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When we think of the top brands for golf drivers, four often come to the front of our minds. They are Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist.

Of course, there are loads of other brands to choose from, but these four represent some of the best drivers of 2024, and that's why I've put them up against each other, to see which range you should be buying from.

All four brands have some of the best drivers on offer in 2024 with 10k MOI models, faces that are designed through artificial intelligence, aerospace grade titanium faces and carbon crowns.  

But as always when these new drivers come to market it is difficult to make a decision on which one you would like to try. So, we have put the latest drivers from these four leading brands head to head to make it easier for you. 

We have the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke, Ping G430, TaylorMade Qi10 and the Titleist TSR going head to head. Let's get into it!

SMOKE SHOW!
Credit: Callaway
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke
Ideal if you want better dispersion, forgiveness and distances. And that's what we all want, right?

PROS

  • Developed using real player data, so it's better for those of us who mishit drives. Hint: That's everyone! 
  • Mini sweet spots for off-centre hits keep ball speeds high
  • Lighter and stronger carbon chassis for better stability 
  • Four head options to choose from mean there is something for everyone

CONS

  • The new busy aesthetics might not be for everyone
Available for £569 from Callaway

The new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke is very impressive. There's quite a lot of changes when it comes to technology in this range, particularly with the Ai Smart Face. This bit of technology replaces Jailbreak, something that was ever-present in Callaway drivers for the last decade. That's made possible by Callaway's supercomputer, which has compiled data from 250,000 swings from real golfers and created the Ai Smart Face.

The new face has mini sweet spots for those off-centre strikes, where you’ll find you do not lose distance and in some cases, it can go further. Not only that, but you can expect explosive speeds, forgiveness and impressive consistency. The 360 Carbon Chassis has been redefined and is now lighter saving that weight and being able to reposition it to maximise performance.  It also has a raw carbon gloss finish on the crown which looks very slick at address.

In the Paradym Ai Smoke range, you have a few different head options. With the Triple Diamond, you have the option to adjust the ball flight, with movable weights from the front and back on the sole giving you the lowest spinning and fastest option possible. In the Max, you have a new low weight further forward towards the face and a new adjustable weight track so you can dial in the flight and get more distance. The Max D is the draw bias option, designed to straighten out your ball flight and reduce any tendency you have to slice the ball. The fourth option is the Max Fast, which is lighter in design for slower swing speed players, who need help generating speed and getting the ball in the air.

Overall, the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke range is a serious contender for 2024. But what else does this year have to offer?

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Credit: Ping
Ping G430 Max
Ping G430
Everyone loves a Ping driver, don't they? Well, the G430 range is no different.

PROS

  • Max 10K is the most stable and forgiving option 
  • Carbon Fly Wrap in LST and Max 10K models helps to distribute weight better, making this more efficient
  • Shallower and thinner Variable Face Technology for faster speeds 
  • Four models to choose from so there is something for everyone

CONS

  • Turbulators may suit some players' eye
Available from £525 from Ping

Ping has added to their successful G430 range with the addition of the G430 Max 10K, bringing this range to a grand total of four clubs.

The G430 range consists of the same low-spinning, forgiving and straighter head designs like the G410 and G425 but with new technologies and refinements. Thanks to this, we are looking at more speed and distance with the same level of forgiveness. When it comes to the tech here, there is the usual suspects like the turbulators, reducing drag for better aerodynamics on the crown. The Variable Face Technology forged face is thinner, which is where you will see faster speeds off the club face across the whole range. The Crabon Fly wrap has been added to LST and Max 10K models which covers the crown and wraps into the heel/toe sections of the skirt. This helps to reposition weight and lower the CG for more ball speed, less spin and higher MOI.

The Max 10K is a shallow 460cc head which has a fixed weight of a whopping 28 grams which has been increased thanks to weight saved by the Carbon Fly Wrap. 
The LST is a more compact head shape with an adjustable 22g tungsten back weight, which influences shot shape with the difference of seven yards between the Draw, Neutral and Fade settings. 
The Max is a 460cc head shape and was the most forgiving of the three options until the Max 10K was introduced. It features a moveable 25g tungsten backweight which influences shot shape with the difference of eight yards between the Draw, Neutral and Fade settings.
There's also the SFT head, which features a 22g moveable tungsten weight, which positions the centre of gravity, to deliver 13 yards of right-to-left in the Draw setting and another seven yards in the Draw+. 

There's no doubt then that the Ping G430 range offers something for everyone, and personally I'm a big fan of what it has to offer, particularly the Max 10K option. There's still two more contenders to come though...

MAKING A BIG IMPRESSION!
Credit: TaylorMade
TaylorMade Qi10
TaylorMade Qi10
If you want forgiveness the Qi10 range has that covered. 

PROS

  • Qi10 Max offers 10K MOI, making it very forgiving 
  • New infinity carbon crown covers 97% of the head for better weight distribution, meaning more forgiveness
  • Blue carbon twist face for straighter drives on mishits
  • New ledge design for better alignment 

CONS

  • Blue may not be for everyone 
Available from £529 from TaylorMade

It's no surprise that some of the best players in the world are using TaylorMade's new range of Qi10 drivers, but the models they have in play might come as a little bit of a shock. The Qi10 Max is not only in the bag of Nelly Korda but is also being played by Collin Morikawa and it's the most forgiving model in the range from TaylorMade. However, it just goes to show that even the best players in the world need more forgiveness from time to time. If they need it, then so do we! Having said that, we have three models in the range, the Qi10 LS for low spin, Qi10 for distance and forgiveness and the Qi10 Max for maximum forgiveness. 

The standouts visually in the Qi10 range is the new infinity crown and blue carbon face. The infinity crown is 97% carbon which looks so clean as it sits flush with the face. This has allowed weight to be moved to deliver the best MOI and stability possible in each model. In between the face and crown sits a white stripe which is there to help you with alignment. This is subtle and looks great behind the ball. The blue carbon twist face doesn't jump out at you like the red in previous generations, but still delivers impressive forgiveness and distance. Internally, there is a new ledge design that houses the face in a position that flexes on impact to help maintain and transfer energy for better speed off the face.

More forgiveness, great stability and distance and explosive speed. That certainly sounds good to us.

CLASSIC DESIGN!
Credit: Titleist
Titleist TSR2
Titleist TSR
This range of clubs provides longer, more consistent drives. What's not to like?

PROS

  • Faster aerodynamic head shapes for increased speed
  • Higher MOI makes it very forgiving on mishits
  • Variable Face Thickness makes for improved ball speed across the face

CONS

  • None that we can find
Available for £529 from Titleist

The Titleist TSR drivers are built on the learnings and the success of the TSi and TS drivers and are even faster, longer and straighter, which is why they are so popular on tour and with everyday golfers. 

The six year speed project has made the TSR range even more aerodynamic than previous models, offering faster club speed for more distance. The TSR range continues with the aerospace grade titanium face which delivers explosive speed with impressive distance. Did we mention these give us great distance off the tee?

The variable face thickness makes the sweet spots even bigger and the mishits even straighter and longer. The TSR3 is designed to be played by consistent ball strikers who want to have control, speed and distance. With the adjustable CG track, you can dial in the ball flight and make small adjustments to suit your preferred flight. The TSR2 is perfect for golfers of all levels and is going to appeal to the widest audience. With great levels of forgiveness and long distance, you have a great combination for straight and powerful drives. The TSR1 is ideal for the slower swing speeds. It's made with a lighter construction and will be perfect to generate faster speeds with ease. Finally, the TSR4 is a more compact shape with weight forward. This is aimed at players who want something that will reduce spin.

With offerings for golfers of all levels in the four head options, there is something for everyone here. I'm certainly a fan of the way these look and they perform great too.

Conclusion

Firstly, what I will say is that all these ranges feature brilliant drivers. The 10K MOI drivers in the TaylorMade Qi10 and Ping G430 ranges are excellent if you're looking for the most forgiveness possible this year. They are very different in looks, but both very forgiving. The one thing I did find was the TaylorMade Qi10 Max did want to turn over slightly more, so if you do struggle with a slice, that’s a great option. The Ping G430 did sit more square and overall didn’t turn over as much. It's certainly forgiving, but doesn't offer as much draw bias as the TaylorMade in my eye.

The Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke is a great offering, with the new Ai Smart Face and the lighter and stronger 360 carbon chassis. There's no more Jailbreak, as the new Ai Smart Face has mini sweets spots for mishits. It has a smokey finish which looks great, along with the carbon crown. Four head options are designed for the fastest to the slowest swing speeds and you can expect straighter and longer drives from each one, especially on those mishits with each model. The Titleist TSR drivers came out in early 2023 and they are still one of the most popular drivers on tour. With the aerodynamic shaping and aerospace grade face design, the ball speeds you'll see here are very impressive. Again, just like Callaway Ai Smoke range there are four models with a low-spinning compact head, low spinning with adjustability to control flight, the best of both with distance and forgiveness and one for the slowest swing speeds.  

In looks, all these drivers will appeal to different players. In feel there will be one you like over the other but with all these head options and choices there is the perfect driver for you in there.

On top of that with all the different tech options there are some amazing new designs that will give you straighter and longer drives. 

You can watch The Best Drivers of 2024 video in the player below, or over on the bunkered YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpWiNrS8_GU&t=51s

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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