It has been acknowledged by a lot of the golf players that golf drivers are just one of the things that a person should learn how to use if he plans on understanding and playing golf. Golf drivers are the biggest types of Woods, which in turn are the biggest and most powerful types of golf clubs. Designed to deliver long distance, powerful drives, the golf driver is the best for a tee shot. Because it is able to maximize the flight distance and direction, golf drivers appropriately used could help the player reduce his total number of swings during a round.
Because of its capabilities, the golf driver is also the most expensive golf club a player could think of purchasing. Though there are golf drivers being sold for $20 apiece, the real and recommended ones have prices that fall around $130 to $500. Custom-made golf drivers are even more expensive, ranging from thousands to tens of thousands. Despite the financial impact of getting a golf driver personalized, majority of the players would still push through with driver customization.
There are a lot of things that could be customized in a golf driver so that the club would best fit with the player’s swing methods. In general, the club makers offer the players five ways for them to customize their clubs.
1. The shaft flex
This identifies how the energy of the player during the swing would be stored and released.
2. The loft angle
This identifies the resulting backspin and launch angle of the ball after the drive.
3. The offset
This identified the angle of the clubface relative to the ball at impact
4. The club head mass
This aids in fine tuning the behaviour of the head for the swing tempo of the player
5. The center of the mass
This is similar to the loft angle as it helps in adjusting the launch anle and the backspin.
The customization of the club head always depends on the typical results of the swing of the player. For example, when a player has an appropriate swing executed with average strength, the resulting club head speed would be around 85 to 100 mph upon impact. This type of swings could be maximized when the golf driver is a regular flex shaft with a loft of 10.5 degrees, an offset of relatively low degree of 0 to 2, and a low center of gravity. This combination of the five customization aspects would result into the best total distance and flight behaviour. It is through customization that an average swing could be turned into an impressive tee shot.
Now, if a player swings harder than the normal player, he would have an entirely different set of customization. Players with above average swing speed, which is more than 100 mph upon impact, should consider a stiff-flex shaft with a lower loft of 9.5 degrees. This combination will create a faster swing tempo and a lower ball launch; the force would make the ball fly outwards rather than be kept in the air. He should also try getting an offset of 1 to 2 degrees and a more elevated, further rearward mass center. The given personalization will automatically even out the resulting drive caused by a higher swing speed.
In addition, for players who often end up slicing their drive shots, they should consider customizing the golf driver with an extra closed offset, around 3 to 4 degrees. The modified part would cause the clubface to square to the ball during the downswing. A customization of this type is called a max game improvement, with the club being called a draw driver. This is because a player with a proper swing who uses this type of customization would end up drawing their shots.
There are a lot more ways to customize the golf driver. What the player should do before he pushes through with this is to see what areas of his swing needs improvement.