Things to Know Before Buying the Best Golf Drivers for Beginners

Driving is one of the toughest skills a golfer can master. It is an undeniable fact that beginners have a hard time with their drivers. It can take months for a beginner to achieve perfection with a driver. Most of the time, beginners end up buying the wrong driver that makes it even harder for them to succeed. That is why you must be aware of a few critical factors before you buy a driver. These are:

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the quality of a club to  “forgive” bad shots. In other words, forgiving clubs will allow for good quality strokes despite poor contact with the ball. As beginners often struggle to make clean contact with the ball, buying a golf driver with high forgiveness can be of tremendous help.

Technology

Driver brands intentionally add advanced technological enhancements to improve the shot quality. Some of these features help in removing the slice while others add speed and distance to your shots. We have mentioned several golf drivers in this article that come with these technological features. For instance, the SiM 2 Max Driver from TaylorMade comes with a SiM inertia generator and twist face technology for faster and straighter drives.

Center of Gravity (CG) and Moment of Inertia (MOI)

These two terms sound as if they’re taken straight from a physics textbook but are very important in golf, particularly for drivers. The Center of Gravity or CG is the point where the weight of the club is balanced. For best shot quality, beginners should prefer a driver that has a low and deep center of gravity.

While the moment of inertia of MOI is the ability of an object to resist motion or being twisted. Higher MOI means the object will resist much more than usual. As a club makes poor contact with the ball, it will tilt or twist leading to low ball speed and accuracy. So, we recommend drivers with high MOI for beginners.

Additional Factors Responsible for Driver Quality

A golf driver is arguably the most important club in your arsenal. It is also one of the most expensive clubs and can be considered as an investment.

Beginners, in particular, should be wary of spending extra on over-the-top features. Here are a few factors you should consider before the final buying decision.

Loft

The loft is the most vital aspect of any driver. It is the angle of the clubface’s slope and is critical for determining your golf shot’s trajectory.

Most drivers have a slope of 8.5 degrees to 15 degrees, however, the most commonly used drivers’ slope ranges from 9 to 12 degrees.

The loft is inversely related to your swing speed. The faster you swing, the lower loft you need. If you swing too fast then you should choose a driver with the lowest possible loft, and vice versa. 

Material

Initially, drivers were made from stainless steel or similar alloys. However, lately, titanium has emerged as the most popular choice for a driver material.

The reason why titanium is the preferred choice is due to its high tensile strength and exceptionally low weight. Composite materials are also becoming more popular for making driver heads. For shafts, titanium, stainless steel, and graphite are the most in-demand materials.

Length, Weight, and Head Size

The preference for these three aspects changes from person to person. A taller person might prefer a long driver and vice versa.

Usually, driver length ranges from 43 to 47 inches but longer drivers of more than 48 inches long are also making an entry into the market. 

USGA allows for a maximum size of 460 cc for driver’s heads and that is also the most commonly used configuration.

You can also find 440 cc and 420 cc driver heads in the market but they are generally used by experienced golfers. A large head is more forgiving on off-center shots and that is why they are popular among beginners and amateurs.