The new drivers for 2019 are finally here. Here at TGW, we have previewed all of the latest technologies and fully tested each one:

  • Callaway’s Epic Flash and Epic Flash Sub Zero, with Flash Face Technology
  • Cobra’s King F9, with Speedback Technology
  • Mizuno’s ST190, with new Amplified Wave Sole
  • PING’s G410 Plus, their first with sliding weight
  • TaylorMade’s M5 and M6, with Speed Injected Twist Face
  • Titleist’s TS2 and TS3, with new Speed Chassis design
  • Wilson’s D7, with its back-to-basics performance

How We Tested

All of the data for this test was collected on the same day during an indoor hitting session. The test was conducted using the 2019 Titleist Pro V1 golf ball and the numbers were recorded with a Foresight GC2 launch monitor. The statistics presented are an average of five drives for each club. For each driver, we recorded average ball speed, launch angle, back spin, and carry distance.

Who Tested The 2019 Drivers

Our driver testing was conducted by Rick Hatfield, head golf professional at Flint Hills National Golf Club and TGW’s resident product guru.  Rick plays a 9° driver in stiff flex and standard length. He averages 240 yards of carry and 265 yards total off the tee. His swing speed during the test was between 97 and 102 mph. Every driver was adjusted to be as close to his specs as possible. Here are the results:

Results
Driver
Ball Speed (mph)
Launch Angle
Spin (rpm)
Carry Distance (yards)
Callaway Epic Flash
147
15.3°
2,560
243
Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero
145.1
13.2°
2,696
237
Cobra King F9
147.9
12°
2,659
245
Mizuno ST190
145.4
11.6°
3,401
230
PING G410 Plus
144.3
15.4°
2,872
238
TaylorMade M5
142.5
14.5°
2,388
241
TaylorMade M6
145.7
12.8°
2,682
242
Titleist TS2
143.9
13.3°
2,489
239
Titleist TS3
145.7
14.4°
2,480
247
Wilson Staff D7
143
15.8°
2,749
238
Callaway Epic Flash
Ball Speed (mph)
147
Launch Angle
15.3°
Spin (rpm)
2,560
Carry Distance (yards)
243
Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero
Ball Speed (mph)
145.1
Launch Angle
13.2°
Spin (rpm)
2,696
Carry Distance (yards)
237
Cobra King F9
Ball Speed (mph)
147.9
Launch Angle
12°
Spin (rpm)
2,659
Carry Distance (yards)
245
Mizuno ST190
Ball Speed (mph)
145.4
Launch Angle
11.6°
Spin (rpm)
3,401
Carry Distance (yards)
230
PING G410 Plus
Ball Speed (mph)
144.3
Launch Angle
15.4°
Spin (rpm)
2,872
Carry Distance (yards)
238
TaylorMade M5
Ball Speed (mph)
142.5
Launch Angle
14.5°
Spin (rpm)
2,388
Carry Distance (yards)
241
TaylorMade M6
Ball Speed (mph)
145.7
Launch Angle
12.8°
Spin (rpm)
2,682
Carry Distance (yards)
242
Titleist TS2
Ball Speed (mph)
143.9
Launch Angle
13.3°
Spin (rpm)
2,489
Carry Distance (yards)
239
Titleist TS3
Ball Speed (mph)
145.7
Launch Angle
14.4°
Spin (rpm)
2,480
Carry Distance (yards)
247
Wilson Staff D7
Ball Speed (mph)
143
Launch Angle
15.8°
Spin (rpm)
2,749
Carry Distance (yards)
238

It is also important to review the specs of each driver:

2019 Driver Specs

Driver
Loft
Length
Lie
Head Size
Callaway Epic Flash
9°, 10.5°, 12°
45.5"
58°
460cc
Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero
9°, 10.5°
45.5"
58°
460cc
Cobra King F9
9°, 10.5°, 12°
45.5"
59.5°
460cc
Mizuno ST190
9.5°, 10.5°
45"
58°
460cc
PING G410 Plus
9°, 10.5°, 12°
45.75"
58.5°
455cc
TaylorMade M5
9°, 10.5°, 12°
45.75"
58°-60°
460cc
TaylorMade M6
9°, 10.5°, 12°
45.75"
58°-60°
460cc
Titleist TS2
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
45.5"
58.5°
460cc
Titleist TS3
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
45.5"
58.5°
460cc
Wilson Staff D7
9°, 10.5°, 13°
45.75"
58°
460cc
Callaway Epic Flash
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Length
45.5"
Lie
58°
Head Size
460cc
Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero
Loft
9°, 10.5°
Length
45.5"
Lie
58°
Head Size
460cc
Cobra King F9
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Length
45.5"
Lie
59.5°
Head Size
460cc
Mizuno ST190
Loft
9.5°, 10.5°
Length
45"
Lie
58°
Head Size
460cc
PING G410 Plus
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Length
45.75"
Lie
58.5°
Head Size
455cc
TaylorMade M5
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Length
45.75"
Lie
58°-60°
Head Size
460cc
TaylorMade M6
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Length
45.5"
Lie
58.5°
Head Size
460cc
Titleist TS2
Loft
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
Length
45.5"
Lie
58.5°
Head Size
460cc
Titleist TS3
Loft
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
Length
45.5"
Lie
58.5°
Head Size
460cc
Wilson Staff D7
Loft
9°, 10.5°, 13°
Length
45.75"
Lie
58°
Head Size
460cc

The Winner

Based on the numbers and Rick’s feedback, the winner is the Titleist TS3 driver.

Here’s why Rick picked the Titleist TS3:

  • Longest average distance
  • Second lowest average spin rate to help protect that distance
  • Consistently strong average launch angle
  • Third highest ball speed average
  • SureFit CG adjustability to personalize performance to each golfer’s needs

Runner Up

The runner up is the Cobra King F9. Here’s why:

  • Second longest average distance
  • Highest average ball speed
  • Consistently strong launch angle
  • Good spin rate average
  • Less adjustability makes this club a strong option for a wide variety of golfers

These are our picks for the top performers of the 2019 class with the Titleist TS3 taking home the top spot. As always, it is important to try out clubs and find the right one for you. If you’re a lower swing speed player, you may want to take a look at some of the drivers in our test that had a higher average spin rate because slower swing speeds will not generate as much spin and these drivers may perform better for you than they did for our tester. If you want the ability to adjust and personalize your driver’s performance, options like the TaylorMade M5 and PING G410 Plus may be your best bets, along with the TS3.