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Forgiveness! That's what the equipment brands are shouting about this year - particularly when it comes to their star players. But what are the best forgiving drivers 2024 has to offer?

If you find that you’re not getting the distance or carry you desire, or you’re simply not hitting fairways, it often comes down to inconsistent ball striking. A great thing about a high-MOI driver is that with forgiveness comes consistency, and with consistency comes control.

So which one should you play?  Don't worry, we've done the hard work for you. From Callaway to Wilson via TaylorMade and Ping, you'll find something for everyone in this buying guide...

Best forgiving drivers 2024

Credit: Callaway Golf
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D image
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D
Jailbreak is out and AI Smart Face is in for Callaway's 2024 Paradym model.

PROS

  • Ai Smart Face delivers mini sweet spots for longer drives 
  • 360 carbon chassis means weight can be positioned for higher MOI 
  • Large profile is confidence inspiring at address 

CONS

  • Aesthetically won't be for everyone 
Available for £569 from Callaway

If the right side of the golf course has been calling your name you’ll want to check out the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D. 

With a larger profile at address, this high-MOI driver is ideal for players wanting to straighten out their left-to-right slice. The rear weight will help stabilise the head and increase launch making it more forgiving and easier to hit. The new Ai Smart Face is designed with mini sweet spots to give you the forgiveness and distance you desire. With this a draw bias design you’ll straighten up that slice to find more fairways. 

If you mishit driver often don’t worry with a combination of the new Ai Smart Face and the high MOI design you’ll destined for the short turf. 

• Read our full review of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max driver

Credit: Cobra Golf
Cobra Darkspeed Max image
Cobra Darkspeed Max
Cobra have taken on a whole new aesthetic for 2024 - and the tech stands up too.

PROS

  • Refined aerodynamic shape for faster club speed 
  • AI-designed HOT Face delivers more efficient speed and spin across the clubface 
  • Draw bias control with max forgiveness for straighter driver

CONS

  • Longer head shape might not appeal to everyone
Available for £429 from Cobra

If you’re a Cobra fan looking for a forgiving draw bias head to stop you from slicing, you’ll enjoy the Darkspeed Max. 

The Darkspeed Max has ports in the rear and heel of the sole, as well as a 12-gram weight in the back for the highest MOI and forgiveness, or in the heel for a bigger draw bias. The AI-designed 'PWR-BRIDGE' delivers faster ball speed while the 'PWRSHELL' face insert and 'HOT Face Technology' maximises speed. A reinforced titanium frame creates maximum stability, and the carbon fibre crown is 30% thinner allowing more weight to be placed low and forward in the PWR-BRIDGE structure. 

Couple that all with draw bias adjustability and you’ll straighten out those drives in no time. This high-MOI head will give you the forgiveness and stability you need to hit more fairways.  

• Read our full review of the Cobra Darkspeed Max driver

Credit: Ping Golf
Ping G430 Max 10K image
Ping G430 Max 10K
Ping broke its two-year product cycle to bring you its most forgiving driver to date.

PROS

  • 10K MOI most forgiveness you can get in a driver 
  • Carbon Fly wrap increases MOI lower CG 
  • Thinner shallower face for better spin control, distance and faster ball speeds 

CONS

  • The polarising 'Turbulators' are still on the crown
Available for £599 from Ping

It’s been a big talking point with the driver reaching 10,000 MOI and Ping is part of the conversation with the G430 Max 10k making life easier for golfers of all levels. 

If you struggle off the tee, can’t find the middle of the face, or want more distance and straighter drives then you’re in luck. This 460cc design is a larger profile with the addition of the Carbon Fly Wrap which has allowed a 28-gram weight to be placed at the back. This delivers a higher MOI, lowers spin and CG, and creates faster ball speed off the new and improved face.  

No matter your level this will be a brilliant option for your high handicappers to tour-level players with incredible stability and forgiveness this driver offers. 

• Read our full review of the Ping G430 Max 10K driver

Credit: PXG
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PXG Black Ops
Adjustability is the name of the game with PXG's 2024 driver model.

PROS

  • Feel and sound is brilliant off the face 
  • Adjustable weight contributes to MOI and ball flight 
  • AMF face delivers super-fast ball speeds especially on mishits

CONS

  • Relies on additional weight to achieve high MOI
  • Price point alongside the bigger brands
Available for £549 from PXG

The PXG head is designed for the masses, but with its adjustabile weighting design, it can be made into a very forgiving driver option. 

The new driver head uses 'Advanced Material Face' technology to increase ball speed for more distance. This AMF face design features a variable thickness that helps deliver consistent and efficient speeds across the clubface. The bulge and roll delivers optimal launch and forgiveness across the face, improving overall performance on off-centre hits. With the different weighting ports additional weights can be added to this driver to make it even more forgiving if you choose to do so which will increase the MOI to give you better stability. 

What may appear as the best of both worlds for distance and forgiveness, this new design can be made even more forgiving with the adjustability. So if you like the look of this driver, you should definitely put it on your list to try.  

• Read our full review of the PXG Black Ops driver

Credit: Srixon Golf
Srixon ZX5 MK II image
Srixon ZX5 MK II
A good alternative to those looking at the next level of brands.

PROS

  • Rebound frame delivers faster ball speeds 
  • Star Frame delivers stability
  • Variable face thickness delivers great speed across the face   

CONS

  • High MOI but not as forgiving as other options in this list
  • Price point still quite high
Available for £499 from Srixon

With major champions such as Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama in its team, Srixon are clearly doing something right. 

If, however, you’re not a major champion and you want a forgiving driver option, the ZX5 MKII driver could be the option for you. This club head has a large, flattened footprint, which makes it easy to launch the ball high off the tee. In the head you’ll find the rebound frame, which allows the face to create very high ball speeds. Rather than just one flexing component, this driver has two, which combine to make a very fast club. 

If you’re looking for a driver that is focused on high launch with high forgiveness, this is a great place to look. 

• Read our full review of the Srixon ZX5 MKII driver

Credit: TaylorMade Golf
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TaylorMade Qi10 Max
TaylorMade's most forgiving driver to date - and it's a knockout.

PROS

  • 10K MOI makes it ludicrously forgiving
  • Larger infinity crown is confidence inspiring
  • Refined thinner Carbon Twist Face for straighter, faster and more forgiveness across the face
  • Sub-£500 price point 

CONS

  • It's blue - and some people prefer red
Available for £499 from TaylorMade

One of the most talked about drivers this year is the Qi10 Max with it’s 10,000 MOI delivering the most forgiving driver TaylorMade has ever made. 

When you mishit a driver the face will twist, the higher the MOI the squarer the face will stay through impact which will give you a more stable club. With 10,000 MOI the club face stay as square as possible even on the most severe mishits and with the combination of the new and improved carbon twist face, you're going to see straighter, longer and more consistent drives. It is easier to launch with the strategically placed weight in the back of the head and it’s even surprisingly in the bag of tour pros as well.  

With its larger profile, it’s going to fill you with confidence on every drive and you’ll find you hit straighter drives and more fairways on those mishits.

• Read our full review of the TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver

Credit: Titleist
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Titleist TSR1
An ultra-lightweight model from the TSR range for high-handicap golfers.

PROS

  • Ultra-light good for slower swing speeds 
  • VFT face for great forgiveness across the face 
  • Deep CG for high MOI and launch 

CONS

  • Not for you if you have a faster swing speeds 
Available for £529 from Titleist

The final addition to the Titleist TSR range, the TSR1 is aimed at high handicappers with a slow swing speed. 

This club is ultra-lightweight, meaning that slower players will be able to gain club head speed with it. As well as that, the variable thickness face will help strikes from across the face to perform well, with well struck balls flying high and far. The centre of gravity in the TSR1 is deep and almost perfectly centred, promoting high ball flights. 

This club is perfect for high handicappers who want a driver that will help them get more height and performance from the tee. One of the best drivers for high handicappers in 2024.

• Read our full review of the Titleist TSR drivers

Credit: Wilson Golf
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Wilson Dynapower Titanium
The best value-for-money option by some distance.

PROS

  • Slight draw bias to straighten out the right to left shot shape 
  • Ai designed face max distance and forgiveness across the face 
  • Deep CG for higher launch and increased MOI 
  • Perfect for those on a budget

CONS

  • Offset may not suit everyone's eye
Available for £379 from Wilson

Wilson are beginning to establish themselves as key players in the golf club market and the Dynapower range is a large part of that. The Dynapower Titanium is the most forgiving model in the range. 

With a 16-gram rear weight and a CG positioned low and to the back of the club, you’ll get high launch that will help eliminate a slice in your drives. This is another club that has been designed with the help of AI, which has helped designers make the face the optimal thickness on each section of the club. 

A club that features a clean design on the top of the head, this driver will appeal to a high handicapper that are price conscious, while still wanting great performance. 

• Read our full review of the Wilson Dynapwer drivers

How we picked

Performance Consistency

We meticulously evaluated each piece of equipment's performance across a number of variables.

Forgiveness and Playability

With golf clubs, our assessment always considered the versatility and forgiveness levels, especially on off-centre strikes.

Innovative Technology

We scrutinise the incorporation of innovative technology in each piece of equipment we review.

Customisation

We consider factors like adjustable features and customisation options available to the buyer.


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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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