By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update August 1, 2022

Best Drivers For Mid Handicappers & Intermediate Players in 2022

Taylormade Stealth & SIM2 Drivers

Thanks for checking out Golfer Geeks' review of the best drivers for mid handicappers & average players. Updated for 2022.

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 7 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

I've played and practiced with every driver on this list and I would put any of them in play tomorrow - they wouldn't be on this page otherwise.  

ALL these drivers are Neck & Neck with each other. Much of this will come down to your personal preferences, not performance. 

DO NOT sleep on last year's models. Though you may have issues getting your preferred specs or with customization. 

In this review of the best drivers for mid handicap & intermediate golfers we discuss, benefits and features of each, our recommendations, and we share any discounts we've scared up.  

Our #1 Recommendation for 2022: The Taylormade Stealth Driver

Best Driver of 2022
TaylorMade Stealth Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Stellar Feel & Sound
  • Tons of Forgiveness & Distance
  • Looks great behind the ball
Cons:
  • Pricey
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Rest of the Best Mid Handicap Drivers (Updated for 2022)

  1. Cobra LTDx (1st Runner Up) 
  2. Callaway Rogue ST Max D (Best Draw/Anti-Slice Driver)
  3. Ping G425 Max (Most Forgiving)
  4. Callaway Rogue ST Max (Best Looking Driver of 2022)
  5. Taylormade SIM2 (Best of 2021)
  6. Cobra Radspeed XB (Best Value - Hidden Gem)

Best Drivers For Mid Handicappers & Average Players Reviewed

#1 Taylormade Stealth (Editor's Pick)

Best Driver of 2022
TaylorMade Stealth Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Stellar Feel & Sound
  • Tons of Forgiveness & Distance
  • Looks great behind the ball
Cons:
  • Pricey
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The Taylormade Stealth Driver is our #1 Recommendation for mid handicap golfers for a few reasons. 

  1. It's forgiving all over the face. I was minimally punished for off-center contact.
  2. It keeps marginal swings playable for better looks at the green. 
  3. I consistently carried the ball as for or farther than I have in years. 
  4. I love the muted sound on impact.

I'm an inconsistent driver most days (though I've been working on this... Hard). And I never hit standard length drivers. The Stealth and most modern drivers weigh in at 45.75 inches out of the box. (My driver is cut down to 44.25 inches so I can control it better.)

Still, I was able to hit a ton of good drives on the range and on the course with the Stealth for a couple reasons: 1) My hard work is paying off. 2) This is a great driver that rewards decent swings. 

It's one of the easiest drivers to hit I've ever tested.

I'm not an advocate for forking out this much for a driver. But if you're gonna do it, the Stealth is a worthy investment. 

Customer Reviews94% would recommend to a friend. Average 4.8 rating out of 5 from 511 reviews. 

Recommendation: Getting over sticker-shock will be your biggest hurdle. Give it a test if you're in the market. 

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#2 Cobra LTDx  (Runner Up)

Runner Up
Cobra LTDx Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Awesome Feel & Sound
  • Keeps you in play for better scoring
Cons:
  • Good, but not great looks
  • Pricey
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The Cobra LTDx driver is our Runner Up best driver for mid handicaps for a couple reasons.

  1. Easy to hit
  2. It's long and forgiving
  3. Best in class feel and sound

The Cobra LTDx was a large surprise for me. I'd never hit a Cobra driver before and didn't know quite what to expect. Now I do. Great feel, great sound, excellent forgiveness and distance. 

I'm a mediocre driver - as I've said countless times on this website. My driving became a weapon with the LTDx in my hands. I don't know how else to put it. 

The graphics and looks of the club don't quite match it's elite performance. That's my only gripe. 

Customer Reviews: 27 reviews and 27 5-star reviews at cobragolf.com. (I concur)

Recommendation: The LTDx needs to be on your list of drivers to test if you're in the market. Guaranteed you won't return it because of performance. 

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#3 Callaway Rogue ST Max D 

Best Anti-Slice Driver
Callaway Rogue ST MAX D Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Great Sound & Feel
  • Great on off-center contact
Cons:
  • Pricey
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The Rogue ST Max D driver is our 3rd place finisher for best mid handicap driver for a couple reasons.

  1. Consistently easy to hit drives straight or with a slight draw - my preferred.  
  2. Good distance & accuracy without center contact.
  3. Great feel & sound.

I'm a natural drawer of the ball with irons and fairway woods. I prefer a draw with my driver too, but it's harder for. So, I was curious to see what the Max D would do for me.

I played 3 rounds with the Rogue ST Max D. My swing was sideways for the first 2. I'm already an inconsistent driver, but this was worse. I was determined to give the Max D another try - Glad I did.

My swing was good to go and hitting the Max D was glorious. Long high draws. Long straight shots. Long slight pushes. Never a snap hook or close to it. 

Customer Reviews: 92% of reviewers would recommend the Callaway Rogue ST Max D. (That number should be 98% or more. Some reviewers said all positive things, then gave 4-stars. Or, hadn't hit the club, but gave it 4 stars. WIERD) 

Recommendation: Don't sleep on the Max D. It's a serious performer or it wouldn't be on this list. 

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#4 Ping G425 Max 

Most Forgiving
Ping G425 MAX Driver
4.8

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Pros:
  • Great for mediocre drivers (like me)
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Med-high penetrating ball flight
Cons:
  • Not the best looking driver of 2022
  • Not cheap
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The G425 Max driver is our 4th place finisher for best mid handicap driver for a couple reasons.

  1. Most forgiving of the bunch by just a hair
  2. Springy face and beaucoup distance
  3. Good feel & sound

Ping's been making great drivers for a while, but I hadn't put my hands on one in years. The G400  & G410 are well-known to be great drivers and I'd heard and read nothing but good things about the G425 Max.

All the great things were validated on the first swing. Long high draw down the middle and it felt great coming off the face. I hit a bunch of good drivers during my round and I could see myself owning the G425 Max, no problem. 

My biggest gripe is the looks are pretty plain for a premium driver and I couldn't get a shaft close to my specs. 

Customer Reviews: 96% of reviewers would recommend the G425 Max. It has 225 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: If you need help with your driving (like me), you gotta give the Ping G425 Max driver a try.

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#5 Callaway Rogue ST Max

Best Looking Driver of 2022
Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Premium Looks
  • Great Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Not a big improvement over Epic Max
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The Callaway Rogue ST Max is an excellent driver and makes our list for a couple reasons

  1. Easy to hit and works hard to keep drives playable
  2. Plenty long
  3. Nice sound and solid feel on impact
  4. Best looking of the 2022 bunch

Callaway has produced killer drivers since the intro of the original Rouge in 2018 or so. The Rogue ST Max has a lot of that DNA, but is more forgiving, easier to hit, and longer. 

I hit a ton of rockets during testing and dispersion was outstanding for me. Not normally my strong-suit. 

You don't need center contact for good results. I consistently hit off-center shots towards the toe and got more than enough distance and a shot at the green. That's all I ask of a driver.

Note: Sleep not on the Rogue ST Max D version - I tested it and it's killer

Customer Reviews: 96% of reviewers recommend the Rogue ST Max. 

Recommendation: Put this one on your list to test if you're in the market.

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#6 Taylormade SIM2  

Best Driver of 2021
TaylorMade SIM2 Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Great Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Cheaper than last year, but still not cheap
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The Taylormade SIM2 driver made our list of best mid handicap drivers for a couple reasons

  1. It is so, so easy to hit
  2. It's long and forgiving
  3. It feels great and sounds better
  4. You'll start seeing pretty good deals now that the STEALTH is out.

The Taylormade SIM2 is an outstanding driver and performed exceptionally well for me. I hit tons of solid drivers with it and would gladly own this driver if I was in the market.

Taylormade drivers live up to the hype and more. I don't believe you can find a bad one these days. 

Customer Reviews: 99% of reviewers would recommend the SIM2. It's got 342 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5

Recommendation: Buy this driver in a heart beat if you can get your specs or close to them.

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#7 Cobra Radspeed XB

Best Driver Value
Cobra Radspeed XB Driver Matte Peacoat-Red
5.0

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Pros:
  • Stellar forgiveness & distance
  • Great feel & sound
  • Best bargain in premium drivers
Cons:
  • Nada
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The Cobra Radspeed XB driver is our Best Value for mid handicap drivers for a couple reasons

  1. Premium feel & sound
  2. Superb forgiveness & distance
  3. Covers nicely for marginal swings
  4. Best deal on a new premium driver on the market

Cobra drivers take a back seat to no manufacturers in performance, feel, and sound. They don't have the rep yet, but they'll get there.

I love the XB. I'm new to Cobra drivers and I had no idea how good they were until a few months ago. I just never took them seriously. Do now...and you should too. 

The XB was a dream to hit and play. A LOT of comments from playing partners about how well I hit this driver.

Make sure you try the "XB". The regular Radspeed is harder to hit - straight up. 

Customer Reviews: Mostly 5-star and some 4-star reviews at cobragolf.com (they don't aggregate reviews)

Recommendation: This one's for the bargain hunters that don't want to budge on performance. Give the XB a try. You'll see.

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FAQs

How to choose the best driver for a mid handicap golfer?


Even the best golf drivers for mid handicaps won't work for every mid handicapper

Let me explain...

Just because a driver works well for a couple of your golf buddies doesn’t necessarily mean it will work the same way for you. (I know from Very personal experience)

Everyone has their favorite brands. I was a Callaway guy forever and a day. But the fact is, it’s the Taylormade 460 that allowed me to put a driver back in my bag about 15 years ago after being unable to hit a driver for about 5 years. 

All top manufacturers are producing better golf drivers for mid handicappers than ever before. When you’re choosing your best golf driver, everyone knows about club head loft and shaft flex. What about kick point, or shaft length, or grip size, or…?

You get the picture. There are many variables. And, they aren’t exactly giving away the best golf drivers for mid handicappers these days. You might also wonder whether a professional fitting is necessary. I’ll cover that in this section too. 

What is the best driver shaft for a mid handicapper?


General Guidelines: That are in no way set in stone

  • Swing your driver over 105 mph? You can probably start thinking about an X-stiff shaft.
  • Swing your driver in the 90 – 100 mph range? A stock stiff shaft will likely work fine for you.
  • Swing your driver 80 – 90 mph? A regular shaft is likely your best bet.
  • Swing your driver < 80 mph? A Senior flex shaft should do the trick.

The shaft is responsible for transferring the power from your swing through the clubhead and into your ball.

We mid handicappers hit our drives powerfully and with better distance and trajectory when we marry up the proper shaft flex with our swing characteristics.

  • Generally speaking, softer flex shafts go with slower speed swings. Softer flex means more flex and gives you the “potential” for more distance.
  • Generally speaking, stiffer flex shafts go with faster speed swings. Stiffer flex means less flex and gives you the “potential” for more control at the cost of “some” distance.

Mid handicappers often have a wide range of swing speeds and ball speeds. The faster you swing, the stiffer your shaft may need to be. But not in all cases. That will depend on the fitter and their theory of club fitting.

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

What is the best driver loft for a mid handicapper?


The best loft for a mid handicapper is 9 to 10.5 degrees, usually.

More Loft = More Forgiveness

Even the best players in the world are using higher lofts these days. 7-degree and 8-degree golf drivers were the norms on tour not too long ago.

Your swing speed partially determines the loft you need. Faster swings generally get the ball airborne easier, so “may” require less loft than those of us with slower swing speeds. Also, more loft equals more forgiveness because sidespin is reduced and backspin is enhanced.  

For example, a reasonably skilled driver with fast clubhead speed may choose a driver with a loft of 9 to 10.5 degrees to add in the forgiveness factor. Those of us with swing speeds under the century mark should look into the higher loft ranges. 

Luckily for us, the best golf drivers for mid handicappers or any handicaps have adjustable lofts. 

Should I Get A Professional Fitting?


Is a fitting by a professional fitter absolutely necessary? No.
Will getting fit for your driver help you play better? Yes.

So, the choice is ultimately up to you. What’s your priority?

The average new driver costs > $400$500. Getting fit by a qualified fitter will cost in the neighborhood of $100.

I tend to keep my driver for a long time, so I figure I may as well get fitted for it. Not a very hard call for me.

My suggestion for mid handicappers: Get Fitted

What is the best driver for a mid handicapper or average golfer?


Our #1 pick for best driver for mid handicap golfers is the Taylormade Stealth. It's good at everything

What is considered mid handicap in golf?


A handicap between 20ish and 8ish is considered to be a mid handicap. There are NO hard and fast rules on this. 

How do I know which driver is right for me?


Testing on the range and on the course is the only way to know which driver is right for you. You need to feel comfortable looking down at it at address and you have to be confident you can hit it in play with a shot at the green most of the time. 

What are the easiest drivers to hit?


The easiest drivers for mid handicappers to hit have a high COR and MOI with at least 10.5 degrees of loft. In English - They are forgiving and have a large sweet spot to keep you in play, help you with launch, and help you with hitting the ball farther. 

Verdict: Our #1 Recommendation is the Taylormade Stealth for Mid Handicap Golfers.

It's the best driver for mid handicappers we've tested this year among  STRONG competition. 

Our #1 suggestion is to test before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf's Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it.

Thanks for checking out our review of the best mid handicap drivers. Check back often as we test new drivers for 2022 and beyond. 

Best Driver of 2022
TaylorMade Stealth Driver
5.0

8% OFF w/ Code: GolferGeek



Pros:
  • Stellar Feel & Sound
  • Tons of Forgiveness & Distance
  • Looks great behind the ball
Cons:
  • Pricey
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About the author 

Jamie Boudreaux

Okayist golfer I know. On a quest to get down to a 2 and take you along for the ride. 

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