It is every golfer’s dream to put the ball in the hole, especially when playing the opens. But enjoyable it is, it takes long periods of practice to get there. Now, with such a beautiful journey ahead, using the wrong driver as you begin your golfing career could not only frustrate you but kill the dream as well. That’s when you throw back the driver in the lady’s tee box and hiss out the frustration. But this does not have to be the case if you are a beginner.
Aim for the Most Forgiving Driver
What does that mean? This means one which will still help you get the ball flying a good distance, in the best direction possible, although you mishit the ball. Unless you can get one like that, frustration is inevitable. So, how do you get one? Club designers have moved forward and created such clubs with big heads which allow greater surface area for easier hits. Besides, titanium and other lighter materials make the golf clubs to allow maximum energy for every swing.
Forgiving drivers have high MOIs, that is, a high moment of inertia. A club can mishit the ball with the right impact and send it flying the distance without twisting, lesser ball speed or accuracy. In usual conditions and without a high loft driver, a miss-hit would not send the ball far, and neither will it have the right speed and accuracy.
Forgiving drivers also have a greater center of gravity towards the holding end other than toward the head area. This provides better closer rates and high launches, which are beneficial to beginners.
Pick Higher Lofts
Beginners would find it difficult to use lower loft drivers as these produce greater side spins while reducing the backspin. This combination is not preferable as it does not get the ball into the air for beginners neither does it offer distance. As such, it is advisable that beginners go for higher lofts for their increased backspin and reduced side spins, which provide greater fairway and high-flying balls. Some manufacturers have made adjustable lofts. In case you don’t get these, non-adjustable ones come with 7to13 degree increases. But as a rule, always pick a higher loft.
Take the Right Shaft
Speaking of Shafts, you should consider the flex and the length of the club’s shaft. Shafts are either regular, stiff, extra stiff, and senior flex. More stiff flex for beginners causes their shots to leak towards the right and reduces the launch. It is advisable that beginners incline towards more flexible shafts instead. For the length, the longer, the better. The challenge would be the control as longer shafts are not easy to control. They also make it hard to hit the sweet spot. If you cannot manage a long one, go for a shorter for better results.
Choosing high loft drivers for beginners is not a daunting task. Going for forgiving drivers, higher lofts, and the right shaft will make the journey worthwhile.