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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The TaylorMade Qi10 family of drivers, the third generation to feature a face made of carbon composite, further unlock the lightweight material’s potential. Now with more of the crown, sole and face made of carbon composite, the saved weight on these new versions is creating more forgiveness on all three models, including the highest combined moment of inertia (stability on off-center hits) in company history on the Qi10 Max. The structure creates more freedom to position more mass where it can do the most good for the targeted player group, whether that be more perimeter weighting, more movable weight or a lower center of gravity for higher launch and distance-boosting lower spin.

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PRICE: $630 Qi10 LS (8, 9, 10.5 degrees, with 12-way adjustable hosel). $600, Qi10 and Qi10 Max (9, 10.5, 12 degrees, with 12-way adjustable hosel). Available for pre-order Jan. 9, and in stores Feb. 2.

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1. Forgiveness first. It’s not that making a face out of carbon composite produces a driver that’s hotter than one with a titanium face. Quite simply, the rules prevent that. No, what TaylorMade’s engineer have been trying to do, the new door they are trying to open, is removing mas from the face by making it out of a much lighter substance and then redistributing that mass to serve particular ends. The Qi10 family of drivers is the clearest example of that initiative to bring more forgiveness without having to compromise so much on other aspects like shape or aerodynamics or center of gravity.

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“What we're trying to do now,” said TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt, senior director of product creation for woods, “is we're trying to get our platform to be as flexible as possible. That way, if you free up the mass and you can have different head shapes, you can make the perfect driver for Rory McIlroy with 95 percent of the same stuff as the driver that's going to work great for the average golfer. It will have the same face, the same construction and then you change the head shape, you change the CGs and then you get something that works best for both of them.”

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Bystedt makes the point that even elite players are changing in their idea of how much more forgiveness they want in their drivers. A player like McIlroy or Scottie Schefler is using a driver now that’s more forgiving in terms of mishits both horizontally across the face and vertically, than some of the most forgiving drivers used by average golfers a decade ago.

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That combined forgiveness lies at the heart of the Qi10 driver family’s mission. While the rules limit the moment of inertia measurement for stability heel to toe at 6,000 grams-centimeters squared (several hundred points higher than the most stable drivers currently on the market), there is no limit on the MOI in the vertical direction. TaylorMade’s new drivers have pushed that combined measurement or total MOI to significant new highs, including the new Qi10 Max which checks in at over 10,000.

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In simplest terms, as the combined MOI gets higher, there’s more impact energy delivered to the ball on an off-center hit with more stable launch and spin conditions for a more consistently efficient ball flight. At the extreme, the Qi10 Max is close to 20 percent more stable, in terms of combined MOI, than TaylorMade’s most stable driver of just a year ago. Even the tour-preferred Qi10 LS and the standard Qi10 are more stable than their predecessors.

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But what’s most impressive is that while stability has improved, it hasn’t come at the expense of a low CG. For example, the CG on the Qi10 LS is significantly lower than last year’s Stealth 2 Plus, Bystedt said, and the Qi10 and Qi10 Max have CGs at or below their predecessors. The key not only is the mass saved by the carbon composite face, but an overall increase in the carbon composite used in the body. That’s most noticeable in the crown, whose area is now 97 percent carbon composite. Its new design allows the carbon composite to butt right up against the top of the face, what the company calls “infinity crown.” Along with the carbon composite in the sole and face, barely a third of the total mass of the head now is titanium, which means more mass selectively distributed to places where it produces both more forgiveness and lower spin.

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2. Flexing on flex. Much attention has been paid to the carbon composite face itself, including a variable thickness pattern developed for last year’s Stealth 2 that features a thickened center section surrounded by a thinner perimeter, much like the inverted cone shaping seen in TaylorMade’s previous titanium-faced drivers.

What’s different in this year’s approach isn’t so much the carbon composite face but the titanium structure that supports the face, particularly in the ledge around the channel in the front of the sole and its relationship to the face. In simple terms, the structure, or titanium collar, was stiffer in previous models. Now it’s made to flex in phase, or in a way that matches the flexing of the face insert itself.

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“Essentially, we’re making the face and ledge work as a system,” Bystedt said. “We’re reducing some of the stress around the edges and as a result improving flexibility. The goal here is better off-center ball speeds because the more we can enhance off-center, that’s where the real gains are.”

That last bit is fundamental across the entire Qi10 line of drivers: Making misses, and more of them, better.

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3. Model behavior. Like in its previous carbon composite-faced drivers, the lineup features three models, but unlike in the past, there isn’t one specifically devoted to attacking the slice. Rather, while the Qi10 Max is the most forgiving with its combined MOI of over 10,000 grams-centimeters squared, it isn’t exclusively a hackers’ club. In fact, Collin Morikawa put it in play last week. The Max features a shallower head shape and extreme front-to-back depth and a 30-gram central rear weight. That said, the center of gravity is still more towards the heel than on last year’s Stealth 2 HD because the swing weight tuning port is even more heelward than previously. A special low-torque shaft is the stock offering to help improve face closure

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The Qi10 LS, more compact with a lower launch, features a movable weight in the front part of the sole that borrows the “garage” sliding weight feature seen on last year’s Stealth 2 Plus titanium fairway woods. This lower-spin driver, most likely the model preferred on tour, uses an 18-gram weight and the track and improved sole shaping creates smoother aerodynamics. The “garage” structure positions the sliding weight lower and farther forward than last year’s Stealth 2 Plus.

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The standard Qi10 features an improved MOI and a lower center of gravity, all while offering a larger address profile than in the past. Like all three models in the series, it features a sole channel (“speed pocket”) to improve the face flexing and an adjustable hosel that tweaks loft by plus/minus two degrees.

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Best Illegal Golf Drivers 2024 Buying Guide

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By Lawrence Smelser

Updated On January 10, 2024

Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t going to make the tour any time soon. 

I use that rationale a lot on the course!

When I try to drive it over the water or eschew the easy lay-up to go for the green mainly!

If you’re looking for an illegal driver I imagine you’re like me and you’re just in the market to have some fun and hit the ball a country mile.

But the illegal (AKA Non-Conforming) golf driver market is much more saturated than you would think.

And if you’re buying an illegal driver, the last thing you want is to buy a dud that performs worse than those fancy legal drivers!

Trust us when we say there are plenty of duds on the illegal driver scene as it’s naturally less regulated.

Fortunately, we have tested 25 drivers that don’t conform to USGA rules to determine which ones will produce the best results for players of different ability levels and budgets.

Our favorite choices are outlined below and if you can’t wait to start hitting the ball longer and straighter (and impress your golf buddies) then let’s dive in.

Best Illegal Golf Drivers Summary

Golfible picks :.

Editor’s Choice 1: Intech Golf Behemoth Driver (click to see on eBay)

Editor’s Choice 2: Pinemeadow PGX 500cc Non-Conforming Driver (click to see)

Best Budget Option: Bullet B52 Bomber 500cc Driver (click to see on eBay)

Best For Seniors: Power Play Driver (click to see on eBay)

Best For Slow Swing Speeds: Heater Ghost Ultralite Golf Driver (click to see on eBay)

Extra Large Sweet Spot: Orlimar Golf Big Buddha 520cc Super Jumbo Driver (click to see on eBay)

Biggest Illegal Golf Driver : Sooolong 750cc Beta Titanium Driver (click to see on eBay)

Best For A Standard Driver Feel : Money Club High Launch 520cc Driver (click to see on eBay)

Best Illegal Golf Drivers Specification Table Comparison

Intech golf behemoth driver (520cc).

Editor’s Choice 1

Rating: 9.2 /10

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  • Low center of gravity helps power the drive further through the air and maximize rollout.
  • Helps golfers who struggle hitting it long.
  • Available in black and silver or blue and silver.
  • Can’t be used during regulated tournament play since it is over 460cc.
  • Appears simpler and older compared to cutting-edge high-end drivers.

The Intech Behemoth Driver is a club we like at Golfible for golfers who have slower swing speeds and need a boost in distance. 

A 520cc head and huge sweet spot make it best for a multitude of different types of players to use. High-handicappers and beginners who have trouble making contact with smaller heads can confidently hit this club and find forgiveness for mishits.

Older players who want extra distance off the tee can also reach for this club.

The driver is non-conforming to the USGA, so it cannot be used for sanctioned USGA tournaments. 

The majority of players who play the sport, in general, are weekend golfers that enjoy a care-free round with their friends, therefore this shouldn’t be a problem in that regard. 

When testing the club, the offset hosel came in handy in promoting a draw and preventing slices which result in lost distance and short misses to the right. 

The Behemoth driver, made from forged alloy steel, comes with a headcover at purchase and has a 1-degree closed face. 

The loft options are 10.5 and 12.5 degrees.

Pinemeadow PGX 500cc Illegal Driver

Editor’s Choice 2

A non-confirming Pinemeadow PGX 500cc Illegal golf driver on a grass background.

  • Large sweet spot.
  • Lime green alignment aid.
  • Includes headcover.
  • Enormous “X” on the middle of the clubhead can be distracting.
  • Different users said the club can easily be dented.

This matte black non-comforming driver is our pick for best budget illegal driver with its many features at a low price.

With its head size at 500cc over the 460cc USGA limit, golfers tend to smash this driver farther.

The lime green, black and silver design makes it sleek and futuristic looking.

There is a huge sweet spot on the club’s oversized head giving players the opportunity to make better contact more consistently compared to regular drivers on the market.

A large “X” is shown on top of the clubhead which can be distracting upon address. If it can be ignored and the lime green dot used as an alignment aid is focused on, golfers shouldn’t have any issues.

The driver is 10.5 degrees and 46 inches long. It comes with a mid-flex graphite shaft.

Bullet Golf B52 Bomber 500cc Driver

Best On A Budget – Option 2

Club head of a 500cc golf driver called Bullet Golf B52 Bomber with grass in the background.

  • High MOI helps with distance control.
  • Large sweet spot makes the B52 bomber forgiving.
  • Comes with a free headcover.
  • Some users claimed the club was uncomfortably heavy.
  • Only one loft option.

Bullet Golf created this 500cc monster for golfers to outdrive their playing partners and feel fulfilled walking off the tee box.

At Golfible, we like this club as a budget option. It can be found from $40-$70 dollars on most websites and is the cheapest driver on this list.

In testing, the club felt similar to standard 460cc drivers since it is only 40cc more. Adapting from a regular driver to this club shouldn’t be too difficult.

Due to the driver being illegal at 500cc, it is also not allowed for use in USGA tournaments. 

The B52 Bomber is ideal for players who want slightly more distance than their standard drivers but aren’t looking too make a huge change in size. 

The thin crown moves the weight of the head closer to the sole of the club leading to a higher MOI. This helps at contact spring the ball off the face and produce more cracking drives. 

The ball flight is high when hitting shots and there is low spin for the ball to release on the fairway.

When purchased, the club comes in a 10.5 degree loft. There are a couple colorways available for the 500cc option including black, silver and navy or white, red and blue.

Bullet Golf does make other driver models with different sized heads.

Power Play Juggernaut Non-Conforming Driver

Best For Seniors

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  • Offset hosel helps golfers draw the ball.
  • Dark gray arrow pops enough to help with alignment.
  • COR effect from beta titanium face leads to long drives
  • Only available in black.
  • Some golfers said they didn’t see improved results.

The Power Play Juggernaut driver is similar to the first Juggernaut driver included in this list except this one is recommended for seniors.

The driver is 515cc which makes strikes not in the sweet spot still come off decent.

It also includes the beta titanium face that goes beyond the USGA’s regulations. This provides the COR effect leading to more distance off the tee.

The driver has an offset hosel which helps users naturally close the face as well as draw the ball more often instead of slicing it.

It is sold in all-black with a dark gray arrow for alignment. The Juggernaut includes a lightweight senior flex graphite shaft to help increase swing speed.

Heater Ghost Ultralite Golf Driver

Best For Slow Swing Speeds

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  • Special heat process aids in achieving better distance off the tee.
  • Low center of gravity.
  • Very light.
  • Only available in white.
  • Illegal to use in tournaments. (Like every driver in this list.)

The Heater Ghost, among non conforming golf drivers, is an illegal head that was mirrored after Taylormade models.

The head is ultralight at 175 grams in comparison to many driver heads that weigh 200 grams.

When used with a lightweight shaft between 45-55 grams the club is far lighter than the majority of drivers on the market. This leads to increased swing speeds, which helps increase distance.

When created, a special heat treating process was used to make the driver face extremely hard so the ball can spring off it to add distance to golfer’s drives.

The company uses ultra-thin crown technology which added thinner crown areas in the beta titanium head. This creates a lower center of gravity and in the back of the head enabling golfers to make more solid contact while swinging.

The variable thickness face is 3.0-2.5mm which enables golfers to achieve more power.

The club is available for sale in white.

Orlimar Golf Black Big Buddha Driver

Extra Large Sweet Spot

A 520cc golf driver called Orlimar Big Buddha Super Jumbo on grass.

  • Huge 520cc head.
  • Made from a reputable brand.
  • Enormous sweet spot.
  • Only available for right-handed golfers.
  • Headcover not included.

The Orlimar Black Big Buddha has a feature that golfers love: a ginormous sweet spot.

With its 520cc driver head, it is the longest hitting illegal driver among the golf drivers reviewed.

Big Buddha designs their drivers to reduce energy loss during a swing which helps increase clubhead speed leading to better distances.

This driver contains a thin crown which helps move the weight lower into the sole area, leading to a better moment of inertia.

This illegal driver helps the ball launch higher into the air and reduces spin leading to better control and increased distance.

The club is red, black, silver and has a white alignment aid.

Three different shaft options are available in graphite: regular, stiff or senior flex.

The Big Buddha is 10.5 degrees and is made for right-handers only.

The club does not include a headcover when purchased.

Sooolong 750cc Beta Titanium driver

Biggest Illegal Golf Driver

Rating: 8.5 /10

A titanium 750cc golf driver called Sooolong driver on grass.

  • The super-low center of gravity launches the ball in the air after contact leading to more yardage.
  • At 750ccs, the sweet spot is hard to miss.
  • Comes in a variety of lofts including 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees.
  • Some users said it broke after a few uses.
  • The sound at impact bothered many customers.

The Sooolong driver has the largest head of any product in this article at 750cc. The head is ridiculously huge compared to any normal driver head.

During testing, we found it a little hard to take the club seriously and not laugh when hitting it due to its appearance and its clanking sound at impact. The sound is extremely unique and somewhat similar to nails on a chalkboard (not that bad). 

The driver does produce an insane amount of distance from the tee thanks to its .860 COR  COR (coefficient of restitution) face that features a sweet spot larger than the state of Texas.

COR tells researchers how much energy is being transferred between the club and ball during contact.

The club is recommended for golfers who want maximum distance, such as seniors with extremely slow swing speeds. It is also great as a club for pure recreation and to mess around with on the range. 

Sooolong offers six different shaft options shown below:

-AccuFLEX Assassin II

-AccuFLEX Pro LD

-AccuFLEX UltraBOOM

-AccuFLEX Vizion Ultralite 55 Gram

-AccuFLEX Venom 60 Gram

-Sooolong 45 Gram Ultralite 

The flexes offered for these shafts are: regular, stiff, senior, ladies, extra Stiff or 2X Flex.

This driver, being among the banned golf drivers, is not permitted to use in tournaments ruled by the USGA.

Money Club High Launch 520cc Driver

Best For A Standard Driver Feel

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  • The illegal COR effect on the face adds distance to shots.
  • With the huge sweet spot, the club is very forgiving.
  • Comes with headcover.
  • Some users said it didn’t add any distance vs. their normal drivers..

We like the Money Club High Launch driver because it feels like a standard and forgiving older TaylorMade driver such as the R11 or R9 thanks to the height of the face and sweet spot. 

In testing, the sweet spot performed well on high and low mishits on the face. 

This club is great for golfers who enjoy standard driver models but want to pack an extra punch with a bigger 520cc face and added distance. 

The club is illegal to play in USGA tournaments.

In appearance, the driver is red on top and features a white arrow as an alignment aid. The bottom of the head is silver and black containing a money sign. 

A beta-titanium face makes the driver last a while and prevents dinks and dents on it. 

The driver is equipped with a standard-sized black velvet grip.

What is an illegal golf driver?

Illegal drivers are drivers that do not conform to the USGA or R&A’s regulations. These drivers cannot be used for tournament or handicap rounds.

What makes a golf driver illegal?

According to the USGA, in appendix II , section 4c of the rules of golf:

“The design, material and/or construction of, or any treatment to, the clubhead (which includes the club face) must not: (i) has the effect of a spring which exceeds the limit set forth in the Pendulum Test Protocol on file with the USGA/R&A, or (ii) include features or technology, including, but not limited to separate springs or spring features, that have the intent of, or the effect of, unduly influencing the clubhead’s spring effect, or (iii) unduly influence the movement of the ball.”

In simpler terms this means that drivers cannot have their faces shaved down or thinner than required. When that is the case, the ball jumps off the clubface better than regulated drivers which leads to an unfair advantage as well as longer drives usually. That is what makes them illegal.

The following link will tell you if your driver is conforming and contains a list of conforming or noncomforming drivers. 

When can you use them? When can’t you use them?

Golfers can use illegal drivers during their practice or “for fun” rounds. They cannot use them during tournament play or to measure their handicap.

Features to Consider

There are many features to consider in an illegal driver. Below are three of the primary factors to look for:

  • Accuracy- Some illegal drivers have an offset hosel that helps reduce slices and aids golfers to hit straighter and more accurate.
  • Quality- It’s important to pay attention to what company makes the club. Some companies are more reputable than others and make better quality clubs that will last longer and produce more desirable results.
  • Durability- Illegal drivers have different levels of durability. Golfers need to make sure to read reviews or test out the clubs to make sure they’re purchasing a driver that won’t break or dent easily.

Benefits / Drawbacks of having a non-conforming driver

-Bigger head usually over 500cc. The more volume in the head can lead to much longer drives.

-Clubfaces designed to have “spring” effect. This allows the ball to bounce off the face better.

-Easier to hit the ball straight with most having offset hosels. This positioning of the hosel helps prevent slices and can help promote draws.

-Many aren’t made from the better-known golf companies.

-They are illegal to use in tournament play.

What does Hi Cor driver mean?

Hi Cor drivers are made with a mix of features designed to maximize ball distance with their high rebound speed off the face. They are illegal to use during tournament play.

Characteristic time of driver

Characteristic time of driver (CT) is a measure of the time the ball sticks to the face of the club during contact. It also describes the elasticity of what the club face is made from.

The USGA and R&A limit a clubs CT to 239 microseconds and an extra 18 microseconds (µs) for measurement tolerance leading to a maximum of 257µs.

A famous example of this being brought to the public eye was at the 2019 Open Championship when PGA Tour star Xander Schauffele’s driver was ruled illegal. The Olympic gold medalist’s driver was 1µs over the limit forcing him to use a new driver for the first round where he struggled shooting 74.

After reviewing the different clubs, it is clear that among the best illegal drivers, the Juggernaut Offset stands out as a superior club and is our pick for the best illegal golf driver. The club’s massive 515cc volume that allows players to bomb it off the tee and offset hosel that makes it one of the best illegal anti slice drivers, encouraging straighter drives and making it an all-around club. The best non-comforming driver comes in a variety of options and mixes game improvement with performance.

Are titanium drivers illegal?

Yes, titanium drivers are disallowed for use in USGA. According to USGA rules and regulations, you cannot build drivers to be more than 460 cc in size. And the primary reason why titanium drivers are illegal is that the size of the Juggernaut Titanium Driver is 515 cc which is more forgiving for off-center shots. 

What TaylorMade driver is illegal?

The TaylorMade R510 driver with a 0.860 COR is illegal. COR means Coefficient of Restitution which measures the energy loss or retention when two items collide. The limit to COR in a golf clubs is 0.830 so the R510’s with this COR are non conforming. You can still buy Taylormade R510s with a conforming COR on Ebay and only minimal yardage is lost with the reduced COR.

Why is the juggernaut driver illegal?

Juggernaut drivers are illegal because they produce drivers beyond the recommended legal limit stated by USGA. The Juggernaut divers have a 515 cc volumeheads that are banned

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7 Best Illegal Golf Drivers For Maximum Distance in 2024

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If you don’t play in many golf tournaments, the non-conforming golf driver could be a great choice to consider.

Non-conforming drivers are able to go past the limits of the USGA and offer players benefits that the major golf manufacturers can’t with their conforming clubs.

At A Glance: Our Top 7 Picks For Illegal Golf Drivers In 2023

  • Best Illegal Golf Driver: Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver
  • Runner Up 1: 515cc Non Conforming Custom Golf Driver
  • Best Illegal Golf Driver for Distance: Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc
  • Best Illegal Golf Driver for Low Swing Speed: Heater Ghost 175 Gram Ultra Lite
  • Best Cheap Illegal Driver: Geek Golf Fail Safe 3 (FS3) Driver
  • Best Illegal Golf Driver for a Slice: Magic Distance Anti-Slice Long Custom Draw Driver
  • Best Illegal Golf Driver for Seniors: Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Draw

There are many non conforming drivers on the market, but some are quite a bit better than others. We put together a list of the best illegal golf drivers in 2024. 

Best Illegal golf Driver: Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver

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  • 10.5 degrees of loft is good for high launch 
  • Lightweight graphite shaft
  • 520cc for extra long distance
  • The sound is a bit harsh

The Men’s Money Club is the best non conforming driver on the market . This club got its name for a reason, and that reason is that you can count on it.

One of the things you will notice is that the Money Club High Launch is very consistent . If you are going to get an illegal golf driver, you may as well get something that you can count on. 

The Money club comes with a loft of 10.5 degrees and a 520cc club head size . The current USGA limit on club head size is 460cc, so this is the main reason the club is illegal. Larger club head sizes typically lead to an extra distance for the players . 

Another great feature of this driver is the fact that it is made with a premium lightweight graphite shaft . The regular flex graphite shaft helps golfers to get some extra club head speed as well.

When you combine that extra speed with the large club head, the results are quite impressive. 

What Customers Say About Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver:

According to the players using this illegal golf driver, control is the name of the game. Gone are their days of slicing and hooking the ball into trouble. Instead, they’re able to use mid and short irons more frequently. With fewer woods and hybrids needed for their second shots, this illegal driver is the key to more greens in regulation and birdie putts.

Runner Up 1: 515cc Non-conforming Custom Golf Driver

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  • Spring effect on the club face
  • Large golf driver but not too large
  • One of the more affordable golf drivers
  • Face feels a little hot and can feel hard

If the Sooolong is not the best choice for your game, the 515cc Non-conforming is a great choice.

We like the 515cc size as it is just a little closer to the 460cc legal limit.

If, at some point, you decide that you want to switch back to a conforming driver, you will find that transition is a little less complicated.

This is a perfect driver; if you have been struggling with distance , this 515cc driver will help you gain it back.

Golfers are finding that this club is giving them 20 to 30 more yards . The face on the driver is the Forged SP 700 Beta Titanium Face.

This face has a spring effect that allows the ball to jump off like a trampoline.

If you are not worried about the rules of golf and playing with an illegal golf club, this is a fairly priced, easily customizable golf club to consider.

What Customers Say About 515cc Non-conforming Custom Golf Driver:

Big drives and slice elimination are what separates this club from the rest. Users sharing their experiences note that it combines anti-slice and distance adding elements. While not many report a hook being resolved, an illegal driver that prevents slices is likely to have the same effect on swings that send the ball flying the other way.

Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver

Best Illegal Golf Driver for Distance

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  • Large club head
  • The traditional looking club head
  • Lots of distance
  • Lightweight shaft
  • Sound is not great

Most of the time, people are looking for distance when they decide to look into illegal golf drivers.

The Intech Golf is a very long driver when you are looking for pure distance. Again the Intech will surpass the USGA legal limit by about 60cc. This allows for a much larger club head and sweet spot. 

One of the things we love the best about the Intech golf driver is the Behemoth shaft that it comes with. This is a very lightweight shaft , matched with the large clubhead size to make sure that you can swing this golf club fast. 

One of the main factors that golfers need to consider when it comes to illegal golf drivers you have to consider that the shaft is just as important as the club head .

If you have a golf shaft that does not match the swing, you will still struggle to get the distance you need.

What Customers Say About Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver: 

One of the most popular illegal drives out there, this club has a solid reputation. However, a concern with this illegal driver is malleability. To boost the COR to a level resulting in such great distances improvements, the face is a bit softer than most. Because of this, golfers with swing speeds over 90 mph may damage the face over time. If you aren’t a hard swinger, go ahead and give it your all. You’ll see immediate improvements to your tee ball. After all, everyone else did.

Heater Ghost 175 Gram Ultra Lite

Best Illegal Golf Driver for Slow Swing Speeds

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  • Great for slower swing speeds
  • Very lightweight
  • Not great for a faster swinging golfer

Sometimes a lack of distance is caused by slow swing speed. If you are lacking in club head or ball speed, the Heater Ghost 175 Gram Ultra Lite is a best driver slow swing speed .

Sometimes golfers that are new to the game or need some help when it comes to speed will look for a non conforming driver. 

One of the things that makes this driver stand apart from the crowd is that it also has a very lightweight shaft . The Heater Ghost is a highly engineered driver that offers quite a bit of performance for a very low price. 

The Heater Ghost reminds many people of the TaylorMade Superfast driver that came out many years ago.

What Customers Say About Heater Ghost 175 Gram Ultra Lite:

Club speed will always reign supreme when it comes to gaining distance off the tee. And that’s exactly what those using the Heater Ghost will tell you. Because of its light weight, golfers easily produce more swing speed and distance follows. The golfers who look most favorably on this club are seniors.

Geek Golf Fail Safe 3 (FS3) Driver

Best Cheap Illegal Golf Driver

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  • Very fast ball speed
  • Higher trajectory
  • Crown waves on the club head for better kinetic energy
  • Fair pricing
  • Not the best feeling driver on the market

Some of the non conforming golf drivers on the market can get quite expensive. This is a bit disappointing since you are not able to use these golf drivers in tournaments.

However, the Geek Golf Fail Safe 3 is a very fair price and a really smart club to consider for golfers. 

The Geek Golf Fail Safe is built for distance, trajector and tons of kinetic energ y. If you want to hit the ball a long way, this is the club to do it with. 

One of our favorite things about the Geek Golf Fail Safe is that it comes in three different lofts . Many illegal golf drivers only come in one loft, and sometimes the shaft options can be limited as well.

Having the chance to choose the best loft for your game makes this a really great choice for those seeking value and performance. 

The low loft of 7.5 allows the fastest swinging players to be able to get the trajectory that they need. 

What Customers Say About Geek Golf Fail Safe 3 (FS3) Driver:

Golfers don’t fly this club much further than legal golf clubs, but low loft options make up the difference with increased overall ball speed and more roll. Play at a flat or firm course? You’ll benefit more than someone who is constantly trying to climb hills or place shots.

Magic Distance Anti-Slice Long Custom Draw Driver

Best Illegal Golf Driver for a Slice

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  • It can be made custom to your needs
  • Large offset
  • Will fight against side spin
  • Trampoline like effect off the club face
  • Not an excellent choice for the golfer that hits hooks and slices, for slicers only

A slice is probably the most frustrating shot in golf. If you told some golfers that they might have to give up golf tournaments if they wanted to fix their slice, they would likely gladly give it up. This is because the slice can feel nearly impossible for some players to hit with. 

When you purchase the Magic Distance Offset Slice Killer Draw Anti Slice Custom Driver , you can get long and straight shots, even if you put that side spin or slice spin on them.

Most of the time, I am a golfer that hits a draw ; however, when the slice comes out from time to time, I get extremely frustrated. Part of what makes a slice so challenging to watch is that it also loses distance in addition to losing direction. 

The Magic DIstance Offset Slice Killer Driver keeps your golf ball closer to being on the line with the help of the offset, high loft, and the 700 Beta Titanium Face .

You will quickly notice the large club head size and how much room there is for the ball to strike near the sweet spot. 

For more information, visit our definitive guide to the best drivers for a slice on the market.

What Customers Say About Magic Distance Anti-Slice Long Custom Draw Driver:

When it comes to the best illegal anti slice driver, there is no touching this club. Golfers who struggle with slices and have tried every anti slice driver out there stop searching after settling on this one. Between the offset face and shaft selection, the multiple features involved in controlling ball flight is enough to win over even the biggest slicers.

Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Draw

Best Illegal Golf Driver for Seniors

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  • Beta titanium face
  • Not good for faster swinging players

For senior golfers that don’t play in tournaments, there is almost no reason not to try out golf drivers that are illegal.

The Power Play Juggernaut does not conform to the rules of golf, but it offers seniors the performance that they need in a driver. 

The Juggernaut is a 515cc club head that allows a lot of forgiveness even if you miss the center of the club face. The clubface is made with beta titanium that increases the M oment o f I nertia.

The Juggernaut is an offset club that helps to increase the ability to hit the driver straight. 

Conforming drivers offer much more for the senior golfer than they did in the past, but these illegal golf drivers increase the sweet spot and the speed that golfers can get.

As a senior golfer, you want the game to be as fun and as easy as possible, and the Juggernaut Beta Titanium Face is one of the best illegal golf drivers for that. 

What Customers Say About Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Draw:

Some will complain that the price of this club is greater than other illegal golf driver choices, but it’s still a fraction of standard clubs. What you won’t hear people complain about though is control. Even those who fear the woods are comfortable staring the ball in a spot where it can curve into the fairway.

Non Conforming Driver Buyers Guide

Now that you have an idea as to what you can expect from a performance and cost standpoint, it’s hard to narrow down which one is the best for your golf swing.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you purchase a non conforming driver. 

What Is an Illegal Golf Driver? 

Non conforming drivers do not meet the USGA requirements for being fair to use in a tournament setting.

The main reason that a golf driver is illegal is that it does not meet the 460cc requirements set forth by the USGA. 

Conforming golf drivers can be no larger than 460cc. This helps keep the sweet spot a standard size and the distance fair for everyone.

The rules of golf are critical to keep intact so that the game’s integrity stays in place. 

Why Would You Want to Use an Oversized Driver?

You use oversize drivers for more consistency off the tee. These clubs are designed to have enlarged sweet spots. Using one means you’re less likely to make contact off the heel or toe, or pretty much anywhere on the edge of the face.

Your contact might still be the same distance from the center of the face as with a regulation sized driver. But the enhanced sweet spot reduces typical effects of bad contact like errant spin and lost distance.

What Brands Make the Best Illegal Drivers?

Most golfers will have never heard of the brands that produce illegal drivers. Even the people who stop into golf stores every week won’t know them as they’re under the radar and out of the public eye. The big brands like Titleist, Callaway, and TaylorMade cannot be bothered making oversized drivers. They are not sold for as high of prices and might take away some brand trust and integrity. It provides no benefit to them.

Instead, the best illegal drivers come from brands like Juggernaut, Intech, and Money Club. Whether they aim to assist senior golfers, wild hitters, or just the general population varies based on model. However, these brands produce quality equipment at reasonable prices across the board—a great combination despite their illegal status.

What Golf Shafts Are Available In The Non-Conforming Golf Drivers?

Even when swinging the longest hitting illegal driver, you will miss out on performance if the shaft is not high performing. This is where you need to be careful when you purchase an illegal driver.

The best non conforming driver will give you a few shaft options to choose from, including stiff, regular, and even senior shafts. 

If you seek lots of distance and have a fast swing speed, you must make sure that the driver you choose can accommodate that speed. The last thing you want is a shaft that breaks after a few uses. 

Do Major Manufacturers Make Illegal Golf Drivers? 

Most major golf manufacturers make conforming drivers. The majority of golfers want a club that they can use in tournaments and one that the USGA says is legal.

Since most golfers don’t want to get themselves accustomed to a non-conforming driver only to have to switch to conforming drivers for tournaments, these clubs can be a little tricky to find at times. 

Even though the major manufacturers like to stick to conforming drivers, there are plenty of look-a-like models on the market. The Heater driver we reviewed is a TaylorMade look-alike with a very hot face and lots of distance. 

Some golfers believe that drivers should all conform to the rules of golf. Other golfers will take whatever advantage they can get to increase performance off the tee box.

The Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver is the best illegal driver that we came across.

If you are going to play with an illegal club, you may as well play with one that is extremely long and ready to give you that extra performance that you are looking for.

Always make sure that all of your clubs are legal before participating in a USGA sanctioned golf event or even a tournament at your own home course. The game is only fair when everyone has the same advantages when it comes to equipment.

Read also –  Best Illegal Golf Balls In 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Is using illegal or non conforming drivers considered cheating.

In tournament play, using an illegal golf driver is cheating. Just like devices that measure wind, protractors (looking at you, Bryson,) and juiced golf balls, using an illegal club is cheating.

However, if you’re playing on your own with nothing at stake, the definition of cheating changes. Yes, it’s still against the rules. But then again, so is pulling your ball out of a divot and a breakfast ball on the first tee. If those are accepted for casual rounds, why not illegal golf drivers?

If you and your buddies carry 1000cc drivers for your normal, friendly, weekend game, who does it hurt? If everyone is aware and on the same page, what harm does it cause? It’s not like you’re pulling a fast one given the obvious size difference of 1000cc drivers to the standard 460cc. 1000cc drivers are an extreme case, but you get the picture. It’s your decision to make and if the people you’re non-competitively playing with or against don’t mind, why not take the free help?

How much further can you hit the ball with an illegal driver?

Assuming we’re talking about a club that helps increase swing speed, you can gain quite a bit of distance using an illegal driver.

The rule of thumb is you add 3.16 yards for each mph you increase swing speed. If a shaft or clubhead gives you a 5 mph swing speed boost, that’s almost 16 yards you’ll gain solely because of the equipment you’re using.

Is there a penalty for using an illegal driver?

The penalty for using an illegal driver in a competitive round of golf is disqualification, per USGA Rule 4.1a. Illegal golf drivers are, by definition, a club that does not conform to the requirements of the governing bodies of golf. If you’re using one, there’s not much room for interpretation or a minimized penalty—it will always be a DQ.

Mike Regan

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers: 5 things you need to know

Realizing not everyone has the time to consume endless content on club launch day, we're trying something different and offering a fresh version of our detailed tech write-ups that hits the high points. Here's what you need to know about  Callaway’s Paradym Ai Smoke drivers coming to retail on Jan. 26. Pre-order your driver here .

Fit for you

Callaway’s supercomputer has grown up since its debut in Epic Flash five years ago . Initially designed to improve ball speed with Epic Flash, the list of face technology benefits has expanded exponentially in recent years. Using more data points than ever before, the A.I. face optimization found on last year’s Paradym helped improve dispersion, speed, launch and spin across the entire face by analyzing where golfers consistently impact the face.

“More players are getting fit than ever before and we have so much access to data,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway’s director of R&D, metalwoods. “It’s trying to figure out how we leverage it to help drive the designs and optimize them for the players who are going to play them. It’s about taking real player swing dynamics and incorporating those characteristics into the optimization in a way we’ve never done before.”

It’s safe to say Callaway’s supercomputer has made another massive leap with the introduction of Ai Smart Face . Instead of simply having a static clubhead in the simulation and moving the supercomputer around to different impact locations to improve face performance, Callaway asked its whip-smart colleague to solve far more sophisticated outputs and outcomes.

In this case, how does each model in the new Paradym Ai Smoke lineup (available Jan. 26) most benefit golfers with a specific attack, path and face angle? The end result from upwards of 50,000 face iterations - not to mention innumerable player-fitting data - is a driver that caters to the above attributes for each model. Think of it as a “swing code” for your game.

The simulations and fitting data revealed golfers using the draw-biased Max D ($599.99; 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees) and lightweight Max Fast ( $599.99 ; 10.5 and 12 degrees) would most benefit from a face technology that favors an out-to-in path (-7.6 left), slower swing speed (75-90 mph), downward attack (-2.1) with low heel to high toe misses. For golfers with a bit more speed in the tank who don’t necessarily find the center of the face, the Ai Smart Face on the Max ( $599.99 ; 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees) is built for mid-speed (90-100 mph), upward attack (+1.1) and a slightly out-to-in path (-1.9 left). And for the better player on the higher end of the speed spectrum, the low-spin Triple Diamond ( $599.99 ; 8, 9 and 10.5 degrees) caters to those who can move it (105-120 mph) with an even more upward angle of attack (+2.9) and neutral to slightly left path (-0.9 left).

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Gone are the days of simply fitting golfers into boxes based on their need for more forgiveness or a draw-bias. With Artificial Intelligence at the wheel, Callaway’s face technology is going to a level of personalization not seen before.

Still speedy

Improving downrange dispersion is important, but only if it doesn’t come at the expense of ball speed. In the case of Paradym Ai Smoke, Callaway was able to influence both positively with the help of micro deflections situated all over the face.

Callaway defines the “micro deflections” as a way to control localized flexure at impact. In the past, Callaway simply asked the supercomputer to improve ball speed on mishits; however, the inclusion of small simples on the face - which cannot be seen - serves to counter how the face usually flexes at impact on certain mishits and influence launch/spin conditions.

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“Rather than relying totally on MOI, center of gravity or bulge and roll - things we spend a lot of time working on - this is a more dynamic approach where we’re not just using the mass properties of the head,” Gibbs said. “The micro deflections help us decouple launch and spin in a meaningful way. Paradym was the first time we tried to optimize the face for downrange distance and dispersion. Now we’re working on dialing in the launch and spin on mishits.”

Yes, Ai Smoke has a tighter downrange dispersion due to the micro deflections. But optimizing launch and spin on mishits also has another benefit, improving the carry distances across the entire face. It’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario.

The Unicorn

You’ll have to wait a few more weeks for our robotic testing insights on Paradym Ai Smoke, but one model in particular raised some eyebrows: Ai Smoke Triple Diamond. Long considered the driver for better players with consistent contact and high swing speeds, the one drawback when it came to Triple Diamond was a lack of ball speed retention, due to poor launch and spin conditions.

Pulling one lever generally requires designers to release another. You can’t have it all, right? Well, that might not be the case for every driver.

Inputting the “swing code” on Triple Diamond instantly turned it into a unicorn driver that made it possible to place mass forward for a lower launch and spin, while still maintaining tight ball speed deltas on heel and toe mishits - a trait that’s normally reserved for high-MOI models.

“When we input the swing code into Triple Diamond, we saw stuff that blew our mind,” Gibbs said. “We’ve seen some golfers who tested with it that were noticeably more consistent during our testing. The shape of the [dispersion] ellipse is very horizontal on heel and toe shots, so those mishits are now going similar distances. We’ve eliminated those short, right misses that lose too much spin and speed on this version.”

Tour feedback for Ai Smoke Triple Diamond has backed up what Callaway’s seen from internal testing. During a trip to the Ely Callaway Performance Center, Jon Rahm didn’t even need to look at the launch monitor numbers to confirm it was a better driver.

“His perception was it was significantly better,” Gibbs said. “More consistent start lines for him and didn’t have any of the left miss he wants to avoid seeing. It’s just an overall more consistent driver across the entire face, and our staffers have been seeing that from the jump. It’s been a home run for us.”

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Titanium and carbon.

Paradym ushered in a new standard for weight savings with the introduction of a 360-degree carbon chassis that was touted as being 44 percent lighter than a traditional driver body. The incredible weight savings were placed in strategic areas within the head to improve several performance benefits, particularly on mishits.

So what did Callaway do for an encore? They added titanium to the carbon body. Before you question why their engineers would add more weight to the body, it’s important to note this isn’t your everyday titanium, but rather a proprietary version of Ti 6-4 that’s fashioned to the inside where the sole and crown meet.

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“The carbon still goes all the way around,” Gibbs said. “The titanium on the inside gives it enough strength around the ribbon area to take the carbon significantly thinner. This has all the stiffness and strength titanium provides but at a lower density.” Even though we added metal to the inside, it still helped us save weight overall.”

If you’re wondering exactly how much lighter the carbon structure is, Gibbs confirmed they were able to save another 6 grams of discretionary weight during the creation process.

Elephant in the room

Let’s get right to it: Jailbreak didn’t make the cut when Paradym Ai Smoke was designed. Gibbs was quick to point out that the technology, which initially connected the sole and crown via two titanium for a distinct ball-speed advantage, simply ran its course. But it didn’t go down without a fight.

“Early modeling suggested we could achieve higher performance without Jailbreak,” Gibbs said. “We took that pretty seriously and made prototypes both ways to prove it, and the models validated it.”

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While the bars are gone, the Ai Smart Face is still able to achieve similar performance benefits to Jailbreak.

“We can create a boundary layer that still stiffens from crown to similar - mimicking Jailbreak - with an appropriate amount of flexure we’re able to harness,” Gibbs said.

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2024 Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers — GolfWRX Launch Report 

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What you need to know:  Artificial intelligence early adopter Callaway’s 2024 Paradym Ai Smoke drivers feature the company’s most substantial implementation of AI yet. Engineers continue to leverage artificial intelligence to refine the face of each driver model ( Paradym Ai Smoke Max ,  Paradym  Ai Smoke Max D ,  Paradym  Ai Smoke Triple Diamond ), this time, drilling down on real player data with a particular focus on delivering improved ball speed on off-center strikes  everywhere  on the club face. Callaway calls this “Ai Smart Face.” Additionally, in contrast to previous years, Callaway is bringing the launch of its lightweight option,  Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast , in line with its family debut.

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A view of the sole of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max driver sole with the carbon fiber chassis featuring prominently.

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2024 Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers: What’s new, key technology

  • Ai Smart Face: Drawing on the swing dynamics of thousands of real golfers, Callaway developed an all-new Ai Smart Face for each driver model. Swing speed, club delivery, and face orientation prior to impact were considered to create club faces catered to optimal launch and tighter dispersion.
  • Multiple sweet spots: Engineers targeted face design virtually everywhere across the face to leverage micro deflections for optimal spin on off-center shots struck anywhere on the face. This isn’t to say the “high toe” sweet spot produces a comparable result to a shot struck center face, but it’s an improved struck relative to the absence of the technology/previous face designs.
  • Refined carbon chassis: As with Paradym , Paradym Ai Smoke again features a carbon chassis to allow for discretionary weight distribution. This time, it’s 15 percent lighter and equipped with a titanium support structure. Additionally, Jailbreak is no longer present.

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers: Additional model details

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max: Aimed at the widest swath of the fitting bell curve, Paradym Ai Smoke Max is the only driver in the lineup with an adjustable perimeter weight. According to the company, this allows up to 19 yards of shot shape adjustment.

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D:  For those needing help with slice correction, Max D features a stretched profile and rear weight for ease of launch.

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond:  Triple Diamond, Callaway’s tour/better player option is the most compact and neutral-to-fade biased in the lineup, as would be expected. A 14-gram weight can be moved from front to back for spin reduction and to the rear for workability.

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast:  Targeting players needing a little help in the swing speed department, Ai Smoke Max Fast is coupled with a lightweight shaft and grip. High MOI and easy to launch.

What Callaway says

Brian Williams vice president of Research & Development…

Regarding the company and artificial intelligence:

“It’s been a 15-year journey for us and it’s been an investment in both people and in infrastructure. So we’ve been building this system and this engine around how golf design works and how we use AI to predict what’s possible in terms of golf ball launch trajectory. And when we first started talking about AI in terms of face performance, we were really using it for ball speed. We were looking for COR benefits and when we used it for Epic Flash that was a single focus for us. Now we’re using it in a much more sophisticated way, so we’ve built a platform around it that allows us to put more sophisticated data in to ask Ai to solve for more sophisticated outputs and outcomes.”

On designing the new lineup: 

“It might not surprise you, but golf club companies for years have been out there, modeling and designing golf clubs in a neutral static environment. We’re looking at how a face flexes on effectively a neutral or perfect swing. We design them that way we test them that way on robots and we wanted to really break away from that. So now what we’ve done is we’ve created a new way of designing and modeling to more closely reflect how golfers deliver the club.”

“What we’ve done is we’ve taken all this data from out there and we’ve categorized it, so we’ve gone out looked at fittings of players and we’ve grouped them together to come up with unique designs and inputs for each model that we produce. And that’s the Swing Code for these players. So the components of a Swing Code, we’re looking at the clubhead speed that it’s delivered in. We’re looking at impact locations, we look at path, angle of attack, we look at face angle relative to path, we look at dynamic loft and lie.”

Club Junkie’s take

Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke drivers should be another big hit as they pack some new technology under the hood. The big story, as you have probably read already, is about the all-new Ai Smart Face that not only adds ball speed on off-center shots, but also helps correct the direction of those shots. This tech is called micro deflections and can help a shot struck low on the heel from going as far right as a traditional face. This will be an exciting thing to test out over the next few weeks. It is also exciting to see that after 50,000 face iterations that we have different faces for each driver. The face on the Triple Diamond is designed differently than the Max D because the players who use them are going to strike them differently.

Speaking of the Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond, I think most of us GolfWRX members will want to test out the neutral-to-fade bias that this head offers. You also get the ability to lower spin by moving the heavy weight on the sole forward. The Paradym Ai Smoke Max driver will be the “bread and butter” option that will give us the best combo of distance, spin, and forgiveness. I can see this model played on professional tours and all the way up to newer golfers or high handicap players. The added adjustable sliding weight will also make this head attractive to us tinkerers who want to dial in the driver to our swing. The Paradym Ai Smoke Max D driver will offer the most forgiveness out of all the models. The draw moniker will turn some people off, but for most players, it could be the best option. A rear weight helps add some launch and stability to the driver head which could make it one of the straightest we see this year. With all the options Callaway is giving us this year with the Paradym Ai Smoke drivers, there should be a model to fit your swing.

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Exploded view of the interior of the Callaway Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max driver face.

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Additionally, Xander Schauffele has switched into the 10.5-degree Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (with a Mitsubishi Diamana PD 70 TX) shaft. A look at his build, below.

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2024 Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Max: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees
  • Max D: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees
  • Triple Diamond: 8 (RH only), 9, 10.5 degrees
  • Max Fast: 10.5, 12 degrees (RH only)

Standard shafts: Project X Cypher 2.0, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue, Project X Denali Black, Mitsubishi Eldio, Mitsubishi Tensei Silver

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360, Winn Dri-Tac Lite (Max Fast)

Pricing: $599.99

Pre-sale/at retail: 1/12, 1/26

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Whats in the Bag

Chris kirk’s winning witb: 2024 sentry.

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  • Chris Kirk what’s in the bag accurate as of The Sentry. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (9 degrees @10.7) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 TX

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5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (18 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 TX

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Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4), Callaway Apex CB (5-9) Shafts: Project X LZ 125 6.5

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Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (46-10S @47, 50-10S), Vokey Design SM9 (56-08M), Callaway Jaws Raw (60) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

Putter: Odyssey Ai One Milled Six T CH

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Harris English WITB 2024 (January)

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  • Harris English what’s in the bag accurate as of The Sentry.  More photos from the event here.

Driver : Ping G430 LST (10.5 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6 X

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3-wood : Ping G400 (14.5 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Blue 8 X

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Irons : Ping G410 Crossover (3), Ping Blueprint T (4-9) Shafts: Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Black 9 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-9)

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Wedges : Ping Si59 (46 S-12, 52 S-12, 56 S-12, 60 T-6) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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Putter : Ping Scottsdale Hohum

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Ball : Titleist Pro V1

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Grips : Golf Pride MCC Align

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‘Why these Titleist irons are going to be all-timers’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to a thread heaping praise on a set of Titleist irons predicted to be “all-timers.”

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WRXer MtlJeff has been playing the brand’s T150 series irons, describing them as “one of the best iron sets that has come out in a long time.”

MtlJeff writes:

“After some course time and multiple range sessions….i am confident saying these are one of the best iron sets that has come out in a long time. They are in that sweet spot that will appeal to a countless amount of golfers.

A big issue with the T100 and T100S was the topline didn’t change. The gap between T100 families and T200 was too big. The T100 family was a very thin topline, even smaller than my PXG blades to be honest. And then the T200 was kind of a different club altogether.

The T150 is kinda like a perfect club

-It’s not THAT small…..You can see the trail end even on the 5 and 6 irons. And the topline is very manageable, i would think even 7-12 index types would have no issues with this.

-That being said, it’s one of the cleanest , most beautiful looking clubheads on the market even despite being a “smaller-midsize” head.

-It’s strong lofted but the launch is very nice, pretty high. For such a sexy cavity there’s some junk down there. This is like a J-Lo club if you know what I mean.

-The sole is very midrange….it’s probably 1.5x the size of my PXG blades. 

At the end of the day—To me it’s the perfect club for anyone in the <12 range. It’s a relatively generous sole, topline and blade length that is small but not like crazy small (think like smaller than ZX7 but not so much so) and it’s beautiful to look at in the bag.

I think this set is gonna absolutely crush it. I think this is one we’ll be talking about in 10 years.”

And our members have been reacting to the strong review in our forums.

Here are a couple of posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MerryTex: “T150 is definitely an iron that takes a lot of good things from sets out on the market. Top line is nice, overall profile changes through the set visually, and the feel is good. I’d say they feel like a T100 but faster. I couldn’t get over how good the 4 iron felt in testing.”
  • falken19150: “T150s are going to be Titleist’s i210 moment.”

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Best Illegal Drivers

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Let’s be honest, for most of us there’s nothing quite like piping a tee shot down the middle.  You know the ones we’re talking about.  Those occasional drives that carry your buddies’ drives by 20 yards and roll another 20.

While modern club manufacturers have done everything they can in terms of design and technology to push the USGA conforming limits on drivers, there’s still a limit on things like length and face thickness that keep a driver “legal” for play.

But what if you aren’t interested in playing tournaments or keeping a handicap?  What if you’re out there just to have a good time and want to hit the ball as far as you can?

The good news is that there are plenty of drivers (illegal that is) that will help you do just that.

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If you’re looking for a driver that you can smoke down the fairway and provides maximum forgiveness, the Juggernaut is for you.

The USGA doesn’t allow drivers to be more than 460cc in size.  The juggernaut is 515cc.  What’s even more is that the club incorporates High COR Monster Heater B1 Cannon design that takes the COR well beyond the legal limits for explosive ball speeds. 

If you’re a slicer, you’re in luck.  The head’s offset design helps you square the face at impact for longer, straighter shots. 

The driver comes in lengths ranging from 41” to 48” and multiple shaft options are available. 

A great choice for a hot face with more customization options than most other illegal drivers.

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Not everyone swings the club at 100+ mph.  In fact, it’s most of us.  But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice distance. 

The Heater Ghost Ultralight driver mirrors the TaylorMade models in its shape and look.  However, the head only weighs 175 grams.  Paired with a shaft that’s less than 60 grams, this driver allows golfers with slower swing speeds to generate increased clubhead speed for faster ball speeds and more distance. 

What’s even more, the Heater Ghost Ultralight driver incorporates ultra-thin crown technology.  This lowers the COG and creates ideal conditions for high launch and minimal spin. 

For those with slower swing speeds wanting more distance, the Heater Ghost Ultralight is perfect. 

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If you’re looking for one of the most forgiving drivers in the game, it’s tough to beat the Black Big Buddha from Orlimar Golf.  

The head measures an astounding 520cc yet is designed to be aerodynamic.  This allows golfers to maximize clubhead speed for ultimate distance. 

Like a lot of modern drivers, the crown in the Black Big Buddha is thin.  This not only lowers the COG for better launch conditions, but it increases MOI for maximum forgiveness across the face. 

Available in senior, regular, and stiff flex, this driver can benefit any golfer looking to up their game from the tee. 

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One of our writers is a Pacific Northwest native and quite familiar with the Pinemeadow brand.  The company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  While the company doesn’t staff any of the best players in the world, he insists that they make some of the best budget clubs on the market. 

He recently had the chance to hit the PGX 500cc driver and was blown away with its performance.  The club measures 46” in length and can take a little getting used to.  However, once you’ve made a few swings with this matte black driver, you’re sure to notice a significant increase in distance.

The club’s futuristic design and extremely hot face combine for a quality club that won’t break the bank. 

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Geek Golf has long been the driver head choice for World Long Drive Champions Jamie Sadlowski and Sandra Carlborg.  That’s because their heads are arguably the hottest in the world.

This all-black driver head has additional weight low and toward the back of the clubhead.  This design helps golfers of all abilities launch the ball high with minimal spin, the ideal combination for length. 

Integrated power slots sit on either side of the head to help maintain stability through impact and ensure solid contact. 

When you pair this driver head with the right shaft for your swing, you too will see what all the hype is about.

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Men's Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Golf Driver. Right Handed Premium Ultra Forgiving Regular Flex Graphite Shaft with Tour Velvet Grip

By now, you’ve probably noticed that size matters when it comes to illegal drivers.  That’s yet again the case with the Money Club .

Available in 10.5 or 12.5 degrees of loft, this 520cc has a sweet spot like you’ve never seen.  Even if you don’t catch this club dead on center, you’re sure to reap the benefits of its forgiveness across the whole face.

Even though this club is a little on the heavy side for some golfers, it’s sure to deliver in both terms of distance and forgiveness.

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Intech Golf Behemoth 520cc Driver

Intech Golf Illegal Non-Conforming Extra Long Distance Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver

Out of all the illegal drivers on our list, golfers say the Intech Behemoth sounds and feels the best. 

The face is made of stainless steel and gives golfers a solid feel without sounding “tinny” at impact. 

Better yet, the 520cc head gives you plenty of room to mishit shots without sacrificing performance. 

The club is available in both 10.5 and 12.5 degrees of loft and comes with a stock shaft in either regular or senior flex.

If you’re a beginner or high handicapper and are looking for more distance, the Behemoth from Intech won’t disappoint.

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When Do You Use a Driver?

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For the uninitiated, drivers are designed to be an offensive weapon.  They’re the club you use on par fours and fives to get the ball as far down the fairway as possible. 

Drivers have the largest heads of any club and should always be hit off a tee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most asked questions associated with new driver club buying. 

Q: How Do I Measure A Golf Driver’s Shaft Length?

A:  To measure your golf driver, take a 48-inch measuring stick or tape measure and set up the club as if your were addressing a golf ball. Set the measuring stick next to the club shaft flex and measure the club from the butt end of the grip to the bottom of the golf club. This length is your driver club length. Shaft length should be measured from grip end to the hosel. 

Q: Driver vs Fairway Woods: What is the Difference?

A:  Drivers and fairway are very similar in their appearance and internal constructions. The most visually apparent difference is the size of the club head and the static loft options. Driver are larger in size and tend to have less loft at lest 5 degrees and can be up to 12 degrees than fairway woods. They differ in the moment of inertia too. Drivers are designed to hit the golf ball off a tee. Fairway woods are built to hit the ball from both a tee and several different ground conditions. The difference in the sole shapes and adjustable weights of these two clubs make the better suited to different situations around the golf course. 

Q: What is an Adjustable Driver, and Does it Really Matter?

A:  Adjustable drivers have become more popular as movable weights and custom club fitting with adjustable hosel is advancing long time. Adjustable drivers with adjustable weights allow golfers and club builders to fit golfers into their ideal setups more easily. Adjustable hosels can create an array of change the loft, face angles, and shot shape biases all within a single production head. Moveable weights can influence forgiveness, center of gravity, sweet spot, shaft flex, swing speeds, spin, and shot shapes as well. Getting the right face angle, loft, and center of gravities and sweet spot are critical in getting your best driver fit. 

Q: How Do You Know if a Driver is USGA Conforming?

A:  Drivers that are a part of the USGA conforming list can be found at the link below. Drivers are regulated so that they do not award players an advantage over the rules of golf as mandated by the USGA.

Finding the Best Illegal Driver for Your Golf Game

When it comes to illegal drivers, fitting and customization options are somewhat limited.  That’s simply because the market for such clubs is a few folks that don’t “want to play by the rules”. 

With that being said, there are some things you should consider before you make a decision on an illegal driver.

Look, Feel, and Sound

No two golf clubs are the same.  That’s especially true when it comes to drivers, legal or not.  There are countless designs, shapes, colors, etc. to choose from.  Whatever illegal driver you decide on, you need to like the way it looks, sounds, and feels.

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Performance

The next important factor to consider when trying to find the best illegal driver for your game is its performance.  Again, adjustability and customization options are somewhat limited compared to conforming drivers, but performance is something that can be measured and fit to your game.

We suggest testing a few different clubs before you make a final decision.  This process should involve a launch monitor to give you some real time feedback on the metrics of your shots with each club.

Some key numbers to look for are launch angle, spin rate, smash factor, and carry distance to name a few. 

The best driver for your game should be one that launches high and has minimal backspin. 

Don’t overlook the shaft either.  When it comes to shafts, there are countless options to choose from and finding the right flex, weight, kick point, and length are just a few things you should take into account.

We all want more distance.  Not only is busting a drive miles past your buddies fun, it makes the game a whole lot more enjoyable. 

Unfortunately, the USGA has put limits on drivers that make some legal and others not.  While these restrictions help protect the integrity of the game for those that play in tournaments or keep handicaps, there’s no rule that says you can’t play with whatever clubs you want if you just want to have fun.

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX . After graduating with honors from Purdue University , he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube , he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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My golf game has been a mixed bag lately. But the beauty of being a golf equipment writer – particularly at this time of year – is getting to try all of the latest clubs and seeing what works best for me. And trust me, I’ve already tried products from many brands since New Year’s Day. Yesterday, for instance, I was able to get fitted for Cobra’s latest Darkspeed club line and promptly headed to a local course to try them out. Mind you, the set I tried out wasn’t built to my specs – that will take a couple of weeks – but I was able to play some standard-spec clubs. And wow.

I honestly wasn’t expecting too much. But the first thing that struck me about the driver was its satin black finish and simple shaping. While many drivers sport a glossy look these days, this one just stands out in a great way. Of the three versions offered – the LS low-spin for better players, the Max for generally higher handicaps who need loads of forgiveness and the X that combines forgiveness and ball speed – I opted for the X. All of them are equipped with the company’s hot clubface, bridge that spans suspended behind the face for more ball speed, and carbon crown and sole plate/titanium face combination. The X just looked best to my eye, and felt right. First drive soared past everyone in my group and I was crushing it for most of the round. It sounds and feels nice and solid at impact, and ball flight was really satisfying for me.

“With Darkspeed, we have three very different drivers that can suit different golfers,” says Jose Miraflor, vice president of marketing. “The LS driver features the max aerodynamics, that a fast swinging golfer can take advantage of to gain more speed and more distance. We designed the Max driver which has two settings – maximize forgiveness or maximum slice correction – we’re super excited about that. And the X driver is an excellent combination of both speed and forgiveness. I think it will account for the majority of Darkspeed driver sales. What I really like about our drivers is they resemble shafts that you could be fit into – a black LS for low ball flight, the Max has red highlights and color for high ball flight, and X with blue highlight colors for mid ball flight. It’s easy to fit your game and get a lot of distance, no matter what type of swing type you have.”

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I also played the game-improvement Darkspeed irons – again, they look amazing with a satin black body backed with a glossy black cavity badge. The longer irons in the set are hollow inside, and then filled with feel-enhancing foam. The gap wedge through sand wedge are half-hollow. That hollow body construction creates a thinner and more responsive clubhead structure that yields faster ball speeds and longer distance. Like the driver, the irons have a bridge behind the clubface, as well. It’s suspended and free-floating within the clubhead – helping position the CG low for optimal launch. The thin-and-lively clubface insert makes for more efficient energy transfer at impact, and essentially enlarges the sweet spot. Even though I’m a low-handicap player, I loved the looks of these at address. The top line is not too thick, and the forgiveness was noticeable on several of my bad swings.

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The world of golf is full of surprises, and if you’re here, chances are you’ve stumbled upon one of those surprises: illegal golf clubs.

Now, before you get too alarmed, let me tell you, these ‘illegal’ clubs aren’t going to land you in jail, but they might just make your friends green with envy at your newfound driving range.

Stick around as I delve into the intriguing world of these unique pieces of equipment and highlight their key features and manufacturers. And who knows, you might just find one that piques your interest.

In short, the 8 best-known illegal golf clubs are:

  • MAZEL Sand Wedge
  • Juggernaut XXL 515cc Driver
  • Q Adjustable Loft Golf Club
  • Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver
  • Callaway E.R.C. II
  • Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver
  • Krank Golf Formula XX Driver
  • Dead Aim 3-DB Belly Mallet Putter
  • GEEK GOLF DOT COM #1 Japan This 551 Hot Version
  • Orlimar Big Buddha 520cc Jumbo Driver

Golf clubs are deemed illegal when they fail to meet the rules and regulations set by governing bodies like the USGA and R&A. Factors such as exceeding maximum clubhead size, having excessive spring effect, or surpassing length limitations make these non-conforming golf irons, restricting their use in official tournaments and handicapping calculations.

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  • When can’t you use illegal golf clubs?
  • The best illegal golf clubs
  • The best illegal golf club brands
  • Pros and cons of using illegal golf clubs

What Makes A Golf Club Illegal?

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The Concept of an ‘Illegal’ Golf Club

Alright, let’s take it from the top. I know ‘illegal’ sounds rather dramatic to associate with golf clubs, but it’s not as sinister as it sounds. When discussing an ‘illegal’ or ‘non-conforming’ golf club, we’re discussing a club that doesn’t fit the rules and regulations set by the good folks who govern the sport.

It’s not like you’ll be in handcuffs for using one – but it does mean you can’t strut out onto the course and use it in any official games or when calculating your handicap.

The Devil’s in the Details: Technical Aspects That Make a Club Illegal

Now, when it comes to what exactly makes a golf club illegal, it’s all in the specifics. There are three main culprits – the clubhead size, the clubface’s ‘spring’ effect (also known as the Coefficient of Restitution  or COR), and the shaft length.

  • First up, the size of the club head. For example, for drivers, the maximum clubhead size  allowed is 460 cubic centimeters. So, if you’ve got a driver with a clubhead larger than that, it’s officially non-conforming.
  • Next, we have the clubface. It’s all about how much the clubface ‘springs’ or rebounds when it smacks the ball. If the COR is over 0.830, that’s too much spring, and that club is a no-go according to the rules.
  • Lastly, there’s the length of the shaft. A longer shaft might help you get more distance on your drive, but it can also be harder to handle. The powers that be have decided that the shaft length shouldn’t exceed 48 inches. Anything more than that, and you’re straying into illegal territory.

The Judges: Who Decides What Makes a Golf Club Illegal?

So, who are the judges in this scenario? It’s the United States Golf Association (USGA)  and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) . These guys set the standards for golf club design, size, and performance.

Remember, these standards aren’t just for kicks—they’re there to ensure everyone’s on an even playing field and to keep the sport’s integrity intact. Sure, an illegal club might give you a slight advantage in a casual game or when you’re practicing, but when it comes to official play, it’s all about your skill, strategy, and fair play.

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When can’t players use illegal golf clubs.

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After all, aren’t sports supposed to be fun? Some people take it more seriously than others.

Participating in Official Tournaments

First, any official tournament is illegal clubs’ most stringent no-go zone. Whether you’re hitting the greens at the local level or dreaming of standing next to the pros, the game’s rules are unwavering.

The USGA and R&A strictly prohibit illegal clubs; any deviation is met with swift penalties. Trying to gain an edge with a non-conforming club could disqualify you, a fate any passionate golfer would prefer to avoid.

Calculating Your Handicap

When it’s time to calculate your handicap, that’s another situation where illegal clubs are a definite no-no. Your handicap is a measure of your golfing ability and is crucial for fair competition.

Using a non-conforming club would skew this measure, rendering it inaccurate and misleading. It’s important to remember that the handicap system is designed to level the playing field, and using an illegal club goes against this spirit.

In Training and Practice Sessions

You might think, “Well, I can use it in my practice sessions, right?” Not exactly. If you’re training for a tournament or working on improving your game, using an illegal club isn’t the best idea.

Practicing with a club, you can’t use in real competition can lead to forming habits and swings that don’t translate well to conforming clubs. In the long run, this can affect your overall performance and improvement.

Consequences of Using Illegal Clubs

If you choose to use illegal clubs in these situations, the consequences are hefty. In official tournaments, the penalties can range from disqualification to losing hole victories in match play or extra strokes in stroke play.

If you’re calculating your handicap, you might end up with an unfair representation of your ability, which could potentially lead to your handicap being adjusted or even being disqualified.

The bottom line is this: the course is a place for sportsmanship and fair play. And while there’s a time and a place for non-conforming clubs, it’s crucial to understand when and where they simply aren’t allowed.

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A Closer Look at Popular Illegal Golf Clubs—Non-Conforming Golf Clubs List

Exploring the realm of non-conforming or “illegal” golf clubs can be both enlightening and intriguing. Let’s delve a little deeper into these unconventional marvels of golf design.

1. MAZEL Sand Wedge

MAZEL Premium Golf Wedge for Men,Electroplated CNC Milled Sand Wedge,Right Handed (59 Degree)

The design of the MAZEL Sand Wedge stood out to me immediately. It features a unique, perforated clubhead which, although it breaks USGA guidelines, serves a useful purpose. When I took it to the course, I found that these perforations were great for shedding debris.

My contact with the ball improved, and I felt more in control of my swing. Compared to the Cleveland RTX-4 Wedge, which sticks to conventional design rules, the MAZEL offers something truly different. The ability to sharpen the groove edges independently also adds to its uniqueness, and I found it kept the club in prime condition for longer.

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2. Juggernaut XXL 515cc Driver

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Swinging the Juggernaut XXL 515cc Driver for the first time, I was immediately aware of its large size. The clubhead is so large it exceeds the maximum displacement limit set by the USGA. In practice, this translates to a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness for off-center hits.

When I switched back to my Callaway Epic Speed Driver, which conforms strictly to USGA limits, I found it offered a more predictable performance and a better build quality. Still, the Juggernaut offers a unique and fun experience for casual games and non-competitive rounds.

3. Q Adjustable Loft Golf Club

Q Adjustable Loft Golf Club (Right-Handed)

A true Swiss army knife of golf clubs, the Q Adjustable Loft Golf Club can mimic any club in your bag with its adjustable loft feature. With an adjustable loft, it can mimic any club in your bag. It’s non-conforming for changing during a round, but its convenience, especially for traveling golfers, is undeniable.

I found the ability to change lofts so easily very handy. However, using my Mizuno MP-20 Iron Set again, I felt a more intimate connection with each club and its specific performance traits. While the Q club offers space-saving convenience, it doesn’t replace the feeling of mastering individual clubs.

4. Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver

Senior Men's Money Club High Launch 520cc 12.5° Golf Driver. Right Handed Premium Ultra Forgiving Senior Lite Flex Graphite Shaft with Tour Velvet Grip

The Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Driver is a non-conforming club that I found pushed my sensory limits. Its unique design and construction generate an unusual sound upon impact, which was quite unexpected.

It’s hard to argue with the consistently high drives and distance. When I used the Titleist TSi2 Driver, I felt a sense of familiarity and predictability. Yet, the Money Club provides an alternative experience for those looking to challenge their senses and push their driving distances.

5. Callaway E.R.C. II

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Using the Callaway E.R.C. II, I could push the boundaries of my game. The enhanced COR, a greater energy transfer from clubface to ball, often resulted in longer drives.

When I switched back to my TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver, I noticed that the distance might have been lesser, but the performance was more controlled. I’d say that The E.R.C. II is easily an excellent choice for those looking to test the limits of their drives.

6. Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver

Intech Golf Illegal Non-Conforming Extra Long Distance Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver

As I grasped the Intech Golf Oversized Behemoth 520cc Driver, I immediately noticed its daring disposition. The oversized 520cc clubhead, surpassing the USGA limit, promised a more forgiving drive.

During my playtest, I was amazed at how this club lent itself to my off-center hits, turning them into something more usable than my conventional drivers. Swapping it with the conforming Mizuno ST-Z Driver, I noticed the latter’s performance was reliably balanced – a steadfast friend in a competitive play scenario.

However, the Intech Behemoth stole the show with its audacious size and non-conforming spirit. For anyone willing to experiment, it offers an exhilarating blend of bold power and adventurous play, despite its ineligibility in tournament play.

7. Krank Formula 11 XX Driver

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As I swung the Krank Formula 11 XX Driver, I could sense an air of defiance. This club laughs in the face of USGA regulations with its exceeded Coefficient of Restitution (COR) limit. As a result, the energy transfer from clubface to ball was palpably enhanced, sending my drives soaring farther than I had expected.

Shifting to the conforming Wilson Staff D9 for a comparative run, I observed its more regulated energy transfer and predictable performance. While this makes the Wilson a steady companion in tournaments, the Krank presents a thrilling challenge.

The enhanced distance and speed offered by the Krank Formula 11 XX create an irresistible temptation, a forbidden thrill for those willing to step beyond the conventional boundaries.

8. Dead Aim 3-DB Belly Mallet Putter

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When I first picked up the Dead Aim 3-DB Belly Mallet Putter, it was like nothing I’d used before. The built-in laser guide was exciting and designed to help perfect your alignment. After using it, I realized this was more than a flashy gimmick. I saw improvements in my aim and consistency.

The Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Ten Putter, another putter I’ve used, relies on traditional alignment methods and doesn’t offer the same guidance. Despite its cool features, the Dead Aim is “illegal” for tournament play. Still, this putter is an excellent tool for casual games and practice.

9. GEEK GOLF DOT COM #1 Japan This 551 Hot Version

#1 Japan Geek Golf Dot Com This 551 Hot Version Pga Tour Distance Driver Head (9)

The Geek Golf DCT (Dot Com This) Driver is a controversial addition to this list. Although the head measures 460cc which would make it legal under normal circumstances, the USGA has declared it as non-conforming due to a minor error that occurred at the foundry. This error is found on all lofts in the 551 range except for the 12-degree loft. However, the whole range is declared as non-conforming.

The hosel angle at the axis measured from the middle of the shaft when inserted into the heel portion is .625 with a slight manufacturing tolerance. This pushes the shaft slightly more towards the middle of the clubhead making it illegal according to the USGA.

The same ruled affected putters previously but has since been adjusted to make it acceptable for middle shafted putters.

However, the Geek 551 DCT has proven itself and has won 17 titles at long-distance events sanctioned by the USGA. It holds the record for the longest drive ever when Mike Dobbyn drove it, yes you guessed it, 551 yards.

10. Orlimar Big Buddha 520cc Jumbo Driver

Orlimar Golf Black Big Buddha Draw 520cc Super Jumbo Driver

The Orlimar Black Big Buddha 520cc Jumbo driver is designed with a 520cc clubhead exceeding the maximum size by 60cc. The design can reduce energy loss during your swing, thus increasing clubhead speed and reducing spin for maximum distance.

It is designed to simulate a Callaway Big Bertha. Furthermore, the design promotes a higher ball flight.

The large clubhead offers a large sweet spot to generate distance on off-center hits.

A thin crown enables the manufacturers to move the weight lower into the sole area for an enhanced moment of inertia (MOI).

The crown is black with a white alignment aid, while the sole is red and silver with generous branding. It is also available in a white crown and black alignment aid with a black and silver sole.

Graphite shafts include flex regular , stiff, or senior flex. It is only available in a 10.5-degree loft and right-hand configuration.

Read more: The Best Illegal Golf Drivers

Who makes illegal golf irons.

Non-conforming golf clubs are made by a variety of manufacturers, both well-known and niche. Some design these clubs specifically for the non-conforming market, while others create them as part of a broader product range.

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Krank Golf specializes in creating clubs for long-drive championships, which often fall outside the rules of conventional golf. Their drivers, such as the Formula 11 XX, offer enhanced ball speed and distance. Despite their non-conforming status, their clubs are recognized for superior build quality and high performance.

intech drivers

Intech is known for creating affordable and versatile golf clubs that often defy conventional rules. Their Behemoth line, for example, includes drivers that exceed the maximum allowable size. These clubs are ideal for golfers looking for an edge in their casual play or practice rounds.

mazel golf clubs

MAZEL is another manufacturer that creates non-conforming clubs. They design unique golf clubs, like the MAZEL Sand Wedge, with grooves that completely perforate the clubhead, providing superior control and debris shedding.

Pros and Cons of Using Illegal Golf Clubs

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This section will delve deeper into the potential benefits and drawbacks of using illegal golf clubs.

Pros of Using Illegal Golf Clubs

  • Improved Performance— Non-conforming clubs often promise enhanced performance, like greater distance, improved accuracy, or better control. This can make golf more enjoyable for some players, especially beginners or high handicappers.
  • More Forgiving— With larger clubheads or expanded sweet spots, illegal clubs can be more forgiving on off-center hits. This can be beneficial for novice golfers still honing their swing mechanics.
  • Novelty Factor— Nonconforming clubs’ unique designs and features can add a fun, novelty element to your golf game. They can provide a fresh perspective and a new challenge.

Cons of Using Illegal Golf Clubs

  • Not Suitable for Official Play— The most significant drawback of illegal clubs is that they can’t be used in official tournaments. They may limit your opportunities to compete formally.
  • Potential Development Hindrance— Using these clubs may hinder the development of good golfing skills and techniques, as they often compensate for bad swings or poor habits.
  • Quality Concerns— While not always the case, some non-conforming clubs may compromise on quality or durability. Ensure you’re purchasing from a reputable manufacturer to avoid this issue.

Read more: The Golf Club Brands To Avoid

Is a two-way chipper a legal club.

Generally, two-way chippers are considered illegal golf clubs under USGA rules, as they have striking surfaces on both sides. The USGA stipulates that clubs should be designed for striking the ball with one face only, making the design of two-way chippers non-conforming. Therefore, using a two-way chipper in official play would violate the rules and could be considered cheating.

Are Square Groove Wedges Illegal?

Yes, square groove wedges are classified as illegal golf equipment. In 2010, the USGA implemented a rule prohibiting clubs with square or U-shaped grooves. This rule aimed to reduce the spin generated by these grooves, particularly from the rough. However, square groove wedges can still be used in friendly or non-official play, where equipment regulations are less strict.

Are There Any Illegal Putter Designs?

Absolutely, there are numerous illegal putter designs. The USGA has strict rules regarding putter shape, size, and design. Non-conforming putters include those with adjustable weights, certain alignment aids, or other features that provide an unfair advantage. Using an illegal putter in official play would be considered as using cheating golf clubs and could lead to penalties or disqualification.

What Makes A Golf Club Illegal Or Non-Conforming?

A golf club becomes illegal or non-conforming if it violates the rules set by the USGA or R&A. These rules cover various aspects such as clubhead size, weight, design, and groove shape. For example, clubs with oversized clubheads, excessive spring effect (COR), or non-standard features may be deemed non-conforming. While non-conforming clubs can offer performance advantages, they are not allowed in official tournaments.

What Are Some Of The Best Illegal Golf Clubs On The Market?

Several manufacturers offer high-quality cheater golf clubs that may improve performance, but it's important to note that they are not allowed in official tournaments. Some notable brands in the illegal golf club market include Krank Golf, Intech, MAZEL, Bridgestone, and Divnick Golf. These manufacturers provide innovative designs and features that can enhance enjoyment for casual or beginner golfers outside of competitive play. However, using these clubs in official tournaments would be considered cheating.

Final Thoughts

In the world of golf, there exist illegal golf clubs and balls that don’t adhere to the rules and regulations set by governing bodies such as the USGA and R&A. While using such clubs won’t land you in legal trouble, they are not permitted in official tournaments or when calculating handicaps.

These clubs often offer unique features, improved performance, and novelty appeal, making them appealing to certain golfers. However, they can hinder skill development, compromise quality, and are unsuitable for competitive play. Understanding the rules and using non-conforming clubs responsibly in appropriate settings is important.

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He has a handicap index of 6.2 and spends the winters near Oaxaca, Mexico, where he plays twice a month at the Club de Golf Vista Hermosa. He's written over 100 articles at GolfSpan since 2021. You can connect with Clint at   LinkedIn , FB , his website , or [email protected] .

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7 Best Illegal/Non Conforming Golf Drivers for the Longest Driving Distances

It is every golfer's dream to smash the balls miles down the middle of the fairway. Sadly, it is not the reality for the vast majority of golfers. However, if you do not play in tournaments or handicap counting rounds, have you considered an ‘illegal’ driver? By not adhering to the standard USGA and R&A guidelines these non conforming drivers can offer golfers additional benefits that legal drivers cannot.

Golf should be a sport for everyone, no matter your standard or how many years you have been playing. The driver is the longest distance club in your golf bag and arguably one of the most important for an enjoyable round for the average golfer. But, there are so many golfers really struggling to hit their driver how far or accurately they want to. Social golf should have maximum enjoyment and the game could be made a little less stressful by receiving that bit of extra help.

The major manufacturers only produce conforming drivers. However, there are still loads of options in the market. As with all drivers, they vary greatly in cost and standard. Below is a list of the best options available on the market right now.

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1. Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Draw

2. intech golf oversize behemoth, 3. money club high launch, 4. pinemeadow pgx 500cc, 5. geek golf lil bastard (lb) 130, 6. sooolong 650cc driver, 7. heater ghost ultralight, 1. clubhead size, 4. accuracy, why buy an illegal driver, what makes a driver illegal, what is cor, what type of illegal driver should i get, when can i use my illegal driver, what shafts come in illegal drivers, how do you know what shaft to get.

Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Draw Non-Conforming Driver - Senior Flex

Distance: 90 | Design: 90 | Feel: 80 | Quality: 75

Best for senior golfers needing distance

The Juggernaut is a driver specifically targeted towards seniors golfers. The 515cc oversized head aids forgiveness with a larger sweet spot. A thin beta titanium face with a COR rating of 0.86 makes the ball spring off the face and adds extra distance. The hosel is offset to help provide golfers with a more consistent drawing ball flight and will also offer extra support for golfers struggling with a slice.

This driver comes with a lightweight senior shaft as standard and a 10.5 degree loft. It is one of the more attractive illegal drivers on the market. It has an all black clubhead and face, with a grey alignment marker. It has almost a TaylorMade look to it.

  • Offset hosel helps create a draw and fix a slice
  • Beta titanium face will improve distance
  • Lightweight senior shaft helps golfer with slow swing speed
  • 515cc club head gives a large sweet spot
  • Will not suit faster swing speeds
  • All black clubhead and face might not be everyone's taste

Intech Golf Oversize Behemoth

Distance: 85 | Design: 80 | Feel: 65 | Quality: 65

Best budget option for reliable distance

This driver has a 520cc head with a large sweet spot, maximising distance all over the club face. It is available in regular or senior flexes and loft options of either 10.5 or 12 degrees, which should suit most golfers.

The design of the club is quite traditional with the major manufacturers, which will be a pleasing sight to many golfers. It comes with its own Intech Behemoth shaft, which is lightweight to help create faster clubhead speed. The face is slightly offset to help with a slice and promote a drawing ballflight. It also comes with an Intech branded headcover.

The metal build does feel thin and some users have reported easy denting. It also makes a noticeably more ‘tinny’ sound on impact when compared to other illegal driver options. The Intech Behemoth is one of the cheaper options on this list, making it a good budget option. However, you will sacrifice a little in terms of build quality.

  • Distance is maximised
  • Traditional driver shape
  • Lightweight shaft improves clubhead speed
  • The sound at impact is not great
  • Build quality could make it less durable

Men's Money Club High Launch 520cc 10.5° Golf Driver. Right Handed Premium Ultra Forgiving Regular Flex Graphite Shaft with Tour Velvet Grip

Distance: 75 | Design: 75 | Feel: 60 | Quality: 60

Best for beginners on a budget

The Money Club High Launch drive has a 520cc head. The extra clubhead size adds an improved sweet spot and extra distance, especially when compared with conforming drivers that are available at a similar price.

It comes in either 10.5 or 12.5 degrees and with a lightweight regular or senior flex shaft. Players struggling with a low swing speed and struggling for carry distance will enjoy the 12.5 degree loft paired with the senior flex shaft. This will promote a quicker clubhead speed and a higher launch angle.

It is one of the cheapest options on the market and represents good value for money. Although the build quality has been questioned by some reviews. It does come with a headcover as well.

  • Good value for money
  • Decent option for beginners wanting a bit more confidence
  • Lightweight with high loft for golfers struggling with their carry distance
  • Questionable build quality
  • Sound and feel are not the best

Pinemeadow PGX 500cc Illegal/Non-Conforming Driver

Distance: 70 | Design: 65 | Feel: 70 | Quality: 70

Best for value for money

The PGX comes with a 500cc head, which although one of the smaller on this list, is still 40cc larger than the allowable limit. It still feels noticeably larger than a conforming drive and boasts an improved sweet spot. It comes with a standard loft of 10.5 degrees and a lightweight regular shaft. It is not the longest distance option on this list, but will still add yardage versus a normal budget driver.

Pinemeadow is the most professional and known brand on this list, with a large range of value golf equipment for sale. This does give you some more trust as a buyer that you are getting a product known for good value.

The appearance has the signature bright lime green of Pinemeadow and a matte black finish. It also has a handy lime green alignment dot. The downside is that there is a large ‘X’ on the top of the clubhead, which golfers may find distracting as they are over the ball.

Reviewers have reported the club is liable to easy denting. But, it does come with a branded headcover for protection to help this though.

  • Large sweet spot
  • Known brand
  • Large ‘X’ on clubhead will put some golfers off
  • Can dent easily
  • Not very customizable

Nonconforming Geek Golf Lil Bastard 130 Japan Hot Version Illegal Driver Head

Distance: 95 | Design: 70 | Feel: 75 | Quality: 90

Best for lower handicappers golfers looking for more distance

Geek Golf is a renowned long-driver brand, producing more world Remax World Long Drive Champions than any other brand. The LB 130 is the smallest clubhead on this list, with a conforming size of 450cc. It is the same design as the original Golf Geek Dot-Com-This driver, which has proven long drive pedigree. What makes this driver non-conforming is the 0.86 COR rating, providing an extra hot face for additional distance. The smaller clubhead will deter some golfers looking for a larger sweet spot and extra forgiveness though.

The titanium clubhead features additional weight placed behind the impact zone and a hard thin beta titanium face. The LB 130 is designed to reduce spin and produce a lower running shot. It comes in three loft options 9, 10.5 or 12 degrees. Golfers with slower swing speeds should definitely get the maximum loft option of 12 degrees to help aid their launch angle. The LB 130 might not help give you much extra carry, but will certainly add extra distance in roll.

The top of the clubhead has a red matte finish, which is attractive to look at over the ball. The design itself feels more ‘old school’ than a traditional modern driver. Considering Geek Golf’s pedigree the driver is reasonably priced within the illegal drive market. It also comes with a Geek Golf branded headcover.

  • Significant extra distance
  • Great for golfers struggling with producing high spin rates
  • Renowned brand
  • Quality durable build
  • Smaller head means less sweet spot than other options
  • Low launch angle may not suit the slowest swing speeds
  • Only sold as the head without a shaft

Sooolong 650cc Driver

Distance: 95 | Design: 80 | Feel: 75 | Quality: 80

Best for maximum distance and minimum effort

The Sooolong 650cc driver is the largest clubhead on this list, which gives it a massive sweet spot. They actually brand it as “the largest sweet spot in golf”. The sheer size of the clubhead is probably going to take some getting used to. However, golfers will appreciate the minimal effort required to gain extra distance with this driver.

The biggest positive of the Sooolong 650cc driver is how customizable it is. You can choose between 9, 10 or 12 degree lofts. It comes with AccuFlex shafts available in flexes ranging from ladies to extra stiff. You can even pick your preferred shaft length and grip type and size. This customizable approach makes the Sooolong 650cc drive usable for almost every type of golfer.

  • Massive sweet spot
  • Easy for any golfer to add extra distance
  • Incredibly customizable making it suited to lots of golfers
  • Clubhead size will take time to get used to and not be to everyone liking

#1 Heater Ghost 175 Gram Ultralite Custom Golf Driver Illegal Non-Conforming Compare Taylormade

Distance: 90 | Design: 75 | Feel: 75 | Quality: 65

Best for slow swing speeds

The Heater Ghost Ultralight gets its name from its lightweight 175g clubhead. When paired with a light shaft the club encourages faster swing speeds, more clubhead speed through impact and therefore additional distance. A lighter clubhead will also help golfers approve the launch angle struggling to get the ball in the air.

A beta titanium face has a non conforming 0.86 COR, which will allow for a hotter feel and extra distance. It comes with a conforming clubhead of 460cc. The style is similar to a classic white TaylorMade Burner and is an attractive design. Although not everyone will like the white clubhead.

Much the same as the Soolong 650cc driver on this list, you are able to customize the Heater Ghost Ultralight to suit your style. You can choose between 9.5 or 10.5 degree lofts. AccuFlex shafts are available in flexes ranging from ladies to extra stiff. You are also able to select your preferred shaft length and grip type and style.

  • Lightweight design suits slow swing speeds
  • Customizable to suit different golfers
  • High COR value gives extra distance
  • Helps launch the ball higher
  • A white clubhead won’t appeal to everyone
  • Faster swing speeds will probably find the clubhead too light

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Factors That Matter the Most with Drivers That Don’t Conform

It goes without saying that the size of the clubhead should be larger than the standard size (meaning larger than 460cc). Only then can the golf club lead to longer drives.

Size also brings into the picture the weight of the large clubhead. In order to counterbalance the extra weight, make sure the shaft is not a heavy one. Speaking of which…

The whole idea of buying an illegal golf club is to boost your swing speed and carry distance. So it would only make sense to make sure that the driver  shaft is made using lightweight graphite . Non-conformity itself here means a larger clubhead, which pairs up the most seamlessly with graphite shafts (since they also promote a faster swing and ball speed).

Then comes the shaft flex. Based on the swing you produce with this larger clubhead, choose the most suitable flex. The most common options are  Ladies, Senior, and Regular .

It’s only common for drivers that are illegal to be manufactured by brands that aren’t premium. The simple explanation behind this – these companies don’t have the kind of financial resources that top brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, etc. do in order to perform advanced R&D. So it’s only natural that the quality is not very commendable.

But then you can always do the required research at your end. For example, choosing a driver from the ones I’ve shortlisted for you below.

If both distance and accuracy are your primary concerns, then make it a point to choose a non-conforming, offset driver. Because with an offset hosel, you can hit the golf ball not only farther but straighter too. Thus, eliminating the possibility of slices and hooks.

Illegal drivers are specifically designed for golfers that require additional support within their game. Most commonly, adding extra distance. Golfers that have no desire to ever play competition or handicap golf can use a non conforming driver to help improve their confidence and hopefully their enjoyment of the game.

Any golfer hoping to improve their handicap would be better placed purchasing golf lessons and improving their skill as opposed to a new non conforming driver. Whilst they can help your confidence during practice, they will not solve the cause of a problem. It is likely that whatever issue you had with your legal driver will return as soon as you switch driver for competitive golf.

Beginners could definitely benefit from the performance enhancement of non conforming drivers, however it is far more important for golfers new to the game to improve their basic skills first.

An illegal driver is one that does not conform to the USGA & RA Regulations . Regulations require driver heads to be 460cc or lower in size, have a COR value of 0.83 or less and be 48 inches or shorter in length.

COR stands for Coefficient of Restitution. In layman’s terms this refers to the energy transfer between two objects when they collide. So for golf, the club’s face and golf ball .

This phrase became prevalent in the early 2000s as manufacturers started producing super thin faces to minimise the loss of energy and retain a COR value as close to 1.00 as possible. This created a short window where the technology meant that drivers had very hot faces, where the ball would almost spring off. The USGA and R&A decided to set a limit on the maximum COR value, so that drivers would not travel too far.

The type of illegal driver you should get is personal preference.

Some golfers will prefer much larger clubheads where the impact zone and forgiveness is maximised. If this is you, then the best choice will be the drivers with the largest cc (cubic centimeters). I would recommend the Sooolong 650cc, which has the largest clubhead and produces easy distance for even the off centre strikes.

If you are a senior golfer with a slowing swing speed , then looking for options with a lightweight clubhead and shaft will maximise your distance. Both the Power Play Juggernaut or Ghost Heater Ultralight are great non conforming driver options for senior golfers.

There might even be a few lower handicap golfers reading this that want to buy a non conforming driver just to boast to their friends how far they hit the ball in social golf. Any good golfers should choose an illegal driver that has customizable shaft and loft options in order to maximize their distance. Geek Golf has all the history of producing long drive champions, so any lower handicap golfers would enjoy the LB 130 driver head and can purchase a custom shaft separately.

Illegal drivers can only be used during social rounds and practice. Non conforming golf clubs are not allowed to be used in competitive golf or any rounds counting towards your handicap.

Whenever you purchase a new golf club it is important to ensure the shaft is one that will suit your swing. It is arguably just as important as choosing the right club.

When buying non conforming drivers, it is important to check the quality of the shaft. One that is not well constructed could snap without a significant amount of use.

It is equally important to choose one that is the correct flexibility and weight for your swing. Choosing the wrong one will negatively impact any potential results from the new driver.

Normally it is recommended that best practice is to get custom-fit by a local PGA Professional. When buying non conforming clubs this is unlikely to be an option. However the best guide is to ask your local PGA Professional to have a quick look at your golf swing . They normally have specific equipment they can use, such as a launch monitor or swing speed stick to help advise you which shaft flexibility and weight you will be best suited to.

The use of non conforming drivers will not be for everyone. There will always be a certain portion of golfers that will only want to use the approved equipment, regardless of whether they play competitive golf.

For golfers that are happy to use non conforming drivers to give them that extra boost, there are some good options out there. However, without major manufacturers getting involved in building non conforming clubs there is some varied quality available in the market. As with purchasing regular drivers, the lower budget options are going to usually be less durable and weaker in performance. That being said, there are still non conforming drivers that offer good value for money.

With any golf club purchase your final decision will be largely based on personal preference and what suits your game the best. Overall, the best non conforming driver for the majority of golfers will be the Sooolong 650cc driver. The most common reason for golfers to purchase a non conforming driver is the search for more distance. With the largest clubhead and an equally huge sweet spot the Sooolong 650cc driver really offers easily achievable extra yards. It is customizable to suit the vast majority of golfers, making it the perfect choice as long as you can get used to the size.

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My name is Henry Davis and I am an experienced professional golfer who has expert product knowledge in equipment and golf coaching. I’ve been playing and competing in golf since I can remember. I first picked up a golf club when I was 2 years old and have played hundreds of golf courses across Europe and America.

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New Golf Drivers 2024: A First Look

With the arrival of 2024 on the calendar, the golfing world turns their attention to the release of new clubs over the next couple months. Callaway got the ball rolling with the announcement of their Smoke Ai driver this week. 

Although we know what drivers companies such as TaylorMade, Cobra, and Ping will release, at this time, we don’t know when to expect these exciting new golf clubs.

In the meantime, I put together a helpful first look at the new Callaway Ai Smoke drivers plus all the information we know at this point about the newest 2024 drivers soon to hit shelves.

2024 Callaway Smoke AI Driver and Irons: First Look

Callaway hosted a star-studded event in Los Angeles on January 3rd to launch their new line of Paradym Smoke Ai drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons, plus the introduction of two new top-tier Chrome Tour golf balls.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Drivers

The four drivers were the stars of the Ai Smoke release show in Los Angeles. The Paradym Ai Smoke Max, Max Draw, and Max Fast, plus the Triple Diamond driver, cover all swing types and speeds.

Callaway has removed the popular Jailbreak technology featured in last year’s Paradym driver and replaced it with Ai Smart Face technology in these new drivers.

After capturing over 1 million data points from 250,000 real swings from golfers of all handicaps, Callaway created three new AI-designed faces to help amateurs gain more distance from areas beyond the typical sweet spot.

Callaway has created multiple sweet spots along the face using Ai Smart Face technology. Called “micro deflections” by the company, these areas optimize ball launch and reduce spin on off-center strikes.

The company claims golfers can get up to 12 yards of extra distance from strikes off the toe and heel over previous Paradym driver versions.

Pre-Order: January 12, 2024 

Release Date: January 26, 2024

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond

Specifications

  • Loft: 8°, 9°, 10.5°
  • Shaft Length: 45.75”
  • CC Size: 450cc
  • Launch: Low 
  • Adjustability: 14g and 2g interchangeable weights
  • Flight: Neutral-Fade
  • Swing Speed: Average-Fast

The Triple Diamond model has already debuted on the PGA Tour as Callaway pros, including Xander Schauffele, Harry Hall, and Alex Noren, all have this driver in their bag.

The Triple Diamond offers outstanding distance and workability for the elite golfer and low handicapper.

Offering the lowest spin and launch of the Ai Smoke line of drivers, the Triple Diamond offers outstanding workability from a neutral-fade setting.

Golfers can take the two interchangeable weights (14-gram and 2-gram) and adjust launch height by lowering the center of gravity.

Callaway’s three-position Opti-Fit hosel adds further customization for golfers, making it a highly accurate weapon for the advanced golfer.

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max

  • Launch: Mid-High 
  • Adjustability: Sliding Weight
  • Flight: Neutral (Adjustable)
  • Swing Speed: Moderate-Average

For golfers who need a little more forgiveness than the Triple Diamond driver, the Ai Smoke Max can help their game.

With a sliding weight along the rear of the club head, the Ai Smoke Max offers a customized shot shape for golfers with moderate to average swing speeds.

After release, this driver will be the most popular model from this line, ideal for mid and high handicappers.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D

  • Loft: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
  • CC Size: 460cc
  • Launch: High 
  • Spin: Mid-Low
  • Adjustability: 5g rear weight
  • Flight: Draw

If you are fighting a slice but need the forgiveness of the Max, Callaway offers the Ai Smoke Max D driver. Featuring a draw bias, the Max D helps reduce side spin for straighter, more consistent results. 

The Max D only has a 5-gram rear weight and doesn’t come equipped with the sliding weight of the standard Max driver.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast

  • Loft: 10.5°, 12°
  • Adjustability: Fitting Screw (Bonded Hosel)
  • Swing Speed: Slow

The lightweight Max Fast driver can produce more distance for golfers with slower swing speeds who struggle off the tee box. Featuring a draw-bias setup, the Max Fast also offers slice correction with a broader range of sweet spots to maximize ball speed.

Great for senior golfers, the Max Fast won’t appeal to many golfers other than beginners and those amateurs who need better all-around performance from their driver.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS Driver

TaylorMade Qi10 LS Driver

Release Date: TBD (Most likely in February 2024)

Another 2024 driver that recently made its way to the USGA Conforming List and on the PGA Tour is the TaylorMade Qi10 LS.

While the name doesn’t roll off the tongue like the Stealth , the Qi10 does offer a new style and form for the long-time equipment manufacturer.

Tiger Woods holsters the Qi10 LS in his bag, and his performance at the Hero World Championship in the Bahamas showed that the new driver carries quite the punch.

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By Razor4888 July 5, 2023 in Golf Bags/Carts/Headcovers

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I really like the looks of the Ghost oreo bag but wasn't excited about spending ~$400 on a golf bag that I didn't really need. I saw there is a promotion where if you buy the bag through Facebook, you get 20% off which brings the cost down to $304. Can anyone recommend pulling the trigger on the Ghost at that price vs another option? I love the look of Vessel too but the price is higher and it is my understanding that ghost/vessel are very similar. I also wish they had the 7 way in stock - I think I would prefer that over the 14 way. 

Thoughts on buying this bag or is there something else to consider? This will mainly be a cart bag but would like the option to walk too. 

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Not first-hand experience, but my VP at work got the Ghost bag and loves it, he also considered a Vessel and came from a Sun Mountain bag.  We travel a lot for work, often our clubs travel with us.  T

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Ghost bags are almost certainly made by Vessel as they are nearly identical and share the rotating base which I believe is probably copyrighted. While the Ghost bags look beautiful, they have a little

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Not first-hand experience, but my VP at work got the Ghost bag and loves it, he also considered a Vessel and came from a Sun Mountain bag.  We travel a lot for work, often our clubs travel with us.  The airline managed to break one of his Ghost's stand legs, and he had a replacement leg from Ghost within a couple of days and was able to do the fix on his own.  So not only happy with the bag, but the service as well.

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20 hours ago, Razor4888 said: I really like the looks of the Ghost oreo bag but wasn't excited about spending ~$400 on a golf bag that I didn't really need. I saw there is a promotion where if you buy the bag through Facebook, you get 20% off which brings the cost down to $304. Can anyone recommend pulling the trigger on the Ghost at that price vs another option? I love the look of Vessel too but the price is higher and it is my understanding that ghost/vessel are very similar. I also wish they had the 7 way in stock - I think I would prefer that over the 14 way.    Thoughts on buying this bag or is there something else to consider? This will mainly be a cart bag but would like the option to walk too.     

Ghost bags are almost certainly made by Vessel as they are nearly identical and share the rotating base which I believe is probably copyrighted. While the Ghost bags look beautiful, they have a little too much visible branding for my taste and lack a full length apparel pocket. That said, I would have to actually see one in person before pulling the trigger even with a 20% discount.

I decided to pull the trigger because of the 20% discount. The Ghost branding doesn't bother me - I actually kind of like it.  It was like ~$330 after tax. Seems like a great price for a bag that is comparable to Vessel. 

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39 minutes ago, Razor4888 said: I decided to pull the trigger because of the 20% discount. The Ghost branding doesn't bother me - I actually kind of like it.  It was like ~$330 after tax. Seems like a great price for a bag that is comparable to Vessel. 

Let us know how the smaller sidebag pockets work for apparel. And post some pics 

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Love my Vessel but that 7 way top seems perfect. Having a dedicated putter well is nice.

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On 7/6/2023 at 10:10 AM, Razor4888 said: I decided to pull the trigger because of the 20% discount.

FYI Vessel does a 20% discount on Black Friday.

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It's just a Vessel Player 2... they strip out some of the nicer finishes and over-brand it.

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They are similar, but are absolutely not the same company.  With that being said, I do wish the Vessel I use had a dedicated putter well.  The top on my buddy's Ghost Oreo is better than my Vessel.

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On 7/7/2023 at 11:23 AM, awtryau89 said: Love my Vessel but that 7 way top seems perfect. Having a dedicated putter well is nice.

I have the ghost.  Got it two months ago.  Use it mostly on a cart but walked with it too.

With respect to the dedicated putter well: I carry Driver, 3w, 3h, 4h, 5-pw, 50,54,56.  With this configuration, I put both the driver and my putter in the top opening.  Works best to avoid club tangle.

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