New Golf Drivers: Let These Big Dogs Eat

What are the latest big sticks showing up in golf shops? Let's take a look at new golf drivers on the market (or coming soon). We add new drivers as we hear about them, so keep an eye on the top of the page for the latest.

Srixon 2018 Z Series

Srixon Golf's 2018 Z Series drivers

Srixon Golf

The 2018 models of the Srixon Z Series drivers are all about distance, powered by a newly design titanium face. It's a Ti51AF Cup Face, to be specific, and is the thinnest, lightest, strongest and hottest driver face yet from Srixon.

That cup face is wrapped onto a leightweight carbon crown to help improve shot dispersion through better forgiveness.

There are two models. The Z 785 Driver promotes a low-spin, penetrating trajectory in a tour-preferred look and profile. The Z 585 Driver promotes higher, straighter drives with additional forgiveness on off-center strikes.

Swingweights are adjustable in both models. The Z 785 Driver also lets the golfer adjust loft, lie and face angle with Srixon's Quick Tune System. The MAP is $499.99 for the Z 785 Driver, $399.99 for the Z 585 Driver.

 

Titleist TS Drivers: TS2 and TS3

Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers

Acushnet Golf

 

An internal R&D project that Titleist engineers called the "Titleist Speed Project" resulted in the company's newest drivers: the TS2 and TS3 models.

The clubheads were tweaked in multiple ways to save precious grams of weight in areas where those grams were not contributing to the playing characteristics Titleist sought—higher launch, less spin, more ball speed off the face, more forgiveness—and move them to areas where they would.

For example, the clubface is so thin the scorelines had to be lasered on rather than etched in, saving six grams. The titanium crown is 20-percent thinner than in the 917 drivers, the MOI 12-percent higher than the 917s. Aerodynamics are also improved over the 917 drivers, reducing drag for a small boost in swing speed.

Both models have Titleist's SureFit hosel for optimizing loft and lie angles. The TS2 is geared to be higher launch, and the TS3 for a mid-launch. Both are 460cc clubheads. The center of gravity location is fixed in the TS2, adjustable in the TS3. Both drivers come in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 starting lofts, but the TS2 is also available in 11.5 degrees of loft.

The MAP for both is $499 and retail availability begins Sept. 28, 2018. See titleist.com for more.

 

TaylorMade M3 and M4 Drivers

New driver from TaylorMade, the M4
The M4 model of TaylorMade driver. TaylorMade Golf

The clubfaces of all drivers (and other metal woods) are curved. The top-to-bottom (vertical) curvature is called roll; the side-to-side (horizontal) curvature is called bulge. Bulge-and-roll (they are typically thought of as a pair) are designed to help drivers be at least a little self-correcting on mishit shots. A ball struck high on the toe will, due to bulge, work back toward the middle in flight; a ball struck low on the heel will, due to roll, work back toward the middle in flight. (See "What is gear effect?" for more on this.)

At least, that's the way it works in robot testing. With real golfers, TaylorMade Golf says, the beliefs about the effects of bulge-and-roll don't apply. And that insight is what led TaylorMade to create the "Twist Face" that exists on its new M3 and M4 drivers.

Twist Face changes the way a driver clubface curves in order to better match the way real golfers, not swing robots, bring the club into contact, TaylorMade says. What does that mean? This:

  • The high toe part of the clubface has more loft and is more open than on a driver with standard bulge;
  • The low heel part of the clubface has less loft and is more closed than a driver with standard roll.

The M3 driver comes in 460cc and 440cc versions; the M4 in just one 460cc model. The M3 driver models reach retail on Feb. 16, 2018. The 460cc version comes in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees; the 440cc version, 9 and 10 degrees. The MSRP is $499.

The M3 driver comes in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees, priced at $429 and available at retail beginning Feb. 16. There will also be the M4 D-Type, a higher-launching, draw-bias model, also priced at $429.

For more details about the TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers, including other techs and specs, visit taylormadegolf.com.

Ping G400

Ping G400 driver
Ping Golf

The flagship of Ping Golf's new G400 series of clubs is the G400 driver. And unlike most drivers whose focus includes forgiveness, the G400 has a smaller clubhead.

But just a tiny bit smaller: 445cc, as opposed to the USGA/R&A limit of 460cc. Visually, it's unlikely any golfer who doesn't know about the size reduction will notice. So why do it? The clubhead design, at that size, improved aerodynamics enough to provide a boost in clubhead speed, Ping says.

The forged clubface has been thinned compared to previous Ping drivers, for a hotter face and more ball speed. And the G400 driver has a higher MOI, meaning more forgiveness.

There are three head versions depending on a golfer's ball flight. The standard version fits most golfers. The SFT (Straight Flight) head is designed to counter a left-to-right (for right-handers) ball flight. And the LST (Low Spin) puts more weight forward to reduce spin and help create a lower, more boring trajectory.

The MSRP is $435. See ping.com for more information.

Miura Hayate

Miura Golf's Hayate driver
The Miura Hayate driver head, left (next to a fairway wood head). Miura Golf

Miura Golf is a brand best-known for its high-end offerings aimed at highly skilled golfers. But in recent years the company has been looking more to the rest of the golf world - the mid- and high-handicappers. The bulk of all golfers, in other words.

And the Hiyate driver is built for all skill levels. (It's pronounced "hi yaw tay," and the Japanese company explains that translates to "the sound of the wind.")

The Miura Hiyate driver is a shallow-profile, 460cc driver with a titanium face and a matte black finish on the crown. The Hiyate uses an internal, 35-gram arch to optimize launch conditions for greater ball speed and reduced spin.

An adjustable weight in the heel allows golfers to further adjust the swingweight and to optimize for a draw or fade bias.

The Miura Hiyate driver carries an MAP of $639. Hey, we said Miura was making more accessible clubs, not cheaper ones. It comes in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. MiuraGolf.com

PXG 0811X

PXG 0811X driver
The PXG 0811X driver with the interchangeable weights popped. PXG

Headlining the new Parsons Xtreme Golf X Collection is the PXG 0811X driver. The collection - which also includes new fairway woods and new hybrids - focuses on low spin, long distance and pleasing impact sound.

The PXG X clubs, including 0811X driver, introduce the company's new approach to managing sound and vibration: a honeycombed TPE insert inside the clubhead over the sole.

The lightweight carbon fiber crown is a matte black that helps reduce glare. On the other side of the club, the sole, are a series of titanium and tungsten weights that can be mixed, matched and swapped around to influence ball flight: draw bias, fade bias, lower trajectory, or a neutral setting.

The PXG 0811X driver is available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree loft options. The adjustable hosel allows those lofts to be increased or decreased by up to 1.5 degrees. The MSRP on the driver is $850.

For golfers who prefer a lighter weight driver, there's also the PXG 0811LX model, whose head weighs only 199 grams. pxg.com

Fourteen Golf DT-112

Fourteen Golf DT-112 driver
The DT-112 driver by Fourteen Golf. Fourteen Golf

Fourteen Golf is a brand originally established in Japan in 1981, and one that continues designing higher-end models today. Its latest driver is the DT-112, whose combination of a newly designed high-tech face and long, thin shaft promise, according to the company, distance and accuracy.

The MD350ZD graphite shaft is ultrathin and 47 inches long, an inch above "normal" in today's market. The LD433+ titanium used for the clubface is being used in a golf club for the first time, Fourteen Golf says (it is used in the engines of premium race cares).

The flight characteristics of the DT-112 driver is a low-spin, penetrating ball flight.

On the Fourteen Golf website, the DT-112 driver is listed at $600.  It comes in lofts of 9 and 10.5 degrees, right-handed only.