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How to Choose the Right Golf Driver

By Matthew Keller

The goal when purchasing a new driver is to hit longer and straighter golf shots. The driver is the biggest, longest, and most expensive club in a player's bag. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new driver. Before selecting your new driver be sure to consider price range, swing speed, ball flight, launch angle and length, just to name a few. It is highly recommended you meet with a skilled professional club fitter capable of fitting you with the proper equipment.

Select the proper loft on the driver. Depending on an individual's swing characteristics, the loft will typically be anywhere from 9 to 15 degrees. Players with slower swing speeds will benefit from higher lofted drivers. An average player will generally fit into a 10 to 10.5 degree driver. Players with faster swing speeds will usually benefit from a lower lofted driver.

Select the proper shaft for the driver. The shaft is probably the most important variable in the golf club. The proper shaft will allow players to hit the ball with the proper spin rate, trajectory and flight. Players with faster swing speeds will look for a stiffer flex to help keep a lower spin rate and trajectory. Players with slower swing speeds will benefit from more flexible shafts that will assist in a higher trajectory and more carry distance.

Choose the proper club head to benefit your game. The maximum size for the clubhead is 460cc. Drivers have options such as adjustable weights and shafts which will affect the clubface throughout the swing. Players who routinely slice the golf ball have the option of choosing a draw bias driver. The draw bias helps close the clubface through impact which is ideal for those who leave the ball out to the right. Players who normally hit the ball straight or draw the ball will prefer a traditional driver with a neutral clubface. Players who normally draw or hook the golf ball will prefer a fade bias on the clubface. Many lower handicap players and PGA Tour Professionals lose shots that draw or hook too much. They prefer a fade bias to help hit the ball straighter.

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