Driver technology has gone from one thing to a whole other level all because of brands like TaylorMade. And this is no new information! In the prime of my golfing life, TaylorMade had already made it to the top with its market-leading equipment, specifically golf drivers. And many Tour-level players still continue to make TaylorMade’s presence felt ALL THE TIME.
Team TaylorMade includes Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Maria Fassi, Sierra Brooks, Matthew Wolff, Charley Hull, Rory McIlroy, and more.
At the same time, you simply cannot accuse the brand of only crafting golf drivers that cater to the needs and demands of just pros. The brand has some very interesting offerings for average and below-average golfers too.
But with such a broad range of collection, how to separate the wheat from the chaff is something that might be tricky. Although the chaff here is not the bad stuff for sure. What I’m trying to say is that how do you decide which TaylorMade drivers are for beginners and which for more experienced players? Time to find out below!
10 TaylorMade Golf Drivers Built for Success
1. TaylorMade M6 Driver
The straightforward setup of TaylorMade M6 will be the most appealing to you if you’re a high-handicap golfer. It’s obviously equipped with the brand’s exclusive Speed Injected Twist Face with a very large, very forgiving sweet spot.
Even with the Hammerhead 2.0 technology, high handicappers can save AND boost ball speed each time a mis-hit stands in the way. Distance-boosting Speed Pocket, yet another exclusive TaylorMade innovation, is also present as proof that you don’t necessarily need to be a high-handicap player to find more fairways.
- Speed Injected, means max. ball speed + distance
- Clubface curvature gets the ball to travel straighter
- Aerodynamic head shape also produces more ball speed
- Hammerhead flexibility corrects off-center shots
- Heavy clubhead, light shaft – not well-balanced
2. TaylorMade SIM MAX Driver
SIM MAX, with its phenomenal Twist Face and multi-material construction, is more inclined to gratify a mid-handicap golfer. As the former (corrective face curvature) produces straighter shots with minimized side spin, the latter (multi-material: titanium, steel, and carbon) forms a clubhead with ultra-low center of gravity.
When there’s room for both playability and forgiveness, which is what you get with TaylorMade SIM MAX, you can rid yourself of concerns with regards to distance, ball speed, trajectory, and spin.
There’s the Inertia Generator as well that also contributes greatly as far as hitting more consistently and straighter is concerned, without drastically changing your arm or hand positioning.
- Faster ball speed with Speed Injected Twist Face
- Multi-material design lowers CG to increase launch
- 2-degree loft adjustability corrects trajectory
- Even though oversized head, very easy to swing
- No major complaints
3. TaylorMade M4 Driver
The thing that unlocks premium performance on the golf course, more specifically your long game performance, is premium golf gear (more specifically, a premium golf driver like TaylorMade M4). This driver, even though an exceptional choice (many Major winners of 2018 agree), does not have a “premium” price tag, which is superb.
TaylorMade M series drivers are very similar in terms of technology and design in more ways than you can imagine. Just like M6, M4 also has a Speed Injected Twist Face, Hammerhead slot, and Speed Pocket – all for straighter, longer drives more consistently.
You can say that TaylorMade M4 has the added advantage since it’s also got Geocoustic shaping. This includes a decreased sole volume that makes the clubface a lot more forgiving than M6. Also, this shaping is best for producing that perfect solid, explosive sound at impact.
- Twist Face rewards even mis-hits with straight, long driving distance
- Multi-material construction gives you a higher launch
- Speed Pocket for greater shot shaping abilities
- Geocoustic sole shape optimizes feel and sound
- Grip may not be its best feature
- Stiff shaft is less stiff and more flexible
4. TaylorMade Golf M2 Driver
TaylorMade M2 has survived the ordeal these past few years to surely stand out as the brand’s most reliable golf driver. And based on what I’ve witnessed myself as a Tour player is that the reason behind M2’s continuous success is the very engineering of the club.
With M2, you get all the muscle you need when on that tee box. But it’s the deeper CG placement that makes an impact in that it literally elevates your every drive while, at the same time, also bringing down the spin rate so you don’t end up slicing the golf ball.
So if you’re an avid, serious golfer, this is the TaylorMade driver you should be getting. And even more enticing is the current price of M2 – definitely worth the expense!
If you’re already familiar with the TaylorMade M series, like I am, then you might know that M2 is actually a benchmark against which all TaylorMade M drivers are measured. So it’s WAY better in terms of forgiveness, distance, and even shot dispersion.
- Speed Pocket makes the driver extremely forgiving
- Low, deep CG + aerodynamics produce low spin/high launch
- Adjustable loft sleeve lets you modify launch angle
- Crisp, solid, HOT sound at impact
- Making adjustments is not that easy
- Very, very lightweight like you’re swinging/holding nothing
5. TaylorMade SIM 2 MAX Driver
TaylorMade SIM 2 MAX rips like you’ve never experienced anything before! The forgiveness, distance, and overall performance of this golf club justify the high price. Gaining 15-20 yards off the tee just like that is even more impressive when you don’t find the sweet spot.
Compared to SIM MAX, SIM 2 MAX is a better, more advanced golf driver. The latter features Split Mass Weighting that is very thoughtfully added to max out forgiveness. So if SIM MAX is a more fitting choice for mid-handicap golfers, SIM 2 MAX would do better in a high handicapper’s golf bag.
With TaylorMade SIM 2 MAX, you can attack the golf ball more easily. And then see that ball rocket off the clubface. This is partly due to the brand’s exclusive Inertia Generator that consists of aerodynamic, advanced shaping for increasing ball speed. Even Speed Pocket does that, as you may already know by now.
- Corrective face curvature straightens out mis-hits
- Speed Pocket for longer distance and roll
- Easier to hit, thanks to lightweight aluminum forging
- Very forgiving driver with Split Mass Weighting
- None whatsoever
6. TaylorMade Golf M5 Driver
TaylorMade M5 is all-equipped with some of the best golf driver technologies, Speed Injected clubhead for distance gains, Twist Face for mis-hit correction, Hammerhead slot for a more generous sweet spot. M5 is also supplied with Inverse T-Track.
Inverse T-Track is actually two sets of 10-gram weights that you can adjust based on your swing speed and/or handicap for getting your drives to travel straighter with less side spin.
TaylorMade M5, by every standard, is a highly advanced golf club. Not only do you get way more forgiveness with this one but there’s also more room for customization. And you don’t have to worry about the extra ball speed being illegal. The inclusion of tuning resin in the clubhead of M5 ensures the preservation of the legal ball speed limit.
- Speed Pocket technology improves ball speed and flight
- Controlled launch and spin with Twist Face and Inverse T-Track
- Larger sweet spot keeps off-center shots out of the way
- Clubhead is heavy, so it needs a faster swing speed
7. TaylorMade Men’s AeroBurner Black Driver
User-friendly and budget-friendly – these two qualities are what set the AeroBurner apart from the other TaylorMade golf drivers. Despite the accessibility and affordability, TaylorMade AeroBurner Black Driver brings to the table great playability.
The sweet spot with its extra-large surface and oversized clubhead with its aerodynamics allow you to glide the club through the air the most easily with the least amount of drag.
TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket cavity makes an appearance here as well to make sure that ball speed is nothing but in your favor even for the times when you miss the dead-center. It also keeps a check on the spin, by reducing it of course.
But there is that desire of wanting more you’re left with in the case of TaylorMade AeroBurner. However, considering how inexpensive this golf driver is, I think most would let that pass.
- The best entry-level, easiest to use driver
- Extra-large, extra-forgiving sweet spot with Speed Pocket
- Easy alignment and lightweight shaft
- Lacks TaylorMade technologies
- No loft adjustments either
8. TaylorMade M3 Driver
Quite a popular choice among PGA Tour players at one point, TaylorMade M3 is a highly praised driver because it too is a part of the brand’s revolutionized M series of golf drivers. And I use the word revolutionized mainly for the Speed Injected Twist Face. By far, this common technology/feature across almost all TaylorMade drivers here has been a complete game-changer.
With the corrective clubface angle, your off-center shots feel less punished. And that translates into straighter, longer drives with less side spin. For more consistency in spin, you get a higher loft in high-toe and lower loft in low-heel.
Split weighting is included too, which also makes TaylorMade M3 a highly forgiving driver. And when the clubface is as flexible and lightweight as is the case with M3, your misses are certainly going to have not only more distance but also the capacity to hold the line a lot better as well.
- Mis-hit correction with Twist Face
- Split weighting adds a ton of forgiveness
- More ball speed without excessive spin
- Easy setup, thanks to adjustable weights
- Not the best, most solid sound at impact
9. TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Black Driver
I have been testing drivers for some years now, so I know what an expensive price tag is. When golf drivers cost over $500, they become pretty much not applicable items for a beginner who normally doesn’t want to spend so much yet prioritizes very forgiving long-distance performance. That’s when you talk about TaylorMade RBZ.
The RBZ Black Driver by TaylorMade is great for beginners and high handicappers because of its oversized, forged 460cc clubhead (for both distance and durability). It’s also the adjustable hosel that makes this golf driver perfect for slow swingers. The loft sleeve adjustability, after all, allows you to optimize/control trajectory and launch conditions.
Even the super-lightweight titanium core, with its strategically positioned mass, gives you trajectory control and higher launch. And what beginners don’t want that!
- Lightweight shaft whips through easily
- Adjustable loft means you can adjust launch and spin
- Low-spin, high-launch Speed Pocket for more distance
- Cheaply designed headcover
- Chiefly made for only casual/beginner golfers
10. TaylorMade Golf Original One Mini Driver
TaylorMade’s Original One Mini Driver, launched in 2019 to celebrate TaylorMade’s 40th anniversary, utilizes the company’s most influential golf driver technologies. So that would be Speed Pocket but with a whole new level of forgiveness, speed, and aesthetics never witnessed before.
One Mini Driver is also about a phenomenal triple-material construction (titanium body, steel sole plate, carbon composite crown) for keeping the CG location super-low to maximize both playability and distance.
Loft sleeve adjustability, Twist Face, and Inverted Cone technology – all are put in place for generating just the ball speed (even when shots struck off-center), straight distance, high launch, and low spin you need to come off as a good player.
Much like all other TaylorMade golf drivers, even One Mini is catered to meet the demands of all kinds of golfers. You get fairway-wood-like control and accuracy but with way more forgiveness and distance of course. And this is not just for slow swingers but also those with a faster swing speed because of the medium clubface depth combined with ultra-low CG, which yields extreme playability and distance.
- Longest metal wood with more playability
- Straighter drives hit due to Twist Face technology
- Extra flexibility of Speed Pocket adds extra distance
- Loft adjustability and highly responsive shaft
- Not the easiest to hit if you’re a beginner
Choosing TaylorMade Drivers – Why TaylorMade?
TaylorMade golf drivers have unveiled superior features based on meticulous analytics to solve all common driving problems of beginners and advanced-level golfers. This includes reducing mis-hits, gaining distance, and keeping spin low and controlled.
The most convincing, authentic quality of TM drivers is their cutting-edge technology that stays in its original, advanced condition for a very, very long time. Every new TaylorMade golf driver presents an extraordinary opportunity to increase your distance potential by increasing your swing speed.
These drivers are also built to be highly forgiving, which is simply the most perfect thing in the world if you often find yourself struggling with slicing the ball. With TaylorMade adjustability, on top of forgiveness, off-center doesn’t feel it’s going to be penalized.
Another thing I’ve found to be quite fascinating with TaylorMade – their focus on making sure that premium TaylorMade golf clubs perform at that high or superior level for many years to come. And there are enough affordable choices too that also last for many, many rounds of golf.
But that’s not all; TaylorMade drivers also are attractive to look at. They have eye-catching visuals that look just as well as the golf clubs perform. Even if what you want is a more personalized design with customizable features and advanced technologies, TaylorMade drivers are just for you, regardless of your skill level.
What to Look for In TaylorMade Golf Drivers
How It Affects Distance
TaylorMade golf drivers stand out for their amazing distance and forgiveness features. It’s the multi-layered construction of top-performing drivers that gives you a longer, more defined trajectory after impact.
In fact, some of the TM drivers also feature moveable weights to add a few extra yards of distance without losing stability. This weight distribution is of big help to golfers (mostly beginners and senior players) who need a bit more assistance in controlling the ball flight along with exaggerating distance.
The important thing to remember is that not every golfer will have the same distance. Understanding your “yardages” is one way to determine the right golf driver for you. Are you a long hitter or a short hitter? You can compare your yardages to other players, so you can easily list down your personal golf club needs.
The average distance for a pro-level golfer is 230 yards to 320 yards. While beginners, less experienced players, and even recreational golfers hit anywhere from 195 yards to 205 yards with a high-quality golf driver.
TaylorMade golf drivers are strategically designed to increase your distance by 10 to 20 yards easily. They also control and optimize ball speed with accurate weight control from front to rear. And this not only increases your distance but it also makes the ball’s trajectory more consistent and forgiving with high-MOI results.
How It Boosts Forgiveness
‘Forgiveness’ in golf refers to the overall design of the golf club. When a driver has more give, it means the club makes contact with the golf ball more accurately without mis-hitting or mis-calculating your swing.
A TaylorMade golf driver is more forgiving by default simply because it has a sturdy, solid construction. It increases the power of slow swing speeds for high handicappers so that the ball goes farther and also transforms into a straighter shot.
For a beginner, poor contact with the ball and an inaccurate swing are common mistakes. But with TaylorMade, you can realistically and immediately correct those with the help of specific forgiveness-enhancing features that TaylorMade incorporates – lower center of gravity, larger sweet spot, more flexible clubface, aerodynamic shaping, and reduced sole volume (just to name a few!).
It’s commonly known that even high handicappers require more forgiveness in a golf driver than mid to low handicappers. That is because their slow swing speed is unable to generate the power needed to hit straighter and farther.
There are also very forgiving TM drivers for fast swing speeds, which appeal more to experienced players for stabilizing contact with the ball.
But wait… I’d like to clear a common misconception about golf driver forgiveness…
It Doesn’t Automatically Make You A Better Golfer!
Even the most forgiving driver designed by TaylorMade cannot permanently correct your swing. It improves upon it!
Forgiveness boosts ball impact to lessen the number of mis-hits you take. It reduces the severity of slices, perfects how the ball makes contact with the clubhead, and lastly, it raises the ball higher for gaining more speed and distance. So perfecting your swing speed and stance is equally important.
How It Improves Feel & Response
Determining the feel and response of a golf driver is an important step because that influences not only your handling of the equipment but also impacts the distance, consistency, and sound of the shot.
One way to evaluate the right feel and response of the shot is by sound. The noise level of the clubhead when striking the ball determines how powerful the shot is.
Behind the superior construction of a TaylorMade driver, you have multiple design elements that influence feel and response. Such as weight distribution between the toe and heel and the size of the “sweet spot.”
In TM drivers that have a bigger sweet spot, the MOI is higher. And this translates into a much more forgiving feel and response at impact. This also makes the ball go straighter and longer consistently.
A lower CG placement is contributive to a good shot as well. But a lower center of gravity with a relatively smaller sweet spot is better suited for players with a faster swing speed as it reduces twisting on impact.
And if you’re yet undecided about your place between these two options, you can keep it simple and just go for the adjustable drivers of TaylorMade. These allow you to slide or move the weight around to adjust the center of gravity based on your swing speed and/or handicap.
Testing Adjustability to Improve Accuracy
It’s time to re-think your loft angle based on your swing speed. Unfortunately, this is one of the brutal truths that nobody ever tells you and that you eventually learn on your own.
If you’re failing at hitting straight or missing shots more than anticipated, it’s probably because your loft angle is incorrect. Thankfully, some TaylorMade drivers come with adjustable loft angles, known as a loft sleeve. You can easily adjust the loft angle along with the lie and face angle of the driver.
Always remember, increasing the loft angle elevates ball flight for beginners and high handicappers. While decreasing the loft angle elevates the ball flight for fast swingers and advanced players.
Adjusting the loft angle is like tweaking how much power you want the driver to generate at impact. With loft adjustment, you can gain anywhere from 7 yards to 15 yards compared to a neutral loft angle.
Beginners or slow swingers (under 90 mph) require a loft angle adjustment from 8.5 degrees to 16 degrees. While Tour-level or professional golfers (110-130 mph or higher) use drivers with a loft angle between 4 degrees and 7.5 degrees.
Adjusting the lie angle of a driver can reduce the slicing effect of the ball. A FLAT lie angle (when the club is pointed toward the heel) results in you slicing your shot. Conversely, when the lie angle is TOO UPRIGHT, it can produce the infamous hook.
So to determine a good lie angle, flat or upright, first find out what’s going wrong with your shot. If the golf ball is curving too severely to the right, the lie angle is too flat and needs to be adjusted higher.
Adjusting the lie angle 1-1.5 degrees at a time is easy and quick. An adjustable hosel adapter will help you do that the most conveniently. One last thing – the standard lie angle measurement is between 56 degrees and 60 degrees.
With TaylorMade, you don’t have to adjust the face angle because all of their golf drivers feature the revolutionary Twist Face technology. In layman terms, this is a corrective clubface angle within a new face curvature that underplays your frequent tendency of mis-hitting the golf ball.
The corrective face angle combines with the larger face area to make sure your drives are longer and straighter than ever before.
TaylorMade Golf Drivers – FAQs
What Is the #1 TaylorMade Driver?
TaylorMade M6 is one that stands out in terms of ball speed and distance. Its Speed Injected head, revolutionary Twist Face, flexible Hammerhead slot, and aerodynamic shaping all combine to make every golfer a very long, consistent hitter.
What Is the Best TaylorMade Driver for An Average Golfer?
I don’t think I would ever hesitate to designate TaylorMade SIM MAX as the best TM driver for average and mid-handicap players. Because with this one, distance gains AND extreme playability are a part of the deal. Distance through the corrective face curvature and playability through the ultra-low CG created by the multi-material construction.
What Is the Best TaylorMade Driver for Seniors?
There are plenty of very sound reasons why TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver, to me, seems like the perfect choice for senior golfers. Its technologically advanced, sleek design creates such an easy setup and even loft adjustment that even if you have half a golfing brain, you’re most likely to not complain.
TaylorMade RBZ is exceptionally lightweight, which works the best for the slow swing speed of seniors. And while it boosts distance even on off-center shots, overall power or accuracy doesn’t get sacked (no matter your swing speed, handicap, or skills).
What TaylorMade Driver Is the Most Forgiving?
When you want your golf driver to be less severe and more lenient toward your drives that are not struck in the sweet spot, then choose TaylorMade SIM 2 MAX Driver and nothing else. So even when mis-hits are produced, you still end up gaining at least 15 to 20 yards.
What TaylorMade Driver Is the Best for Beginners?
TaylorMade RBZ, with its oversized clubhead, adjustable loft, and ultra-light titanium core, is the most beginner-friendly TaylorMade driver. In fact, it ranks among top-rated golf drivers for beginners just because of its on-point performance and the fact that the club’s price point cannot be beaten.
What Is the Longest TaylorMade Driver?
I did not take time to realize just how extremely LONG and also extremely forgiving TaylorMade SIM 2 MAX Driver is. You can be aggressive with your drives and still witness your shots rocketing off the Speed Injected clubface.
What Is the Best TaylorMade Driver for the Past 5 Years?
Based on TaylorMade driver by year, it’s the TaylorMade M3 Driver that, on my platforms, ranks as the best golf driver ever manufactured. Because it’s a unique model in that it combines both distance boost and high-launch workability (even in windy weather). There’s higher loft in the high-toe and lower loft in the low-heel precisely to generate more consistent spin.
TaylorMade makes it a lot easier to hit straight and consistently. There are plenty of reasons to pursue the superior technology of TaylorMade’s cutting-edge design.
For an amateur golfer, adjustability is one of the top priorities. If you don’t have a proper grip on the loft, lie, and face angle, things can go south fairly quickly. So with TaylorMade, you do get more optimization, which is incredible news if you do not have a faster swing speed to maximize your distance.
If you’re open-minded with your choice of drivers and like to experiment with different models, TaylorMade drivers address all common concerns. The dynamics of TM drivers also resolve any misconception you might have had before about how open/close driver clubfaces should be for the perfect shot and how much loft angle is required to hit straight and far.