Does a new driver really make a difference?

It might seem contradictory to ask such a question on a blog for a company that’s promoting the sale of new drivers. But it’s one that any good company or club fitter should ask. Will that shiny brand new driver really make a difference in your game? Is it worth spending $200, $300 or much more on a new club? Can you believe the hype surrounding some of the hottest drivers on the market? Is it just that, hype? Or is there really distance to be gained, accuracy to be improved, and more fairways to be found?

The answer is yes it can, maybe. Here’s the thing, competition in the driver market is at an all time high, and the technology being implemented is being improved and dialed in on what seems like a weekly basis. It seems like every time one turns around, another company is releasing the next greatest driver that will guarantee increased distance and improved accuracy. That makes selecting the right driver for your game much tougher for you, the consumer.
Having been on the other side of the counter for many years I’ve seen and experienced a lot of club fittings and club sales. There are a few key pieces of advice I can pass on from being on the other side of things. First of all whenever possible, hit the driver before buying it. You don’t have to necessarily hit the exact driver you’re going to buy, but a demo of it will go a long way towards making sure it’s the right fit.

Secondly, get fit. Find a club fitter that you trust and that knows what they’re doing. Find a place that will spend time working with you to make sure that you find the right driver for your game, not just the one that’s got the most buzz around it. You might end up with that driver anyways, but it’s smart to make sure it’s because it fits, not because it’s popular. Get yourself on a launch monitor and see the stats yourself, ask questions and make sure you’re clear on what the numbers mean and how they affect your drives.

Another thing that I think tends to be overlooked, even though it seems obvious: compare it against your current driver to make sure the one you’re considering actually is better! I can’t tell you how many times customers came looking to get fit for a new driver, but didn’t bring their current one for comparison. Trying to remember how your driver performs based on memory is not a good idea; chances are you’ll get it wrong.

Also, if you’re current driver was made within the last 3 years or so chances are it’s going to perform well when you hit it well. The technology has improved so much over the last few years that virtually all new drivers are long when they’re hit solidly. So when considering a new driver, don’t base the decision solely on how far the on center hits go, but how far and how straight your misses are. Unfortunately for most of us, we mishit our drivers with more regularity than we flush it, so it’s wise to pick a driver that gives you the largest margin for error possible.

Lastly, the price you pay is more than just your dollars and cents. It’s certainly your right to search for the best price you can find, and most retailers are going to be very competitive on pricing. More importantly however is the value that you get out of those dollars. Will the company stand behind your purchase and answer questions after the fact? Will they be there to help you with warranty issues if needed? A fly by night website, or eBay can be risky with little recourse should something go wrong. Buying online is easy and convenient, but make sure they’re an established and reputable shop that is willing to go the extra mile to make sure you’re a happy buyer.

Consider these points when looking for a new driver, choose carefully and wisely and you’ll be much more likely to be a satisfied golfer with a driver that performs up to par. The rest is up to you, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, that’s a subject for another article!

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    Always remember to support your local market. The demo you attended, the shop that lent you a club, the PGA fitter @ your course; they all care about YOUR local market – so support them with your purchase as much as possible.


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