Golf Drivers Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Drivers

The tone of your game is set by your driver. A fairway splitting first shot puts you in position to score well, but a poor tee shot can leave your game lacking and your confidence shaken. Choosing the right driver is therefore critical. We have a large selection of drivers at tgw.com, and one of them is ideal for you. But before you begin your search, it’s best to understand specific aspects of a driver so you won’t be overwhelmed and can make an informed decision.

The amount by which the club’s face slopes back is referred to as loft. Driver loft, which typically ranges from 8.5° to 15°, should match your swing speed. The more loft you should have, the slower your swing speed. If your swing speed is between 80 and 90 mph (which is typical for most male golfers), you should use a driver with 10.5° to 12° of loft. This, combined with new two-piece balls that spin at a lower rate, means that your launch angle and spin rate will be optimized for recreational golfers.

There is no standard length for a driver. Every manufacturer offers different models with varying lengths (usually 43.5” to 47”) but drivers continue to get progressively longer, with some even reaching 48” (the maximum allowable) (the maximum allowable). This is due to the fact that, in most cases, the longer the shaft, the faster the head will travel. However, if it is hit off-center, the distance may be reduced. Furthermore, the longer the shaft, the more difficult it is to control and hit the ball squarely. So the best thing to do is to choose the longest driver you can while still hitting consistently and accurately. Keep in mind that you’re not driving for show; you’re driving to put yourself in position to score.

Drivers can be made of stainless steel, an alloy, or forged titanium. A high quality alloy driver can be found at a reasonable price for someone who only visits the course or driving range on occasion. A titanium or multi-material driver, such as titanium and composite, that combines light weight and excellent strength is more expensive and recommended for golfers who play consistently. Stainless steel drivers will give your swing more weight, giving you more control on the descent. The maximum allowable engine size for drivers is 460cc (cubic centimeters). This size increases the moment of inertia (MOI), giving golfers more forgiveness on off-center hits, or having a larger sweet spot.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Now that you understand the fundamentals, it’s time to find the best driver for you.TGW.comhas so many to choose from, you might wonder where to start. The five questions below will help you narrow down your options quickly and efficiently.

1. Do you want a driver that is adjustable?

Golfers can now adjust the face angle, loft, and lie angle of their clubs with just a wrench, eliminating the need for a club fitter or purchasing an entirely new club. Golfers can adjust the club dynamics to achieve the desired ball flight or gain a few yards of carry. Many manufacturers claim that an adjustable driver provides you with every advantage. However, others disagree, citing a more expensive price tag, additional weighting in less than ideal locations, and confusion about all the different setting combinations as reasons to play a traditional, non-adjustable driver.

2. Do you want a driver with an anti-slice option?

The majority of golfers slice the ball, particularly off the tee. Manufacturers have addressed this problem in the past by introducing anti-slice, or draw versions of their standard drivers, but with adjustable drivers now so much part of the golf landscape, and the fact that you can close the face as much as 3° on some of these adjustable drivers to correct your slice, draw drivers aren’t being manufactured at the same rate. However, for those who are constantly fighting a slice, we have a large selection of drivers that can help.

3. Do you want a standard or tour preferred driver?

You may also come across “tour” drivers on our site, but these clubs are intended for professionals or amateurs with exceptional ball-striking ability who can effectively shape their shots using clubs that are set dead square (or slightly open or closed) and have shafts that help keep the ball lower. Standard drivers with larger sweetspots for more forgiveness, more closed faces (to combat slices), and shafts that help get the ball airborne will be better suited to the average golfer. The idea of playing a tour club may be appealing, but the results will not be unless you are an exceptional golfer.

4. Do you want a custom-fit driver?

Many golfers believe they aren’t good enough to get custom-fit clubs, that flaws in their swing will outweigh any potential benefits of clubs designed specifically for them, but fitters say many players hit it sideways because they haven’t been custom-fit. Attempting to swing golf clubs that are the wrong length, weight, lie angle, shaft flex, or grip size encourages players to make unnatural compensations that prevent them from developing proper mechanics. Choosing this type of driver will take a little more time and money, but it will ensure that you get a driver that is perfectly suited to your needs.

5. How much do I want to spend?

The club you choose is influenced by your budget. The most expensive club might not be the best fit for you. Few golfers can completely stock their bags with premium clubs. The goal should be finding clubs that feel the best and enable you to perform at the highest level. Remember that TGW.com offers a30-Day Playability Guaranteeon many of our clubs, so if you buy one that you don’t like, you can return it and choose another.

Drivers are outfitted with graphite shafts that come in a variety of flexes. For the vast majority of golfers, the driver’s included shaft will suffice. You should be concerned with your weight. A shaft that is too heavy is undesirable. As far as flex, if your drives carry between 230-250 yards, a regular flex is best for your game. If your drives are longer or shorter than that, you’ll need to adjust your flex to stiff or senior/ladies, respectively. Check out the for a more in-depth look at golf club shafts.TGW Golf Shaft Buying Guide.

Buying a driver online at TGW is simple once you understand all of the factors that go into selecting a driver and have answered the five questions above. You can select a model you like and look over the loft, shaft, and flex options. Many drivers can also be ordered specifically for you. Customers can choose a custom shaft and grip, as well as a length that is appropriate for them. All custom orders are placed directly with the manufacturer and assembled by the club experts. If you have been custom fitted for a driver, this is an excellent option. It is simple to use the results of your fitting to ensure that the club you order online is correct for you. With a great selection, great price, and great experience, when you buy golf clubs online at TGW you always win.

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