If you want to step up your game in golf, you also need to invest in equipment like golf shafts and golf clubs. There are different types of golf clubs that you can use, one of which is a golf driver. A golf driver is not a one-size-fits-all item. Different golf drivers will complement the way you play your game, so you have to consider some things first.
Here are some tips when choosing a golf driver:
Driver heads have evolved from persimmon wood and steels to different sturdy materials such as titanium. Titanium has been a popular choice of material because it’s very strong, but at the same time, it’s lightweight. Because of this characteristic, manufacturers were able to produce drivers that have bigger heads not having to compensate too much on the weight.
If you’re a beginner and you’re still working on hitting the sweet spot of the ball, it’s recommended to choose a golf driver that has a larger driver head since it has more surface area that can come in contact with the ball. In terms of ball speed, titanium golf heads will produce a faster ball that will travel a greater distance.
Another available material of a golf driver is composite, where there are different materials used to create this type of driver. Some materials—either heavy metal such as tungsten, or a lightweight element such as carbon—are combined with titanium, which will drive the ball better in terms of speed and distance.
Carbon is incorporated to make drivers alter the center of gravity and make it lighter. This will produce optimal ball speed for better driver performance. Tungsten, on the other hand, will increase the weight of the driver and therefore increase the inertia. In the laws of physics, heavier things have higher inertia. If the driver has more inertia, the club is less likely to turn when you hit the ball.
The loft is a term that describes the angle of the club face. The choice of the loft is dependent on your clubhead speed. In general, there’s an inverse relationship between loft and clubhead speed. So if your clubhead speed is faster, choose a lesser degree of loft and vice versa.
The loft is an important consideration when your gameplay requires hitting the ball with a greater distance, especially if you’re working on par 3 to par 5 golf courses since it has some effects in terms of trajectory and ball distance.
If you’re still starting and you haven’t established your game, it’s better to choose a driver that has a loft that has 10 degrees or higher. On the other hand, experienced golfers would prefer drivers with a lesser degree of loft. However, it requires a lot of skills and practice if you’re working with a lesser loft because it tends to make the ball spin faster. You need precision and accuracy in your swings if there’s too much backspin from the ball. As a general rule, if your ball speed goes over 100 mph, choose a loft that is equal to or less than 12 degrees.
In terms of trajectory, if you tend to hit the ball low, choose a driver that provides a better trajectory rating.
The usual length of most drivers ranges from 43 to 46 inches. Choose the length of a golf driver that feels right and comfortable for you. Make sure that the ball comes in contact with the center of the club.
Also, some would prefer a longer driver length because it creates more speed. The longer driver will swing in a greater distance than a shorter one. Therefore, if you’re aiming for a higher speed or you’re working with long shots, you can opt for a longer driver length. However, be mindful if you haven’t established your ball control as this might be affected.
4. Shaft flex
You also need to consider the shaft flex that will go well with your driver. It will aid the golf driver in making long and precise shots. If you prefer your ball to be low, pair up your driver with a stiff shaft. On the other hand, if you want to work on high trajectory shots, choose a less stiff shaft together with your golf driver.
If you want to step up your game in golf, you have to be critical in choosing the best driver for you. Depending on how you experienced you are in the sport and the type of gameplay you prefer, you have to consider other factors before you choose the driver that will be the best fit for you.