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What's The
Best Golf Driver For Beginners & High Handicappers?
Reviews & Buyer's Guide

Welcome to my best golf driver for beginners or high handicappers review...

Beginners and high handicap golfers need 2 things from their driver:

  1. Help getting the ball in the air
  2. TONS of forgiveness 

No more...No less

I'm a 10.8 handicap (low mid-handicap) now and a streaky driver at best. So, I identify with these needs. 

And as a long-suffering golf addict, I know how sucky it is to be a poor driver of the golf ball.

I went on about a 5-year run where I did not hit the driver even once! It was no use. I just settled for using a 3-wood off the tee.


The saints at Taylormade came out with the R7 460 driver…My life changed…at least on the tee box

taylormade r7 460 bottom of club head



taylormade r7 460 front view


I am Constantly testing drivers for Golfer Geeks and I've come up with the my current top 5 for the Beginner or High handicap golfer.

Not all of these are the latest model because that doesn't guarantee you a spot on my list.

***I am a small business and I support small business so, when possible, I link directly to the manufacturer to support them directly. 

In most cases, the cost difference will be non-existent or small.

Recommended Products

Key Features


Callaway Mavrik

- Believe the Hype

- Best sound and feel of them All

- Great forgivness

- Adjust easily w/ optifit hosel

- All day Long

Best of 2020

Taylormade M6 Driver

- Very forgiving and long

- Beautiful club

- Adjusts Very Easily

Gold Medal Winner

Callaway Rogue

- Very Forgiving

- Gets the ball up easily

- Adjust easily to keep your ball in play

- Now cheaper than ever

Our Prior Champ

Ping G400


- Classic Ping Forgiveness

- Elevate the ball easily

- Length for days

Classic Ping

Ping G400 SFT

G400 SFT

- Best club for the pure  Slicer

- Gets the ball up easily 

- Loads of distance

Best Medicine for your Slice

1. Callaway Mavrik

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Best driver for beginners or high handicappers I've tested... Not even close

Easy...easy...easy to keep in play and max out your length. 

If you're going to invest in a driver, this is the one. You, Literally...can stop looking. 

  • Looks: MUCH better looking in person. Black w/ orange accents and white writing.
    I really, really didn't expect to like this color combo at all, but I gotta say...I do. Callaway pulled it off nicely.
  • Feel/Sound: Best I've tested...period. Succinct sound with zero reverberation. Extreme solid feel
    Not sure what I was expecting, but the ball stood no chance with the Mavrik. I mean, what a solid sound and what fun watching the ball disappear.
  • Shaping: This club can do it. But, you should NOT be worrying about this at this stage.
  • Forgiveness: Game changer. Very easy to tune this one in with the intuitive optifit hosel...which is exactly what I did to start pureing drives dead center. I find it to be straiter than my current driver. 
    • To be clear, I was not swinging well and was still able to get good distance and hit the basically where I was aiming. 
  • Distance: Long and strong
    Every bit as long as my Taylormade M1 and no-doubt longer. Hit it solid or close to solid and you Will be out there.

Still not convinced? Read my full Callaway Mavrik Driver review

An amazing 98% of people who bought the Mavrik recommend it. 

  • Great sound and feel
  • Very Forgiving: Dial in fairways easily with optifit hosel
  • All Day Long
  • Callaway now offering 0% financing
  • Free shipping and returns
  • Medium size car payment...but so is every other driver in this class

2. Taylormade M6 Driver

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The Taylormade M6 driver is an excellent club packed with tons of forgiveness and distance the beginner or high handicap golfer needs. 

Adjusting it to fit your swing is easy peasy with patented Taylormade loft sleeve.

  • Looks: The red accents look great. The sole is growing on me...
  • Feel/Sound: Nice solid feel and sound at impact. The face feels spring-like as the ball launches. 
  • Forgiveness: You gotta swing pretty bad to send your ball into unplayable spots with the M6 
  • Shaping: You can do it all with the M6. I'm living off baby fades these days.
  • Distance: Mauler. Just plane long. All you need and more

New Tech: A.K.A. Why its such a good driver

  • Speed Injected: A tuning resin is injected in the head to maximize COR across the entire face to maximize Speed and Distance
  • Inertia Generator: 46 grams of weight are positioned low and to the rear of the head for max forgiveness
  • Hammerhead 2.0: the hammerhead slot is more flexible to work better with speed injection technology
  • TONS of forgiveness for the higher handicapper
  • Long–>ball go far
  • Larger profile for added confidence
  • Nothing. Taylormade did it again

3. Callaway Mavrik Max

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callaway rogue

Recommended For

Any beginner golfer or high handicap golfer looking for Max Forgiveness

Our Take: This Callaway Rogue features some serious technological enhancements that trickle into performance. Increased forgiveness makes it a great choice for the beginner or high handicapper. Not as adjustable as some on the market

Specifications: Loft options- 9, 10.5 or 13.5 – Shaft Options- Stock graphite shafts are from Aldila. Near-endless customization options with a fat little upcharge of $150 and up.

Key Technologies: Jailbreak with X-Face and VFT gets you a higher COR across the whole club face which results in increased ball speed and distance. The Triaxial Carbon Crown saves weight, keeping things light and forgiving. Finally, the Boeing Speed Step improves your swing speed with improved aerodynamics.

  • Super lightweight for faster swing speeds and more distance
  • Super forgiving
  • Callaway quality
  • Priced lower than ever
  • Nothing

4. Ping G400

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Ping G400

Recommended For: Golfers looking for a good blend of forgiveness and a little performance

Our Take: Lively face will help increase your ball speed and distance off the tee. You will launch your drives higher and straighter without perfect contact.

Specifications: Standard version offers 10.5° or 9° loft with Ping Alta CB55, Flex options, Aldila X-Torsion Copper, Ping Tour 65 and 75, option between Mitusbishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi or Project X HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Key Technologies: There’s a forged T9S+ face to increase speed and flex, a high MOI that offers great forgiveness on hits off-center, high-density backweight, Dragonfly Technology for weight savings and a thin crown, Vortex Technology and turbulators for better aerodynamics and a bit less drag.

  • Keeps your ball playable thanks to added forgiveness on off-center hits
  • Hit the ball higher with less effort
  • Lighter weight helps you swing faster and hit it longer
  • Forgiving, but not the most forgiving Ping G400 

5. Ping G400 SFT

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Ping G400 SFT

Recommended For: Targets both mid-and high-handicappers who find themselves regularly fighting banana balls from the tee box.

Our Take: The purest slice-fighter of the Ping G400 bunch thanks to the tungsten weight in the heel, which promotes releasing of the toe. Many people find straighter shots and more accuracy with it.

Specifications: Similar to the other two drivers from Ping in this review. The SFT has high-density back weight for a deeper center of gravity. It also has T9S+ face to improve speed and flex. High MOI and off-center forgiveness are also key, along with Dragonfly Technology making the crown thinner and lighter. Finally, Vortec Technology keeps the drag light and aerodynamics efficient

Key Technologies: There’s a forged T9S+ face to increase speed and flex, a high MOI that offers great forgiveness on hits off-center, high-density backweight, Dragonfly Technology for weight savings and a thin crown, Vortex Technology and turbulators for better aerodynamics and a bit less drag

  • Extra slice-prevention measures even above and beyond its Very forgiving G400 siblings 
  • Same great features as other Ping G400 models
  • Nothing if you need a slice-buster

How To Choose The Best Driver For Me

There’s one performance characteristic beginners and high handicappers should place as their top priority when choosing their best driver…Forgiveness

  • Not distance
  • Not shaping shots
  • Not trajectory (though this plays a part in forgiveness)

Golf is a miserable game if you are constantly hitting from the junk or re-teeing because of lost balls. Even the MOST forgiving driver won’t prevent this for you 100%, but there is help out there. Why not take advantage of it?

Even the best players are looking for some measure of forgiveness. I’m more of a low-handicap and I still play plenty from the junk and lose more balls from the tee than I’d like. Forgiveness is definitely a factor when I’m selecting a driver. 

Which Brand of Driver Should I Choose?

All the major brands produce excellent drivers for every handicap level these days. Titleist used to be the exception but they’ve been producing game-improvement equipment for a few years now.

I personally trust the major brands such as Taylormade, Callaway, Titleist, Ping, etc. They all have a long-established track record of quality clubs.

I played Callaway for years and I’m now playing Taylormade. I could easily choose another brand and be fine. All comes down to preference in the end.

What is the best loft for me?

More loft (10,11,12 degrees) equals more forgiveness and with the modern driver design, it also equals more distance- up to a point.

Increased loft leads to increased backspin and decreased sidespin. Of course, increased loft also means getting the ball airborne easier.

How To Pick The Best Shaft For Your Driver

In general…

Most beginners and high-handicappers have slower swing speeds, so should be looking for a little more flex.

There’s no governing body that monitors the accuracy of the stated flex on a given shaft, so here’s where a little testing will help.

With time and testing, you’ll learn the equipment of the different manufacturers and you will get a sense of what works for you.

**In my review of mid-handicap drivers I give a little better treatment of swing-speed and shaft options.

  • A weaker flex shaft will favor slower swing speeds 
  • A stiffer flex shaft will favor faster swing speeds

This is a very basic and general guide to shaft selection, but I think this is more than adequate for the beginner or high handicap golfer. 

When it comes to shaft flex, there is no industry standard and manufacturers can label their shafts whatever flex they want.

Should I Get A Professional Fitting?

The vast, vast, vast majority of recreational golfers do NOT get a professional fitting…and enjoy the game just fine.

Here are my thoughts: Not gospel, by any means and feel free to disagree.

  • TRUE BEGINNER: DO NOT get fit for clubs. DO get lessons–>Buy something with a regular shaft off the rack. You have no idea what you are doing in your golf swing and the swing you have now is not the swing you want to get fit for.
  • HIGH HANDICAPPER (Been playing for a couple or few years and want to get a lot better): Get Lessons 1st!
  • HIGH HANDICAPPER (Been playing for a while and just looking for a little help and more enjoyment from playing): Don't get fit.

I’m competitive and always looking to improve, so I got fit for my driver and my irons years ago. 

Bottom Line: What are your goals and how serious are you about playing better golf? Let that be your guide.

The Best Driver for Beginners or High Handicappers is...

The Callaway Mavrik is the best driver for beginners and high handicappers and is our #1 Choice...buy a long shot.

The longest and straightest driver Golfer Geeks has tested...Period.  


Our #1 Recommendation

Callaway Mavrik Driver

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