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How to choose golf driver

Driver is the single most important club in your set, so it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that it is the most expensive too. Because of above two reasons, beginner golfers are often confused by the task of choosing a golf driver for themselves, which is why i’m writing this guide – to help. I want to clear up some basic things that novices often don’t understand, such as : what lofts are and what they determine. I might as well answer that now, and move on to discussion of other, more important things later. Numerical loft value of a golf club basically describes how much accuracy golf club sacrifices for the sake of longer distance. The higher the loft is, the more you can assume that golf club will be somewhat inaccurate, but it will make golf ball fly farther.

Shafts are one of the most important, if not the most important, parts of any golf club, but especially the driver. To explain it in simplest terms, it is the “stick” to which the club head is attached. It’s important because qualities of a shaft makes huge impact on how your swing and by extension, your shot turns out. For example, shaft might be flex or stiff, and that determines in what manner the club will twist in the air when being swung. Golfers have different styles of swinging their clubs, all of which are valid, and should get golf clubs with a shaft that corresponds to that style. People often don’t realize how important shafts are, and ignore it completely, only focusing on reviews and ratings of golf clubs they buy. Even thousand dollar golf clubs won’t do you any good if they don’t come with a shaft that correlates with your needs. People often make mistakes and get clubs with wrong type of shaft because brands can’t agree on single standard for measuring stiffness of a shaft, so their definitions are all over the place. I think the best solution to this is reading customer reviews or one of these guides that help you choose good drivers.

Speaking of good drivers, we should also discuss money. How much do good golf drivers cost? Off the top of my head, solid new drivers are usually priced at upwards of two hundred dollars. Even that is rather small number, as new and really innovative clubs often cost five hundred or more. That is partly related with the issue of materials. Excellent golf clubs demand expensive materials, so the end product turns out to be expensive too. It’s not just about materials though. Research and development teams at Callaway, TaylorMade and other brands spend a lot of time and energy on coming up with these innovative designs, so companies make up for it by charging more for new clubs. Don’t worry too much if you’re on tight budget though, because just after few years, those amazing clubs usually cost much less than they originally did.  Also, there’s always an option to buy used golf clubs. Sure, they are usually not as good as new, but you’d be surprised by how well-kept some of the used clubs are. Considering the fact that they cost half of new clubs and sometimes even less than that, used clubs are great for people who are looking for top notch clubs but don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for them.

Another topic that often confuses beginners are game improvement drivers. Usually i don’t believe in miracles, so i was first skeptical of game improvement clubs, including drivers. After playing with them though, my skepticism started to fade away a little bit. Sure, game improvement drivers don’t live up to the hype they have, but they do improve  your game a little bit when you’re experienced, and significantly when you’re totally new. I still think that taking few golf lessons and playing with normal clubs is the better approach when you’re trying to learn golf, but if your budget allows it, game improvement clubs are worth giving a shot, too.

 

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