Feb 10th, 2016
6 More Of The Best 2016 Drivers
The latest big dogs, ready to be smacked
Words: Daniel Owen
We want to hit the ball further in 2016. We're not sure we're ready to start working out though, so we thought we'd see which driver might help us hit longer drives this year. There are limitations in place on driver design by the R&A and USGA, but the manufacturers won't stop striving to produce drivers that hit the ball consistently further. This year, it's a combination of aerodynamics and lowering the centre of gravity that is the key to longer drives.
Ping G Driver
The follow up to last year's biggest hit, the G30, the G (no number anymore) is the fastest, most forgiving driver Ping have ever produced. The Turbulators, or the ridges on the front of the crown make the driver fly through the air faster. The unusual Dragonfly crown design saves weight which can be redistributed elsewhere for forgiveness. Also available in a low spin LS TEC version, and a draw biased SF Tec model .
Callaway XR 16 Driver
Designed in collaboration with the engineers at Boeing, the XR 16 is the most Aerodynamic 460cc driver Callaway have ever produced. The Speed Step Crown has been fine tuned, reducing drag on the downswing, allowing you to swing the driver faster. 1MPH more ball speed is worth three to five yards of extra distance. The head has been stretched out to increase the MOI as well; this is a super forgiving driver.
Find out more about the Callaway XR 16 Driver here...
Boeing’s Jeffrey Crouch talks about the XR16’s aerodynamics.
Nike Vapor Fly Driver
The Nike Vapor Fly Driver is their most forgiving model this season. It has three key technologies that add up to produce faster ball speeds, a higher trajectory and less spin than their previous driver. The Flightweight Crown saves weight that can be used elsewhere to add forgivness. While the HyperFlight Face and Compression Channel increase ball speeds and raise the trajectory of your drives, without impacting on spin.
Cobra King F6+ Driver
The return of a legendary name, the Cobra F6+ Driver is the most adjustable driver front to come back on the market. The CarbonTrac system is manufactured from carbon fibre and allows for 18 grams of weight to be moved from the front to the back and anywhere in between. Moving the weight towards the face lowers trajectory and spin. Moving the weight towards the back raises launch and will increase the spin rate.
Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 Driver
Standout from the crowd with this Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 driver, especially with its eye-catching yellow detailing. An interchangeable weight has been placed low and close to the face to help decrease spin without affecting launch angle, to help you hit the ball as far as possible. The new adjustable hosel is much thinner and lighter than previous Wilson Staff designs as well as being easier to use.
TaylorMade M2 Driver
Like the M1, the TaylorMade M2 driver features a carbon crown to save weight. It saves five grams which, although that doesn’t sound a lot to me or you, in a driver head it is a massive amount. This time the saved weight has been put where it’s needed for you to be able to hit your drives longer and straighter. TaylorMade have redesigned the Speed Pocket, the recess behind the face, allowing it to flex more at impact. This helps you hit the ball further on mis-hits too, and really helps keep the ball speed on drives hit lower down on the club face.