This question sounds right down the alley of my recent experience.... Just picked golf back up after about 15 years off...and my buddies son is just starting HS golf and he and I have both been trying out drivers for both distance, forgiving, and MOST of all...correcting a slice until we get our swings in order....
I personally (since I have a full time job) have tried just about every driver on the market right now!! with multiple shaft combinations on some of my prefered drivers (I'm not joking here)...gamed each a good couple weeks to a month or longer until I landed on one or two I can't seem to go wrong with!!...and funny enough...the HS kid has narrowed it down to the same couple drivers!!..
Below is a consolidated list of the drivers I've tried that have given the best of every aspect!
#1: K15 Driver, 10.5*, stiff flex Matrix Ozik XCON-6 (VERY LONG, VERY STRAIGHT, and pretty forgiving).
#2 (VERY CLOSE TO #1:) G15 w/Voodoo SNV6 shaft butt trimmed to play at 44.5" (long, pretty straight, and forgiving).
#3: G20 9.5* Stock stiff tour shaft - Also very close to a 3 way tie w the K15 and G15 for the lead!! STRAIGHT, FORGIVING, AND LONG!...for myself it seemed that the G20 could maintain straight shots at a slightly lower loft too).
#4: Callaway FT-Tour, 9*, PX 7C7 shaft pull from a newer Razor driver, spined/aligned (decent distance, fairly straight when hit in the sweet spot, but not the most forgiving).
#5: TM Superfast 1.0 Stock reg flex shaft 10.5* (good distance, pretty forgiving, not the straightest when compared to the G15 or K15).
#6: R11 10.5* w/Diamana Whiteboard in reg flex (great distance, pretty forgiving, and if you get the settings/weighting right you can compensate for a slice and I came close but never found the perfect setting to get as straight as the G15 or K15 - only reason the Superfast is above this is due to $ spent vs results - bang for your buck).
I could go on and on...but in my driver experiment the last 6-8 months some of the key points is:
- if you have a slice problem or trouble being consistent off the tee stick with a 10.5* driver.
- The shaft is a KEY component!!!!! But that will take some trial and error or a good fitting to get the perfect shaft! I've tried probably 100 shafts but best in terms of bang for my buck were Voodoo's, UST V2's, Matrix Ozik, and the slightly prices Diamana Whiteboards (Redboards I tried weren't bad either if you need to get the ball up)..
- def try a slightly shorter shaft for increased percentage of "sweet spot hits" (seemed to help me a TON at ~ 44.5").
Just my $0.02....thought I'd share cause it's all been trial and error for me and you seem to be at the same place I was when I started!
Edited by bmpnugls, 11 January 2012 - 01:56 PM.