is a game best played with controlled aggression. The tools needed
to affect that persona are in your bag, and the driver is best
designed to make sure that you get the most distance out of your
directed assault on the golf ball. Drivers stand out in any bag
– they have longer shafts, bigger heads and some come equipped
with adjustable mechanisms that can change your penchant for hitting
slices or any other ill-fated shot mannerisms.
It's possible to get drivers that allow golfers
with slower swing speeds to increase distance without having to
swing harder. A more flexible shaft can help solve the distance
problem, especially for seniors who still have a good game but
aren't quite getting drives to travel as far as they once did.
There are also lighter clubs that provide swing confidence because
a driver with less weight is easier to handle and brings more
"feel" into play. Feel is important. It gives a player
signals almost throughout the entire golf swing regarding club
positioning and how the ball will be struck.
The really stiff-shafted drivers are to be used
only by very strong golfers. For the average player to try and
master such a club is foolish. Slash at the ball off the tee for
14 holes – four more are par threes – and find that
maybe one out of those 14 tee shots turned out well. The game
isn't built around one type of shot, and leaving yourself in 13
places that don't offer reasonable chances for making par, or
less, can make golf very frustrating.
Moment of Inertia – MOI – has become
kind of a catch phrase that club manufacturers use to explain
why oversized driver heads have assumed a huge amount of interest
for golfers looking for a better product. MOI explains how keeping
an object from spinning on its axis is how larger-faced drivers
are able to help prevent twisting that results in errant shots.
A driver with high MOI can be hit off the heel or toe and still
produce an acceptable
result. These larger-faced clubs can also be constructed with
a lower center of gravity that is moved more to the rear and helps
increase effective shot altitude.
Some golf pros don't think the large driver heads
provide any advantages for the average golfer. They say larger
heads move the center of gravity away from the axis of rotation,
making it more difficult to bring the club face back to square
for slower swinging golfers. There's also some lessened ability
to shape shots, as good golfers are capable of doing.
All arguments aside, the real deal is for you
to find and try out a driver that just flat-out feels good when
you swing it. It's your money and your game that's at stake. Club
makers and golf pros can only advise. Take the best of what you
find and go with it.