Choosing the Right Driver for You

When playing golf it is important to have clubs that fit you. No two people are a like and no two people have the same swing. When choosing the proper driver for your game, there a few things to consider:

  • Club head size
  • Shaft
  • Loft

Club Head Size
There are generally three sizes when it comes to club heads: standard, mid-sized, and over-sized. The drivers you see professionals using on television are classified as over-sized. You won’t find many standard sized drivers built for men. Most 150cc (cubic centimeters) club heads are made for juniors. You can see a picture here. The smaller club head does provide better control, but has a small sweet spot. A mid-sized club head is around 175-225cc. A slightly bigger club than standard will provide added distance while still giving you a lighter club. Over-sized club heads (or what some of us like to call  the big dog) range from 250-500cc. These clubs are massive. They are a bit heavier and harder to control, but the large sweet spot will allow you to make contact from different parts of the club. In my opinion the over-sized club head allows more forgiveness with a bad swing. You can see a picture here.

There are two types of shafts in which drivers are made out of: steel and graphite. Most drivers made today are constructed from a graphite shaft. This reduces the overall weight of the club. Another benefit of the graphite shaft is that it is more flexible and absorbs shock. Steel on the other hand, is stronger and more durable. Steel shafts should be used for players who need extra control off the tee. In general, you will pay more for a graphite shafted club.

The flexibility of a shaft is also important when choosing a club. Flex is the amount of bend in a club. The two main types of flex are regular and stiff. A regular shaft is recommended for beginners and players with slower swing speeds. A stiff shaft won’t have as much forgiveness but will generate more power. A stiff shaft is recommended for advanced players with a quicker swing speed.

Every driver also comes with a specific loft of the club face. The higher the loft degree, the more control you will have, but you will sacrifice distance. The recommended loft degrees are as follows:

  • Slow swing – 10.5-12 degree loft
  • Average swing – 9.5-10.5 degree loft
  • Fast swing – 8-9.5 degree loft
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The right golf equipment

the right golf equipment

the right golf equipment

A very important aspect of the game of golf is having the right golf equipment. At first, you may find it somewhat challenging finding the right golf equipment that best suits your style of playing and your game. There are times when you will just be unaware of the different kinds of golf equipment that is required for the game. When you choose the right gold equipment you will be able to save money, and you will also improve your golfing skills.

When choosing the right golf equipment, here are some tips for beginners that you should follow:

  • Golf Clubs – You can get golf clubs to purchase individually, in half sets that contain seven clubs, or in full sets that have fourteen clubs. One of the important tips for beginners is that they should not choose full set golf clubs. Normally, beginners do not yet have the skills needed to use all the clubs in full play; additionally, incorrect usage of the clubs can cause damage to them. Beginners should therefore opt for one or two individual clubs.
  • Golf Balls – Another one of the tips for beginners that one should take into consideration is that quantity is more important than quality, for beginners that have a high handicap. Until you are at the stage where you lose only one or two balls per round, you should purchase your golf balls in bulk. It makes no sense to purchase high quality balls if your handicap is very high.
  • Golf Shoes – Golf shoes have a lot to do with how good your swing is; as such, it is essential that you purchase the right type of golf shoes. Even if you more commonly play cart golf, there is still a lot of walking and standing that you will have to do; therefore, you should ensure that the pair of shoes you purchase are comfortable. Also consider purchasing spiked golf shoes, so that you will have something appropriate to wear during wet times.
  • Golf Gloves – In order to strengthen their weaker hand’s grip, golf players normally wear a golf glove. A player that is right-handed will have a golf glove on the left hand, and vice versa. The majority of female golfers opt to have golf gloves on their two hands, in order to strengthen their grip of the golf club, and also to enhance the shots’ strength. This is one of the cheapest ways to improve your golfing skills. Golf gloves are really effective in preventing the golf club from slipping out of the hands of golfers.
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