Your driver is the first club you have to use on every hole, so if you are not confident with your club then you will probably start off every hole with a disadvantage. You need to be able to step up the tee and produce a shot that gives you distance, control and positioning. Drivers normally come into play on par four or five holes and it is designed to give you the most distance. They are designed to be long and they have the least loft of all the clubs in your bag apart from the putter. But how do you choose the best driver for you?
Size and Material
Drivers commonly have a large club head, this allows for mistakes but also gives a great sweet spot where the ball will fly off the club head. There are many different sizes, the maximum being 460 cubic centimeters, and this tends to be the most popular with the average player. There are also smaller head sizes that are designed to give more accuracy, but these are more difficult to master. A small head is normally favored by the pros to give them more control. And the head comes in a range of materials including:
- Titanium – this metal is strong, lightweight and lasts a long time. The metal allows for a large club head with little extra weight. This means you can swing faster with a greater margin for error.
- Composite – there are many types of composite heads, and they normally combine different materials with a titanium face.
The shaft can be made out of three materials, graphite, steel, or titanium, although the older clubs use wood. Steel is the heaviest but the cheapest. Graphite and titanium shafts are lighter, which can help with the club head speed and in effect, distance. All shafts have a varying degree of flex in them, which is highly important for accuracy, trajectory and of course distance. The categories of flex are: ladies, senior, regular, stiff, tour, extra stiff.
The weight of a driver can vary significantly, but most come in the 275 to 310 grams range. Some are even lighter around 265 grams as manufacturers have focused their attention of reducing the weight but retaining all the strength.
Without doubt your driver is the longest club in your golf bag and can vary from 48 to 43 inches long. The length is mainly to do with a person’s height and arm reach. But it is also how the golfer feels in terms of controlling the club.
Perhaps the most important feature of a driver is the loft of the club face. The angle of the loft is crucial in determining distance and trajectory, and most drivers offer between eight to fifteen degrees choice. The deciding factor of which loft to choose is your swing speed, the faster your swing speed the less loft that you require. Once you have chosen a driver that suits your game, you will be confident in using it on a regular basis. And then every time you step onto the tee you will be able to perform a perfect drive.