Things To Look for in Best Golf Drivers for Mid Handicappers

Mid handicappers are more experienced than beginners and usually know their way around a golf driver. This is the reason they should pay attention to some advanced features. While these features may not make much of a difference to a high or low handicap golfer, they can be very beneficial to a mid handicapper. Some of these are mentioned below. 

Shaft Flex

Golf drivers come in a variety of shaft flexes. The flex is the flexibility or the bending ability of a driver. Regular, stiff, extra stiff, ladies and senior are the most popular driver shafts in the market. However, we recommend regular and stiff shaft flex for mid handicappers. High swing speed golfers should go for stiff shaft flex, while golfers with medium swing speed should opt for the regular option. 

Adjustability

This feature is self-explanatory. Golf drivers have become highly sophisticated over the past few years, and now they come with a bunch of different adjustability settings. However, we recommend looking for a driver with an adjustable loft for mid handicappers. An adjustable loft will allow you to change the loft angle according to your preference.

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

These two terms sound like 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. If the 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.

Other Important Factors 

Besides the above-mentioned aspects, you must also keep in mind some of the general factors that are related to all golf drivers.

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, 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, which is also the most commonly used configuration. 

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