Mini drivers are rather new to the golf world and they have sparked a lot of interest among many golfers, myself included. They are mostly used by professional golfers, who have a lot of swing speed and need these customized drivers to achieve their best potential. Mini drivers, as the name probably suggests, are much smaller than drivers normally tend to be, but they are also longer than fairway woods. This helps them to get the best of both worlds – they are more forgiving than most fairway woods and also more accurate than most drivers. TaylorMade, as in seemingly every other aspect of golf equipment, is pioneer in making mini drivers as well. They first introduced hybrid irons in 2002 and revolutionized the world of golf, and now they are doing it again with mini drivers. I almost miss the good old days when golfers didn’t have as many options. Because, with many options, comes greater responsibility to do proper research on differences between these clubs and choose wisely, which takes a lot of work. Many pros use their mini drivers and win with them in their bags, too. Phil Mickelson, the golf legend himself, played entire tournament without using Callaway’s mini driver instead of traditional drivers. One reason for that might be mini drivers’ effectiveness in fixing slice(more about that here).With that in mind, we can be pretty sure that mini drivers are the future of golf. They may be used just by professionals now, but as market starts to grow and brands start to recognize their potential, i think mini drivers will get better and better, eventually displacing traditional drivers altogether.

As mentioned before, TaylorMade has been the most active in this field and their r&d department has made a lot of progress in the task of improving mini drivers. Other golf club manufacturers haven’t been as active thus far. Callaway, as mentioned before, has made some fairway woods that resemble mini drivers, but they have been pretty late to the party in terms of making mini drivers. Recognizing mini drivers’ potential and their appeal to the masses,they eventually did release one, called Big Bertha Mini.  I haven’t tried the aforementioned mini driver myself, but based on reviews i’ve read, it must be great. It’s cup face design is similar to the one they use with XR fairway woods. Overall, materials of this club are hand picked and ensure its forgiveness and efficiency. It’s loft angles are adjustable, which might be convenient for some people, but didn’t make much difference to me. When it was released back in 2015, it’s retail price was pretty high, 300$, but since then, it has dropped considerably, even more so in case of used drivers.

These last few years, TaylorMade SLDR S driver has been getting a lot of attention and i’ve been hearing good things about it, so i decided to try it out in action myself. It’s head, keeping in standards with other mini drivers, is bigger than 3 woods, but smaller than drivers at just 260cc. In today’s world of large clubhead drivers, 260cc might seem extremely small for a driver, and it is, but back in the day when driver heads weren’t as big as they are now, 260cc would have been considered normal. People usually underestimate the need for mini driver, thinking that their 3-wood and regular driver are just perfectly enough. Once they try this one out in action though, all doubts quickly evaporate and they want it in their bag. Accuracy of this club is much better, not to mention the distance. Ultimately, TaylorMade definitely deserves a lot of respect for creating entire new category of golf clubs that are this good. If you feel like you’re missing something with your current set of clubs, definitely give mini driver a try, it might just be what you’re looking for.