For an amateur golfer one of the most expensive purchases they will make is their driver. But picking a driver is not as straightforward as walking into a professional shop and selecting the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The modern-day driver is full of technology and the different head shapes, weight placements, adjustable hosels and multiple custom shaft options make the decision even more difficult. It is this multitude of options that can make buying a new driver a nightmare for many golfers, here I am going to speak about how to buy the best driver for your game. Obviously, many golfers have their favourite brands, but this should not cloud your choice, be open to trying different brands that fall within your chosen budget.

You should consider the following when looking to purchase your driver;

1- Loft, with adjustable lofts this is a little easier than you may think as you can always adjust to suit at a later date, but consider trying higher lofts to increase your launch angle, which can in turn help to straighten wayward drives. It does however have downfalls, increasing spin rates, so try a few to see which you perform best with.

2 – The shaft is the motor of a golf club and club manufacturers are quickly learning that they must start putting the top line shafts into their clubs. But there is a major flaw within the industry when it comes to golf shafts and that is the flexibility rating of shafts, which can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so when you try drivers, don´t be afraid to try a flex that you may not be using or believe you shouldn´t be using.

3 – The head weight and positioning of additional weights. Club head weight is a big consideration as the weight can alter club head speed and the location of the weight within the club to alter or manage the ball flight and shape of the shot that you are trying to hit (or indeed trying to eliminate a shot shape). The three above are not the sole considerations when choosing a new driver, you should really consider taking at least a couple of custom fitting sessions to ensure that you are purchasing the best club for your swing. During the fitting process you should look at the spin rates, launch angles, deviation, decent angle, carry and total distances.It is essential to have at least 2 fitting sessions, and where possible see the results you are getting as well as the figures that are coming from the computer.

Other considerations can include:

The shaft length; A shorter shaft can for many increase accuracy, a longer shaft can increase distance.

Grip: Finding a grip that feels comfortable is also important, and this should include checking that the thickness is correct for your hands and swing style.

Author: Single Swing Golf

Single Swing Golf aims to become the premier provider of single length golf clubs so that the casual weekend golfer can improve their game while enjoying the sport by engineering top quality products that helps expand the game at an affordable price point. Learn more…

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