The 9 Best Drivers for Women of 2022

By Todd Mrowice

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The Best Drivers for Women in 2022

Women’s golf clubs have advanced incredibly in recent years. Today, women shopping for a new driver have more choices than ever before. We’ve done our research and worked with a variety of female golfers to find the best drivers for women. Some choices may surprise you and some are well-known. 

Best Drivers for Women

As part of our best driver series, GolfLink has found the best drivers currently available for women. While we cannot offer much first-hand experience beyond initial feel and setup, we had the help of several female golfers ranging in handicap from 8 to 20.

Driver Price Player Profile Standout Feature
Callaway Big Bertha REVA $500 Women of all handicaps looking for quality and performance Premium look and feel
XXIO 12 Women's $700 Slower swing speed that seeks high launch Great crown design with alignment aid
TaylorMade Stealth Women's $580 Women golfers who want the latest technology Forgiveness and distance outside of the sweet spot
PING G Le2 $450 All handicaps looking for a driver upgrade Easy setup and confident feel
Callaway Women's Rogue ST MAX $550 Mid to low handicap looking for next level driver 26g Tunsten Speed Cartidge
Cobra Women's LTDX MAX $500 Players who like to adjust and tinker Premium stock shaft
Cleveland Women's Launcher XL Lite $350 Looking for great performance without spending top-dollar High launch and lite feel
PING G425 Women's MAX $550 Mid to low handicaps who want superior feel Moveable 26g tungsten weight
Tour Edge Exotics E722 $400 Players looking for value with consistent results Performs like a $600 driver

What Makes a Great Women's Driver

Long gone are the days when ladies had just one or two club options at golf retailers. Not that long ago women had to choose between off-brand designs or a driver that was simply painted pink. Today, golf manufacturers devote serious resources to making great drivers for women, with specifications like the club’s weight, shaft flex, and launch tailored towards women's games.

Club Weight

Drivers built for women weight a little less than their counterparts for men. There are several reasons for this but it all boils down to making the driver easier to hit with better distance and accuracy.

Weight is taken from the shaft and also sometimes from the head. A ladies driver shaft weight is typically around 40g, as opposed to a standard men’s shaft, which is around 50g. In addition, the standard grip on a ladies' golf club weighs less than a standard men’s grip.
 

Shaft Flex

Women’s drivers come with lighter stock shafts that are also more flexible than a men’s regular shaft. In fact, a stock ladies shaft is comparable to a standard senior flex shaft.

The additional shaft flex allows ladies to get the driver into a better set position at the top of the swing and ensures proper lag and impact on the follow-through. Several factors influence how a shaft performs for your game, most notably swing speed. Ladies with faster swing speeds shouldn't assume a standard women's shaft flex is appropriate for their game. A stiffer shaft may be more appropriate. That's why a proper fitting is the best way to ensure you go home with the best equipment for your game.

Launch

The launch angle for standard ladies drivers is higher than a standard men’s driver. Similar to great senior drivers, the loft on women's drivers is usually around 12 or 13 degrees. Slower swing speeds produce less spin, resulting in less airtime, and less distance. By increasing the loft, the ball will hit ideal spin rates with slower swing speeds, stay in the air longer, and travel farther.

Of course, it's worth repeating that many women's swing speeds are fast enough that the extra loft may not be necessary, so it's worth learning your numbers to help find the best driver for you.

Best Driver for Women: Callaway Big Bertha REVA

Callaway Big Bertha REVA driver
Price $500 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12
Adjustable? Yes

Callaway is one of the most innovative manufacturers of women’s golf equipment. Its past Solaire and Strata collections earned high-praise from ladies of all abilities. Today, Callaway’s Big Bertha REVA line is leading the charge and the REVA driver is our top choice for ladies looking for the ideal driver to keep them long and straight in the fairway.

Callaway tailored the Big Bertha REVA driver to a woman’s golf swing in every aspect, from the head to the grip. The 460cc head and internal swing weights were designed for maximum distance and the CG is ultra-low and forward to reduce spin on misses.

The ladies who tested the Big Bertha REVA for us noted how easy it was to hit a draw thanks to its natural draw bias. If you already have a natural draw, the adjustable hosel allows you to open the face or adjust loft accordingly.

The Big Bertha REVA produced the best ball speed and carry distance numbers of any women's driver we tested. The Big Bertha REVA’s components are a big factor in performance and comfort. The RCH 40/50 shaft is super-light and the Lamkin women’s ST Soft grip provides a great, confident feel no matter what the weather. 

Pros:

  • Chevron alignment aid
  • Effortless launch
  • Distance

Cons:

  • Natural draw-bias requires hosel adjustment to get dialed-in

XXIO 12 Ladies Driver

XXIO 12 Ladies Driver
Price $700 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5
Adjustable? No

The XXIO 12 Women’s driver is consistent with what you’d expect from the premium golf manufacturer. It has superior craftsmanship, is extremely light, and is one of the easiest drivers you’ll ever hit. Our testers found that this XXIO 12 had massive gains in both distance and forgiveness with slower swing speeds. That doesn’t mean players with faster swings can't give the XXIO 12 a go, but if that's you, one of the lower lofted options (four to choose from) will produce the best results.

The navy and teal color scheme sets the XXIO 12 apart and looks sleek while remaining understated. The crown of the driver has an extended alignment aid to make setting up on the tee box consistent each time. Part of the premium craftsmanship is the XXIO 12 Ladies MP-1200L shaft, which is designed to launch the ball high and keep a tighter dispersion. That's a big part of the reason the XXIO 12 ranked so highly in our left/right of center numbers. All that performance comes at a premium price of $700, but that investment could be well-worth it for ladies with slow to moderate swing speeds.

Pros:

  • Premium craftsmanship
  • Easy to hit
  • Forgiveness

Cons:

  • Price

TaylorMade Stealth Women's

TaylorMade Stealth Women's Driver
Price $580 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12
Adjustable? Yes

Stealth is the biggest name in golf equipment of 2022. When TaylorMade’s flagship model launched, it instantly earned high-praise from professionals and amateurs alike. Naturally, the women’s Stealth driver is high-performing and a clear choice among those who tested all the current drivers.

The Stealth comes in two set head lofts of 10.5 and 12 degrees, but players can easily adjust further if they find themselves between launch angles. Ladies who want a penetrating ball flight can opt for the 10.5 head and adjust the loft lower.

Regardless of your handicap, the benefits of the TaylorMade Stealth are undeniable. The 60X Carbon Twistface is 44% lighter than previous drivers and it’s designed to produce high ball speeds no whether you miss small or large.

Pros:

  • Distance
  • Easy adjustability
  • Forgiveness

Cons:

  • Right-handed only

PING G le2

PING G Le2 driver
Price $450 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 11.5
Adjustable? Yes

PING had tremendous success with its original line of G Le golf clubs designed for women. The company could easily have rolled out a similar product but instead made changes, specifically to the club face and design, and brought the G Le2 to market. The biggest advantage that our testers saw with this PING driver is that it serves all handicaps well, from beginners to single-digits. The G Le2 might be the most versatile driver available for women today.

The PING ULT240D, the stock shaft in the G Le2, is proof of that. PING offers it in a 52g, which is actually on the heavier side for a women’s shaft, or an ultra-lite 44g option. This allows players of all skill levels and swing speeds to get the most distance and ideal launch angle. The head is only offered in 11.5 degrees, but it's adjustable to help you further dial in your launch and spin. The rounded head has a topline familiar to many PING players, and the color is somewhere between pink and maroon, depending on how the light hits it.

Pros:

  • Designed for all players
  • High launch
  • Adjustability

Cons:

  • Color isn’t for everyone

Callaway Women's Rogue ST MAX

Callaway Rogue ST MAX driver badges
Price $550 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12
Adjustable? Yes

Callaway released its second round of the Rogue lineup this year and it has been on just about every list that you can find for top drivers. The Women’s Rogue ST MAX produces big distance with a middle of the road ball flight, which will thrill players who are a bit more advanced.

Earlier in this list we showcased the Big Bertha REVA from Callaway, which is our top overall pick for ladies. The Rogue ST MAX is intended for a different type of player, one with a little more swing speed who can find the middle of the clubface consistently. The driver head is the same as the men’s version, but when paired with the 40g Project X Cypher Black shaft it becomes a monster for distance. The 26 Tungsten Speed Cartridge in the back of the head produces an great ball flight that isnt too high, but adjusting is always a few clicks away at the hosel.

Pros:

  • Rear weight produces high launch
  • Mid ball flight
  • Distance

Cons:

  • Not as forgiving

Cobra Women's LTDX MAX

Cobra women's LTD X Max driver
Price $500 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12
Adjustable? Yes

The Cobra LTDx Max women’s driver flies under the radar a bit because it might not have the star power of a Callaway or TaylorMade, but our testers all agreed that this driver is worth a demo. For those who like to tinker with different lofts and ball flights, the LTDx Max is the perfect club for you. In addition to an adjustable hosel, this driver has adjustable weighting at the heel and back of the head. Not only are you able to dictate draw and fade bias, but also play the ball higher or lower than the 10.5 or 12 degree set lofts.

The overall look of the LTDx Max is one of our favorites. The body is a jet black with carbon design on the crown, but with some added highlights of matte pink to give it a ladies-preferred design without being too flashy. Our favorite aspect of this driver is the premium shaft, which is the UST Helium Nanocore. This 43g shaft is a great compliment to a lighter head that is intended for ideal launch with maximum distance and forgiveness.

Pros:

  • Adjustable weights
  • Distance
  • Premium stock shaft

Cons:

  • Misses high and low were not as forgiving

Cleveland Women's Launcher XL Lite

Cleveland Launcher XL Lite women's driver
Price $350 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 12
Adjustable? No

The Launcher series from Cleveland Golf have always been among the easiest clubs to hit. The namesake rings true, they launch high and possess a lot of great attributes for the average golfer. The Launcher XL Lite driver for women is a great fit for players just getting started or are getting ready to make the jump into a next-level driver. It might be a bit beneath mid-handicaps, but still a great option to consider if that applies to you.

Out testers instantly noticed that this was the lightest driver tested. For the moderate to slow swing speed player, the Launcher XL Lite produced very good ball speed numbers because it’s an effortless club to swing. Its Rebound Frame is a face technology you’ll find in Cleveland, Srixon, and XXIO clubs and it produces a noticeable jump off of the face. At $350, the Cleveland Launcher XL Lite is also a great value if you’re looking to escape the highest price point for a new driver.

Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • High launching
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Only one loft

PING G425 MAX Women's Driver

PING G425 MAX badges
Price $550 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12
Adjustable? Yes

PING is featured for a second time on our list of best drivers for women in 2022, but the G425 MAX women's driver is far different from the G Le2 that we featured earlier. Similar to the Callaway Rogue ST MAX, the G425 MAX adopts many of the same aspects from its men’s counterpart, but is paired with a premium shaft that allows women with a mid to low handicap to get the most benefits.

The PING G425 MAX is available with a 10.5 or 12 degree head, but has an adjustable hosel for you to adjust loft accordingly. The feel when you make center contact with this driver might be the best of any on the list. You can actually feel the trampoline-effect when the ball leaves the face thanks to its T9S+ forged face. The driver is also very forgiving when you miss above and below the sweet spot, but toe and heel shots were not as well rewarded. If you’re a mid to low handicap player, this is a great choice because it caters to the better player.

Pros:

  • Feel
  • Distance
  • Moveable weights

Cons:

  • Slower swing speeds won’t see big benefits

Tour Edge Exotics E722 Women's

Tour Edge E722 Women's Driver
Price $400 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Lofts Available 10.5, 12.5
Adjustable? Yes

Tour Edge produces a series of clubs aimed at getting ladies into the game and does so with great success. For the next level player, however, the Exotics E722 is the driver to consider. This driver is, surprisingly, an improvement over previous generations and adds an extra dose of playability for ladies.

The 30g back weight gives the E722 maximum distance and MOI, which produces distance and forgiveness you’ll love. Diamond Fact VFT Technology is a hallmark of Tour Edge clubs in recent years and that technology allows you to miss outside of the sweet spot and still get tremendous ball speed and distance gains. The Exotics E722 is also equipped with a Fujikura Air Speeder which is 35g, but ladies who feel it launches too high can always bump up to the 40g senior flex model.

Pros:

  • Great performance for price
  • Lightweight
  • Forgiveness

Cons:

  • Impact sound

Conclusion

With so many driver options now available for women, it can be difficult deciding which one is the best fit for your game. There is no longer a cookie-cutter option or a default ladies' model from companies not investing resources into women's equipment. Women's golf clubs are the best they've ever been, which is part of the reason the game is growing among female youth golfers. A shift in the game we support 100% and can't wait to see continue to grow.

About the Author

Todd Mrowice is a Staff Writer for GolfLink. He has been writing about golf for over 10 years including a long tenure at GOLFChicago Magazine. Todd has covered all aspects of the game including travel, products, business, and professional tours.