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How Do I Buy a Golf Club Driver?

by Sharon Penn

    Before you buy a driver, take a few out on the driving range to see how you do with them. The one you choose should inspire confidence, and you should like the look and feel of it, as well as the sound it makes when you strike the ball. Before making your selection, check out features of today’s drivers to make sure they are suitable for your golf game.

    Items you will need

    • Drivers
    • Balls

    Step 1

    Visit your golf retailer and ask to be tested for swing speed on a launch monitor. Once you find out if you have a fast, slow or moderate swing speed, you can determine which club characteristics are suited to your swing.

    Step 2

    Have your wrist-to-floor measurement taken. This, combined with your height, will determine if you can use a standard-length driver shaft or if you need to add or subtract a half inch or so.

    Step 3

    Examine the flexibility and materials of the shaft. A flexible graphite shaft can be more suitable for high-handicap golfers for distance, while the experienced player may want to go with a stiffer steel shaft for more accuracy.

    Step 4

    Check out the size of the club face, which is measured in cubic centimeters. A 460 cc club face is the largest that meets regulations. Beginners and high handicappers normally do better with a larger club face with a larger sweet spot. Try out drivers with different loft angles to see which loft works the best for you. A more advanced golfer may be able to handle a driver with a low loft of 9.5 degrees or less. A lower loft can add to distance on the tee shot.

    Step 5

    Look at drivers that are designed to address specific swing issues. Some drivers are constructed to prevent slices with a closed face and a contour designed to create a mental image of an inside-out swing. Other drivers have an aerodynamic sole for less drag and more distance, while drivers with a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) promote a stronger downswing speed.

    Tips

    • Ask your PGA teaching pro to analyze your swing and give you advice about which drivers to compare.
    • Go to a demo day at a nearby golf club or driving range where you can learn about several different drivers.

    Warnings

    • Keep in mind that price is not always an indication of how well the driver will work for you.

    About the Author

    Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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