Ah, so you typed in “Longest Driver 2016” or something along those lines, and are looking for an expert in the golf industry to tell you the longest driver on the market. Well, search no more, because the Golf Club Guru is here to help! I’ll keep it very simple. Golf club companies throw out a lot of sophisticated words that sound cool, but no one really know what they mean. So what actually makes a driver long?

  • A thin face insert (Why? A larger rebound effect on the ball = increased ball speed)
  • A low spin head (Why? Less spin = further carry)
  • A light driver head (Why? Increases club speed)
  • An adjustable driver head (Why? To fine tune any trajectory or ball flight problems that are costing you yards on your drives)
  • A low center of gravity  (Why? Increases loft and decreases spin = balls fly high and far)

With these important features in mind, here are the Top Five Longest Drivers of 2016. The Golf Club Guru guarantees that you cannot go wrong with any of these picks.


1) Taylor Made M1


Key Distance Features :

  • An Adjustable Driver Head
  • A Large Sweet Spot
  • A Carbon Insert
  • A Light Head = More Swing Speed = More Distance
  • Low Spin = Greater Carry and More Roll = More Distance

Well, looks like it’s time to replace that old driver in the bag that you know has lost some of its “oomph” over time. You know this is special when TaylorMade, a.k.a. “the #1 Driver in Golf,” calls the M1 the longest driver they have ever made. Golfers all over the world praise the TaylorMade M1 consistency, distance, look, and feel. It has got a very large sweet spot, with many mishit balls surprisingly sailing off far and straight down the fairway. I personally have hit 5-10 balls with even the stock shaft, and can wholeheartedly agree that this driver is worth all the commotion it is causing.

Even World #1 Jason Day, one of the best drivers on tour at the moment, can’t contain how much his driving improved once he made the change:

“To be honest, I’m hitting it longer than my R15, which is fantastic,” Jason Day says about the TaylorMade M1. “Just the whole setup, the whole makeup of the driver, with it being a little bit lighter, with the carbon insert on top, … the swing speeds are up because of that. But then on top of it, I’m launching it the same angle, but the down angle coming down to the ground is a lot lower.”

He goes on to say “the spin is a lot lower than my old driver, as well. When you’ve got the same launch angle, carrying a little bit further with a lower down angle and less spin, it’s going to bounce and roll. It’s just a perfect makeup right now.”

TLDR: The Golf Club Guru likes equations, so here’s one for you: a light and adjustable driver head + a large sweet spot + carbon insert + increased swing speed + less spin + being good enough for the best in the world = the longest driver on the market.

With the M1, TaylorMade built a driver that has both incredible distance and feel while allowing adjustability that allows all golfers to fine tune their drivers with the same accuracy as Tour players who have access to TaylorMade’s professional fitters. The most important component is the M1’s lightweight driver head, as it allows additional weight to be put on the driver’ sole to achieve a golfer’s ball flight preferences.

The TaylorMade M1 driver is 460cc, but the 430cc head is also available to better drivers for increased workability. The stock length is 45 and a half inches, and can be purchased with a loft of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12°. Left handers only have the options of 9.5° and 10.5°.


2) TaylorMade M2


Key Distance Features:

  • A Large Sweet Spot
  • Low and Rearward Weight for Low, Penetrating Ball Flight
  • Ability to Increase/Decrease Loft to Dial in Trajectory
  • A Carbon Insert
  • A Light Head (More Swing Speed = More Distance)
  • Low Spin (Greater Carry and More Roll = More Distance)

Second behind TaylorMade’s M1 is…. Well, Taylormade’s M2. What the difference? Well, same carbon composite crown and head shape, still extremely forgiving (if not more forgiving), but no driver head adjustability.

When you really get a hold of one, TaylorMade’s M2 can produce some outrageously long drives, among the longest out. The flat, low spin ball flight created a nice compromise of carry distance and roll, while ball speeds are pretty consistent across a large area on the driver head (in other words, even mishits will impress you with their distance).

Similar to the famous M1 driver, the M2 has a light-weight carbon crown. While the M1 offers adjustability throughout the sole, the M2 moves weight low and rearward (as opposed to close to the face), to improve forgiveness. This increases ball speed on shots hit low on the face, due to the fact that the face insert is thinnest around the edges to keep ball speeds high on mishits.

The TaylorMade M2 has an adjustable hosel: You can increase or decrease loft by up to 2 degrees and can choose from 30 premium shafts, with the Fujikura Pro being stock. TaylorMade’s M2 driver is available in 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12° lofts.


3) Callaway XR16 Pro


Key Distance Features:

  • Extremely Aerodynamic Head
  • Low and Deep Center of Gravity
  • Increased Moment of Inertia
  • Lighter and Thinner Face = More Distance

Callaway worked with the aerodynamics team at Boeing to reach previously unseen ball speed with a deeper face. The Callaway XR16 Pro offers a high head speed design, low drag, and a 450cc head. How did they do this? Well, they pinpointed the size and re-engineered the shape with a lighter Speed-Step Crown to decrease weight (less weight = more ball speed = more distance). With lower spin and a low and deep Center of Gravity bias, the XR 16 Pro is built for the distance that all golfers are searching for.

On top of the distance that this driver offers, it also has the forgiveness that lower handicaps can benefit from. That’s what happens when they added Moment of Inertia, increase the size of the head, and made the Center of Gravity lower and deeper. These changes lead to increased ball speed at every impact location on the club face, directly increasing the distance golfers can hit off the tee.

With the XR 16 Pro, Callaway stepped up their game with new “R•MOTO Face Technology,” which is lighter and thinner to improve ball speed all across the face. When you have high forgiveness and a faster driver face, you can pick up a lot of ball speed, regardless of where you hit it on the face! This driver is available in 9° and 10.5° lofts.


4) Cobra King LTD


Key Distance Features:

  • Low and Deep Center of Gravity
  • High Moment of Inertia
  • Thin Face for Faster Ball Speeds
  • Easily Adjustable to Fine Tune Ideal Trajectory and Shape

The King LTD Driver is without a doubt Cobra’s best driver they have ever created. Made with only the best materials and new technologies, the King LTD Driver is a shock to the golf equipment industry, as their previous drivers have traditionally under-performed.

A 16g weight strategically moves weight low and deep in the head, making a very low center of gravity (CoG) with high Moment of Inertia. These two qualities are idea for delivering maximum distance with no sacrifices in forgiveness. The multi-material “Spaceport” design acts like a window with a removable cover, so for the first time golfers can literally see all the internal Cobra technologies that make this their best driver yet.

A re-designed “Forged 8-1-1 Titanium E9 Face” is a varying thickness design that is lighter and thinner (leading to increased distance) and hotter creating more deflection for faster ball speeds and a larger sweet zone across the face. The “Speed Channel” is a Cobra-exclusive design. An engineered trench along the outside of the face decreases thickness and therefore improves ball speeds all across the face for crazy distance.

The Cobra King LTD Driver has 8 easily adjustable loft settings to fine tune trajectory and dial in launch conditions to maximize distance for any swing speed.


5) Ping G LS Tec


Key Distance Features:

  • Low and Deep Center of Gravity
  • Increased Moment of Inertia
  • Aerodynamic Head to Reduce Drag
  • Easily Adjustable to Fine Tune Ideal Trajectory and Shape
  • Low Spin for Increased Carry and Roll

The Ping G LS Tec (short for Low-Spin Technology) has a center of Gravity that is extremely low, along with a “high launch-angle-to-spin ratio” built for the golfer who wants low spin and forgiveness (this would be everybody… ever). Inspired by a technique called biomimicry, PING engineers used the dragonfly’s complicated wing design to create thin crown sections for low CG and increased MOI, resulting in their longest, most forgiving driver ever made. This is the lowest, deepest CG of any Ping driver, and it shows by generating more distance.

According to their website, “Vortec Technology on the back of the Ti 8-1-1 head minimizes turbulent wake during the downswing for faster clubhead speed with stability and forgiveness”. Crown turbulators and Vortec Technologies decrease drag 37% through impact, resulting in measurable distance gains with all swing speeds. The varying-thickness T9S face has a large strength-to-weight ratio, resulting in a further increase in ball speed.

To dial in your launch conditions before a round, change the loft of your Ping G LS Tec ±1° using Trajectory Tuning 2.0, which uses a lightweight, aerodynamic and strong 7075 aluminum hosel sleeve.