How to choose a new driver
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Choosing the right driver can be a challenging decision when getting new clubs. This guide aims to make the process easier and improve your accuracy on the fairway.
When selecting a driver, there is often a trade-off. Increasing the loft adds more spin, enhancing accuracy but sacrificing some distance and roll-out. Ideally, we aim for a lower lofted driver that launches high, reducing spin and maximizing distance. However, going too low on loft removes spin, making it harder to hit accurately. Our goal is to hit more fairways, so finding the right balance is crucial.
Choosing the shaft is an exciting part of the fitting process. A lighter shaft allows for faster swing speed and more club head speed, but it may increase spin. On the other hand, a heavier shaft improves rhythm and tightens dispersion, but if too heavy, it may affect getting the ball in the air. We need to find the shaft that suits you best.
XXIO drivers are the lightest on the market, perfect for those looking to increase their driver speed, swing speed, ball speed, and overall distance. Brands like Srixon, Cleveland, Callaway, and TaylorMade cater to players with slightly higher swing speeds, offering slightly heavier shafts. We can swap shafts to ensure the right fit for your swing.
Driver shafts come in various weights. Below 50 grams is ideal for slower swing speeds, 50 to 60 grams suits most players who hit it a bit harder but maintain a smooth rhythm, and 60 grams and above are suitable for those with fast and powerful swings while maintaining a steady tempo. Additionally, shafts come in different flex options, ranging from regular to extra extra stiff, depending on swing speed and power. Flex acts like coiling a spring: lighter shafts work better for slower swing speeds, allowing for easier unloading and more launch and distance. If you tend to hit a draw, a slightly heavier, stiffer shaft helps straighten it out. Conversely, a lighter shaft assists in correcting a fade or slice and may introduce a draw. XXIO drivers feature softer, lighter shafts, resulting in easier launch, distance, and a slight draw bias. Other brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, Srixon, and Cleveland generally suit players with slightly faster or mid swing speeds, but we can still customize the shaft selection for you.
Here are a few additional tips: adjustable drivers are excellent for fine-tuning your game, allowing you to adjust the weight on the club's sole. They are also beneficial for players still working on their game, as the driver setup can be perfected over time. While lower loft helps hit the ball farther, it may also reduce accuracy. If you struggle with driving, consider a driver with a bit more loft and weight at the back, providing forgiveness. If you have a powerful swing like Rory McIlroy, a driver with weight at the front produces high bombs.
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