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Published on 06/16/2023 · 28 min readLooking for your first driver or upgrade to fit your improved game? Golfing Expert Tyler Monroe gives you everything you need to know to make the best choice for you.
Tyler Monroe, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Tyler Monroe

Photo courtesy of Cobra

TL;DR: Whether buying your first driver or upgrading, consider head design for forgiveness and workability, shaft flex for improved distance and accuracy, and adjustability or draw bias for fine-tuning ball flight or reducing slice spin. A properly fit driver maximizes potential and puts you in a better position off every tee.

As a longtime golfer and PGA Professional, I'm thrilled by the advancements in driver technology and the benefits they offer players. With 20 years of experience fitting golfers and certifications from top brands, I'm well-equipped to provide gear advice to help golfers succeed on the course.

What Is a Driver?

A driver is the longest club in a golfer's bag, will send the ball the deepest distance, and is hit off a tee from the tee box as players start most holes. To generate fast ball speeds and hit distances in the range of 200-320 yards, drivers are designed with the lowest lofts, longest shaft lengths, and largest hitting areas though they are still the easiest to be off target with.

Having a driver that fits your ability level and swing speed and maximizes your golf swing's potential are critically important factors to consider when purchasing a driver.

How to Buy Your First Driver

When I chat with new golfers, they often aren’t sure about the amount of time they have to devote to the sport, they feel that their swings will change as they improve, or they want to find a driver with good quality that isn’t too expensive. However, shifting through the options and making a smart investment in the right driver can get overwhelming; chatting with a Curated Golfing Expert can simplify this process and get you started on a good path with the driver.

What to Consider When Buying Your First Driver

What is your budget?

Having an initial understanding of your budget is always a good starting point. By limiting some of the unneeded features (like hosel adjustability that can limit forgiveness) to focus on those you do need, spending anywhere from $150 to $300 can still get you great driver technology so you're long and straight off the tee and closer to where you want to be on the fairway. Below, we’ll dig into the most important features to look for in your first driver that are certainly worth your investment.

Have you hit a driver before? If so, did you lose the ball to the right or the left?

To help us choose the best features for your new driver, it's helpful to know the flight of your ball when you hit a driver. If you're new to the game or need more information, talk to a Golfing Expert on Curated for assistance.

The most common miss for players is a slice to the right, so if you have this problem, you're not alone. Some drivers have "draw bias" to counteract slice spin and straighten out the ball flight. However, if you miss to the left or hook the ball, a "draw bias" design would make this problem worse. Knowing the direction of your misses is crucial in selecting the best driver for you.

If you’ve hit a driver before, what is your typical ball flight?

Knowing your typical ball flight from previous driver experience is helpful. Shaft flex impacts your ball flight the most, so we need to find the right flex for your swing speed, tempo, and swing mechanics.

Often, clubhead speed is unknown or inconsistent at the beginning of your golf journey, but redundant mistakes can reveal if the flex is too weak or stiff. Newer players may have inconsistent clubhead speed and improper movements, so shaft flex is critical for a well-fit driver.

What to Look for in a Driver Designed for Beginner Golfers

Head Size, Shape, and Design

Cobra Aerojet Max driver

Drivers usually have a 460cc head size for a larger hitting area and better forgiveness, with weight positioned back and low in the head for stability.

Benefits:

  • Larger hitting areas maximize ball speeds from various contact points on the clubface.
  • Weight placement promotes a higher golf ball launch and longer carry distances.
  • Head stability at impact maintains ball speeds despite off-center hits.

Be Aware:

  • Larger head sizes produce more drag and slow clubhead speeds.
  • Advanced players have less ability to create lower ball flights or manipulate the ball flight in either direction.

Draw Bias

A draw bias driver either sets the face back and away from the hosel to create an offset and delayed impact or amasses weight at the driver's heel to promote a square clubface at impact. It may be signified by a D for “draw”, HD for “high draw”, or the club's details may indicate a closed, neutral, or open face angle.

Benefits:

  • Reduces side spin imparted on the golf ball that causes slice misses to the right of the target.
  • Produces deeper distances as draw spin on a golf ball will typically roll out further.

Be Aware:

  • Tougher for advanced players to manipulate the ball flight in either direction.

Shaft Flex

Having the correct shaft flex to match your swing speed is crucial to achieving maximum distance and accuracy on every tee shot. It allows your swing to develop naturally without making any adjustments to accommodate an incorrect flex, which can create poor swing habits.

New golfers need to develop a controlled golf swing that is in proper sequence back to the top of the swing and through the golf ball. Therefore, it's advisable to avoid stiff and extra stiff shafts, which can make it challenging to get good height on their shots for maximum distance.

It's often difficult to determine the swing speed, tempo, and reasons for possibly errant ball flights of a new golfer. Hence, an improper shaft flex can be tougher to blame as the culprit for swing flaws. A regular flex shaft is a good starting point for most new golfers, allowing the shaft flex to work for them by generating more clubhead speed without them trying to swing too hard or fast.

Benefits:

  • Improved distance by releasing swing energy through the shaft to the driver's head
  • Improved accuracy as the orientation of the clubhead at impact is square with the golf ball.
  • Better stamina to swing confidently through every shot through all 18 holes

Be Aware:

  • An incorrect shaft flex for the golfer can cause swing and shot errors, including loss of distance, poor accuracy, and improper swing techniques.

Shaft Length

Depending on a player's height and the ability to generate moderate to fast clubhead speeds, the proper shaft length is important to improve the centeredness of contact. Players below roughly 6 feet tall or with difficulty hitting the center of the driver's face should consider driver shafts built from 44.5 to 45.5 inches long.

Benefits:

  • Improving centeredness of contact equates to more ball contact on the sweet spot or hitting area increasing ball speeds and thus distance.
  • Accuracy along with the improved consistency will lead to increased confidence.
  • More confidence to swing through the ball due to the manageable length will lead to faster clubhead speeds.

Be Aware:

  • Shorter shaft lengths can produce shorter distances depending on the golfer's ability.

Which Is the Right Beginner Driver for You?

Photo courtesy of TaylorMade

A big reward advising new drivers for someone starting golf is contacting them weeks later and hearing how much they enjoy smashing the driver and the game more because of their success with the gear.

Based on the thousands of golfers I have chatted with at Curated, I offer two examples of beginner golfers looking for drivers. I address their concerns and needs and offer driver recommendations.

Jerry: Looking for a Beginner Driver

Jerry is picking up the game of golf and hasn't been able to try many drivers. He has only been to the driving range with his grandfather's old driver which has a stiff graphite shaft. When he visited the driving range, his shots lost distance and sliced off to the right. Jerry is 5 '7 " tall, thinks he loses too much control of the ball flight direction with his current driver that feels too long to him, and in an effort to improve at golf faster is planning on working with a coach soon. But for now, he wants to take the swing slowly to learn the best possible mechanics and eventually hopes to catch up with his golf buddies.

Jerry is concerned about spending too much money on a driver, doesn't want used gear, and wants a driver quality that will be good to play until he knows he enjoys the sport and understands more about his golf swing and club needs.

Features Jerry should look for:

  • A price point roughly between $150-300 to meet his pricing goals
  • A draw-biased, forgiving driver head that will help reduce slice spin and improve accuracy and distance.
  • A driver with 10 or more degrees of loft to add forgiveness and height to his drives
  • A regular flex driver shaft to learn the swing sequencing in a controlled tempo
  • A 45 to 45.5-inch driver shaft length that will provide more control over impact and the ball flight and promote making solid center contact to build swing confidence.

Driver Examples: Tour Edge Hot Launch E522, Wilson Launch Pad 2, Cleveland Launcher XL Lite Draw Driver

Tour Edge E522 driver

Nicole: Looking for Her First Driver

Nicole has decided to pick up the game with her friends and joined their Saturday group and a Ladies' Clinic during the week. She is eager to learn the game with some instruction and enjoys walking the golf course. Over the last few weeks, she has attended a few Demo Days on the driving range at a local golf course trying clubs and a few drivers and has had some success hitting the ball in the center but not as far as she was hoping.

Her budget for a driver is flexible. Nicole is also looking to purchase the rest of the clubs and is not interested in a package set. She is 5”5, has always been active, is right-handed, and is looking forward to getting out to the course as often as she wants.

Features Nicole should look for:

  • A forgiving driver designed to create a high launch angle for maximum carry distance from the higher ball flight
  • The driver loft should be at 12 degrees to assist in both forgiveness and the height of the shot.
  • A price point between $250 and $450 to give her great performance and not overload her budget in the driver only
  • A ladies’ flex shaft at 44.5 inches in length and under 50 grams in weight to ensure she creates the clubhead speed she needs to generate distance in her tee shots.
  • Limited draw bias in the driver's head as she is already getting good shots to the center of the fairway.

Driver Examples: TaylorMade SIM2 Max Women's Driver, Callaway Rouge ST Max Women's Driver, Cobra LTDx Max Women's Driver, Mizuno ST-X 220 Women’s Driver, Cleveland Launcher XL Lite Women's Driver

Callaway Women's Rogue ST MAX driver

How to Upgrade Your Driver

Finding the "best golf driver" to upgrade from what you're currently using is easier now than ever before, given the tremendous development in driver and shaft technology, focus on golfers’ swing tendencies, and improvements in matching driver components to player profiles. Whether you’ve been holding onto your current driver for a decade or longer, keeping up on the latest tech and the benefits, or hoping not to add to your garage's driver collection, read on!

What to Consider When Upgrading Your Driver

What is your budget?

To narrow down the best driver for you, start with your budget. While some custom driver combinations can cost over $1,000, you don't have to break the bank to upgrade your driver and improve your game. So whether you have a budget of $550 and are looking for the latest technology in a driver built this year, or a more modest budget in the range of $300, Curated Golfing Experts are committed to helping you find a driver that meets your specific requirements while staying within your budget.

What is your typical handicap or typical score?

To find the right driver for your golf game, it's important to know your scores on the course and how much your driver game contributes to them. This can be determined through a legitimate handicap or a basic understanding of your scoring. If you consistently find yourself scrambling after your tee shots, or if you struggle to break 100, this information can help narrow down the best driver technology for your game. As your golf skills improve, you may need to focus less on straightening a slice or getting more height on your tee shots and more on shaping shots and aiming deeper into the fairway.

Drivers are designed with various features to accommodate different skill levels. For example, drivers built for beginners often have larger hitting areas and maximum MOI for forgiveness, while drivers for more advanced players may have forward weighting to allow for launch adjustments and the creation of high or low ball flights. Drivers may also be categorized by labels such as “Max,” “Speed,” or “Plus” to indicate their features and intended audience. No matter your budget, there is a driver that can improve your golf game and help you achieve your goals.

What is most important to you and your game?

Understanding what is most important for you in a new driver is critical to narrow down the driver design options best suited to benefit your tee shots with the driver.

Forgiveness: I need all the help I can get

Most golfers look for forgiveness in their drivers to correct poor timing at impact and prevent errant ball flights from costing distance. If you’re looking for forgiveness, it’s helpful to know your current driver trajectory and accuracy. In addition, pay attention to where you lose the ball–to the right or the left? Do you slice or hook?

Features to look for:

  • A high or maximum MOI (moment of inertia) driver built with the weight low and set back in the driver's head to promote stability through impact with the golf ball.
  • If you slice, a “draw bias” driver built with either weight at the heel or offset with the face set back from the hosel. Signified often by “D” or “HD.”
  • If you hook, a forgiving driver with no added “draw bias”.
  • Hosel adjustability to further close the club face to protect against slice spin.
  • A loft above 9 degrees to promote more forgiveness through easier launch.
  • Larger sightlines on the driver crown and face to promote improvements in setup alignment with the golf ball.

Distance: I struggle with hitting the ball far

A golfer's current swing speed, ability to generate enough clubhead speed, and how they impact the center of the clubface are some other factors that contribute to a loss in distance. By considering these features, golfers can select a driver that matches their specific needs and preferences, allowing them to achieve maximum distance and accuracy off the tee.

Features to look for:

  • Aerodynamic driver shapes that reduce drag and accelerate clubhead speeds for deeper distance.
  • Mid-to-low spin launch characteristics that improve accuracy control and carry distance.
  • Fast face technologies that increase ball speeds from impacts on the clubface.
  • Hosel adjustability that allows the golfer to adapt the best loft to create carry distance or prevent too high of a launch angle from losing distance.
  • Correct shaft weight, bend point, and flex that work with the golfer's swing to generate distance.
  • Correct shaft lengths to maximize clubhead speed if it's too short or improve center contact if it's too long for more distance.

Sound and feel: I want a solid sound and a powerful feel

Having a driver that performs as you want it to and also sounds and feels powerful is important to many golfers. Fortunately, many brands put a lot of research and effort into ensuring the sound and feel matches the performance all golfers—whether the driver is built for forgiveness or low spin.

Features to look for:

  • New drivers with price points from roughly $300 to $600.
  • Quality brand names that focus on the sound and feel of their drivers.

Workability: I am a player and like to shape shots

Advanced golfers seek different aspects in driver technology to enhance their shots. The ability to manipulate ball flight in different directions and adjust trajectory is critical for cutting doglegs, navigating around trees, and getting under the wind. Low spin driver heads with forward weight positions and neutral to open club face positions are better suited for advanced golfers with low handicaps.

Features to consider:

  • Low spin ("LS") driver types to minimize spin on the ball at impact and improve accuracy.
  • Hosel and weight adjustability to fine-tune ball flight.
  • The right shaft weight, bend point, flex, and length to complement the low spin qualities of the driver's head.
  • Crown alignment aides should be reduced or non-existent to avoid distractions during address.

What to Look for When Upgrading Your Driver

Head Shape, Size, and Design

Changing the shape, size, and weight placement and the CG (center of gravity) position in the driver's head can all manipulate the ball’s flight. The right driver design is important to achieve the best results for each golfer's swing tendencies and ball flight needs. The correct weight placement for the golfer can improve distance, accuracy, and ball flight consistency.

What to Look for:

  • Center of Gravity: Weight placement works to create a center of gravity to help generate specific ball flights or reduce errant ball flights. Weight concentrated at the heel promotes a draw bias ball flight to slow slice spin, while weight positioned in the back of the driver typically launches higher, and weight placed forward towards the face can enable players to create various ball flights as they need.
  • Shaping: Compact and more aerodynamic shaping creates less drag to increase clubhead speed and thus distance for more advanced golfers. Larger shaping is utilized often to add stability at impact, forgiveness, and higher launch angles for improved carry distance.
  • Head Size: Smaller head sizes under 460ccs are designed to create more clubhead speed, while more typical larger head sizes benefit golfers by having larger hitting areas and more forgiveness from impacts across the face.

Be Aware:

  • Larger head sizes create additional drag and slow clubhead speeds.
  • Smaller hitting areas make it tougher to hit the ball well as off-center strikes lose ball speed, distance, and are less accurate.

Draw Bias Design

Placing added weight in the heel of the driver's head near the hosel or adding an offset to the driver’s face helps the toe of the driver close at impact or delay impact slightly, creating a draw bias in the driver.

Benefits:

  • Reduces slice spin that causes right-side misses for a right-handed player to deliver improved accuracy and deeper distances.
  • The slight draw bias ball flight this design encourages will roll out, further improving overall distance.

Be Aware:

  • If you currently miss the ball to the left for a right-handed player or create a hook spin, using a draw bias driver will only exacerbate that miss.
  • Draw driver bias design makes producing a fade ball flight more difficult.

Shaft Flex

As golfers build their golf swings, swing habits are developed and shot consistencies are produced, therefore, the correct shaft flex for the driver can be better determined to best fit each player. Knowing what ball flight the current driver shaft is typically producing, how far the driver is being hit, how the flex feels to the golfer, as well as the possible changes in a golfer's ability to generate distance (whether from injury or age), can provide a direction for the correct shaft flex to help achieve golfer’s goals.

Having the right shaft flex is crucial to the accuracy and distance of a golfer's shots. If the ball flight feels uncontrollable or often launches too high, it may be a sign of too flexible a shaft. You might be able to feel that the shaft is too flexible or the driver's head twists too much. Conversely, if the ball flight is too low and the golfer is unable to achieve launch and carry distance, it may indicate the need for a more flexible shaft. In this case, the shaft will feel too stiff and difficult to flex. By understanding your distance, misses, and consistency of good shots, you can determine the correct shaft flex to improve your accuracy and distance.

Benefits:

  • Improved distance by maximizing a player’s swing energy through the shaft to the driver head.
  • Improved accuracy as the orientation of the clubhead at impact is square with the golf ball.
  • Better stamina to swing confidently through every shot through all 18 holes.

Be Aware:

  • An incorrect shaft flex for the golfer will create inconsistencies in performance.
  • Modifying one’s swing speed and tempo to fit the shaft will create bad swing habits and slow improvement.

Adjustability

Photo courtesy of Callaway Golf

Adjustable drivers are now commonly used in golf and give players the ability to customize their loft, lie angle, or face angle to create specific ball flights or correct errors. These adjustments allow players to fine-tune their ball flight, prevent mistakes, or enhance a preferred ball flight. For instance, adjusting the driver's hosel or using moveable weights in the sole allows golfers to change the center of gravity and adjust the ball's trajectory.

What to Look for:

  • Loft: By adjusting the loft angle, golfers can hit the ball higher or lower, affecting the carry distances and potential roll-out of their ball flight. Increasing loft can raise a low ball flight, while decreasing loft can lower a high ball flight.
  • Lie angle: Adjusting the lie angle can affect the direction of the ball flight and help correct certain mistakes. Closing the face can prevent a slice, while opening the face can help prevent a hook.
  • Face angle: Like the lie angle, the face angle changes the spin imparted on the ball to improve the accuracy and the direction of the ball flight.

Be Aware:

  • Some golfers may find the adjustability confusing.
  • Adjustments cannot be made during the round according to the rules of the game.
  • Weight used in the hosel for adjustability takes weight away from areas that provide specific ball flight relief.

Shaft Weight and Bend Point

The weight of the driver shaft, between 40 and 70 grams, along with the bend point in the shaft, low, mid, or high on the shaft, will affect each shot's launch and ball flight height. Therefore, the correct shaft weight and bend point for the golfer will help achieve the best launch angle and carry distance.

What to Look for:

  • Heavier shafts: usually feel stiffer with less flexibility. They improve consistency for better downrange accuracy.
  • Lighter shafts: usually feel softer with increased flexibility. They typically produce accelerated clubhead speeds for improved distance.
  • Shaft bend: A low shaft bend point will add spin and launch while a higher bend point will lower spin and launch.

Be Aware:

  • Too light a shaft for the player's swing speed will make it tougher to control the ball’s flight.
  • Too heavy a shaft for the player's swing speed will make creating the launch angle needed for deep carry distance more difficult.

Shaft Length

The correct driver shaft length is essential for golfers who seek control over ball flight or struggle with hitting the ball straight off the tee and deep into the fairway due to poor center contact. While it's true that not every golfer is the same height or possesses the same abilities, they may not fit into the once more typical driver shaft lengths of 45.5 to 45.75 inches. Shorter driver shaft lengths don't necessarily cost golfers any significant distance, as center contact on the driver's face can improve ball speeds, distance, and confidence to swing at an accelerated pace.

To cater to the diverse needs of golfers, brands like Cobra have introduced Tour Length Drivers at 44.5 inches in all three Aerojet driver options out this year—from the most forgiving option to the lowest spinning option for advanced players. Understanding that center contact is half the battle for distance (along with clubhead speed) and that the correct shaft length for the golfer contributes to success with the driver, it's important to consider shaft length when upgrading the driver.

Shorter Shafts:

  • Shorter shaft lengths typically produce more consistency for tighter downrange dispersion.
  • Improved accuracy will lead to deeper distance and better positions on the fairway.
  • Added confidence swinging through the shot leads to accelerated ball speeds.

Longer Shafts:

  • Longer lengths are associated with more clubhead speed if controllable.

Grip Size and Type

Correct grip sizing and type of grips are important for each player to have on their driver to promote proper face rotation through impact and prevent the grip from slipping, causing too much tension when holding the golf club. Various styles of grips also feel better in different weather conditions and with dry or sweaty hands between velvet, chord, multicompound, or wrap grips.

What to Look for:

  • Grip material: Velvet grips feel soft and work well in wet conditions, similar to chord grips that can handle wet weather or sweaty hands. Multi-compound grips combine rubber material with chord to provide control in the top portion of the grip and an improved feel in the lower, rubber portion of the grip. Wrap grips combine a soft feel with a tacky touch and are best in dry conditions.
  • Grip width: Thicker grips assist with arthritis to preserve a good feel and handle on the golf club. Thin grips will help golfers with smaller hand sizes rotate the club through impact to release properly for improved distance.
  • Sizing: Correct grip size encourages proper wrist rotation through impact, improving accuracy and distance.

Be Aware:

  • Overly thin grips for a player's hand size can cause grip tension limiting clubhead speed and, thus, distance. Too thin a grip for a golfer's hand size can cause closed faces at impact, causing hook spin.
  • Too thick a grip for a player's hand size will prevent the face from squaring at impact, causing slice spin and misses to the right.

Which Is the Right Driver for You?

Photo courtesy of Callaway Golf

Understanding how drivers are built to improve a golfer's game is helpful, but budget concerns also play a crucial role. Here are three hypothetical golfers at different levels and the driver options that would suit them best.

Michela: Ready for a Super Game Improvement Driver

Michela has been playing the game for over a year now. She has improved tremendously in that time frame with scores in the 80s and 90s, is in love with golf, and wants to invest in a better driver than the one she got in her cheap 'starter' complete set. However, Michela still has issues slicing the ball to the right and is not entirely happy with the distance she gets. She has a budget of $500 but is flexible as she feels she will be playing this new driver for a while.

Michela is 5'7” and played sports in college. Her golf instructor has told her she has a smooth swing. Michela plays mainly on harder turf conditions in Arizona and says her tee shots typically stop where they land. She feels her current clubs are too short for her and got her complete set in a petite length. She is mainly interested in a driver from Callaway, Cleveland, or Cobra.

Features Michela should look for:

  • A forgiving driver head design meant to maintain some stability at impact that would help her gain more distance and be more accurate, coming from a starter set driver.
  • A draw bias and/or an adjustable driver for loft and face angle so she could close the face with and reduce that slice for straighter, deeper ball flight.
  • A driver built at 10.5 degrees of loft to lower the ball flight and add distance coming from the 12-degree driver loft she is playing currently.
  • A ladies’ flex driver shaft with improved technology from the driver shaft in the starter set at 44.5 inches in length to fit with her height and goals for her golf game.
  • A standard ladies’ grip to ensure hand rotation in the clubface to square at impact for improved accuracy and reduced slice spin.
  • Grip material that will keep from slipping when the hands perspire in the Arizona heat.

Driver Examples: Callaway Women’s Rogue St Max D Driver, Callaway Women's Big Bertha Reva Driver, Cobra Aerojet Max Women’s Driver, TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD Women's Driver

TaylorMade Women's Stealth 2 HD driver

Collin: Leveling up to a Game Improvement Driver

Collin has been playing golf for over 20 years now, and after being unable to play as often as he liked raising his two kids, he can play and practice more. Unfortunately, Colin has developed some back pain when he swings, has lost some of the distance he once had, and doesn't keep up too much with the latest trends in driver technology but wants the best driver he can get and plans to use it for a while.

He has an extra stiff driver in 9 degrees of loft from Titleist and was an 8-handicap player back when he played a lot and broke 80 regularly. However, he hasn't upgraded his driver for a while now. He likes Titleist, Callaway, or TaylorMade, as he has played with their clubs over the years. Colin's ball flight is too low for what he prefers, and he gets no rollout in the lush grass conditions where he plays all the time at the country club he just joined. Colin's noticed that he is forced to carry the ball further as his ability to maneuver the ball in either direction is not what it once was though he still prefers to fade the ball, and his home course favors doglegs left to right. He is right-handed, 6'1", almost 50 years old, and wants his new driver to last him another decade.

Features Collin should look for:

  • A game improvement driver that would still help with forgiveness in 10 to 10.5 degrees of loft.
  • Adjustability in the hosel so that he can produce his preferred ball flight using contemporary technology.
  • A regular flex shaft in 50-60 grams with a mid-bend point to help with his golf swing, back pain, and slowing swing speed to get back some of the distance he once had
  • A standard length driver of 45.5 to 45.75 inches to accommodate his height and create enough clubhead speed to produce the distance he wants.
  • A midsize grip with a tacky feel to work well with his larger hand size and maintain its feel and grip despite cold or rainy conditions

Driver Examples: Titleist TSR2 Driver, Callaway Paradym Driver, TaylorMade Stealth Driver, Cobra Aerojet Driver

Cobra Aerojet driver

Tom: Advanced Golfer Seeking Player’s Drivers

Playing the sport since he was a junior golfer, Tom is an accomplished player who you don't want to get in a skins game with or bet against in the Men's Club Championship. He travels a lot and plays golf all over the globe and country, with his favorite golf destinations being Scotland or Bandon Dunes, as he likes links golf.

He has maintained a 0-3 handicap for some time now. He can work the ball in whichever direction he prefers, including playing low shots under the wind, whether in Texas (where he lives) or when traveling. Tom has been using TaylorMade's Stealth driver, which he likes in stiff flex with 9 degrees of loft but feels it produces too much spin causing a higher ball flight for his preferences. He is right-handed, 5'10", and isn't concerned about the cost of the driver.

Features Tom should look for:

  • A driver designed for advanced players with low-spin properties to provide significant workability control to produce ball flights in targeted directions
  • Lower lofts at 9 to 9.5 degrees to keep the ball flight low
  • Adjustability in the hosel and movable weights in the driver's sole to create specific ball flights for various golf courses and playing conditions.
  • A stiff flex shaft with a high bend point and heavier weighting at 60-70 grams to maintain the feel he likes in his current driver also helps lower the ball flight as he prefers.
  • A standard-sized grip that matches the style of his current grip.

Driver Examples: TaylorMade Stealth Plus +2 Driver, Titleist TSR4 Driver, Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond Driver, Mizuno ST-Z 230 Driver

Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver

Finding the Right Driver for You

A new driver can improve your golf game and lower your score by increasing your distance off the tee and accuracy in the fairway. Golf brands have made significant improvements in driver technology to fit each player type. Finding the right shaft and driver head combination does not have to be costly or overwhelming. Curated Golfing Experts work with thousands of golfers each year to find the ideal driver for their success on the course. Fill out a quick survey with your player details to connect with me or another qualified expert fitter. Then, purchase your perfect driver directly from our site, with fast and free shipping. Don't waste any more time with the wrong driver. Reach out to me or one of my fellow Golfing Experts here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best driver for your game.

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