How to Use a Customizable Driver

By Steve Silverman

The driver is the longest club in your golf bag, and that means there are many aspects of the swing that can go wrong, particularly when it comes to timing. But with a customizable driver, you can control some of the variables and increase the odds of hitting a consistent shot.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Check the length of the shaft on your driver. The standard length of most drivers is 43 to 44 inches. That is probably a good length if you are between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot tall. If you are shorter, you will need a smaller shaft to get the most out of your swing. If you are taller, you need a longer shaft. A customizable club allows you to remove your original shaft and replace it with one that is sized correctly.
Step 2
Move closer to the ball when teeing off after you have replaced your shaft and you are a smaller individual. Move farther back if you are taller. You don't want to be lunging for the ball, and you don't want to be reaching for it either.
Step 3
Change the angle of loft on your driver. When you are buying a new driver, you have to ask yourself if you get the loft you want from your driver, which likely has a loft of 8 1/2 degrees. If you hit a lot of low line drives that tend to dip, you might want a driver with more loft. A driver with a 12 1/2-degree loft will help you get your ball higher. You can customize your driver purchase by letting the salesman know you want more loft.
Step 4
Take your new driver to the practice range. If you have changed the length of the shaft and the loft angle, you will want to take the time to get used to the new club's feel. If you go to the driving range three times a week and hit 60 balls each time, you should feel comfortable sometime in the middle of the second week.

Tips & Warnings

Never grip your driver too tight. If you do, you won't be able to get the full rotation you need on your swing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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