In general, the driver is the hardest club in the bag to control because of it’s low loft/face angle and long shaft. As a high handicap golfer you will be looking for as much help as possible in keeping the ball in play from the tee, but also looking for good forgiveness and distance as well. There are several key points to look for when choosing a driver:
Head size & material – Wood and Stainless Steel are now ‘old news’ in the driver market. Make sure you go for a driver that is made from Titanium or Forged Composite (Carbon Fibre). These are lighter materials so the head can be made bigger and therefore more forgiving with larger sweetspots. You should be looking for a head which is at least 440cc in size, with the maximum being 460cc, which is the legal limit imposed by the rules of golf.
Head shape – The majority of drivers use a conventional round or pear shape, but thanks to modern lightweight materials, square headed drivers are also available, which deliver a massive improvement in stability and therefore do not twist as much at impact. This means that a square headed driver will be much straighter than a conventional head shape, perfect for the golfer who is constantly fighting a hook or slice and wants to hit the fairway more often.
Loft – Do not fall into the trap of thinking that a lower loft will give you more distance! Think of your drive in the same way as firing a cannon ball from a gun, you must get the ball to the top of it’s flight to achieve the maximum distance. It does not matter how hard you strike the ball if it goes straight into the ground! Driver lofts vary from 8 to 15 degrees, with 10.5 being considered ‘standard’. Unless you hit the ball extremely high you should be choosing a driver with at least 10 degrees of loft. Always remember that ‘loft is your friend’ and the higher you choose the easier it will be to hit the ball straighter.
Shaft & Shaft Flex – 99% of drivers now comes fitted with a lightweight graphite shaft, allowing the clubhead travel further and therefore giving extra distance. Unless you swing the club exteremley quickly and need a firm or stiff shaft you should choose a regular flex as this will give you the perfect combination of power and accuracy. For the more mature and/or lady golfer senior and ladies flex shafts are also available.
Price – Decide on a budget and then buy the best driver you can afford. A more expensive club will generally have better quality components (shaft, grip, head etc) and therefore provide you with more performance. The top end drivers also have the very latest technological advancements and materials crammed into them. Keep your eyes open for the deals on last years model because at Direct Golf UK there is always a deal to be had!
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