With the Masters Tournament under our belt it's already been an incredible year in the world of golf. So why not take a few nods of inspiration from the best in the world and give your game a supercharge with the best drivers to hit the market in 2018.
Customisation is the next big craze to the hit the world of golf, and American brand Titleist is hoping to get in on the action with the 917 driver. For a price tag just shy of 400 sheets you're getting the Swiss Army Knife of drivers, with the ability to adjust even the smallest of elements to improve your swing. With this in mind, the Titleist 917 is definitely for advanced players looking to polish the finer details of their game.
The latest driver in Ping's long-standing G series see's the American firm take the already brilliant G30 and make a few extra tweaks here and there to make it even more attractive. This is one very forgiving club to take to the fairway, making it ideal for both beginners and intermediate players. The Dragonfly crown design might not appeal to pros, but you'll certainly be slicing longer and straighter shots in no time with this in your arsenal.
Cobra King F7
Offering a solid improvement on the F6, the Cobra King F7 and F7+ offers a solid driver that's been designed with mid-handicappers in mind. This isn't the kind of driver that's going to drastically change how you play - think of it more as the tool that takes your intermediate skills to the next level. This is another forgiving driver, but there are options for adjustability in both the F7 and F7+ models. Just don't expect ultra high-end performance, hence the price.
TaylorMade's new M2 driver is coming in at a lower price point, but that doesn't mean it's cheap or flimsy. The Californian club maker has included a carbon ‘Geocoustic’ crown to save weight and help improve performance alongside a impressively low density 9-1-1 Titanium body. It might not have the bells and whistles that get advanced players excited, but it's hard to fault as an all-round driver.
Callaway Big Bertha Fusion
As you can probably tell by now, customisation isn't the only buzz word 'driving' driver designs in 2018 - creating balanced clubs that are forgiving, with a greater focus on straighter shots is also the name of the game. Callaway's brilliantly-named Big Bertha Fusion marries an aerospace-grade titanium body with a triaxial carbon crown and sole. The end result is a solid bit of kit that's ideal for golfers hoping for faster shots with much less twisting.
Yonex Ezone Elite
The new EZone Elite from Yonex packs plenty of features into a package that retails south of £200. For a start, there's the EZone's famed Octaforce technology, which can now be found in the club face as well as the crown (providing a lower and deeper centre of gravity as well as more repulsion). Like most drivers on our list it's pretty forgiving on a swing despite offering a lower spin and higher launch.
Callaway Golf GBB Epic
Callaway's GBB Epic has had its profile raised considerably since the likes of Phil Mickelson starting using it, and hey, if it's good enough for the pros, it's certainly worth a try. The GBB Epic is also the first Callaway club to feature the firm's Jailbreak technology (which helps reduce warping in the club upon impact) and a new multi-material structure, creating a lighter design that offers greater yardage and power over accuracy. It's quite forgiving, but still a beast at heart.
Wilson Staff D300
Wilson has started 2017 strong with the release of the D300 range, with the D300 Driver leading the way. It's one of the most inexpensive clubs on our list and, much like the Yonex EZone Elite, it does perform or feel like a club at this price range. It's also one of the most lightweight drivers we've ever taken to the fairway, offering a smooth and solid club for gaining some big yards.
If you happen to have a relatively high handicap and you're looking for a solid driver to get you back to a better figure, then you'd struggle to find a more agreeable option that the Cobra Max. Its 460cc head size and offset design make for a very forgiving feel, with a setup that should help you reduce your slice and hit longer, faster balls down the fairway. Oh, and it's got a price tag below £200. What more reason do you need to add this to your arsenal?
Mizuno's latest offering is the JPX 900, one of the most versatile and adjustable drivers the Japanese manufacturer has ever produced. Its profile is longer, wider and much shallower than normal tour drivers, creating a powerful tool that's going to give you faster speeds even when you strike the ball off-centre. And you can easily adjust its loft or switch shafts thanks to a handy Quick Switch hosel. A pricey choice, but a solid one nonetheless.