What Driver is Most Used On the PGA Tour? Top 100 Player Analysis


The driver is almost always the most talked about golf club in everyone’s bag.

And a good part of the reason for that is the average golfer often watches with wonder as the best players on the PGA Tour smash the ball seemingly endless distances down the middle of the fairway.

It seemed not that long ago that the 300 yard mark was the benchmark for the very long drivers on tour but now it appears you need to be hitting the ball 400 yards every now and then to be truly considered one of the game’s ‘big hitters’ these days.

So what drivers are the pros using to achieve these seemingly once unimaginable distances?

We took a look at the top 100 players on the PGA Tour and analysed in detail the driver each of them carries to try and find what driver set up is most common amongst the top pros.

Titleist’s TSi3 is the most used driver among the top 100 PGA Tour players with 13% choosing it. PING’s G425 LST is the next most used model while TaylorMade’s SIM driver ranks 3rd. Titleist, PING, TaylorMade and Callaway dominate the top 100 with 90% of players using one of their driver models.

The make and model of any driver only tells us so much though and when we looked at the drivers being used by the best 100 PGA Tour players it was fascinating to see the variance in lofts and also the multitude of different shafts being used.

Breakdown of Drivers Used by Top 100 PGA Tour Players

The amount of equipment available to PGA tour players is clearly on a different scale to anything that mere mortal amateurs can aspire to.

If a PGA Tour pro wants to test out a new driver, shaft or set up it’s immediately made available to them and they are able to swap out drivers as often as they want from tournament to tournament or even practice session to practice session.

It’s no surprise therefore that we discovered 37 different models of driver being used by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour with the Titleist TSi3 being the most popular with 13% choosing it. Indeed drivers made by Titleist proved to be the most used brand with 27 players out of the top 100 picking a Titleist driver.

The big brands of Titleist, PING, TaylorMade and Callaway dominate the drivers used by the best golfers on the PGA Tour and account for 90 out of the 100 drivers in play.

What becomes very apparent when you look in detail at the drivers used by the pros on the PGA Tour however is there is a huge multitude of setups and each driver is clearly custom fitted to an unbelievably exact extent for each player.

For example even though 10 out of the top 100 use PING’s G425 LST you can bet your last dollar when you look closely that there will a unique set up for each player whether that be achieved through an adjustment to the loft, set up or shaft.

It is noticeable also that not all the players are in a rush to move immediately to the latest model of their preferred brand of driver and do continue to play with older drivers.

Here is a complete breakdown of the the drivers used currently by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour.

BRANDDRIVERNO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERSSELECTED GOLFERS
TitleistTSi313Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Max Homa
TS36Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Webb Simpson
TSi25Matt Jones, Robert Streb, Lanto Griffin
TSi42Russell Henley, Richie Werenski
917D21Brian Harman
PINGG425 LST10Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Lee Westwood, Stewart Cink, Tyrell Hatton, Bubba Watson
G410 LST7Joaquin Niemann, Martin Laird, Sebastián Muñoz
G400 LST3Corey Connors, Scottie Scheffler
G4002Harris English, Louis Oosthuizen
G410 PLUS1Austin Cook
G400 Max1Carlos Ortiz
TaylorMadeSIM8Collin Morikawa, Daniel Berger, Sergio Garcia
SIM25Jason Kokrak, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIroy
SIM2 Max3Dustin Johnson, Matthew Wolff, Tommy Fleetwood
SIM Max2Adam Long, Rory Sabbatini
M21Andrew Putnam
M51Cameron Tringale
M61Ryan Palmer
CallawayEpic Speed3Matt Wallace, Maverick McNealy, Talor Gooch
Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS3Abraham Ancer, Jon Rahm, Si Woo Kim
Epic Speed Triple Diamond2Branden Grace, Xander Schauffele
Mavrik Sub Zero Triple Diamond2Dylan Frittelli, Emiliano Grillo
GBB2Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner
Mavrik Sub Zero1Francesco Molinari
Epic Speed Triple Diamond DS1Marc Leishman
Epic Flash Sub Zero1Russell Knox
GBB Epic1Kevin Na
Mavrik1Sam Burns
SrixonZX52Hideki Matsuyama, Shane Lowry
ZX71Matthew NeSmith
Z 7851Lucas Glover
PXG0811 X Prototype1Wyndham Clark
0811 Prototype1Zach Johnson
0811 X1James Hahn
BridgestoneTour J8151Matt Kuchar
CobraRadSpeed Prototype1Bryson DeChambeau

What Degree of Driver do the Pros Use?

Once upon a time a driver used to come with one loft option and players were stuck with it.

Modern golf technology has obviously moved on hugely since then and the loft options available to golfers now, and especially at the elite PGA Tour level, are now incredible.

Titleist’s SureFit system allows players to choose from 16 unique loft and lie angle combinations

The Titleist SureFit Hosel system for example features a sleeve and ring set up each with 4 settings and thereby enables 16 unique loft and lie angle combinations with a precision of only 0.75 degrees between different options.

The players on the PGA Tour are the best in the business and it seems clear that the exactness with which they approach their driver set up and the loft is part of the reason they are so successful.

Driver lofts used by the top 100 PGA Tour golfers range from 4.2° all the way up to 12.4°. The most common degree of driver is 9° with 36 players choosing that loft. 10.5° and 9.5° are the next most used lofts making these 3 loft choices the preference of over 60% of the best 100 players on Tour.

It is common also for the top pros to change the loft of their driver occasionally depending on what the latest course they are playing on demands but below is the current breakdown of driver lofts among the top 100 PGA Tour players.

DRIVER LOFTNO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERSSELECTED GOLFERS
9 degrees36Xander Schauffele, Billy Horschel, Jason Kokrak, Rory McIlroy
10.5 degrees16Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson
9.5 degrees10Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar
8.5 degrees9Collin Morikawa, Tyrell Hatton, Jason Day
10 degrees8Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Speith, Cameron Smith
8.75 degrees4Patrick Cantlay, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman
7.5 degrees3Abraham Ancer, Brandon Hagy, Dylan Frittelli
7.75 degrees2Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland
8 degrees2Corrie Connors, Talor Gooch
4.2 degrees1Bryson DeChambeau
6.8 degrees1Bubba Watson
9.2 degrees1Harris English
9.25 degrees1Brian Harman
10.2 degrees1Jon Rahm
11 degrees1Michael Thompson
11.5 degrees1Stewart Cink
12.4 degrees1Maverick McNealy

What Driver Shaft is Most Used on the PGA Tour?

PGA Tour players are incredibly precise when it comes to the set up of their drivers and nowhere is that most evident than when it comes to the shafts that they choose to use with the biggest club in their bag.

Among the top 100 PGA Tour players over 70 different driver shaft models are used with the Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X and Ventus Black 6X driver shafts being the most popular. Only 6 players use each of those shafts apiece with the next most used shaft – the Ventus Red 6X – being used by 3 golfers.

Fujikura’s Ventus Blue 6X and Black 6S shafts are the most used driver shafts among the top 100 on the PGA Tour

Driver shaft weights vary also hugely among the top pros with the lightest driver shaft of 62g comparing to the heaviest at 90g, close to 30 grams heavier. 65g was the most common weight of driver shaft amongst the top 100 PGA players with 20% of them choosing driver shafts of that weight.

Interestingly also while True Temper dominate the shafts of choice amongst the irons used by the pros it is Fujikura shafts that are the most popular driver shafts with 28 of the top 100 using them.

Mitsubishi driver shafts, such as the Tensei AV Raw and Diamana series shafts, come a close second with 27% of the best players on Tour using them.

True Temper shafts are only the 3rd most popular in the drivers of the top 100 PGA Tour players with 12 choosing them and mainly opting for shafts within the Project X HZRDUS range.

Final Thought

One thing is clear when looking in detail at the drivers chosen by the very best players on the PGA Tour.

They are looking at every aspect of the biggest club in their bag in great depth and constantly trying new models, lofts, lie angles, shafts and set ups in order to try and gain whatever advantage they can to help them improve their driving game.

The issue for the amateur golfer is that it is almost impossible to keep up with the best driver shafts, never mind the drivers themselves, costing many hundreds of dollars.

Unlike the top pros the average amateur player typically can not afford to buy the latest driving models and shafts year after year in the pursuit of only marginal gains.

So it is even more critical that amateurs get their driver decision right and therefore average golfers probably have most to learn from the extent to which the top pros get custom fitted across all aspects of their driver rather than from the specific models of driver and shafts the pros are using.

Following the same custom fitting approach as the pros do can definitely help ensure amateurs choose a driver that they can get as much use out of as possible for as long as possible.

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Graeme Hay

Graeme Hay is the owner of GolfingFocus.com. Graeme started playing golf when he was only 4 years old and has loved the game ever since. A single figure golfer all of his adult life he lives in London and still enjoys playing whenever he can with friends and family.

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