The Driver has become one of the most focussed clubs in the bag. For whatever reason, it is the one club that people most often want to hit well. This is likely due to the huge endorphin rush when you smash a huge drive straight down the middle of the fairway.
If you’re anything like me, once you smash that great drive, you get overly confident, and smash your next 5 drives into the bushes and scream “FORE RIGHT!” at the top of your lungs. Oh, only me? Never mind, let’s move on.
Interestingly, I spoke to my golf instructor recently who told me that when he was a young boy and being taught golf by his instructor, he wasn’t allowed a driver. He was told that until he got below a 10 handicap with his irons only, he wasn’t able to use it.
This is the complete opposite case these days. I would argue that the driver is the first club into most people’s bags, and the most prized club most often. I think for me, this is because I grew up at the driving ranges. You weren’t hitting wedges when at the driving range, were you? It is kind of in the name…
Anyway, storytime is over, let’s discuss some budget drivers!
Brand New drivers these days are lucky to be had for less than £400 – the market has gone crazy! They give the excuse of all the new technology they’ve put into the new club this year, but in reality if you watch comparison videos, there’s often very little difference in it. A professional golfer may be able to squeeze an extra few yards out of it on a good day. But, they’re pro golfers. If they can only squeeze a little bit of extra juice out of the clubs, what hope do you have?
This is why I always recommend going used, as most of the time, there is a law of diminishing returns applied to golf clubs and their soaring cost.
So, without further delay, let’s talk about the BEST Driver Under £200.
Top 5 Drivers Under £200
1. RAM Golf Laser (Anti-Slice Technology)
The key selling point of the RAM isn’t that it hits absolute bombs for miles, but that it consistently hits straight shots. This driver is perfect for those of us who struggle with a slice on our drives. There is an off-set weighting in the clubhead which is designed to control the direction of the club face and veer you away from a potential slice.
I personally struggle with the ocassional slice, and the RAM club definitely helped me reduce the significance of these off-hits. I wouldn’t say the club is dead straight every single time, but it definitely stops you from hitting those ball losing slices, and turns it more into a slight fade. But that’s the key to the technology in these clubs. The marketing is obviously going to tell you that it will hit everything straight every time. However, if you limit your expectations to something reasonable, then you’ll be amazed at what this driver can do!
I’ve spoken about RAM in length before. I personally think they’re one of the better brands for the low budget. I just wish they’d change their branding and spend a bit more time on the ‘look’ of their clubs. However, this is also personal preference, and you may not care what your club looks like, as long as it does the job! Either way, you definitely won’t go wrong with the RAM Golf Laser!
2. Mazel Titanium Zu35
I am very much someone who cares about how their golf clubs look. There are also people who don’t care at all. As I said above in my breakdown of the RAM driver, I’m not the biggest fan of its appearance. However, the Mazel offers a lot of what the RAM driver has, but with much more time spent on the look of the club!
The sound of the Mazel is a little bit tinny to my ears, but the results of the shots are very impressive regardless. You can’t really complain about the noise a driver makes when it is at this price, with this performance. I put it side-by-side against my current driver (Callaway Epic Flash) and I was in and around the same distance, and same consistency. I would say the Mazel even has a slightly more appealing ball flight than my Callaway!
3. Cobra F7 +
I didn’t know until recently that Cobra clubs are made by Puma. You learn something new every day!
- MULTI-MATERIAL CARBON FIBRE CROWN: TeXtreme Carbon Fibre yields a 20% lighter crown allowing for more weight to be redistributed lower and deeper into the club head for extreme distance and forgivenes.
- FORGED Ti 8-11 E9 ZONE FACE: Re-engineered 8-1-1 Titanium structure removes weight from key areas of the face and hosel area to increase size and speed of the SweetZone.
- 3 DISCRETE CG POSITIONS: Three different CG settings in the front, back and heel positions result in three very different ball flights to help you tune your optimum distance and trajectory.
- MYFLY8 WITH SMARTPAD: Eight easily adjustable loft settings to manage trajectory and fine tune launch conditions.
- Each club can be set to the following Loft settings: 8.0* / 8.5* / 8.5 Draw / 9.5° / 9.5° Draw / 10.5° / 10.5° Draw / 11.0°.
4. Mizuno JPX900
- The new JPX900 uses Mizuno’s best design ideas to send the ball faster and further than ever before.
- It’s built to give the user consistently high ball speeds, that don’t drop off on miss-hits.
- The JPX900’s shallower profile looks easy to hit, sending all the right messages and inspiring confidence at address.
- The JPX900 is Mizuno’s most adaptable driver ever with the ability to create the spin rates and launch angle best suited to your ball speed.
5. Callaway XR 16
- Callaway worked with the aerodynamics experts at Boeing to reach a completely new threshold of club speed for more distance.
- The XR 16 driver is extremely forgiving thanks to a larger shape for higher MOI, a bigger footprint, and a Centre of Gravity that’s lower and deeper.
- Next generation R-MOTO Face Technology leads to more speed at every impact location, which adds more distance for all golfers.