Buying Guide for Best Golf Drivers

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.

That is why you should give adequate thought and planning before purchasing a golf driver. 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.