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2015 New Drivers and Why It’s Important to Get Fit for A Driver

By Le Ann Finger posted 04-06-2015 16:45

  
One of the best ways to get more distance off the tee is to use a driver that has been custom fit for your swing. The most common objective golfers desire during a golf lesson is more distance, yet a surprising 68 percent of all golfers have not been fit for their driver.

The start of the 2015 golf season included new driver offerings from all major golf manufacturers. Every company offers game improvement clubs with adjustable loft, increased center of gravity and club characteristics designed for all skill levels and swing speeds. While most “new driver lists” and company videos explain this technology for men, by getting custom fit, you can get a properly weighted shaft in a length designed to produce great results based on your swing speed. In other words, club fitting applies to women in addition to men.



Most drivers on the market today feature a 460 degree cubic centimeter clubface to help you generate more speed and thus more forgiving to miss-hits. This means if you hit a shot off center or near the toe of the club head, you will likely still produce an airborne shot (vs. a shank from hitting a toe shot on a smaller wooden head 30 years ago.)

A great tool to check and see where you hit the ball on your clubface involves a trip to your local drugstore. Pick up a can of Dr. Scholl’s Foot Powder spray and spray it on the clubface. Tee up a ball and take your normal swing. There will be a noticeable ball imprint in the powder on the clubface indicating where you hit your shot. If you consistently hit the ball toward to toe or heel, you could benefit from a driver fitting to make sure you have the best club for your swing.

A golf professional or club fitter will check your launch angle (this determines the height and distance of your shot) and spin rate (based on club head speed and ball speed.) You will have a chance to hit many different drivers and will see and feel the difference among clubs. A driver fitting may cost $40 to $60, but most fitters will apply the fitting fee toward a purchase. Visit your local golf professional or club fitter to get the best driver for your swing and gain more distance.
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