Have you got the right driver?
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
PGA Professional Charles Kares
Charles Kares is an AAA PGA Professional at Royal Canberra Golf Club. For lesson bookings please phone (02) 6281 3882 or email Charlesgkares@hotmail.com
The driver is the most fun club in the bag. It is the club that hits the ball the furthest and it gives you the most satisfaction when the ball is struck well.
The down side is that it can really get you into trouble when struck offline and it can also cost you a lot of distance if the wrong club is in the bag.
There are many clubs on the market. They are all great clubs, but the secret is to find the one that suits what you are looking for in your game.
There are many drivers that have adjustable shaft settings which can help you design the club to suit your game.
Also, there are other drivers that are set with a slight draw bias to help create a draw and to also fight against the player who tends to hit the ball to the right.
A question that you need to ask yourself is “what type of ball flight do you want?”
Do you want to hit the driver with a ball flight that is low, which helps get more roll than the standard player or would you like to carry the ball most of the way with a only the fraction of the roll?
This can all be achieved by having the right loft, shaft and weight.
Many golfers that I see buy a driver simply because of the strong marketing that the companies create, but the serious golfers get fitted correctly so they can get the most of their game, especially when there is a hefty investment involved.
The look of the club and the feel of the club are important to many players. This is a good guide to choosing which model you want to move forward in buying, but the shaft is the most important part of the club that will give you the results that you seek.
Seeking the right driver does not mean that your swing needs to change, all it means is that you need to find which driver will suit your swing and give you the maximum out of your game.
It does not matter what level you are as a golfer to get fitted for a driver. You can be off plus-4 through to 45. Any man or woman can get fitted. Think about what a new driver can do for your game.