What is the best driver to use is an interesting question, one that all golfers professional and amateur have to deal with from week to week and golf season to golf season. Talk to golf professionals and they will probably tell you they have a dozen or more drivers and will switch depending on how they are playing at the time, the type of course they are playing, new innovations or modifications the manufacturer has made recently, health considerations and other issues. As many of you know some golf manufacturers are now selling drivers and fairway woods in which the golfer can adjust the lie and loft as well as the swing weight right on the golf course. Amateur golfers are not as fortunate as the pros since they have budget considerations, as opposed to the pros who get the clubs for free, consequently most amateurs probably have maybe three to eight drivers that they have collected over the years, but during the golf season will usually play only one or two drivers depending on how they are hitting the ball.
When trying to get the most out of your game, golfers should take time and patience to figure out how to choose the best golf clubs be they drivers, irons, putters, or specialty clubs. As this article is primarily concerned with helping golfers select the best driver here are key considerations that need to be taken into account:
The age of the golfer and how long he or she has been playing golf,
The number of rounds the golfer plays each year,
The golfers commitment to practice,
The type or types of golf courses the golfer plays most of the time,
The skill level or handicap of the golfer,
The golfer’s skills at course management or golf psychology traps,
The playing characteristics of the golf driver, Clackmann Weather
The general physical characteristics and health of the golfer,
Opinions of other golfers you know as well as your local professional, and
The golfer’s golf club and overall golf equipment budget
Age of Golfer
The age of the golfer both in terms of his or her chronological age and years spent playing golf is perhaps one of the most critical determinants of what kind of driver will be the best to purchase. Our opinion is that a new golfer just taking up the game and one that is also young (i.e. under 15 years of age) is best served by getting a set of used woods with at least one rescue club. A young and new golfer should probably keep the driver in his closet and focus on a three or four wood or rescue wood for at least a season maybe two seasons or until he or she gets their swing down to some degree and has established some confidence with a wood. If the child insists on having a driver we suggest selecting a good golf driver for beginners, perhaps from a set of used drivers or used golf clubs. We believe a driver, even a driver with a high loft of let’s say 11 or 12 degrees can be very intimidating to a young person or a new golfer, even a new golfer who is older.