Whether you’re a major winner or a club golfer, it is likely that you will have experimented with a hybrid club over the past few years. The technology going into producing the ultimate utility club has had a profound effect on the sport in recent years and very few players at any level can now afford to go without having one in their locker, or more to the point, in their bag.
Getting A Driver
Are you a golfer seeking unparalleled distance off the tee with finely-tuned trajectory, shot accuracy and shot shaping? Saying yes to even one of those means you should give our buying guide a read as we have laid out everything you need to know about buying the most powerful golf club in your bag.
Knowing vital statistics is beneficial for success when choosing the right Driver for your bag. Swing speed, golf ball speed and average carry distance all come into play and most Tour Players hit driver circa 260 through the air, so you are unlikely to average this, so work out your own level and build on that over time.
Beginner/ High Handicap
Choose a Driver that offers maximum forgiveness and large club head size (460cc) with a lightweight /Regular or Lightweight Shaft. Loft on a Driver is good for you as it helps keep the golf ball flying straight, so consider the HT/HL/12’ options and models with the above characteristics. The TaylorMade R1 Driver is suitable for all handicaps and offers plenty of forgiveness for golfers still finding their feet, while another good option is the Cleveland Golf Classic XL Driver, which works for all levels of golfer and has a larger head for maximum connection.
Mid-Handicap and Game Improver
Much of the same rules apply here as they do for beginners, although you may have reached that point where you go for less loft and a stiffer shaft if your swing speed has increased. It’s also good to consider whether an adjustable model would benefit you more should you be able to choose a specific trajectory or shot shape that you desire.
Low Handicap/ Strong Player
If you are low handicapped then you may need to consider opting for a wider variety of shaft/head options, including matching your current swing speed, golf ball speed and launch condition. Consider checking out the range of more compact and workable heads as these will undoubtedly enhance your game. They are manufactured by most big brand names in golf.
Adjustable Vs Non-Adjustable: Which is better?
When it comes to deciding on which type of driver you want there can be a bone of contention when faced with adjustable and non-adjustable. With the growing trend of adjustable drivers now readily available they seem to have the monopoly of golfers siding with them, while some of the more ‘seasoned’ players still believe in the benefits gained from using non-adjustable drivers. But which is better?
Although we cannot tell you which is best as everyone has a different way of playing, we can at least give you some pros and cons to help you ultimately decide. Adjustable drivers are newer and can be, you guessed it, adjusted to help you make difficult lengths and tight angled shots, whereas non-adjustable drivers can only hit straight. Of course you will need to be constantly re-adjusting to keep the Driver exactly how you want it and this can be time-consuming, which lends a lot of golfers to simply stick with the Driver they have already.
New for 2013
Here is a compiled list of some of the golf Drivers which are available now or coming to OnlineGolf this year.
Ping Anser Driver
Ping’s first adjustable driver already looks a sure-fire hit and, being made from Titanium and Aluminium, the screw is no heavier than the traditional hosel it replaces. The Ping Anser is the lowest-spinning driver in the range and is designed for trajectory tuning.
TaylorMade R1 Driver
The TaylorMade R1 Driver is the most tuneable driver to date. Featuring a 12-position adjustable loft sleeve, a 7-position face angle sole plate which adjusts up to 4 degrees and two movable weights this is one of the most precision-orientated golf clubs on the market, with 168 different options of face angle, loft and weights at your disposal.
Nike Covert Driver
Sure to delight all handicaps, the Nike Covert Driver is driven by Tour-inspired technology and plays to optimal performance in any weather condition. the Covert Driver balances stiffness along the entirety of the shaft and promotes excellent forgiveness off the tee.
Useful Tips & Advice
More lofts is generally better than not enough
If you’re starting out then having more loft than perhaps you need will do no harm whatsoever. Over time your handicap will lower and so will the loft that you use, so it’s definitely better to work from the top and ease yourself down as your experience grows.
There is no substitute for “Knowing your Stats”
Making a decision based on your stats is both a great way to learn and grow as a player. We only get better at something the more we practice so taking these points on board now will definitely help in the long term. Trust your stats and rise up the ranks.
Most club golfers think they swing the club faster than they really do
A common misconception among golfers, plenty of us are not as quick when swinging the golf club as we might think. This is nothing to worry about, however, as over time your swing speed will increase as your experience level ascends. The same applies for hitting the golf ball.
A lightweight shaft is fine is you’re starting out as it offers forgiveness ideal for beginners. Just because others are using stiffer shafts does not mean you should follow suit, at least not until you move into the mid handicapper bracket.