The top 5 things to think about when buying a new driver
- Price range – Have an idea of how much money you intend to spend before you enter a golf store, but be open to suggestions. If you find somewhere that will take the time to find what is best for you and not just simply sell you the most expensive club, listen. That extra $50 or $100 might be money well worth it.
- Do you like it? – You must be comfortable with the way a club sits at address, the way it feels and the sound it makes. Try to hit everything before buying. We know you may have hit your friends a couple of times, but it’s definitely best to try a couple out head to head.
- Length vs. Control – A golfer that hits the ball straight and is looking to get a little more distance may want to buy a driver that is a longer or is designed to maximize distance. Do keep in mind that distance isn’t the only thing to focus on. Most of us would rather be a couple yards back and in the fairway rather than hitting a bomb you can’t find. Someone who hits the ball far and is looking for more control may want to look into a shorter driver for a more accurate tee ball
- Best loft – What’s the best loft for you? Don’t simply go by what you hear on Sundays. Most pros have ball speeds of 160 or 170MPH. Most people that have to actually buy a driver don’t. Pros want a low penetrating ball flight. Most regular golfers need a launch much higher than they anticipate to maximize carry and distance. For example – if you have a 90MPH club head speed your ideal launch angle is likely around 15 degrees. Unless you provide a lot of lift in your swing you probably need a 10.5, 11.5 or even a high launch driver to get the best results. Few people should even look at a 9.5.
- Shaft – Finding the best shaft is as, if not more, important than the proper head. The flex, weight, spin and launch profile are incredibly variable. A true custom fit will provide the best results, but if that’s out of reach, make sure to try several different options head to head to ensure you get the best you can.
Bonus hint – DON’T LISTEN TO THE ADS OR WHAT WORKS THE BEST FOR YOUR BUDDY!!! There is no “Best” driver. There are a lot of great options with each being a bit better than others for different types of golfers. Find what works for you!