Golf drivers are arguably the most important golf clubs in a golfer’s bag. This club is what starts off everything for a golfer. Nothing is more frustrating than hitting meager shots off the tee, and worse if you can’t hit any.
Give an average golfer the advantage of having to hit a tee shot in the middle of the fairway, and he’d reduce his deficiency against seasoned veterans by a great deal.
Golf drivers that look glamorous and are expensive don’t guarantee that a golfer will play a better game. Most of the time, the efficiency of a driver club is based on a golfer’s style of play, habits, and idiosyncrasies.
There are so many different styles of drivers in the market today. Clubhead sizes, loft angles, weights, lengths, materials used, and shaft stiffness are factors to consider when buying, which makes it a little bit of a challenge. This is because a golf driver is highly individualized; it should be perfectly matched to the swing of a player to be more effective.
More experienced golfers with more accurate and consistent swings tend to have more customized and intricate drivers, compared to beginners who are more likely to have variable swings and are yet to recognize their style.
Choosing a golf driver depends on what type of player is choosing: expert or beginner, heavy-handed or soft-handed, tall or short, draw hitter or fade hitter, you get the point?
With that in mind, here are four things to consider in finding the most suitable golf driver for you.
Drivers have heads of different shapes and sizes, and each one has their own advantages and disadvantages.
Round headed golf drivers are still the most common ones and is deemed as the best way to set the weight to achieve its highest performance. Pear profiled types are slightly more compact and have better usability. Finally, square headed drivers are straighter on off-center shots and have a higher forgiveness rating.
Forgiveness rating is the measure of how a player can easily hit a golf ball with a driver’s “sweet spot.” For example, if you are having difficulty in hitting the ball with club’s sweet spot, then you need a driver with a higher forgiveness rating.
When it comes to size, the general opinion is that the smaller the club head, the more control you will have over your shot. A standard club head offers a small sweet spot, but more control. An oversized head has a large sweet spot, but is too heavy and gives less accuracy. A midsize club is bigger than a standard club, but is generally more accurate than an oversized club.
For beginners, it’s better to have a larger sweet spot first than to go after accuracy. Smaller heads definitely allows more control, but only when you already have the skill of an advanced golfer. It’s better to make sure that you are going to hit the ball first, then worry about accuracy later.
This is a somewhat confusing area when it comes to the efficiency of golf drivers. Nine degrees or lower are said to be low, while 10 degrees or higher are considered high.
Loft, or loft angle, is an angular measure at which the face of a club lies relative to the club shaft. The loft influences how far a ball will go and the type of trajectory it will have.
Golf drivers that have low loft are traditionally believed to produce longer drives, but with the introduction of new golf ball designs, the convention was actually reversed. Now, the less swing speed you have, the higher loft is recommended for your golf driver to get the ball airborne.
The length of a club shaft is a very important factor to increase the efficiency of a golf driver. The longer the shaft, the faster the club head will travel in a shot, which therefore hits the ball stronger and makes it go further. However, a longer shaft gives less control over the club head, which means that you are less accurate to hit the ball with the sweet spot.
The material used in making the shaft is also significant. Today, the fundamental choices are graphite or steel. Graphite is more expensive, but steel is more durable. Graphite shafts have lighter weight which can give greater swing speed for more power, but has less control because of the flex generated during the swing.
Choose a driver with a shaft that best suits your height and that makes you consistently hit the ball on the center of the club.
4. Shaft Flex
Shaft flex is simply how flexible the club shaft is. The faster is a golfer’s swing speed, the stiffer the shaft flex should be. A too flexible shaft makes the ball fly higher, or balloon, and hook. Meanwhile, a shaft that is too stiff makes the ball’s flight very low and causes it to slice.