Finest driver to sort out a hook in 2021
A hook is often viewed as a "better player," but that's a bit of consolation when you're watching the ball-sail OB.
While swing mechanics will always play the biggest role, modern driver designs can help keep the ball in play and in the fairway more often.
Recipes for fighting a hook
In contrast to some of the drivers featured in the article “Best Driver For A Slice 2021”, very few clubs these days are endowed with a fade tendency. Instead, the recipe for the ball not to go left (for right-handed people) often includes some combination of:
- An open face
- A flat angle of lies
- More weight to the toe
Before the advent of adjustable drivers, golfers would either have to custom build the drivers or manipulate them to achieve these conditions. Now, however, the best drivers for tackling a hook offer a combination of these settings. It may take some experimentation (or proper adjustment), but with a little effort and fine-tuning, you should be able to get the results you want.
With that in mind, here are our pick of the best drivers to take on a hook in 2021.
The TSi3 from Titleist Not only was the 2021 Most Wanted Driver Test a strong performer, it also checked every box for a fight against a hook.
First the With Surefit Hosel you can flatten the reclining angle by up to 0.75 degrees without affecting the attic. The loft is also adjustable. If you reduce it by 0.75 degrees, the face will also open up by the same amount.
The TSi3 offers a five position weight track. For many golfers, the two toe positions often promote fade spin (or at least reduce draw spin).
Finally, the shape of the TSi3's toe gives the driver an open view of the address. This could instill the confidence of golfers who fear staying hard from the tee.
PING G425 LST
Unlike most of the drivers on this list, the G425 LST has a slight tendency to fade design. It is designed to meet the needs of tour players and other highly skilled golfers who prefer to play an easy fade.
Golfers can make a number of other adjustments to further improve the fade tendency. First, the reclining angle can be flattened by 1.5 degrees. Reducing the loft opens the face.
It is even more helpful to bring the moving weight of the head of 17 grams into the cross-fade position.
For golfers looking for the same hook fighting features but with more forgiveness that G425 MAX is another option. It doesn't have the LST's native fade tendency, but it does offer the same adjustability and heavier weight.
Like his stable mate, the one TSi4 offers a Surefit hosel that is able to adjust loft and lie to maximize fade bias.
The biggest difference is in the shape of the head. The TSi4 has a much more compact 430cc head. For many, including better ball strikers, it could prove to be the perfect recipe for tackling a hook.
The smaller head is more "workable" (the center of gravity is closer to the hosel) than its 460cc counterparts. This allows golfers to have better face control without the driver struggling to align.
The combination of elements of adjustability and workability could be the recipe to help some golfers launch (and hold) the ball properly.
While COBRA RADSPEED The driver doesn't have a traditional fade tendency, but has a few features that can help it fight a hook.
First, the angle of view can be opened by two degrees. An open face can be one of the most direct ways to tackle a hook.
While it's a lesser-known design detail, moving the heavy weight forward introduces some blending. That should create less spin with a flatter trajectory while also helping the ball stay more to the right.
PXG 0811 XT GEN4
If adjustability is key to fighting a hook, then this is it PXG 0811 XT GEN4 can be as anti-hook as you need it to be.
The XT's capabilities start with the most aggressive flat setting on the market. It can be set to three degrees flat with no change in loft or angle of view. In one of the driver's two 2.5 degree flat settings, golfers can remove a degree of loft that also opens the face.
This 0811 XT GEN4 driver also has a flexible weighting system. By fine-tuning the weight distribution with additional mass forward, golfers can encourage a flight with lower spinning and a tendency to fade.
It should be noted that the XT model is designed for faster club head speeds (105 miles per hour and more). For slower turns either the 0811 X. or 0811 XF GEN4 models may be a better fit. Both offer the same customization options.