Why Distance Matters?

Distance is one of the two most crucial attributes in golf, the other being accuracy. The goal of the game is to cover all the holes in the least amount of strokes possible.

This means that your every shot should cover as much distance as it can. The sooner you’ll reach the putting greens, the higher will be your strokes gained and it will go a long way in improving your handicap. 

Distance is particularly important for a driver. A good start off the tee can boost your confidence greatly and improve your chances of having a high-quality game of golf. 

What Factors Affect the Distance?

Golf drivers have a bunch of different aspects associated with them, but only a few of them are beneficial for maximizing the distance. Here are the most notable features of a golf driver that are critical for distance. 

Shaft Flex and Material

Distance ultimately depends on the swing speed of the golfer. Players with high swing speed will hit the ball much farther than others. To accommodate for the low swing speed, driver shafts come in different flex options. Generally, people with low swing speeds will go for flexible shafts.

That is why beginners and seniors usually go for regular and senior flex shafts respectively. Whereas professional golfers opt for stiff or extra stiff flex shaft. 

Shaft material also plays a critical role in increasing distance. Graphite and steel are the two most popular shaft materials these days. Of these, graphite is lighter and better suited for increasing distance. On the other hand, steel might lead to lesser distance but it beneficial for high accuracy. 

Weight

The overall weight of the driver and particularly of the club head play a critical role in maximizing distance. Today’s drivers are highly advanced and come with specialized weight placement in the clubhead. Usually, for greater distance, the bulk of the weight of the head should be located deep and low.

This lowers the center of gravity and increases distance. Also, the overall weight of the golf driver should be light as it will help in generating additional swing speed. 

Loft

The loft is another vital factor needed for distance. We recommend higher loft angles for golfers with low swing speed. Higher loft will provide them much-needed elevation to compensate for their low swing speed. Similarly, golfers with high swing speeds usually go for lower loft angles for flatter and longer ball trajectories.

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