Dan Box
By Dan Box

We've had a look back at all of the drivers released in 2018 and selected these as the best options for you to improve your game, based not only on performance but on looks and price too. Check out our picks below:

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers

Titleist TS2 TS3 Drivers

What it's all about... Titleist’s TS (Titleist Speed) Project marks a significant effort for the golf club traditionalists to join the likes of Callaway and Taylormade in creating extra speed for golfers to maximise performance.

The tech... A redesigned ‘Speed Chassis’ head features an ultra-thin face and the option of adjustability with two different head shapes, the TS2 and TS3. The TS2 is larger and more rounded, whereas the TS3 is said to have a more traditional shape.

What we say... Their efforts appear to have paid off, as Titleist are once again able to compete with the big boys in creating drivers which deliver excellent numbers with solid looks and feel.

Read the full review here

Callaway XR Speed Driver

Callaway XR Speed Driver

What it's all about... Callaway call this the fastest non-Jailbreak driver on the market, although the £339 price tag is around a third less than most of the top manufacturers, making it a more attractive prospect for many golfers.

The tech... The metal crown from the XR16 has been replaced with a carbon composite version that is 45% lighter. This lowers the CG and aims to make the XR Speed more forgiving. The head is also set up with a slight draw bias to help with this. The X-Face VFT face is titanium and is apparently the 'hottest face Callaway has designed'.

What we say... Park the ego and be less swayed by the price and more by the performance for you, as the XR Speed is really a higher spinning and launching driver than the Rogue and XR 16 that also feels a bit lighter.

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Ping G400 Max Driver

Ping G400 Max Driver

What it's all about... Engineered with similar looks and technology to the G400 driver, but aimed at providing even more forgiveness with a friendlier appeal at address.

The tech... The head size has increased from 445cc in the G400 to 460cc, and the turbulators on the crown of the head have been made larger accordingly to counter the bigger size and ensure club head speeds remain high. The CG is also placed lower in the back of the head, with a weight that is twice as heavy than in the G400 and results in raised MOI.

What we say... If you are in the market for an all-round driver that focuses on forgiveness then the G400 Max is the Ping driver to go for.

Read the full review here

Callaway Rogue Driver

Callaway Rogue Driver

What it's all about... The Rogue is there to provide a higher level of forgiveness, rather than being a true replacement for the Epic, and is a continuation on their latest line of driver offerings.

The tech... Jailbreak remains, and is 25% lighter than in the Epic model. The head is shallower and deeper in shape to the Epic, making it 16% more forgiving than previous Callaway drivers. The Epic's sliding weight has been removed in favour of one single weight port, which saves 15g and also forces the CG lower and further back in the head.

What we say... For those who found that the Epic was not forgiving enough, then the Rogue is really everything you could want in a driver. The speed from the innovative Jailbreak face is still there, and the lower CG design makes it easier to keep it down the middle.

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TaylorMade M3 Driver

TaylorMade M3 Driver

What it's all about... Looking to build on the success of two installments of the M1 and M2 drivers, the M3 and M4 drivers feature an updated colour scheme and technological enhancements such as the much-discussed Twist Face.

The tech... TaylorMade has investigated ball flight physics and concluded that many golfers are losing out as they strike the ball out of the low heel or high toe areas when they mishit their driver. The idea of Twist Face technology is to curve the face slightly to optimise conditions in these two areas for straighter ball flights and increased gear effect. Therefore the toe area features higher loft to increase spin, and the heel area is lower lofted to try and drop spin rates and reduce launch.

What we say... If you are someone who is prone to spraying the driver or has a pronounced fade or draw then the TaylorMade M3 Twist Face could save your partners from having to look away.

Read the full review here

Summary

So there you have it. You've seen our choices, now all that's left is for you to decide which one is for you.

Or if you think we've missed anything, let us know what your favourite driver of 2018 was below.

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