Weâre rapidly approaching the end of May with one Major and the Playerâs Championship under our belts so we thought it would be a good time so see just which drivers are the most successful on Tour.
Whether or not driver is the key club in the bag will still be debated long after we are gone, but one thing is for sure, ask almost any player what club they love smashing most, what club they invest in and change most often and they will say driver.
Weâve looked at the PGA and European Tours combined to find the winning most manufacturers and their drivers.
Ahead of all the rest at this point in the season is TaylorMade, who so far have notched up 12 wins, all by different players. The R1 accounts for six victories, three of those on the European Tour (Jacquelin, Van der Walt, Gallacher) and three on the PGA Tour (Gay, D. Johnson, Weekley). The RBZ in original and stage 2 versions account for two wins, the Superfast original and 2.0 another two and the R11 and R11s a further two. In short TaylorMade ruled the early season.
Second in the standings is Nike with eight wins from five different players. Tiger Woods with his VR Tour of course accounted for four of these which skews the figures a little, but the VR Pro (Brown, Schwartzel), the VR_S (Henley) and the VR_S Covert (Jamieson) have also all tasted victory.
Just edging third place after Matteo won in Wentworth is Titleist. That brings Titleistâs season haul to seven with five different players (Manassero, Uhlein, Rumford 2, Scott, Aphibarnrat and Merrick) all lifting trophies. Significantly though, Adam Scott claimed the first Major of the year, the Masters, for Titleist. And arguably more significant is that all seven wins have come using the Titleist 913 driver, thatâs one win more than TaylorMadeâs R1.
In fourth place among the manufacturers is Ping with five wins by five different players. The, built for the pros, i20 was in the young hands of Ernst and Thompson, while the Anser (Oosthuizen), G20 (Streelman), and G25 (Horschel) accounted for the rest.
Cleveland and Callaway more or less share fifth on three wins a piece, thanks to GMacâs latest win at the World Matchplay. That, combined with his RBC Heritage win and Thomas Aikenâs victory in India with the Classic driver, will make Cleveland very happy. Callaway on the other hand, will be left scratching their heads with only one apiece for the RAZR fit Xtreme (Mickelson), RAZR fit (Bae) and the X Hot Pro (Fichardt).
Bridgestone and Mizuno make up the numbers with one win each for the J40 (Kuchar) and MP650 (Wood)