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We’ve got the AI-designed drivers and we've got the battle of the 10K drivers, but what are the other brands shouting about this year? This Cobra Darkspeed vs PXG Black Ops vs Srixon ZX vs Wilson Dynapower will certainly help.

If you're looking for a bit of bang for your buck, let's take a closer look at the so-called "best of the rest". In this head-to-head, we have a four-way showdown with Cobra, PXG, Srixon, and Wilson all showcasing their new drivers.

So which one is for you? Let's take a closer look...

SPEED DEMON!
Credit: Cobra
Cobra Darkspeed image
Cobra Darkspeed
Golfers that want premium quality performance at a price that doesn’t break the bank. 

PROS

  • These look absolutely stunning 
  • Any golfer will benefit from these if they use the correct model 
  • Aerodynamic technology really helps with speed 
  • Forgiving, even in the low spin option 

CONS

  • Hard to find a fault 
Available from £425 from Cobra

Aerodynamics. That’s what it’s all about with the Cobra Darkspeed range. It certainly works in the driver.

I'm a big fan of the Cobra Darkspeed range. This year I didn’t think Aerojet could be topped but I couldn’t be more wrong. A lot of brands have gone with forgiveness as their big selling point this year but Cobra have stuck with speed and distance, and it definitely delivers on that front.

Not only does the range have three options but they’re packed with tech delivering that speed and distance. Now, surprisingly, these are faster and longer but they are also very forgiving as well. With refinements to PWR bridge weighting and the new aerodynamic shaping, weight has been saved to give you faster speeds.

The forgiveness is great on mishits with the H.O.T Face and the distance you'll get is really impressive. With three head options, the LS is low spinning, the X is easier to launch with more forgiveness and the Max is the most forgiving option with a draw bias to straighten out your ball flight. At the price point of £425 you get a lot more for your money here and if distance and speed is what you're chasing then you’ll want to try the Cobra Darkspeed drivers.

HIGH LAUNCHER!
Credit: PXG
PXG Black Ops image
PXG Black Ops
Players who want a driver focussed on high launch and low spin, that looks great, too. 

PROS

  • Stunning and clean looking design 
  • Very forgiving thanks to the AMF technology 
  • Highest launching driver from PXG which will benefit almost everyone 
  • Standard model head will appeal to a wide range of golfers thanks to the adjustability 

CONS

  • The Tour head isn't likely to appeal to many players 
Available for £549 from PXG

Known for their marketing, but this year, PXG are serious about performance. There’s still interesting marketing, though.
The new PXG Black Ops drivers surprised me. It’s easy to hit and it’s also very high launching but there is so much adjustability with these drivers.

Both drivers in the Black Ops range have three weight ports, which can be adjusted to increase MOI and make these super forgiving. They both have a variable face technology, so you get great speeds off the face and on off centre strikes. The carbon sole and crown is where they’ve been able to save weight and push more weight around the perimeter for higher MOI. With the adjustable weighting system, you can create a 10K MOI Black Ops head, if you really need to get that extra forgiveness.

The Black Ops and the Black Ops Tour 1 heads are great and I think most people will fit the standard option. But if you do have the faster speed and are looking for a lower spinning option, the then the Tour 1 will be great for you. 

ALL-ROUNDER!
Credit: Srixon
Srixon ZX5 MKII image
Srixon ZX5 MKII
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   
  • Three options to choose from in the range 

CONS

  • High MOI in the ZX5 but not as forgiving as other options  
Available for £429 from Srixon

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

There is three options to choose from, the ZX7 which is more compact in shape, The ZX5 LS which is the low-spinning option and the ZX5 which is the most forgiving out of the three. If, like me, you’re not a major champion and you want a forgiving driver, the ZX5 MKII driver could be the club 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.   

VALUE FOR MONEY!
Credit: Wilson
Wilson Dynapower  image
Wilson Dynapower
The best value-for-money option by some distance. 

PROS

  • Slight draw bias in Titanium option 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  
  • Low spinning option  

CONS

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

Wilson gets overlooked a lot of the time and if you are one of those people who turns their nose up at the name you're missing out. Not only has Wilson come to play they have two models in the Dynapower range, the Carbon and the Dynapower Titanium, one low spinning and the other their most forgiving.

Wilson are beginning to establish themselves as a key player in the golf club market and the Dynapower range is a large part of that. 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. Which gives you great speed and forgiveness across the face all for under £400. 

A club that features a clean design in both models, this driver will appeal to golfers of all abilities that are price-conscious, while still wanting great performance. 

Cobra Darkspeed vs PXG Black Ops vs Srixon ZX vs Wilson Dynapower Conclusion

There are some great drivers flying under the radar here, all of which are a great option.

If you are looking for something that won't break the bank, then you can narrow this down to the options from Cobra and Wilson. The Dynapower is particularly impressive given its price tag, but if you want to add speed and distance to the mix, the Darkspeed is going to impress a lot of people in 2024.

If forgiveness is something you need in your driver, then PXG have added the ability to adjust the weight and deliver a very high MOI head in the Black Ops, but there a number forgiving options across the four brands that are worth giving a try.

If you want a good old-fashioned all-rounder, the Srixon ZX5 is a real underdog that I would certainly recommend adding to your to-try list, while all four drivers offer a low-spin option. 

So many from which to choose, but definitely a couple that will stand out for you.

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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