Playing golf is all about techniques, good swing and hitting the ball right. It also involves the use of the right clubs to play better. Thus, selecting the best clubs such as golf drivers for your golf bag improves your play significantly. In this article, we concentrate on the discussion of driver selection. We gather some of the important factors from professional players when buying drivers for the first time. Selecting a driver is not about how it looks when you hold or swing it. It is not about how costly these drivers are, although excellent quality drivers cost more than ordinary ones.
The Right Loft
What is a club loft? A club loft refers to the angle of the club head as it connects to the shaft. In other words, it is the distance between the shaft and club head, measured in degrees angle. The loft in a driver is around 7 to 12 degrees. This measurement is not a standard set. Manufacturers can produce golf drivers that may exceed the maximum or are below the minimum.
Selecting the right loft for your driver depends on many other factors. These factors include the carry versus roll concept, your swing speed, ball spin and the launch angle. In golf, the distance the ball can travel after hitting it with the club is important. In carry concept, a driver with higher loft results to a higher trajectory and a longer distance after hitting the ball. Upon landing, the ball is less likely to roll.
On the other hand, in roll concept, a driver with less loft results to a lower trajectory and decreased carry distance. However, the impact of the landing creates a rolling distance to the ball. Rolling is quite beneficial during a good weather but is disadvantageous during a raining weather.
Consider also your swing speed, hitting power and your handicap in playing golf.
The Sweet Spot
Golf drivers have different “sweet spots”. A driver has a wider sweet spot when you can constantly hit the ball in the center of the club head and make it travel a greater distance than you expected, despite a slow swing and handicapped. In other words, the chances of missing hits with the ball are lesser due to the “wider” sweet spot. This forgiving property of a driver is thanks to the concept of inertia.
As manufacturers of golf clubs, we try to come up with a newer concept and develop our current technology. To increase the sweet spot of a driver, we distribute the weight of the club head away from the center. By doing this, we can change the moment of inertia applied once you hit the ball. Even if your hit is off-center, you can drive the ball out of the tee to the green.
The Shaft Length
Some expert pieces of advice would say that shaft length is not important in choosing the right drivers for your golf bag. We say it is equally essential as choosing the right loft for you. The appropriate length of your golf club’s shaft decreases the pressure on your swing.
With the proper length, you are not bending too much or are standing too straight while swinging. A long golf shaft pushes you to be too far from the ball, which may affect your swing. A short golf shaft forces you to bend too much, placing pressures on your knees, shoulders and arms. This uncomfortable stance may put your bones and muscle health at risk. Although a one-time play of uncomfortable play does not have any effect on you, the long term will have an effect on your overall bone health.
To determine the perfect length of your golf drivers, try swinging one with an actual ball. Provided you have a good swing power and position, you should not feel any uncomfortable pressures on your shoulders and knees while swinging. If you do, have the length customized according to your height.
A driver is important in any golf game. You use it at the starting point, where you close the distance between the teeing ground and the putting green. Thus, you should choose a driver that has a forgiving club head so you could hit the ball more often, especially if you are a beginner in golf. Choose a driver with the correct loft. At least, place two kinds of golf drivers in your golf bag. One driver should provide you with more carrying power and one that can give you more “rolling” distance. You do not have to use the two in one game. Use the driver with carrying power during bad weather and the “rolling” driver during a more pleasant day.