2015 Drivers – Power, Precision, and Forgiveness

Whether you are a power player, shot shaper, or short knocker — If you’re looking for a driver that finds the sweet spot among accuracy, impact, versatility, and a lot of driving forgiveness, then keep reading. We cover a few of the latest drivers on the market and share the details and features of the top fan-favorite manufacturers.

Callaway (Big Bertha Alpha 815)

Callaway (Big Bertha Alpha 815)

Big Bertha Alpha 815 brings in the latest “gravity core” technology allowing golfers to easily adjust (raise/lower) the center of gravity (CG) to change the launch and spin of the ball.

It’s a yardage guzzler, eating up distance like a bullet rushing through the air. Even the miss-hits seem to hold to their line and offer generous distance. The Big Bertha Alpha 815 manages to combine the adjustability of the original Big Bertha Alpha and the forgiveness of the standard Big Bertha from last year. As a result, the Alpha 815 keeps the ball in the park, making it one of the most accurate drivers in the market.

Lightweight and lively, it offers excellent balance and stability and delivers a punch at impact. With interchangeable weights and the adjustable CG, the big Bertha offers adjustable trajectory and spin and even can help a golfer draw or fade the ball. While it offers great game improvements, the CG adjustments and driver tuning can prove troublesome unless you really know what you are doing, so make sure a fitter gets you set up properly.

Titleist (915 D2)

Titleist (915 D2)

The 915 D2 Driver is the most user friendly driver from Titleist to date. It offers versatility and variety for lower-handicappers, while packing enough oomph (and forgiveness) to excite aspiring players. At address, the deep head (devoid of distractions and gimmick), offers an exceptional footprint (for a Titleist) and ensures that the purist is living his/her dream.

Sturdy and metallic, the 915 D2 boasts a high speed face insert — a radially thin perimeter at the toe and heel with a thicker center. Hence, it is able to deliver greater distances by actively flexing at impact — reducing spin and slinging the ball at higher speeds. The lowered CG preserves forgiveness and adds ball speed with the characteristic Titleist crack and exceptional feel at impact.

The accuracy and level of forgiveness are simple and straight — letting shots travel like they’re set on a track, while ensuring mis-hits still find the fairway with adequate distance. Added to all that, it is one of the longest drivers on the market with a balanced mix of roll and carry.

TaylorMade (AeroBurner)

TaylorMade (AeroBurner)

Combusting air for less power, the AeroBurner is created especially for the light swingers in need of an altitude adjustment. Weighing less than 300 grams, it is one of the lightest drivers in its class.

A consistent high-launching driver, it offers serious hang time. Furthermore, it is one of the mightiest forgivers on the shelf, recovering solid yardage on off-center hits, and turning hooks in to draws and slices into fades, almost all on its own.

It lacks the adjustability found in other drivers, but nonetheless, most golfers will find the shots stay pretty straight. It is not meant for powerful swingers (plus 100 mph), as it is a high-launching driver that tends to impart a fair amount of spin – two characteristics that, when added to the lightweight construction, improve distance for the bulk of amateurs who swing below the 100 mph mark.

All that adds up to a great driver that provides a lot of help in gaining needed distance while offering exceptional forgiveness. If you have a low to medium swing speed and want to keep the ball in the fairway while punching it out there farther — then the AeroBurner is a top pick for you.

Ping (G30)

Ping (G30)

Softer, longer, and stronger, the Ping G30 is the all-around monster boasting greater distances and chart-topping forgiveness. Sponsoring a gothic tinged matte finish and claw-like fins, it sports an aggressive look —like something straight out of the Bat Cave. The fins along the crown of the club act to promote the aerodynamics of the driver, increasing clubhead speed by a few miles per hour which, in turn, result in yards added to a typical drive.

Long and lenient, assuring relatively low spin, and with a mid-launch head, the G30 is a fairway finder. It will effectively cover any and all flawed and lazy swings as long as the shot is hit with the face.

Compared to the fan-favorite G25, the G30 offers greater speed and lower spin — equaling greater boost through impact. Thanks to the high-balance-point shaft, the driver is easier to swing and offers a resounding, bright and metallic bang at impact. Consequently, the mid-to-high ball flight leaves no trace of ballooning and makes for some booming hang times over trouble and onto the fairways.

Nike (Vapor)

Nike (Vapor)

Delivering a sensational (albeit muted) baseball thwack at impact, with plenty of information reaching the hands, the Nike Vapor Pro is one of the best drivers for cutting down on your spin.

Sporting the typical flashy Nike looks, Vapor Pro retains a classic pear-shaped head allowing the the clubface to sit square and aim easily. It also boasts an adjustable hosel — comparable to previous Nike drivers – allowing changes through five lofts (from 8.5° to 12.5°) and three different face angles (neutral to 1.5° left or right).

The Vapor Pro targets golfers on the higher end of golfing skills, reducing spin for higher swing speeds. Average players and light swingers will find it demanding as the shots will stay down unless you build the needed oomph in the swing. That leads to a laser-like trajectory, drilling a wormhole through space, taking the ball a long way and with serious legs after landing.

Delivering great playability, the Vapor Pro does not cause ballooning and offers a ton of roll with pleasantly surprising versatility for the head size. Then again, it requires more skilled players to work draws and fades with it.

Improving and building your game? Then you might want to try the Vapor Speed driver. It delivers effortless power, allowing seamless transition to the first tee and surprising distance on miss-hits.

Mizuno (JPX-850)

Mizuno (JPX-850)

Forged in the depths of mount Mizuno for the confident few that prize feel over power at all times, the JPX-850 offers strong across-the-board results, innovative adjustability, and great looks. All combined to grant Mizuno a new direction in the niche.

The JPX-850 comes with two 8-gram weights that can be positioned along a sliding track either forward, near the face , or back to the trailing edge of the clubhead. These adjustments allow a golfer to find the right balance between reducing spin (forward position) and increasing the launch angle (rearward). Alternatively, the two weights can be placed in slots near the head and toe to improve overall head stability to promote forgiveness.

This innovative design is paired with perhaps the most adjustable hosel in the market, allowing the driver to be set at 7.5 degrees of loft all the way to 11.5 degrees.