A driver is the largest and most important club in your set. Typically, club sets for average golfers have about ten clubs in them, but none of the other nine are as important as the driver. You have to absolutely nail the task of getting good driver for yourself, or your results won’t reach their best potential. I’m not saying that getting good irons, woods or hybrids isn’t important, but driver is certainly the most important of them all. Drivers are pretty expensive too, and since they are most important club, beginners often choose drivers with specific game-improvement designs to fix any problems they might have. In this article, i wanted to talk about few of those types of drivers.
First of all, let’s discuss draw drivers. What are they? Draw, or d-type drivers as they are otherwise called, are the clubs specifically designed to correct a slice or reduce chances of it happening. Needless to say, these drivers are extremely useful and popular among beginners, who often slice their shots. Manufacturers often achieve this effect by means of some design tweaks. Altering the center of gravity by positioning weights in certain areas is one of those tricks. Some clubs also have larger and somewhat altered club faces, which reduce chances of making a slice. There are tons of other features that golf club designers include in these clubs to make them more beginner friendly. If you’re interested in golf clubs that can help you to correct your slicing habits, check this guide. There is one more type of drivers that try to correct a slice, called offset drivers. Draw drivers are typically much better, but they are more expensive too. So ultimately, it comes down to choosing between effectiveness and low price. Still, i have played with offset drivers and have to say that they get the job done well.
Just twenty years ago, there were only few woods and drivers to choose when you were looking for long-distance clubs. Now people use woods and even hybrids to replace drivers entirely. One of the most important of such attempts is introduction of mini drivers by TaylorMade. These clubs are mix of fairway woods and normal drivers, featuring key characteristics of both, but mostly it looks like a driver. Typically, heads of mini drivers are much smaller than normal irons, and they are shorter in length as well. Club heads of mini drivers are usually slightly larger than heads of fairway woods though. This is what i mean when i say that mini drivers are sort of “hybrid” of woods and drivers.
Advantage of a driver having large club head is that they are usually much easier to hit than the ones with small heads. Although it should also be noted that mini drivers with small heads are much more accurate than most normal drivers. One more advantage of having tinier club head is that smaller head can move through air much faster, thus allowing golfer to swing his/her driver much more effectively. Mini drivers also typically come in much lower degrees of loft than other drivers. I think mini drivers aren’t anything spectacular for beginners and casual golfers, but they are great for experienced golfers.
Good drivers typically cost at least two hundred dollars or more. Different drivers, such as mini drivers or draw type drivers, usually cost a bit more. For example, Callaway Rogue Draw, one of the best drivers for fixing a slice, costs almost four hundred dollars. That may seem over the top to most people, but i think the quality is worth it. If you’re on tight budget and don’t want to spend that much on a single club, there are few ways you can still get good driver without going broke. The best way, in my opinion, is buying used clubs. Some clubs might technically be classified as second hand, but they have amazing quality and little signs of use. Clubs in that kind of condition usually cost about half of retail price of brand new club. If you don’t want to play with second hand driver, you could wait for holidays and golf club sales.