You might feel useless off the tee with a driver in hand. Hitting slice after slice can be frustrating and embarrassing. (Quick tip: strengthen your grip, take the club more outside on the backswing, and swing more to right field on the downswing).
But, there IS something that you can do. There are some drivers that are built specifically to fix one of the causes of a slice: an open club face at impact. The other cause (an out to in swing path AKA over the top move) must be cured by making swing changes. To cure the open club face at impact, we need to have a club that encourages the face to close easily. How do you do that? Two ways:
- You adjust the club to be closed at address. This way, with everything else staying constant, you can attack the ball with a square club face. This is a quick fix and I wouldn’t suggest it.
- You use a driver that has more weight on the heel than the toe. Why is that? Well, if there is too much weight on the toe end of the driver, that means it requires more force (hand and wrist action) to close the club face and hit the ball square. If the weight it towards the heel of the club, the club face naturally closes. This is a better option.
The two reasons above are a large part of why club manufactures started making adjustable clubs, so they can change the face angle and the weighting.
So now we know that, for a club to be optimized to cure slices, we need adjustability and heel weighting. Below I have picked out 5 drivers that will surely help cure the slice and encourage you to hit high, soft draws like you have always wanted!
Note: if you were to click on any links/pictures below, you will end up on Global Golf listings for the respective drivers.
Ping has produced a line of drivers with SFT (Straight Flight Technology) for the last 5 years or so. Their latest release was the Ping G410 SFT, but the older models will perform nearly just as well.
The SFT series has weight focused towards the heel of the club to facilitate a natural closing of the club face through impact to correct the slices and pushes that you may be hitting.
Ping says that their newest G410 SFT driver has 50% more heel-side weight than the earlier model (G400) to ensure straighter ball flights, but they don’t back up this number anywhere so it’s hard to really verify that.
TaylorMade has released (at least) one model of adjustable driver heads every year for as long as I can remember. And I can remember a long ways back.
You may think that each model is better than the previous ones. Nope. They are all pretty much the same – let’s be real. However, if you want the best of the best, try out the TaylorMade SIM driver. It’s got an adjustable weight for you slicers to shift the weight towards the heel as opposed to the toe.
Here’s how they put it: “Provides adjustability and personalization to optimize the club for individual trajectory and ball-flight preferences, up to +/-20 yards of draw-fade bias.”
You do know where that 20 yard number came from right? Thin air. Actually, it came right from the butt holes of the R&D team during a late work night.
Mizuno is known for producing some of the best forged irons on the market. You may be surprised to find that they make some great performing drivers, too!
Most of their drivers are non-adjustable, which aren’t great for those looking to shift the weight around. However, their ST200X driver has a removable weight along with a weight along the heel side of the driver head to encourage a draw. High launching + draw biased + super forgiving = great option for those that struggle with spinny slices.
Callaway is one of the most popular driver companies in the world, and for good reason. Their new Mavrik drivers (Mavrik, Mavrik Max, and Mavrik Sub Zero) have been incredibly popular so far in 2020.
If you are trying to fix your dreaded slice, you’d want to be focused on the Callaway Mavrik Max driver. It’s super forgiving and has a built in draw-bias due to an additional weight towards the heel of the club head. You don’t even have to adjust a weight. It’s ready to go right off the rack.
Just to reiterate, though, you really need to fix the underlying issue if you are slicing. Your money is better spent on some lessons with a PGA pro, not on a new driver meant for slicers. But hey, you are the one that typed in “the best driver for slicers” into Google. What did you expect??
The four drivers above this one all had weight towards the heel of the golf club to encourage the club face to turn over easier. The Cobra F-Max Superlite Offset driver is no exception – they also focus weight towards the heel of the club. However, the Cobra F-Max Superlite Offset driver also takes a different approach to stop your slicing.
The offset of the club head (small distance between the club face and the club shaft) makes it so that your hands are slightly ahead of the golf ball at impact. This gives you an additional split second (you don’t need much more time) to close the club face through impact to hit a straight shot as opposed to a big banana slice.
Cobra is one of the most underrated companies in golf. On top of that, their pricing is typically the most affordable, so it could be a win-win for you and your game.
BETTER VALUE OPTIONS
Below is the original article that I wrote many years back. Luckily for you, these drivers are still GREAT options and are only a fraction of the price of their original retail value.
If you are on a tight budget, stick to one of the 5 options below. If you have the budget to afford a newer driver, by all means go for it.
Overall Best Driver for Slicers: TaylorMade M1
If you never want to hit a slice again, my best suggestion would be to buy a TaylorMade M1 driver. The T-Track Adjustability System (one moving vertical weight and 1 moving horizontal weight) allows you to move the 15 grams of weight closer to the heel to encourage the club face to turn over and be square at impact.
Next, the M1 provides 12 different loft sleeve adjustments for loft (plus or minus 2 degrees), lie, or face angle. Face angle and lie go hand in hand by the way. A more upright lie with result in a closed face angle. So, make sure you make the adjustments necessary (see the adjustment book when you purchase the club) to get an upright lie and closed face angle.
The combination of the 15g weight near the heel and the closed clubface should get you well on your way to curing that dreaded slice!
Best Value: TaylorMade R15
If you are looking for the best value club (AKA the best bang for your buck), then the TaylorMade R15 driver is going to be hard to beat. It features 2 12.5 Moveable weights that you can move towards the heel, just like the M1 above. You can also open or close the clubface by 2 degrees.
Besides adjustability, the R15 is an extremely long driver. The thin club face leads to a bigger recoil at impact and therefore more distance. It also has a very low center of gravity, leading to higher ball flights and more carry distance on average.
The thing that makes the M1 better, however, is that this driver is slightly less forgiving. Mishits seemed to be a little spinny and didn’t go as far as I would have imagined. Other than that, they are nearly identical drivers, as the movable weight for higher and lower ball flights on the M1 doesn’t have a huge effect in reality.
Lowest Price: TaylorMade SLDR
If you are not wanting to shell out much money to improve your slice, the TaylorMade SLDR is the driver to pull the trigger on. It has been featured many times on this website, as it truly is an incredible club that sells for low prices.
As someone who slices, you probably haven’t been playing the game for too long (or maybe you have just been dreading the much needed swing change!). If that is the case, I would never suggest spending even close to $500 for a brand new, top of the line driver. With that being said, you can buy the SLDR driver, which made a HUGE impact on the golf industry upon its release, for under $100.
So what makes the SLDR a great driver for slicers?
- It has got a 20 gram movable weight that you can push to the heel to facilitate a square face at impact.
- It has 21 different hosel adjustments so that you can find the perfect one that leads a more closed clubface.
- The sweet spot is very large. Mishits still fly pretty straight.
- Lofts on the SLDR are much higher than usual (While you might normally play a 10 degree driver, it wouldn’t be unusual to play a 12 degree SLDR driver.) This is because they moved the COG low and forward. Higher lofted clubs are easier to hit draws with, so this is a benefit for you!
Most Aesthetic Look at Address: Callaway Great Big Bertha
The Callaway Great Big Bertha driver has a very desirable mix: it has a great design paired with easy adjustability. The 10.5 sliding weight in the sole of the driver can be placed very close to the hosel, making the toe of the club feel lighter and therefore easier to turn over during the swing.
The loft sleeve also allows you to change loft, lie, and face angle to further get rid of your slicing habit. Besides the benefits from a strictly ball flight standpoint, this driver has a very low COG and a great sound at impact, like nearly every recent Callaway driver. These characteristics make this a great driver for a beginner. It didn’t earn a gold medal from Golf Digest for nothing!
Best for Penetrating Ball Flights: Ping G30 SF Tec
For a slicer, this club offers many obvious benefits. To begin with, the face angle is half a degree closed. That’s half a degree that you no longer have to worry about in the golf swing. Secondly, the weight is primarily placed in the heel of the club, as you can see in the picture above. That combination alone should be enough to make an impact on your drives.
As added benefits, the Ping G30 SF Tec has a low spin head, which leads to balls that don’t carry as far, but they roll forever. Innovation-wise, the Vortec Technology and the Varying Thickness Face are two technologies that improve the consistency and distance of your drives.
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