Golf Driver Buying Guide
A driver is known as a golfers favorite club in the bag. It can also be the hardest golf club for a golfer to hit. This buying guide is here to help golfers figure out what the best driver for them will be, to help make the driver the easiest club to hit in the bag.
What Driver Should I Buy?
To start improving off of the tee, players need to make sure they have confidence in their driver. The first step in finding the right driver is making sure you know how the equipment's technology works and which different quirks will properly fit your game. This guide is here to walk you through which type of technology will fit your needs and which type of technology is out there for you to distinguish between while looking for your new driver.
Once you find what different types of technology will fit your game, you will be able to find the proper driver for you and will be swinging better on the tee and finding the fairway far more often.
Size and Driver Material
Drivers are designed with a large clubhead to provide a bigger sweet spot. While the driver does have the largest face of any club, there are several different sizes to choose form. The largest size allowed by by most governing organizations is 460cc (cubic centimeters). This is the most popular size of head because of the ability it has . But you can find smaller head sizes such as 440cc and 420cc that allow for improved shot-making ability. A smaller head size is generally popular with skilled players looking for workability in situations such as cutting around a corner.
The driver’s head is commonly made of titanium or composite materials. The material you choose will come down to personal preference. Consider:
- Titanium is going to be stronger, which leads to lasting longer. Aside from that, titanium will be lightweight, allowing for larger clubheads while not adding any additional weight to clubhead. Less weight will allow for a player to get more distance.
- Composite clubheads combine several different materials into a single head. You will find lightweight materials like carbon in the rear of the clubhead to help reduce the weight of the driver. Combined with a titanium face, it can help produce optimal ball speeds. Heavier materials like tungsten combined with titanium can help increase a club’s perimeter weight.
As with any golf club, the loft is one of the most important things when assessing new clubs. The drivers loft is different than many other clubs as there is a wide range you can get a driver in. The higher loft a driver has the higher ball flight there will be. The lower the loft gets, the lower the ball flight will be.
A golfers swing speed is something that needs to be heavily considered when looking at which loft is right for each individual. Based on how fast you swing, consider focusing on these loft degrees:
- Less than 60 MPH = Highest loft available.
- 60 to 70 MPH = 12.5-14 degrees of loft.
- 70 to 80 MPH = 10.5-12 degrees of loft.
- 80 to 90 MPH = At least 9.5 to 10.5 degrees of loft.
- More than 90 MPH = 9 degrees or lowest loft available
The nice thing about new technology in golf drivers is the ability for the loft to be adjustable. Adjustable drivers allow golfers to change the loft the driver has at any given time. This allows each player to play around and find exactly which type of loft is right for them.
Another important factor in all golf clubs is the shaft the club has. Drivers have three options to choose from including steel, titanium, and graphite shafts. Steel will be the heaviest of the three, while graphite will typically be the lightest. The lighter the shaft is, the more clubhead speed golfers will usually have. The shaft material that someone chooses boils down to feel and what type of speed they need to fit their game.
A typical shaft length for a mens driver is usually between 45 and 48 inches, while womens range from 43 to 45 inches in length.
Another feature of the golf club is the flex. Drivers have the widest range of unique flexes that make it versatile and unique to each individual player. The typical flexes that are seen on the club include ladies/senior, regular, stiff, and extra stiff.
Another facet in buying a driver is knowing what type of weight is necessary for your swing style. The typical range of weight is usually between 275 to 310 grams. This is something that is entirely dependent on a players swing speed, and the feel a player wants in their club.
Moment of Inertia (MOI)
MOI is one of the golf features that is often overlooked. MOI can be directly related to the forgiveness the golf club has. The higher MOI a driver has, the less twisting that will occur, and with less twisting all players will have a better chance at finding the fairway.
Center of Gravity (CG)
The most common shaft on the market, a heel shafted driver is where the shaft is connected to the heel of the head (the side closest to the golfer).