Choosing a golf driver for a beginner can be a challenge. Golfers use driver clubs when starting off on par 4 or 5 holes and the right driver can give you an impressive beginning, allowing you to shoot long off of the tee. Every year they all release newer iterations of drivers each with claims that they will improve your game, add distance and are the most forgiving.
With newer technology and the use of high-tech materials, many of these claims are true. With the advancements in the world of composite materials, drivers have come a long way from the wooden drivers of old. And now almost every driver on the market offers some form of adjustment or tweak that can be made by the player to tailor the club to their style of play.
As one starts on the journey to find their golf driver for a beginner, the first thing you run into is a sea of terms that make little to no sense. Terms like: CG location, head size and depth, loft angle, face angle, lie angle, forgiveness, shaft flex and more. If you are an average golfer and get out to the links every so often these terms might mean very little to you. But all these things are very valuable information in trying to find a driver to carry in your bag every golf outing.
How do you go about choosing a golf driver for a beginner?
A good golf driver for you depends on your level of experience with the game. Those who are at the beginning or intermediate levels should use a driver that has a large head. This is a club that has a bigger than normal sweet spot. The larger the sweet spot is the better. This is because you do not have to have a perfect shot to slam the ball deep and long down the fairway.
If you are a more experienced player you should consider your needs before choosing your driver. It is never a bad idea to have a driver with a large head, but if you have perfected your game you may not feel the need for a large head. It all depends on your level of comfort when deciding what the golf driver for your game is.
2. Loft And Shaft
When looking for a golf driver, look at the club’s loft. Long ago, clubs were nearly flat and had an angle that was perpendicular to the ground when it was at the start of position. These days, however, most drivers have lofts that are more than ten degrees which help to get the ball up in the air more quickly and give the player a bit more distance. So, pay attention to the loft when choosing your driver. What you need depends on your level of experience and what you are comfortable with. If you are not comfortable your game will suffer.
Another thing you should look at when choosing your driver is the shaft. For golfers that are smaller in size and less experienced, a graphite shaft is the better choice. A graphite shaft is a bit whippier and helps to get longer distance from the tee. It also gives you a good amount of accuracy. For those who have a good, hard swing, the steel shafted driver helps keep the ball pretty straight for a more accurate hit.
3. Ask Around, Get Referrals
Finding a golf driver can also be done by using the knowledge of people who are seasoned experts. Try visiting the driving range to talk to some more experienced players. They will be able to tell you what types of drivers are available and which ones are best for your level of play.
No matter which one you choose, make sure it is comfortable for you to use. This is the most important thing. Test out the driver to see how it feels when you swing it. If it does not feel like a good fit you should keep looking. And remember, the most expensive one does not mean it is the best golf driver. The one that feels best in your hands is the right one! Good luck in your search.
Golf drivers have certain attributes that should be considered before buying and should be taken into careful consideration to prevent wasting money and added frustration when starting to play. When choosing the right one, don’t hesitate to ask experienced players as they know best. You can also ask the stores, but unfortunately, they might sell you not the best, but the most expensive.
Take into consideration too the amount of time that you will spare for golf. Is it just a weekend game, or just for fun? Will it be a regular hobby and a sport that you’d want to be devoting your time?