Any golfer will tell you that one of the best feelings in golf is hitting that amazing drive. The swing is smooth, you make perfect contact with the ball, the trajectory and loft is great, and the distance is impressive. Ahhh. On the other hand, one of the worst feelings is hitting a disappointing drive when you know for a fact that you can do so much better. Hitting great drives with distance and accuracy is extremely important on the course so that you don’t need to waste shots getting closer to the green. If you can feel confident with your driver over the tee, you will notice a big change in your overall game and scores. Choosing the perfect driver for you and your game is an important decision!
For women golfers, it is extremely important that you are using a driver you feel comfortable with. There are several factors you should consider when looking at golf drivers including the weight of the clubs, forgiveness in the club face, loft, and grip. It is also imperative that you do not use a men’s driver or an old hand-me-down driver. Men’s drivers are longer and heavier than women’s drivers making them more difficult to swing. Typically, ladies’ drivers are about 1 inch shorter than men’s drivers and lighter in weight.
As there are many options available on the market, we have reviewed dozens of women’s golf drivers and have narrowed down our top picks! First, let’s take a look at what to consider when buying a new golf driver.
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Short version: We found the best driver for women to be the TaylorMade SIM Max Women’s Driver
What to Consider When Buying a Driver
Clubhead technology is probably the most important factor that can help you improve your drives. The latest technology will help you hit a golf ball further and on a better trajectory than an older club will. Different brands have their own signature technologies such as Callaway’s Jailbreak Technology, TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, and Cobra’s Speedback Technology. Having a driver with the latest technology will add to your game and enhance your drives. If you are playing with an older driver, you are missing out on significant improvements in forgiveness and distance. Typically, it’s worth upgrading when your driver is over 3 years old.
Weight and Grip
One of the most important factors to consider when you are buying a new driver, is the actual weight of the club. If you have a driver that is slightly too heavy for you, it may be hard for you to swing the club fast and have a complete follow-through. If you are playing 18 holes, you will be very tired out towards the end of your round if your driver is too heavy. Personally, I have used a driver that was too heavy for me and it was very frustrating to continuously have swings that just felt incomplete and uncomfortable. You want to be able to swing the driver fast – the lighter the better! Advanced players may have slightly heavier drivers to gain even more distance, but if you are a beginner or even intermediate player, we would suggest ultra lightweight drivers.
It is also important that the grip of the driver feels comfortable in your hands. Women’s clubs have slightly smaller grips than men’s golf clubs as our hands are typically smaller. You want to have a good grip on the driver so that you have full control over your swing.
You may notice when researching drivers, that there are several different lofts available. Women golfers typically have a slower swing than men golfers, therefore drivers for women usually have higher loft degrees to help the ball get up in the air. The standard loft for women’s drivers is 12-16 degrees. The lower the loft degree, the lower the trajectory of the ball will be. If you tend to hit the ball on a naturally high trajectory, a lower loft will help you hit the ball longer. If you tend to hit the ball very low or skid the ground on your drives, look for a driver with a higher loft degree. Many drivers now have adjustable loft degrees which is a really convenient feature!
The term “forgiveness” is used all over golf and if you are a beginner, it may not be clear what exactly this means. With any club, the goal is to hit the ball in the center of the club face or the “sweet spot”, to get the most distance and best trajectory. If a driver, or any golf club, has a lot of forgiveness, this means that the ball has a better chance of going where you want it to, even if you don’t hit the sweet spot directly. Forgiveness in a driver makes your off-center mis-hits go further with better accuracy. This is something you will absolutely want to maximize in a driver, especially if you are a beginner or intermediate player. Even advanced players get golf clubs and drivers with a lot of forgiveness – no one is perfect!
With anything that you are purchasing, price is usually a factor in your overall decision. In golf, along with many other things, the price typically reflects the quality of the club. If you are looking for a high quality driver that has the latest technology and will last you several seasons; expect the price to be higher than other options. If you are just getting interested in golf and don’t want to break the bank, there are decent beginner drivers on the market that are reasonably priced as well. A good driver will usually be in the $150-$500 range, although there are some exceptions.
The driver is the single most expensive club in your bag, and it is worth it to invest more money in one that can truly benefit you and your game. If you buy a lower priced option, it may help you learn, but if you continue developing your golf skills, you will most likely want to upgrade to a higher quality driver sooner.
Now that we have reviewed some important factors you will want to consider when purchasing your new driver, here are our top picks!
Best Women’s Drivers in 2020: Our Picks
Best Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Women’s Driver
TaylorMade’s SIM Max golf clubs have been nothing short of a hit in 2020, and their women’s driver is no exception. The SIM in SIM Max stands for Shape in Motion which refers to the Twist Face technology in the club face. There are multiple SIM drivers, but the SIM Max is packed with the most forgiveness. TaylorMade created this club with the amateur golfer in mind to be able to maximize distance and accuracy.
The SIM Max is equipped with an aerodynamic asymmetric sole and an inertia generator, designed for further distance and faster ball speed. The Twist Face technology uses corrective angles throughout the face of the club to add forgiveness and straighter shots. After using this driver for a few rounds, we noticed that if you hit the ball off the toe of the club, it will naturally draw, while off the heel it tends to fade. These off center hits are much more forgiving thanks to the Twist Face.
Unlike many other competitors on the market, this driver is made out of multiple materials; titanium, carbon and steel, creating an ultra low center of gravity and MOI. The face of the SIM Max is Speed Injected, bringing the speed capabilities to the allowed legal limit. The club also allows you to adjust the loft by up to 2 degrees, which helps change the ball trajectory higher or lower to your liking.
We found this club to be packed with the best technology in 2020, and is definitely the top performer on our list. If you’re looking for fully up to date technology and a very forgiving club, this is a great option.
Looking for a slightly cheaper option? Here’s last year’s model: TaylorMade M6 Women’s Driver
Runner Up: Callaway Mavrik Women’s Driver
The 2020 Callaway Mavrik line of golf clubs are the first ever designed using artificial intelligence and the Mavrik driver is easily one of the best drivers on the market this year. The clubhead is slightly smaller than the TaylorMade SIM Max however the lightweight and aerodynamic design allows for a very fast golf swing and penetrating ball flight.
The face is made out of FS2S titanium, which is 6 grams lighter than traditional titanium. This lightweight material allows for optimal speed, lower spin, and additional forgiveness. The Callaway Mavrik is also equipped with the signature Jailbreak Technology, which are two bars connecting the crown and the sole inside the face, which redistributes the weight of the clubhead. This feature increases MOI which ultimately increases ball speed.
Callaway changed this year’s clubhead shape to a Cyclone Aero design, which is meant to reduce drag in your swing. When we tried this club, we were amazed at the distance and forgiveness it offered. If you are not a fan of the TaylorMade SIM Max, we highly recommend this as an alternative!
Best for Intermediate women Golfers: Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Women’s Speedback Driver
The Cobra F9 Women’s Speedback Driver is a a great option for mid handicap women golfers. Cobra Golf touts that this is the first driver to combine a Speedback aerodynamic shape with a low center of gravity making this the fastest and longest Cobra driver ever built. With a 12.5 loft degree, this driver also features a CNC milled face which improves ball speed, swing speed and distance. Additionally, the Cobra F9 Women’s Speedback Driver has Dual Roll Technology which increases the sweet spot of this club by 30% compared to last years model.
At a mid-range price tag, this option is best for intermediate golfers or beginners who are passionate about the game and see buying a new golf driver as an investment for their overall game and improvement. The club comes in two different color options; a sleek black with rose gold accents or silver with rose gold accents. This is a sharp looking club with a lot of added technology from Cobra.
Lightweight and Long Distances: TaylorMade Kalea Ultralite Driver
The second TaylorMade driver on our Top Women’s Golf Driver review is none other than the TaylorMade Kalea Ultimate Driver. This driver lives up to the Kalea name (Check out the complete Kalea Golf Club Set in our Best Women’s Golf Clubs in 2020 post), and comes with all of the coveted TaylorMade technology.
This driver is extremely lightweight and will feel comfortable in your hands when you are holding it. With lightweight shafts and club face, this driver will allow faster and accurate swings, maximizing distance. The TaylorMade Speed Pocket technology increases carry distance and ball speed off the clubface. This driver has a loft angle of 12 degrees, which helps get the ball in the air on a good trajectory. When I tried this club, it added undeniable yardage to my drives and it had me feeling confident standing over the ball.
The Kalea Ultralite Driver is also slightly shorter in length than other driver models, giving you more control over your golf shots. When your driver is too long, it can feel heavier or too bulky in your hands – this club is 43.5 inches in length which felt just long enough to have control over the entire club.
Value Pick: Callaway Women’s Rogue Driver
The Callaway Women’s Rogue Driver is designed to add speed, distance and forgiveness to every drive. Equipped with the same Jailbreak Technology used in the Callaway Mavrik, the clubface is designed to elevate ball speed and distance. The Rogue is all about forgiveness, as we found this to be a little more forgiving than the Mavrik, and a few other options listed.
The face was redesigned with Variable Face Technology which helps make this driver more forgiving by thinning certain parts in the face and thickening other parts within. The Callaway Women’s Rogue Driver has two loft options; 10.5 degree or 13.5 degree. If you struggle to get the ball into the air, you may want to consider going with the higher degree loft. This is a great option for any woman golfer who wants the best value they can find, as the Callaway Rogue features new technology without a hefty price tag.
Best for Moderate Speed Swing & Senior Ladies: Cobra King F-Max Superlite Offset
If you have a moderate swing speed, and are looking for an extremely light, forgiving driver – this is an excellent option for you. The Cobra King F-Max Superlite Offset driver is Cobra Golf’s lightest and most forgiving driver in its collection. It is the best driver for senior women golfers or any skill level with slower to moderate swing speeds. This will add to your overall distance making you feel more confident knowing the driver is there to assist you.
The loft options on this driver are 11.5 or 15 degrees which would benefit you if you have a hard time getting the ball higher in the air. There is also a weighted-back feature in the club face making this an ultra-forgiving driver that promotes higher launch and straighter ball flights. The “offset” feature of this driver helps to reduce slicing the golf ball in your drives and aids with straight ball trajectory.
Budget Pick: PGX Women’s Offset Driver
If you are looking for a new driver but do not want to spend more than $100 dollars, there are a few options out there but the PGX Women’s Offset Driver is one of the better quality drivers for their very low price. This is a great option if you are a beginner golfer who doesn’t want to break the bank when you are just learning the basics.
The PGX driver has offset technology which helps prevent slicing the golf ball. This will aid you in hitting straight drives and adding distance. The club head is a large 460cc, which will give you a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness. The loft is 10.5 which is quite average, however the club is light so you should be able to comfortably have a solid follow through helping that ball get more launch.
We wouldn’t recommend this driver to an experienced golfer or anyone looking to really improve their skills. This is purely a practice and learning driver. It gets the job done and is an affordable starter option.
There are dozens of women’s golf drivers on the market and it can be overwhelming deciding which would be a good fit for you. After careful consideration, we found the Women’s TaylorMade SIM Max driver to be the best women’s driver for 2020. This driver features brand new technology in a well sized clubhead that delivers ball speed and forgiveness.
Whether you are a beginner looking for an affordable practice driver, or an intermediate to advanced golfer, we hope that our top picks help you find that driver that gives you better trajectory, distance, launch and speed that you are searching for.
Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out more of our buying guides, like our review on the best golf rangefinder for 2020.