l DonFlo l, on 18 March 2012 - 09:02 PM, said:
At some point, is it necessary to buy a new driver?
I'm not saying every year, per se. But I understand that new technologies make it possible to tailor clubs to different swings.
One of the problems with buying a driver from a retail golf store or pro shop is that golfers can THINK the driver has been custom fit to their needs, where the reality is that it has in NO WAY been fully custom fit to meet their needs.
At the very least, each one of the following specifications MUST be custom fit and custom built ACCURATELY to each golfer's individual swing characteristics:
2. Face Angle
4. Shaft Overall Flex
5. Shaft Bend Profile
6. Shaft Weight
7. Total Weight
9. Grip Style/Size
10. Clubhead Model
(While Lie and Shaft Torque may be put on the list by some, in reality they're not to worry about nearly as much as these other 10.)
Bottom line is this - if your current driver has not been accurately fit for each one of these specs to your individual swing characteristics, and then accurately built to have each of those determined specs, then without question you are probably not getting all you can out of your tee shots.
In any retail store, the spate of adjustable hosel drivers out there sound nice on the surface for achieving custom fitting, but in no way can they come close to what an independent custom clubmaker can do to achieve all ten of these important driver fitting specs. With the adj hosel drivers you cannot get your loft and face angle independent of each other. Those adj hosel drivers are all still not just TOO LONG but much too long for at least 85-90% of all golfers.
This length thing on drivers really does hurt a lot of golfers. Since 2005, the AVERAGE driver length on the PGA Tour has been 44.5". Yet the standard driver lengths of all the big golf companies runs between 45.5 and 46.5". These companies all know that the longer the length, the more inconsistent a golfer will hit the ball. But they are also betting that these longer lengths will allow golfers to hit that ONE long ball every once in a while that keeps them believing its THEIR SWING and not the club that should be changed to get more consistent results. It's no lie that at least 85-90% of all golfers would see definite improvement off the tee WITH NO REAL LOSS OF DISTANCE if they were to use a driver length no longer than 44-44.5 for men and 42.5-43 for women.
With no standards for shaft flex in the industry, how do you know if that shaft flex on that retail store/pro shop bought driver is right for YOU and your swing speed and swing aggressiveness and point of release? You don't.
Did you get the total weight or the swingweight customized to YOUR swing force and tempo and timing preference? Probably not because the stores and pro shops don't do that as a rule.
Did this driver you bought at store or pro shop get made to really have each of these specs built ACCURATELY? Bet you more than 50% of the time it didn't because the OEMs are notorious for not building to accurate specs on their custom orders.
Sorry if some think this is a self serving rant. It's not. It's the absolute truth. The vast majority of golfers who ignore it are never going to play to the best of their ability off the tee.