What Is the Best Driver?

What is the best driver to use is an interesting question, one that all golfers professional and amateur have to deal with from week to week and golf season to golf season. Talk to golf professionals and they will probably tell you they have a dozen or more drivers and will switch depending on how they are playing at the time, the type of course they are playing, new innovations or modifications the manufacturer has made recently, health considerations and other issues. As many of you know some golf manufacturers are now selling drivers and fairway woods in which the golfer can adjust the lie and loft as well as the swing weight right on the golf course. Amateur golfers are not as fortunate as the pros since they have budget considerations, as opposed to the pros who get the clubs for free, consequently most amateurs probably have maybe three to eight drivers that they have collected over the years, but during the golf season will usually play only one or two drivers depending on how they are hitting the ball.

When trying to get the most out of your game, golfers should take time and patience to figure out how to choose the best golf clubs be they drivers, irons, putters, or specialty clubs. As this article is primarily concerned with helping golfers select the best driver here are key considerations that need to be taken into account:

The age of the golfer and how long he or she has been playing golf,

The number of rounds the golfer plays each year,

The golfers commitment to practice,

The type or types of golf courses the golfer plays most of the time,

The skill level or handicap of the golfer,

The golfer’s skills at course management or golf psychology traps,

The playing characteristics of the golf driver,

The general physical characteristics and health of the golfer,

Opinions of other golfers you know as well as your local professional, and

The golfer’s golf club and overall golf equipment budget

Age of Golfer

The age of the golfer both in terms of his or her chronological age and years spent playing golf is perhaps one of the most critical determinants of what kind of driver will be the best to purchase. Our opinion is that a new golfer just taking up the game and one that is also young (i.e. under 15 years of age) is best served by getting a set of used woods with at least one rescue club. A young and new golfer should probably keep the driver in his closet and focus on a three or four wood or rescue wood for at least a season maybe two seasons or until he or she gets their swing down to some degree and has established some confidence 轎車接送 with a wood. If the child insists on having a driver we suggest selecting a good golf driver for beginners, perhaps from a set of used drivers or used golf clubs. We believe a driver, even a driver with a high loft of let’s say 11 or 12 degrees can be very intimidating to a young person or a new golfer, even a new golfer who is older.

I remember when I started playing at 17 that I used a three wood much of the time and I fooled around with a 1 iron as well only because the course I played on had many tree-lined holes. I did not use a driver with any degree of frequency until my second year of golf. In evaluating the question of how to choose a golf driver or the best golf driver, this is one of the most significant factors. Looking at senior golfers for a moment, the best drivers for senior golfers are probably those drivers that have high loft, light weight or ultra light weight shafts, and technology that helps get the ball in the air quickly and also helps keep off-center hits somewhere in the fairway. Seniors if they are new to the game should look for the best drivers for senior golfers as they do their research.

Frequency of Play

The number of rounds the golfer plays each year is also important because in selecting a driver to use, the golfer should take into account whether he or she will be playing enough golf to develop and retain a stable swing plane and rhythm or whether he or she will be playing infrequently, in which case he will probably not get the most out of his driver because his swing will be more erratic and his timing will not be as good. A golfer playing more than 30 rounds of golf a year is going to have better results than a golfer playing maybe 10 to 15 rounds a year. The frequency of play also has a direct impact on the player’s club head speed and to the extent a golfer knows his or her club head speed it should have an impact on the decision of what kind of driver to purchase whether new or old. For example, a golfer with a fast club head speed, (i.e. 100 to 120 miles per hour) can use a driver with a bit less loft and a stiffer shaft but players with much slower club head speed need a driver with more loft and a more flexible shaft. For golfers who play maybe one or two rounds a month consideration should be given to using a three wood off the tee even if the psychological imperative is to use the driver.

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