How to Buy a Golf Club Driver

By Marc Jenkins

It doesn't matter if the hole you're playing is a par 3 or a par 5; they all begin with an essential golf club: the driver. The driver is the most important and expensive club in every golfer's bag. Without a quality driver, a player can consistently find himself in extremely long second- and third-shot situations, without the ability to have multiple eagle and birdie opportunities. To purchase a quality driver that will be beneficial to your game, you must pay attention to four key components.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Shaft flex is the first thing to look at. A graphite regular flex is the optimal shaft flex for distance on any driver.
Step 2
The second thing to take into consideration is loft. Select a driver with a loft of 10 degrees or higher.
Step 3
Next, make sure the driver has a very large sweet spot on the clubhead; the larger the sweet spot, the better chance you will have of stroking the ball cleanly. Titanium is a very lightweight material, and titanium clubheads have larger sweet spots that don't add weight.
Step 4
The driver should have a good grip on it that encourages you to hold it properly. The top three grip types currently on the market are the Tour Velvet, Arrow Lite and Lamkin.

Tips & Warnings

If you follow these instructions, you will probably be looking at an expensive driver, but it will be worth it. Look diligently for the driver you want at the lowest possible price. Check several stores, such as Dick's Sporting Goods, the Sports Authority or your local pro shop, and online at sites like the Golf Warehouse.
Don't buy the first one that you think may be right for you; buying a driver isn't a form of love at first sight. Take your time, and the right driver will find you.

About The Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.

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