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Golf Drivers For Beginners - The Ultimate Guide 2021

There are so many different clubs to choose from, that when you are just starting out it can all seem a little bit overwhelming. There are a lot of factors that have to be taken into consideration when choosing the perfect driver to suit your needs.

Forming part of our Beginners Golf Clubs Guide, this article offers a basic break down of the driver so you can fully understand the club in order to make a professional decision as to which golf driver for beginners is the best for your style of play.

What is a Driver?

A driver club can also be known as a 1 wood. It will always be the largest club that you have in your bag and it is the club used when you tee off. This club will only ever be used when the ball is placed on a tee.

Lofts

Each club has a loft. The loft is the term given to describe the backward slant on the head of the golf club,  and it is what helps drive the ball high in the air. The higher the amount of loft specified on the club, the higher the ball will go when struck. Loft is always displayed in degrees. The lower the loft angle then the more run you will gain on the ball.

Shaft

The shaft describes the handle of the club. Materials for the shaft are graphite or steel. Most golfers go for graphite as it is lighter, giving faster club speed, therefore transferring more energy to the ball to give more distance. Steel shafts tend to be for players that hit the ball quickly and need slowing down.

Flex

The flex simply means how flexible the shaft of the club is. You should choose your flex depending on your physical strength and stature.

  • Extra Stiff: For very strong players who swing the club quickly
  • Stiff: For strong men that hit the ball well
  • Regular: For the average player
  • Senior: For men who are not as strong as they used to be
  • Ladies Flex: This is the most flexible of the shafts. 


Head Size

The largest head size allowed in golf is 460cc. The larger the head the more power and distance gained. You will find that nearly all professionals play with a larger club head, to add power to their games. The larger the head size the more forgiveness you will have when you swing. Golfers sometimes opt for a smaller head to gain more control in their game.

Head Shape

There are a few different head shapes available, rounded, triangular and square.

Round heads are the least complicated, they are simple and effective with no frills. They are aesthetically pleasing to look at and easy to control.

A triangular head shape will make it more aero-dynamic, enabling faster speeds when swinging to increase ball distance. Weights can be placed lower and further back in the head creating a higher MOI (Moment of Inertia), which will in turn increase the speed and distance a player can hit the ball.

Square heads have been very popular for the last couple of years, made famous by the Nike SQ Square range.

Moment of Inertia

This is a golf term which describes the distribution of weight inside a club head that prevents the head from twisting as the player makes the swing. The weights are placed lower and further back in the head so that on impact with the ball, the head stops moving. When choosing a driver, it is best to look for a club with a higher MOI to increase consistency and accuracy.

Steel Head or Titanium?

Steel

Steel heads are slightly less expensive but heavier than the modern titanium drivers. Due to the weight of the steel, the head sizes tend to be smaller, so the shafts can support them. Steel Heads are normally found on more traditional club styles. Steel heads are very durable, and provide consistent and effective play.

Titanium

The creation of the titanium head for golf clubs was probably one of the most important developments in golf technology. The titanium allows the club to be more lightweight, so manufacturers can make the head bigger, allowing a larger sweetspot for increased accuracy.

A larger head will also increase the amount of forgiveness a player will get from the shot. Being able to pull off a decent shot from an off-center connection can save a lot of golfers games.

The one drawback of the titanium head is obviously the price. Titanium is a highly expensive material, which is often reflected in the price of the drivers. It is well worth the money though for the added benefits it will bring to your game.

Plugs/Weights

New technology clubs allow the player to customise their club heads by adding weights or plugs. Many clubs now come with removable weights, that can be tailored to the needs of the golfer. This was discovered in the late 90’s when tungsten inserts were placed at the front of the head to increase the sweet spot.

The further the weight is away from the club face, the higher it will drive the ball. Golfing rules state that weights cannot be changed whilst in a round of golf, but if set up correctly they can improve your game.

What is Offset?

An offset design means simply that the neck/hosel of the club is positioned in front of the club head. The clubface will appear to be set back a little from the neck.

When golfers slice the ball it is generally caused by their hands being in front of the ball at impact. An offset driver allows the club to ‘catch up’ and return the club face square to the ball at the point of impact giving straighter and more often than not longer drives.

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