Bombs away! Who are the best drivers on tour? We’ve studied the numbers

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Which tour stars are the best of the best off the tee? Hannah Holden looked at the stats across the PGA, European and LPGA Tours – and the results are very interesting

Which pros are the best drivers on tour and what big dogs do they game? I’ve delved into the stats to see who gains the most strokes off the tee on every tour and which driver is helping them do so…

Best drivers on tour: PGA Tour

Bubba Watson WITB
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Brooks Koepka
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Jon Rahm
Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau’s average driving distance of 323.7 yards helped him gain the most strokes off the tee of any player on the PGA Tour this season. He gained +0.328 shots more off the tee than World No 1 Rahm in second place.

To put that in perspective across the entire season he was 22 shots better than Rahm off the tee. That’s a serious advantage.

In terms of brands, Ping take the lead on the PGA Tour with four of the top ten using their drivers. This is closely followed by TaylorMade with three players in the top 10.

Best drivers on tour: European Tour

Jordan Smith

10. Jordan Smith

+0.6 strokes gained
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed

Andrew Johnston WITB
Romain Langasque

8. Romain Langasque

+0.62 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2

Daniel Van Tonder

7. Daniel Van Tonder

+0.67 strokes gained
Driver: Titleist TSi3

Adrian Meronk

6. Adrian Meronk

+0.69 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 Max

Sean Crocker

5. Sean Crocker

+0.70 strokes gained
Driver: TaylorMade SIM

Brandon Stone

4. Brandon Stone

+0.70 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G425 LST

Callum Shinkwin

3. Callum Shinkwin

+0.73 strokes gained
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed

Richard Mansell

2. Richard Mansell

+0.82 strokes gained
Driver: Titleist TSi3
Laurie Canter

1. Laurie Canter

+0.91 strokes gained
Driver: Ping G410

The top 10 on the European Tour was a lot tighter, with just 20.77 shots separating Laurie Canter in 1st and Jordan Smith in 10th.

As for the LPGA Tour, they didn’t collect strokes gained data for the 2021 season, so instead I’ve run down the 10 longest drivers on the circuit…

Longest drivers on tour: LPGA Tour

Jessica Korda

10. Jessica Korda

273.5yds driving distance
Driver: Titleist TSi4

Brooke Henderson

9. Brooke Henderson

274.2yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G400

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5. Nelly Korda

275.1yds driving distance
Driver: Titleist TSi1
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6. Nanna Koerstz Madsen

276.5yds driving distance
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Zub Zero Triple Diamond

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5. A Lim Kim

276.7yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G425 LST

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4. Lexi Thompson

278.3yds driving distance
Driver: Cobra Radspeed 

Maria Fassi TaylorMade SIM driver

3. Maria Fassi

279.7yds driving distance
Driver: TaylorMade SIM

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2. Bianca Pagdanganan

284.8yds driving distance
Driver: Ping G425 LST

the best drivers on tour

1. Anne Van Dam

290.8yds driving distance
Driver: Callaway Mavrik

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