The Best Golf Drivers for Beginners

By Lyle@Nymble

The number one wood, or the driver, is one of the most difficult clubs in the golf bag for beginners to learn how to hit well because it is the longest club in the bag and has the flattest face (least loft) of any club short of the putter.

As a beginning golfer, you should be looking for a "game improvement" or "super game improvement" club that maximizes the forgiveness of the club. Consider a club with more loft (10.5 to 12 degrees), as more loft equals more forgiveness. Also, a larger clubhead (USGA maximum is 460cc) usually means a larger sweet spot. Low-spin characteristics allow the ball to fly higher and straighter. Three clubs to consider in this category for enthusiastic, committed beginners are the Cobra Fly-Z, the Callaway XR and the Ping G25.

Cobra Fly-Z

The Cobra Fly-Z driver is a lighter driver with a lower center of gravity that provides forgiveness for off-center hits. It offers multiple loft and swing weight variations. The face is surrounded with a trench to minimize the thickness of the face to provide increased ball speeds. It is possible to find it at retail for less than $175 (as of 2016).

Callaway XR

The Callaway XR driver is lightweight, aerodynamic and perfect for generating more loft and speed. The club has an adjustable loft and is forgiving on off-center hits. The technology is perfect for beginners, but the price tag might be a bit beyond all but the most committed beginners. The Callaway XR resides firmly in the high-rent district, price-wise costing about $250 (as of 2016).

Ping G25

The Ping G25 has a solid trajectory and provides a lot of forgiveness. It has the lowest center of gravity of any Ping driver. The Ping G25 goes for about $275 (as of 2016).

About The Author

Lyle Smith is an award-winning copywriter with a widely varied background. He has completed work for individuals, small businesses and fortune 1000 corporate clients all over the country. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University.


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