by Jerramy Hainline, Hilton Golf Academy
I Need a New Driver
The most popular equipment question I get each week is always the same; “If I get that new Driver I saw on TV, will I hit it further?” My answer is always the same; “Sometimes.” You see bigger is not always better with Drivers and there are so many other factors that influence the way you will hit your new Driver. Here are three things to think about when looking for that new Driver:
- “What is the loft?” With the new huge headed Drivers, you can find lofts from 7.5 to 13 degrees. The higher the loft, the higher the trajectory of the ball. You will find that a 10.5 degree Driver from one company goes a different height than a 10.5 from another company. Remember the heads of Drivers are all made differently; i.e. weighting, sweet spot, deep or shallow faced, and grooves. So don’t be surprised when your new 8 degree Driver goes higher than that old 10.5 degree you used to have.
- “What kind shaft do I need?” There are all sorts of flexes in shaft: regular, firm, stiff, soft, extra stiff, xx stiff, and so on. As like lofts, a regular shaft from one company will feel completely different than that of another company. You may have hit stiff graphite your entire life, but the new regular flex might feel better now.
- “What is the best length for me?” Standard length for Drivers has progressed over the years from 43” to almost 46” with some companies. The longer the shaft, the further you will hit the ball. Unfortunately the further you hit it, the further off line you will hit it. So, if you struggle with hitting the ball straight, it would be best to stick with something shorter.
With so many variables out there, how can somebody ever decide what Driver would be best? Simple, go to a demo day for the club manufacturer of your choice. Demo days are held all the time at golf courses everywhere. At a typical demo day, they might have 100 different Drivers with every imaginable shaft, loft, and length combination. Hit a bunch of golf balls with different clubs and see what Driver is best for you!