Driver Head Models: Standard vs. Max: Which One is Right for You?Published on 09/21/2023 · 3 min readStuck on the decision between a game improvement and a max game improvement driver? Golfing Expert Brendon Elliott breaks down everything you need to know!
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Golf club technology has advanced at warp speed over the past two decades. With so much innovation happening so quickly, it may get overwhelming at times for the average golfer to keep up.
This year, I celebrate 15 years as a PGA golf professional and 27 years working in the golf industry. Since 1996, I have made it my mission to help others enjoy the game as much as possible. Part of that mission is sharing experience and thoughts through writing for outlets like Curated, PGA.com, PGA Magazine, Golf.com, and many more.
Today I want to address the differences, pros and cons, and more between a standard driver head and a max driver head. You will need to ask yourself a few questions before deciding which one is best for you.
Key Points to Consider Between a Game Improvement and Max Game Improvement Driver Head
A few key points to consider when asking yourself if a more traditional game improvement or max game improvement driver head is best for you include:
- What kind of golfer are you?
- What deficiencies does your driver game have?
- Who is the traditional game improvement versus max game improvement ideal for?
Let’s dive into each of these questions real quick.
What Kind of Golfer Are You?
This is an important question to start with. You must fully and realistically understand your current capabilities as a golfer and, more specifically, what they are off the tee with your driver. A few things to unpack here include what is your current shot shape and big miss with your current driver? What deficiencies does your driver game have?
What Deficiencies Does Your Driver Game Have?
This was one of the initial questions in looking at what type of golfer you were. However, you will want to dive deeper into this next. Some more specific questions to ask here include:
- What is your swing speed? What is your ball speed?
- What is your average launch angle and spin rate with shots coming off of your driver?
- Where on the driver's face do you tend to hit (toe, heel, high, low)?
- What is your normal “big miss” in relation to your target (how far off line)?
Once you address these questions, you can start to look at the pros and cons of the standard game improvement driver and the max game improvement driver and decide which might be best for you.
Who Is the Standard vs. Max Ideal for?
I decided to share my thoughts in the following handy-dandy comparison chart to answer this question. Presenting it this way will prove helpful, quick, and accessible.
Comparison Between Two of Today's Most Popular Drivers in Game Improvement and Max Game Improvement Heads
So how about a comparison between one of golf’s best drivers in their Game Improvement and Max Game Improvement renditions? I love charts, so here is another one to help you compare.
Choosing the Right Driver for You
Many of today’s top manufacturers offer standard and max model drivers. Hopefully, this article helps you understand better the difference between each and which might be best for you. As always, if you ever need more individual advice or recommendations, you can contact a Curated Golf Expert to help you.