Finding the Right DriverIn this article, we want to offer some tips on how to find the right driver for your game. No, buying a top-of-the-line driver is not guaranteed to help you perform better off the tee. However, it is important to use a club which is well-suited to your abilities. How do you find such a club? Let’s take a look –

  • Think shaft, not club head. It will be easy to be distracted by the variety of club heads that are available when you go shopping for a new driver. However, the shaft is really the engine of the club, so that is where you should focus most of your attention.
  • If you find the right shaft for your needs, many different club heads would likely work out just fine. To help you find the right shaft, ask at your local golf shop about their club fitting service. Club fitting is usually relatively affordable, and it can help you make an informed buying decision.
  • Design your ball flight. You should pick out your new driver in part based on the kind of ball flight that makes sense for the conditions you tend to face. Golfers in warm weather climates can hit a lower ball off the tee, using plenty of roll to add to their driving distance.
  • If you play in a damp, cooler climate, you’ll want to carry the ball as far down the fairway as possible. Pick a driver that offers you performance characteristics you can benefit from most of the time.
  • Set a budget. Let’s be honest – golf clubs can get expensive. Before you even head out to look at driver models, set a budget for this purchase and then use that budget to create a list of options. Remember, you want to have some money left after you purchase a new driver – so you can actually get out and play some golf!


Finding the right driver to fit your golf swing is crucial for optimizing your performance off the tee. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you find the perfect driver, along with some Q&A to address common questions:

Step 1: Assess Your Swing Characteristics

  1. Swing Speed: Determine your average swing speed using a launch monitor or by visiting a professional club fitter. This information will help you select the appropriate shaft flex.
  2. Ball Flight: Analyze your typical ball flight pattern (e.g., high, low, draw, fade, etc.). This will help you understand your swing tendencies and guide your driver selection.
  3. Misses: Identify your common miss-hits (e.g., slice, hook, low shots). Knowing your tendencies will guide you toward a driver that can help minimize these misses.

Step 2: Work with a Professional Club Fitter

  1. Visit a Fitting Center: Schedule a fitting session with a certified club fitter. They will analyze your swing using launch monitors, assess your data, and recommend suitable driver options.
  2. Try Different Shafts: Experiment with various shaft options (flex, weight, and material) to find one that complements your swing speed and tempo.
  3. Adjustable Features: Test drivers with adjustable hosels and weights. These features can fine-tune launch angle, spin, and shot shape.

Step 3: Consider Clubhead Characteristics

  1. Clubhead Size: Choose a clubhead size (typically measured in cc) that gives you confidence at address and aligns with your preferences. Larger heads may offer more forgiveness, while smaller heads may provide workability.
  2. Center of Gravity (CG) Location: Drivers with adjustable CG technology allow you to customize launch conditions. A forward CG might reduce spin for more distance, while a rearward CG might help with forgiveness.
  3. Face Angle: Consider the face angle of the driver. If you tend to slice, a driver with a slightly closed face may help mitigate that.


  1. How important is custom fitting? Custom fitting is crucial for finding the right driver. It considers your unique swing characteristics and helps you maximize your potential.
  2. Can I use a driver with a lower loft? A lower lofted driver can potentially increase distance, but it may require a higher swing speed to optimize launch and spin. Fitting will help determine the best loft for you.
  3. Should I prioritize distance or accuracy? Finding the right balance between distance and accuracy is key. A professional fitter can help you strike this balance.
  4. Do I need the latest model? The latest model might offer the latest technology, but it's not always necessary. Focus on performance, feel, and your ability to control the club.
  5. Should I consider adjustability features? Adjustability features can be beneficial, especially for fine-tuning your shot shape and trajectory. However, simplicity may be preferred for some golfers.
  • Get a professional fitting. This is the best way to ensure that you get a driver that is perfectly suited to your individual needs. A qualified fitter will take into account your swing speed, clubhead speed, ball flight, and other factors to recommend the right driver for you.

  • Consider your swing type. If you are a slicer, you will need a driver that is designed to help you hit the ball straighter. There are many drivers on the market that have features specifically designed to help with slicing, such as internal weighting and offset clubheads.

  • Think about your ball flight. Do you want your drives to go high or low? Do you want them to spin a lot or a little? The right driver can help you achieve the ball flight that you are looking for.

  • Pay attention to the clubhead size. Larger clubheads are more forgiving, but they can also be more difficult to control. Smaller clubheads are more precise, but they can also be more unforgiving. It is important to find a clubhead size that is right for your swing speed and accuracy.

  • Consider the shaft flex. The shaft flex is the stiffness of the shaft. A stiffer shaft will provide more control, but it can also be more difficult to swing. A softer shaft will be easier to swing, but it may not provide as much control. The right shaft flex will depend on your swing speed and strength.

  • Make sure the driver feels comfortable. When you are trying out drivers, it is important to make sure that they feel comfortable in your hands. The grip should be the right size for your hands, and the clubhead should not be too heavy or too light.

Here are some additional Q&A about finding the right driver to fit your golf swing:

  • What is the difference between a driver and a fairway wood? A driver is the longest club in a golfer's bag. It is designed to hit the ball as far as possible. A fairway wood is shorter than a driver and has a larger head. It is designed to hit the ball with more accuracy and control.

  • What is the average distance for a driver? The average distance for a driver is about 250 yards. However, this distance can vary depending on the golfer's swing speed, clubhead speed, and ball flight.

  • How often should I replace my driver? You should replace your driver every 2-3 years. This is because the technology in drivers is constantly improving, and a newer driver may help you hit the ball farther and straighter.

Remember, finding the right driver takes time and experimentation. A professional fitting will provide you with data-driven insights and recommendations tailored to your swing, helping you make an informed decision.

Will the driver replace the putter as the most important club in the bad anytime soon? Probably not. It is still a very important club, however, and one that can help you shoot lower scores. We hope the advice in this article takes you at least a little closer to the kind of driving performance you’ve been after for years.