• Ping Rapture 3-Wood

1. Ping Rapture 3-Wood

Ever since Phil Mickelson won the Open by switching to a 3-Wood, manufacturers have been clambering over each other to offer handicap-cutting amateurs quality new drivers, with an increased loft. The new Rapture is a far cry from the fairway 3-Woods most are accustomed to and is aimed at those looking for more control from the tee box.

The 13 degree angle means it behaves like a 2-wood than a 3-wood, and you can actually adjust that down 0.5 degrees for a little more distance. However, unlike the classic driver it's more forgiving, offering greater loft, which can help fix that slice. Add a multi-material construction, blending a titanium face with a tungsten sole plate, and you have one incredible weapon in your arsenal.

£395 | Ping | Buy now from The Golf Shop 

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If you're looking to slash your handicap this year, buying the best golf driver possible is a great way to start. Getting some extra distance will make your life much easier when trying to hit the green in regulation, but hitting long can be tough.

Controlling the driver is one of the toughest skills to master, but a new trend for higher lofts means that hitting the top club is getting easier. Drivers are made of complex composites to maximise club speed and power, and increasingly, these heads are actually adjustable so if you consistently hit a slight draw off the tee, you can adjust your club to compensate.

However, before you go off parting with some cash, we caught up with PGA Professional golfer David Boot’s and got his top tips for picking the perfect driver:

1/ "Lots of people have swing faults that cause them to slice or hook tee shots. The ultimate solution is to fix your swing, but an easier fix is a driver with an adjustable head, which lets you open or close the club to correct your shots."

2/ "A lighter, more flexible shaft will generate more club head speed and should increase distance, but it’s easy to lose control. if you do find shots going wild, a stiffer shaft head is advisable."

3/ "A driver with a higher loft reduces ball spin in the air, which should equate to better flight and greater distance; even tour pros are adopting
a higher loft these days."

4/ "Try out a Flightscope at your local golf store. it will record your launch angles and swing speeds, giving you the stats you need to make an informed purchasing decision."

Read on for our current crop of top drivers, and a few of last year's models, which you can still pick up for a great price.

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