIVING
Lightweight driverLIGHTWEIGHT
Fast swing speedFAST SWING SPEED
Less ball spinLESS BALL SPIN
Easy to alignEASY TO ALIGN CLUB HEAD TO THE BALL

1. TaylorMade AeroBurner has a unique long open channel speed pocket for better ball trajectory, more speed on the driver face, and lesser ball spin.

Generally in a driver, having lower spin is considered better to keep the ball longer in the air, and have a farther ball distance. Moreover, a lower ball spin results in less side spin rate, which will lead you to straighter shots.

With the speed pocket feature, the driver’s sweet spot is increased for more forgiveness.

2. It has a nice matte white driver head finish with an “AeroBurner” logo design serving as the guide to easily align the ball to the driver’s sweet spot.

3. Its aerodynamic hosel and raised center crown reduce drag, which contribute to faster swing speed.

4. You can choose from different head loft angles of 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 12 degrees, and 15 degrees.

I recommend loft angle of 10.5 degrees if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph, a loft angle of 12 degrees if your swing speed is 70 to 80 mph, and if your swing speed is less than 70 mph, I recommend the 15 degree loft.

5. You can choose from the following shaft flex: Senior flex, Regular flex, Stiff flex and Extra Stiff flex.

I recommend a senior flex shaft if your swing speed is less than 80 mph, and regular flex shaft if your swing speed is greater than 80 mph.

Cons

scratchesEXPENSIVE
scratchesVISIBLE SCRATCHES ON THE CLUB HEAD DUE TO ITS LIGHT COLOR
regular flex stiffREGULAR FLEX HAS TOO MUCH FLEX

I consider TaylorMade AeroBurner as expensive because there are other drivers that are cheaper. But if you look at the quality and performance, then I can say that its price is reasonable.

I find it relaxing to use TaylorMade AeroBurner because of its white colored head. But the scratches can be easily seen due to its light color. If you’re not obsessive compulsive (OC) like me, then the scratches would not be a problem.

Also, just a word of caution if you’re going to buy the Regular flex, I have heard some people complaining that the Regular flex has too much flex. But this is kind of subjective so some people might say that it is too flexible but for some, it flexes just right.

Adams Golf Blue Driver Review

FAST SWING SPEED BUT THINNER SHAFT


ADAMS GOLF BLUE DRIVER

Adams Golf is owned by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, the maker of Taylormade golf club drivers.

Pros

Fast ball speedFAST SWING SPEED
High launch anglesHIGH LAUNCH ANGLES
Very affordable driverVERY AFFORDABLE
Lightweight driverLIGHTWEIGHT

1. Adams Golf Blue Driver helps increase your swing speed.
Adams Blue has a velocity slot that contributes to a faster swing speed. The slot is shaped like a dumbbell.

The faster the club head travels as it hits the ball, the faster the ball will travel upon impact. The faster the ball travels in the air, the farther the distance it reaches.

2. Its low back center of gravity helps you hit high launches.

Unlike Cobra KING F6 where you can switch the center of gravity, Adams Golf Blue has only one option which is low and back. Low and back center of gravity will result to a high trajectory ball flight.

3. You can choose from three loft angles: 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12°.

If your swing speed is around 80 mph, then choose the 12° loft angle. If your swing speed is around 86 mph, then a 10.5° loft is more suitable for you. The 9.5° loft is more suitable to fast swingers with swing speed of 91 mph and above.

4. You can choose from three shaft flex options: Regular, Senior, Stiff.

I recommend a Regular flex for beginners. Shaft flex should be relative to your swing speed. The faster your swing speed, the stiffer the flex you need.

Cons

Thinner shaftTHINNER SHAFT MIGHT COMPROMISE DURABILITY

One of the features being highlighted for Adams Blue is its thinner shaft. Its tip measures 0.32 inches compared to the standard measurement of 0.35 inches. A thinner shaft will help increase your swing speed and your ball’s carry distance.

Actually its thinner shaft is part of Adams Easy Launch System to help launch the ball easily into the air with more force. I should have listed this feature as an advantage but, instead, I have classified it as a downside.

Why?

I am a little hesitant with thinner shafts because it might compromise its durability. I’ve heard of an incident where the shaft of an Adams Blue driver broke just after using it for a few rounds.

So even though it is priced lower compared to the other 5 best driver for beginners, you might end up shelling out more cash for repairs or replacements.

How to Choose the Right Driver to Hit Straighter and Longer Shots

How To Choose The Right Driver

This in-depth guide will show you everything you need to know in choosing the best driver for beginners like you.

To be upfront, this guide is written for male golf beginners, from teenager to senior age level, both right handed and left handed golfers.

Don’t worry, ladies. I will also make a guide specifically for all the lovely lady golfers out there at a later time. For now, you can still read this guide to grasp the concept behind choosing the best golf driver.

Incidentally, I will recommend which loft and flex is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced golfers.

There are a LOT of drivers being sold in the market. I made intensive research, patiently checked drivers’ product description and features, tested the nice drivers available, and FOUND the top 5 golf driver suitable for beginners.

But before you buy any driver, here are seven things that you need to know about golf drivers first.

The Essential Parts of a Driver, What Loft Degree Fits You, and How Long Your Driver Should Be

Now I will briefly describe the essential parts of a driver, its specification, and how it relates to your swing speed.

You will learn how to measure a driver head’s size, loft, lie angle, adjustable hosel, and driver’s length.

I will also teach the types of shaft material, the different types of flexibility in shafts, and most importantly which of these specs is best for you.

I will enumerate the driver’s features, its pros and cons in using the driver. All of these are important factors to consider when choosing the best driver for beginners.

Driver Club Head Size

Big or Small?

The first essential part of a driver is its club head. The driver club head size or volume is measured in cubic centimetres or cc for short.

There are small driver club heads with 330cc, while the biggest allowable club head size is 460cc.

Golf Club Head Size

Should You Choose a Big Club Head?

I recommend a big driver club head for beginners which is about 440cc to 460cc.

A bigger driver head comes with a bigger center spot which is the sweet spot, and has a big forgiveness level.

If you have a slight mistake on your swing, you can still be able to hit the ball near the center of the club, as compared to a small club head, where you need far more accuracy.

With a 460cc driver, you have a large hitting area and it will have less twist.

In effect you will have more ball flight and more consistency. It is more forgiving, even when you hit the club’s heel or toe.

Driver Head Loft

High or Low?

Related to the driver’s head is its loft angle which is measured by degrees, how “open or closed” it is. Refer to the picture below to see how the angle is measured for the loft.

There are drivers with as close as 8 degrees (low loft), and open up to 15 degrees (high loft).

Golf Club Loft Angle

What Loft Angle Should You Choose?

Choosing how many loft degrees largely depends on your swing speed. The faster you swing, the lower the loft degree is recommended.

Usually for beginners, the swing speed is slow to average, so I recommend a driver loft of 10 degrees up to maximum of 15 degrees.

Please refer to the chart below to know what loft is more appropriate for your swing speed.

Table - SWING SPEED vs LOFT and FLEX

If the club face loft is more open (higher loft) like 12 degrees, then the ball will launch higher, more backspin on impact, less side spin, resulting to more straight shots.

As a beginner, if you think you swing really fast, then I recommend a 10 degree loft (the lowest loft for you).

Driver Head Lie Angle

Standard, Upright, or Flat?

Next let’s talk about the driver head’s lie on the ground. There are three possible lies for the head.

Golf Club Head Lie Angle

1. Standard Lie (Correct)

When you place the driver on the ground to a standard position, then you have a correct and standard lie.

With a standard lie, the club is squarely facing the target, and you will hit a straight shot.

2. Upright Lie

When you press down the stick, then it will result to an “upright lie”.

In this way, the club is facing left of your target, and you will miss your goal.

3. Flat Lie

On the other hand, if you lift up your stick, then it will result to a “flat lie”.

The club now is facing the right side of the target, and you will miss your goal again.

For beginners, I recommend that your driver’s lie angle be in the standard lie position, so you can hit a straight shot.

Driver Hosel

Fixed or Adjustable?

The next essential part of a driver is its hosel. It is the hosel that connects the shaft to the club head.

Golf Club Hosel

There are two types of hosel: the fixed hosel and the adjustable hosel.

1. Fixed Hosel

The common type of hosel is fixed hosel. Though you cannot adjust its angle, the advantage is its firmness. The fixed hosel is comparatively solid to its loft angle.

2. Adjustable Hosel

As a beginner, when your swing is slow, you may have 12 degrees loft. After some time, as you improve your swing and golf game, your swing might be a bit faster, then you can adjust your loft a bit to a lower loft like 11 degrees.

Advantages of an Adjustable Hosel
Some drivers like TaylorMade M1, Callaway XR 16, and Cobra KING F6 have an adjustable hosel.

What are the benefits of having an adjustable hosel?
1. You can control the driver head’s lie angle.

2. You can control the driver head’s loft degree.

Most of the time, drivers with adjustable lofts are more expensive than the fixed loft version.

If budget is not an issue, I recommend purchasing a driver with adjustable loft. It might save you money in the long run, because you do not need to purchase a new driver club next time in case you want to have a lower loft.

Driver Length

Short or Long?

According to USGA, the total length of the driver must not exceed 48 inches.

Total length is measured from the club face to the tip of the grip. Please see the picture below.
Golf Club Length

Should You Buy The Longest Driver?

It’s interesting to note that most golf professionals have an average driver length of 44.5 inches. Why do they not choose the 48-inch long?

The advantage of a longer driver is further distance because of the wider back swing your club travels, hence increasing the speed of your down swing.

But the disadvantage is less control, meaning, your ball will more likely not land on your target spot.

Accuracy is the main reason most golf professionals prefer 44.5 inches club length. And accuracy is also the reason manufacturers produce driver clubs with 45.25 to 45.75 inches length, in order to balance distance and swing control.

As a result, you have more consistency in hitting the center sweet spot of your club head.

That is why I recommend having a driver length of about 44 to 46 inches.

Shaft Material

Graphite, Titanium, or Steel?

The next essential part of a driver is its shaft. The shaft material plays an important role in determining the best driver for beginners. The three main shaft materials are graphite, titanium, and steel.

Graphite vs Titanium vs Steel Shaft

The weight of graphite and titanium is lighter compared to steel shaft.

Most manufacturers use graphite and titanium shafts because it allows them to make the club head size bigger without increasing the overall weight of the driver.

Having bigger head size and a lighter driver translates to faster club head speed, thus it will add distance to your drives.

Shafts made of graphite and titanium are generally more expensive than steel shafts. If your budget allows, then I recommend using graphite or titanium shafts.

Flexibility of Shaft

L, A, R, S, X, XS, XXS, XXXS?

Related to the shaft material is its flexibility. The types of flexibility are the following with its letter code, enumerated in the order of its stiffness level:

1. Ladies flex (L) – most flexible shaft
2. Senior flex (A or M)
3. Regular flex (R)
4. Stiff flex (S)
5. Extra Stiff flex (X or XS)
6. Extra Extra Stiff flex (XXS)
7. Triple Extra Stiff flex (XXXS) – least flexible shaft

You might ask, why is senior flex’s code A or M? In the earlier times, letter A means “amateur”, and M means “mature” or “medium”. After some time, the Stiff Flex came to being and was given the “S” letter code.

To determine which flex suits you best, the factor to consider is your swing speed.

The following table shows a general guide about your swing speed, and the recommended type of flex to use:

SWING SPEED vs LOFT and FLEX

Driver Swing Speed in miles per hour Loft Degree Angle Recommended on Driver Head Shaft Flex Recommended
Less than 60 MPH 15 degree loft angle Ladies flex (L)
60 to 65 mph 14.5 degree loft angle Ladies flex (L)
66 to 70 mph 14 degree loft angle Ladies flex (L)
71 to 75 mph 13 to 13.5 degree loft angle Senior flex (A or M)
76 to 80 mph 12 to 12.5 degree loft angle Senior flex (A or M)
81 to 85 mph 11 to 11.5 degree loft angle Regular flex (R)
86 to 90 mph 10 to 10.5 degree loft angle Regular flex (R)
91 to 95 mph 9.5 degree loft angle Stiff flex (S)
96 to 100 mph 9 degree loft angle Stiff flex (S)
101 to 105 mph 8.5 degree loft angle Extra Stiff flex (X or XS)
Greater than 105 mph 8 degree loft angle Extra Stiff flex (X or XS)

So if you have a slow or smooth rhythmic golf swing, then choose the lighter flex.

And if you have a fast rhythmic swing, then choose the stiffer flex shaft.

If you are unsure whether to use regular flex or stiff flex, I recommend that you use regular flex for the time being. When your skill level becomes Intermediate (a golf score of about 100), then you can proceed on using the stiff flex.

Choosing the correct flex for your driver’s shaft will result to a longer carry distance to your ball, more accuracy to your ball direction, and more consistency to your game.

Now that you know what driver’s loft angle is suitable for you, and the shaft flex you need based from your swing speed, let us see what the market has in store, and which driver is best for you.

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One-Piece Takeaway

The best driver for beginners should have a big club head size of around about 440cc to 460cc with a loft angle of 10.5° to 15°. Ideally, choose a driver with an adjustable hosel for greater control. Choose a shaft that is made of graphite or titanium. With regard to the shaft’s flexibility, opt for a Regular or Senior flex. Finally, a long driver length that is about 44 to 46 inches is preferred for beginners.

Check out The Golf Prof’s driver recommendations for you below.