In golf, everything begins with the tee shot, and almost every golfer -- including the pros -- wants to hit the ball farther. As long as you don’t land in a hazard, a longer drive offers the advantage of a shorter second shot, allowing you to use a more lofted and accurate club for your approach to the green, or your second shot on a par-5 hole. Except for short par-3 holes, the driver is the club typically used off the tee.
If you play on a lot of hard golf courses, a low draw is a very useful shot to have in your repertoire. It gives you an advantage when you must drive into the wind, since the low draw gets a lot of its distance after it hits the ground. For many weekend players, hitting a draw of any kind seems like an impossible task. However, the low draw is often easier to learn because the shot feels more like a normal swing. Tiger Woods compares hitting a low draw with a driver to hitting a stinger shot from the tee.
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The advantage of pounding a long drive on a par-4 or par-5 hole is obvious: The farther you hit your tee shot, the shorter your next shot will be, giving you the opportunity to use a more-lofted club. That’s the idea behind the 48-inch driver, which is the longest club permitted under the Rules of Golf. An average off-the-rack driver is 45½ inches long. As "USA Today" explains, a 48-inch driver must be swung with a wider arc, which generates more club head speed and produces a longer drive -- assuming you hit the ball squarely. Achieving solid contact, however, can be a challenge.