Amateur golfers and professionals like Phil Mickelson love saying the phrase and doing one thing with their drivers: “hitting bombs”.
There is an indescribable and awesome feeling after smashing a drive down the center of the fairway.
Having the correct driver for your swing can work wonders on the course and off the tee in terms of distance and accuracy.
This article will highlight the best golf drivers for mid handicappers on the market.
Best Drivers for Mid Handicap
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What are Mid-handicappers?
A mid-handicapper is usually a golfer who can shoot in the range from 7-over to 18-over. This means that occasionally they can shoot around 80 and other times 90. They aren’t a low handicapper because they aren’t shooting only a few strokes over par and they aren’t a high-handicapper because they aren’t consistently shooting in the 90s or 100s.
Club Characteristics for Mid Handicappers
It’s important to have the correct club shaft for your driver. Depending on your swing speed and skill level you can choose from a regular flex shaft, stiff flex shaft, or senior flex shaft. There are also ladies flex shafts available. Depending on your swing and preference, a lighter or heavier shaft can be selected as well.
Different drivers have different size clubheads. Many are similar featuring large clubheads with massive sweet spots so golfers can feel confident when hitting driver. Having a larger sweet spot enables golfers to mishit their shots off to the edge of the face and still have a desirable result.
There are different degrees and lofts available for the driver. The lower the loft on the club, the lower the ball flight will usually be. Driver lofts typically range from 9-12 degrees. There are some drivers that go as low as 8.5 degrees and as high as 13.5 degrees but these are uncommon. If you hit a higher lofted driver well and are able to control the accuracy then purchasing an 11 or 12 degree driver would be ideal. Same goes for 9 and 9.5 degree loft drivers. The most common drivers you will find on the market are 10.5 degrees.
A golfer’s swing speed can play a role in what kind of driver they should buy. If a golfer has a slow swing speed they should be looking to buy a lightweight driver that they are able to swing faster and feel comfortable holding. A heavy driver will likely decrease their swing speed and make them hit shorter drives. Golfers who have high swing speeds might prefer a bigger heavier clubhead and stiffer flex shaft because they might earn more control.
Adjustable weights can be extremely helpful for players. Drivers that have adjustable weights allow the driver to promote a draw, fade or neutral ball flight. If a golfer is struggling off the tee hitting it a certain direction, a change in weights can make a huge difference.
The TaylorMade M4 has been used by many tour players and amateurs looking to increase distance and accuracy. Its features and performance was the reason we selected it for our editor’s choice award as the best golf driver for mid handicappers.
The driver has Twist Face Technology that presents a new curvature to the clubhead and face that restricts sidespin when mishit on the sides of the face. Sidespin contributes to fixing errant shots including hooks and slices off the tee.
Taylormade upgraded this driver compared to the previous “M” editions with a Hammerhead Slot in the sole which allows it have a huge and easy-to-hit sweet spot as well as the clubface having more flexibility. The slot also takes away unwanted spin to increase roll for longer drives.
The club also includes an adjustable hosel so a golfer can choose their desired loft and preferred launch. Geocoustic technology creates an explosive sound at impact and a sole shape promoting more solid contact.
The club is available in four lofts including 8.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees. It also can be purchased with five shaft options: ladies, senior, regular, stiff or extra stiff.
The M4 is available for both left and right-handed golfers and features a metallic silver and black look to it.
Cleveland Golf are notoriously famous for their top-of-the-line wedges. The company’s Launcher HB driver has plenty of features to help increase performance off the tee. The lightweight, bonded hosel allows the weight of the club to be moved where forgiveness will significantly improve.
The driver has a HiBore Crown that puts the center of gravity in a low and deep spot helping increase the ball launch high into the air when struck. Cleveland’s Cup Face Technology increases ball speed from no matter where on the face you make contact with.
The Flex-Fin technology is similar to the M4’s feature that allows players to hit the ball relatively straighter when mishitting the ball off the toe or heel.
When purchased, the Launcher HB is equipped with a Miyazaki C Kua 50 graphite shaft and a Cleveland Blue Cap grip made by Lamkin. The club also includes a headcover.
The club can be purchased with a stiff, regular or senior flex and is made for left or right-handers.
The Cobra F-Max Offset driver is our choice for the best fix for golfers who tend to slice the ball right off the tee.
The club features a Forged TI-6-4 titanium face insert that enables golfers to achieve increased distance and speed on mishits.
Cobra’s made the driver with an offset hosel to aid with launch as well as draw off the tee to help players hit the ball straight and increase their accuracy.
The back of the club head and heel’s center of gravity is positioned in a fixed setting so the club feels forgiving when swung.
The clubhead is primarily jet-black featuring gold features. The alignment aid is cobra spelled out vertically in gold and is dead straight making it very easy to line up the ball and pick a target to hit at.
The club loft can be purchased in 9.5 and 10.5 degrees as well as an untraditional 11.5 degrees which is appealing to golfers who believe 12 degrees is slightly too high.
The Callaway Rogue is one of the top drivers available on the market according to many golf outlets.
The club features Jailbreak Technology that allows players to increase their ball speed after smashing their drive. Not only does the Jailbreak technology increase distance but it also increases forgiveness X-Face VFT technology that adds a higher moment of inertia.
Callaway added a Triaxial Carbon Crown to the driver that helps golfers keep forgiveness when hitting off-center. The lightweight club allows golfers to feel smooth when taking a full swing trying to go for a long drive.
Callaway’s implementation of the Boeing Aero Package raises clubhead speed and maximizes the Speed Step’s effect which helps produce a higher comfort level when hitting drives.
There are over 12 options for weight and brand configurations for the shaft at purchase.
The club is available in three different lofts including 9, 10.5 and 13.5 degrees.
The TaylorMade RBZ features a massive 460cc titanium head that allows you to adjust the loft sleeve for launch and trajectory preferences.
The club’s speed pocket helps with high launch and reduces spin so it’s easier to hit high arcing long drives down the fairway. The club features a Matrix White Tie 55 shaft to help with smoothness during swings as well as getting the club to feel light.
The RBZ driver is available for both right and left-handed golfers and is available in 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees or 12 degrees of loft.
The club comes in a black, white and yellow finish and incorporates TaylorMade’s classic “T” alignment aid for aiming at their target.
Verdict on Best Golf Drivers For Mid Handicappers
After assessing the different clubs, the TaylorMade M4 was voted as our overall editor’s choice pick for best golf driver for mid handicappers.
Despite its cost, the features in the club make it worth it for many consumers. Being adjustable and having a huge sweet spot where mishits can be good shots make it a top of the line driver. If on a tighter budget and seeking a TaylorMade driver then the RBZ might be a better fit.
The other three drivers in our reviews have their own perks and help different sets of golfers with their needs and preferences. Having the right driver in your bag can lead you to loads of confidence off the tee.
Lawrence Smelser is part of the Golfible editorial staff and is a freelance golf writer. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour and most recently the 2019 Masters. He holds a journalism Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas