Driver is arguably the most important club in your golf club set. It is the largest in size and has biggest impact on your final outcome. First golf club you hit is a driver, so i think i dont need to go any further to convince you that drivers are extremely important. They are also most expensive of all the clubs, so finding good one at affordable price is often a problem. Professionals usually go for high end drivers that are super expensive, but if you’re a beginner, you can do much better. Those top notch clubs won’t suit your needs anyway, so you’ll be fine with getting something good for affordable price. I don’t want to get into that now, but if you’re looking for best affordable drivers as a beginner, this tutorial might be helpful.
You’ll often hear the term “forgiveness” in the same sentence as a golf driver. So what is it exactly? Basically, forgiveness is the quality of a club that makes it forgiving of mistakes. Being forgiving means that any mistake that novice golfer might make when playing with that club, won’t be reflected on overall outcome. If it does have effect on outcome, it will be a small one, or in case of significant setback, mistake made was really serious and in that case, even forgiving driver couldn’t help.
When buying golf drivers, or all drivers in general, there is one tradeoff that you have to make. That is, distance vs accuracy. Rarely do clubs manage to have both and when they do, those clubs cost a fortune due to expensive materials used. Long story short, if you want superior distance, you have to sacrifice accuracy, and vice versa. Beginners usually go for distance, because their accuracy is not very good to begin with. So by sacrificing some accuracy, they aren’t losing that much potential. The measure of this quality in a golf club is called loft. The higher the loft, the more will golf club’s design favor distance over accuracy.
One of the most common methods manufacturers use to make golf clubs forgiving is making sweet spots on their club heads larger. Sweet spot, in case you don’t already know, is the spot with which your club is supposed to make an impact on the ball while you’re hitting it. The larger this area is, the easier it is to get it right. Larger clubface, in turn, is often achieved by making club heads as large as they can be. Maximum clubhead size allowed for drivers right now is 460 cubic centimeters. Manufacturers often also use weight positioning to achieve the goal of making a golf club that is extremely forgiving.
Forgiveness is obviously useful to beginners, because it helps them achieve better results. It is the norm for beginners in everything to make a lot of mistakes, and negating some of those mistakes can be quite useful. That’s why, in my opinion, forgiving drivers are so popular right now. But too much of anything can be bad, and forgiveness is no exception. That’s why golfers on tournaments often use golf clubs that may be forgiving, but aren’t too forgiving. Because when you optimize for forgiveness and being beginner-friendly, you often sacrifice other important qualities of a golf club. Pros who rarely, if ever make mistakes, don’t need forgiveness anyway, so that’s why they don’t use such drivers that much.
Some beginners find even forgiving drivers to be pretty hard to hit, so what they do is, they use hybrids instead of drivers. Hybrids are usually much easier to hit, so beginners typically use them extensively. Still, i think it’s better to have a driver and even if you can’t hit it properly in the beginning, just keep practicing until you get better. I think that’s the best road to improvement of your golf skills – struggling with clubs and making mistakes. After all, if you can’t do it on your own, you can always take golfing lessons. They are a bit expensive, but compared to what we pay for golf clubs, tee time and other things in golf world, hundred bucks for golfing practice is nothing.