Whether you are playing in a tour or watching one on television, you will undoubtedly want to know what the most used driver on tour is.
After all, the best driver on the PGA Tour should be a great choice to meet your own golfing needs.
But how can you know which drivers are being used on tour and are the drivers being used even right to meet your needs?
We have broken down which drivers are the best ones out on tour and what factors that you should consider when you are shopping for a driver.
After all, even if a driver is the most popular driver on tour, it might not be the perfect choice for you. Here’s what you need to know.
10 Most Popular Drivers On Tour (2020)
1. TaylorMade M5 Driver
2. Callaway Epic Flash Driver
3. Mizuno ST190 Driver
4. Cobra King F9 Speedback
5. PING G400 Driver
6. TaylorMade M6 Driver
7. Wilson Staff D7 Driver
8. Titleist TS4 Driver
9. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo
10. TurboMade M4 Driver
1. TaylorMade M5 Driver
Most Popular Driver On Tour (Editor's Choice)
The most popular driver on tour is the TaylorMade M5 Driver. While TaylorMade and Callway are in a constant battle for the top spot, the M5 has squeezed out the competition.
The M5 driver has speed injection, which is a feature that allows you to injection more resin in to the bottom ends of the face. This provides more stiffness across the face and gives you more speed to centre strikes.
The driver also has an interesting face curvature called Twist Face that is made to reduce your spin and allow you to shoot straighter, even with off-centre hits. Twist Face gives more loft to the high toe while delivering less loft in the low-heel.
This will prevent any surprises if you happen to mishit. The flexible Hammerhead lost works with the face to give you a bigger surface area to hit from with accuracy.
The M5 is one of the fastest and most impressive drivers that we have seen. The driver is able to deliver on all of the promises that TaylorMade gave us, including the injection system and the increased speed. It can adjust for mishits and off-centre shots for you. This driver does not disappoint.
2. Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver
The Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver is bound to impress many golfers who are in the market for a new driver. This new addition to Callaway’s collection has new technological features to give you the ultimate combination of a high MOI and a low-spin.
Part of this new technology is the Jailbreak system. This uses two vertical bars inside of the head in order to give you a stiffer crown and sole upon impact. The face therefore gets a solid impact-load to increase the overall speed of your ball.
Additionally, the Epic Flash Sub Zero has a different type of design than other drivers. The Flash Face design offers a boost in ball speed, helping your ball move faster at a higher rate of speed. This works because of the inner mapping system that is made up of small ripples from the heel to toe of the driver. While it is unconventional, the effect is undeniable.
The Epic Flash Sub Zero is a unique driver that has an unconventional design, but it is effective nonetheless. The inner bars made it more durable than other drivers, increasing its longevity while still promoting her ball speeds. This is the best driver on PGA tour for sure.
3. Mizuno ST190 Driver
While TaylorMade and Callaway are known to the some of the best driver makers in the industry, Mizuno should not be forgotten. The Mizuno ST190 Driver might not cost as much as the other drivers do, but that does not mean that it is any less valuable to golfers.
The ST190 is a wood driver with a pleasing sound and feel. The contact of the driver is quiet, but there is a subtle difference whether you hit the ball right on or whether you missed it. The feel of the hit is also solid and when you miss, you will get feedback, but not enough to jar you or sting.
The ST190 is also different in appearance than the other Mizuno drivers that came before it. The traditional blue Mizuno crown has been replaced with a black crown. IT is average in size and it is a reverse pear shape with a centre alignment.
The Mizuno ST190 is a solid driver with a high level of forgiveness. It is a mid-launch, mid-spin driver that will easily work well for most golfers. The speed, launch, and spin are strong, making this a solid performer.
4. Callaway Rogue Driver
The Callaway Rouge driver head looks more stretched than the Epic at address and the teal colour is also a change. The new, stretched head design of the Callaway Rouge driver is what makes the club more forgiving and the creators state the driver has a 16% tighter shot dispersion.
The design of the club head is to make the ball go further thanks to increased ball speed and energy returning to the golf ball following impact. The Epic had a sliding draw weight but Callaway said this was rarely used in the fade setting and that’s why the Callaway Rogue has just a standard and draw head.
The Callaway Rogue has proved to be more forgiving than the Epic, especially around the toe but in terms of distance, there is not a great deal to separate the two clubs. For those who already own the Epic and are enjoying playing with the driver, the Rogue may not be of interest.
However, those who have used the Epic or a similar driver but have struggled to control the ball, the Callaway Rogue is a great option. The club head speed is still present but the added forgiveness makes it easier to keep the ball on the fairway. The Rogue hybrid has already featured on our list for best hybrids right now where we did an in-depth review of the club including why it's one of the best rescue clubs on the market right now.
Complete with a choice of four stock shafts, the Callaway Rogue driver lands at a premium price but the distance and forgiveness make it very tempting.
This is one of the most exciting golf clubs I have tested and I could not believe the feel you get on impact. Instantly feel like I was striking the ball better and hitting some powerful shots down the middle. If you are looking to change your driver, then the Rogue driver has to be considered.
5. Cobra King F9 Golf Driver
Coming in at the lower end of the price scale for a new driver, the Cobra King F8 Driver has been designed with accuracy and forgiveness in mind.
While accuracy and forgiveness should not come at the cost of other aspects of a driver, the aesthetics of the Cobra King F8 Driver are not what they could be. The busy looking crown will not be to everyone’s taste and some may even find it off putting.
The Cobra King F8 Driver will not win any prizes for the way it looks on the shelf but that should not deter you from giving it a go on the range.
If you are looking for a lower priced driver with great forgiveness then Cobra King F8 Driver could be the one for you. Off centre hits remain steady and the distance between longer and shorter hits are impressively small.
The ball launches high off the driver which will suit mid to slow swing speeds but the lower loft range means the Cobra King F8 driver is also suitable to players with a faster swing.
The Cobra King F8 Gray/Black Driver is a very good all-round performer and while it will not win any awards for the way it looks, it is a very good driver for the price.
This is a highly anticipated driver before it's release and for sure it does not disappoint. We particularly love how consistently the club played off centre as we were still getting pretty good distance on them.
6. TaylorMade M4 Driver
Much like the driver reviewed above, the TaylorMade M4 driver has been designed to be more forgiving than the model that preceded it on the market. The club includes a new Twist Face technology and while it is always exciting to have a technological enhancement, does it produce results?
The answer is yes and the TaylorMade M4 driver has 41g of weight positioned in the back pad of the club face for maximum forgiveness. The face of the driver is very similar to the M3 and the curvature offers players more forgiveness by taking spin off the shots which miss the sweet spot.
The TaylorMade M4 driver is great for players who are struggling for consistent accuracy as shots become tighter and longer. If you are a big Taylormade fan then you will probably will know that their M4 fairway wood is pretty awesome too. However, when striking the ball out of the middle of the driver, the feeling and result is fantastic. Once you have caught the sweet spot, you will be eager to pull out the TaylorMade M4 driver on every long hole, which is a brilliant feeling to have on the golf course.
Boasting a high launch and low spin, lovely design and feel in the hands, if you are looking to purchase a new driver, you will struggle to beat the TaylorMade M4 Driver for value.
7. Pinemeadow PGX Offset Driver
You can immediately see when looking at the PGX Offset that this driver offers something different. The name is also a giveaway and the PGX Offset helps you to square the ball on impact as this is vital for hitting straight drives.
The PGX Offset does this by incorporating special offset technology that reduces the slice by always giving you a square face. The sweet spot on the PGX Offset is huge and this adds to the overall forgiveness of the driver, which is very good.
If you are having trouble slicing the ball off the tee and cannot seem to prevent it for happening, then you should perhaps give the PGX Offset a try. The club is not expensive and the matte back finish with green stripes certainly looks the part.
The PGX Offset is lightweight which helps when generating clubhead speed through the ball and the weight distribution means the club feels balanced. You may notice you lose a little distance on shots compared to other drivers but if this means you are hitting the ball straight it is a compromise worth making.
Always check to see what the rules are when entering a tournament as the large face of the PGX Offset may not always be legal. However, for playing with family and friends, it is perfect if you want to eradicate that annoying slice.
If like me you see your shots look very nice as they head towards the woods, then these might be worth looking into. The way the face is set up, they will help eliminate that slice and get the ball really high up in the air. Also, when you then take into account the price, this is an absolute bargain.
8. Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver
The Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver has been on the market for well over a year now and has performed well in terms of sales despite the premium price tag. What are the main reasons behind its success? The Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver was the lightest driver ever created by the brand at the time of writing and this perhaps goes some way to understanding why it has been so successful in Japan.
The Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver looks very slick, with a black pear shaped head and gold detail. The design is very nice and appeals to many golfers but the best feature of this driver is the light weight and this makes it ideal for players with slower swing speeds.
This driver boasts the Callaway Jailbreak Technology which comprises of two rods that extend from the crown to the sole in the club head. This increases the forgiveness of the driver and that is one area where the Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver excels.
Another aspect which can be considered a strong point of the Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver is distance. Even players with a slow club head speed can hit the ball a long way with the Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver and it has led to golfers hitting the ball further than they ever have before.
The only noticeable negative aspect of the Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver is its adaptability. If you are a player who likes to play technical shots using various draws and fades, this driver is not for you. However, if you are searching for a lightweight driver with plenty of forgiveness and distance, the Callaway GBB Epic Star Driver comes highly recommended.
Any big golf enthusiast will probably have heard of the GBB Epic range and it is no surprise that they are top of the list in many golfers opinions. The feel is absolutely amazing and just looks beautiful with its craftsmanship.
9. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver
For many golfers the name Cleveland means a putter or wedge but the company have also designed some very nice drivers and the Cleveland Launcher HB driver falls into that category.
This driver comes without any custom fitting and is ideal for those who want to purchase a driver off the shelf. The HB stands for HiBore and this has been redesigned in the Cleveland Launcher HB driver to position the weight of the club in the back of the head. The idea being this will give the driver more launch and forgiveness off the tee.
With no room for adjustment, those who like to tinker with their set-up may stay away from the Cleveland Launcher HB driver but this allows the club to remove some weight and produce faster swing speeds.
The carry distance of the Cleveland Launcher HB driver is not that of the more expensive models on the market but some golfers will come close to the driving distances of higher-end drivers. The ball launches high off the face, which is great for those players with a slower swing speed and forgiveness is good enough to keep things tight.
Coming in at the lower end of the price scale, the Cleveland Launcher HB does not offer the distance and speed of more expensive clubs but is very good for the price.
What a great driver! You get loads of control and they are not joking around when they say that you'll be launching these balls.
10. Ping G400 Max Golf Driver
The PING G400 Max Driver is the second edition in the PING G400 range and this club has been designed with forgiveness in mind. In fact, John K. Solheim, PING president said, “The new G400 Max is engineered with the same technology as the original G400 but we've optimized the size to gain even more forgiveness, which leads to tighter dispersion and lower scores.”
The first thing which is noticeable about the PING G400 Max Driver is the size of the head. It has been increased from the original G400 to 460cc and this means shots which find the centre of the face should fly straighter and further.
The PING G400 Max Driver certainly provides more forgiveness than its predecessor so in terms of an upgrade, it certainly hits the mark in that department. If you are a player who drives the ball with a slow or average swing speed, the PING G400 Max Driver is a good addition to your bag.
The size of the head may be a little off-putting to some players at address but this is something you can get used to over time. The design of the club is pleasant on the eye, with a black forged face and ribbed head.
Perhaps the only drawback to using the PING G400 Max Driver is the hollow, tinny sound it can produce on some shots. However, the PING G400 Max Driver feels solid and overall is a pleasure to use on the golf course and driving range.
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! When testing these out, we could't help but see major improvements to our accuracy and length.
11. TaylorMade M6 Driver
The TaylorMade M6 looks very stylish and the black and red colour patterns on the design give the club a very premium look. Indeed, this driver does not come cheap but you are getting something special for your money.
During the manufacturing process, the head of the TaylorMade M6 is actually bigger than the legal limit but the company have found a way to get around it. The face of the TaylorMade M6 has been dialled back by injecting resin into two tuning slots, which you can see when looking at the face of the club.
This places the driver right on the edge of the legal limit and the coefficient of restitution (COR) has been spread across the entire face. What this means is the TaylorMade M6 will transfer energy from the club to the ball efficiently, regardless of where on the club face contact is made.
In other words, the forgiveness of the driver is very good and even off centre hits will deliver straighter shots, with less spin than other drivers on the market.
The shaping of the TaylorMade M6 head has been designed to make the club more aerodynamic and this increases clubhead speed and distance. The carbon fibre sole allows for more of the weight to be used elsewhere in the clubhead and coupled with the inertia generator this adds to the overall forgiveness of the TaylorMade M6.
If you are looking to find that extra bit of distance off the tee with a driver that’s easy to hit, the TaylorMade M6 is a great choice.
Not exactly cheap and one that requires the higher end of the budget, however, you can feel the difference. Absolutely fantastic feel and adds a good 20 yards to my usual shots.
12. Wilson Staff C300 Driver
The first thing you will notice when picking up the Wilson Staff C300 Driver is the colour. The driver comes in a deep red colour and while that may appeal to some, it will not be suitable for every player.
Wilson have adopted the technology used in their series of irons and incorporate Power Holes in the sole and the crown of the head of this driver. This has helped the Wilson Staff C300 Driver to produce an expanded sweet spot and works in conjunction with the Reactive Face Technology for a more consistent performance.
Not only do the Power Holes assist the sweet spot of the Wilson Staff C300 Driver, they also help with alignment. Between them sits an alignment mark and this combines with the two Power Holes either side to make set-up a joy.
Complete with adjustable sole weights and loft, you will need to see which combination works best for you when investing in this driver. You can tailor the Wilson Staff C300 Driver to work with any natural swing tendency and this will produce a high loft and low spin for maximum distance.
Dispersion could perhaps be improved but overall, with a customer fitting, the Wilson Staff C300 Driver is one which should operate well in the hands of most golfers.
Probably not the first company when you think of big market players for drivers. However, I love the new technology with these and the colors will definitely set you apart from the others.
13. Titleist 917 D3 Driver
Very similar technology to the D2 but different head shape. With the new technology we have got Surefit CG which is the weight system that goes in the back and is angled in a position where if you put a draw weight in there or a fade weight or there is a neutral weight, it will help customized the ball flight of your strike.
Moveable weights are of course nothing new, but the challenge is always how to add in this feature without the necessary infrastructure taking up too much weight that could be put to better use elsewhere.
The active recoil channel is slightly deeper and thicker in comparison to the D2 which is now being called the Recoil 2.0. This technology balances the flex acting on the club once it strikes the ball, evening it out across the face and entire body of the driver. It also contributes to making the driver more forgiving while reducing the rate of spinning.
Having taken a few hits with the club, you notice that having the weight in the toe reduces the spin rate further because the center of gravity moves further forward towards the face.
With Titleist, they only tend to bring out drivers every two years and therefore when they bring out some technology it is quite a bit different. With this driver, you get the feeling that they have done that, potentially something that has not been done before especially with the way the weight system has been integrated with this driver.
A very satisfying driver that performs consistently and gives you amazing control off the face.
Cheap vs. Best Driver On PGA Tour
So what drivers do the pros use? The best drivers on the PGA Tour might be tempting to purchase. After all, if they are good enough for the pros, they might be good enough for you. But the truth is that the driver that you need is based on your skill level, your swing, and your individual needs.
Less expensive drivers are not typically less quality; they usually just have fewer features and adjustment options that you can get from a high-end driver. In some cases, even the pros on the PGA Tour are not using the highest-end driver possible, but instead are using one that will best meet their needs.
Factors To Consider When Looking For The Most Used Driver On Tour
Through some simple adjustments to help match your needs, you can often take a decent driver and make it an excellent driver.
Most drivers should already have an adjustable hosel, which allows you to tweak the driver’s face angles and loft. But more and more drivers are offering adjustments of one type or another to help players master their game.
Back weight systems, for example, can help with launch, spin, and MOI. Other golfers might like draw and fade options from their drivers. Regardless, when you can fine-tune your driver, you will be happier when you can adjust it to better suit your own needs.
Shaft (Flex, Weight, Length)
The shaft of your driver is another consideration when buying a driver. Here are the factors to consider.
Flex: Flex is possible the most important aspect of a shaft. A regular flex is appropriate for swing speeds between 77 and 92 and ball speeds of 110 and 139. That is for an average player. You will need a flex for your swing.
Weight: You can swing your shaft faster when it is lighter, but light shafts can be too easy to whip. Only you will know what is right for you.
Length: The length of your shaft matters in how you strike and should be adjusted to fir your needs.
Your Skill Level
Your skill level matters a lot when it comes to your clubs, drivers included. While the pros might use a state-of-the-art driver, the right driver for you might not be the same thing.
Beginners usually need basic drivers, without adjustments, until you master your swing. Beginners should stay with the most forgiving drivers possible. Intermediate players should be forgiving to mishits or when you are off-centre.
Pros often still use intermediate-level drivers, because they are forgiving, but also like their drivers to have customization options to get their driver to really match their needs.
While you might want to spend anything you can on a great driver, the truth is that most of us are limited in cost in one way or another. That's why asking what drivers do the pros use is not always a relevant question.
Beginning players do not need a $900 driver and pros are unlikely to use anything under $200. The cost of drivers is often linked to the technology level and features of the driver, which should also match your own skill level and your needs as a player.
While you might be able to afford a pricier driver, go with the driver that will help you the most rather than the one that costs the most.
When it comes down to drivers, you might not need the best driver on PGA Tour or even the most popular driver on Tour. Instead, you should opt for the driver that will serve your needs the most.
Our choice for the best driver is the TaylorMade M5 driver. With its speed injection features and straight shooting, this driver can help players of nearly every skill level.
Our runner-up was the Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero driver, which is built very differently than other drivers, but is still going to do an excellent job for players. These drivers are the best because of their design and high performance features.