Here we go again, I’m on a quest for a new driver. Although I’ve done this many times before it always seems like a challenging experience (for me anyway).
I’ve written about this a number of times in posts like, The Quest for a New Driver and The Quest for a New Driver (Continued) so it’s something I have *some* familiarity with but in some ways it truly is like looking for that mystical “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow (Well, maybe it’s there, I’m just not seeing it)
We’ve even written about Why You Shouldn’t Buy A New Driver. There might be a few nuggets in there for you to ponder as well as you wade through your own buying experience.
I have bought off the shelf, I’ve custom built my own driver, I’ve been custom-fit at one of the top fitting centers in the Northeast and have also bought (sight unseen) online – that covers pretty much the gamut, I think.
By the way, a great place to buy a driver (or any other club for that matter) online is at GolfOnline. Please check ‘em out.
Like a lot of people, I want to get a good deal and find a driver that’s pleasing to my eye, that feels good and can hit reasonably well.
And, of course, I want more distance. I’m over 50 now and every yard helps so what not try to maximize it with the one club that will get you that distance?
Here’s where I’m at currently: After going through an arduous custom-fitting for a New Nike VRS a few years ago I could not (and still cannot) hit that damn club to save my life. That a nice $300 lesson, right to the chin.
I was really hitting that club great at the testing center but after they took all the specs and got it custom-built in the Nike factory in Oregon what I got in the mail was clearly NOT what I was hitting that day I was being tested.
Something got lost in translation. It was extremely frustrating, Nobody wants to take the blame and well, “like it or lump it, it’s yours and sorry.”
So after that experience, I’ve become a little uneasy about someone taking my specs and trying to translate them. I know a lot of folks who have had no issues with this but hit has now happened to me TWICE.
Again, totally from my own experience (and what I’m personally going to do) is either head to a local demo day and hit a ton of clubs. Work with the club reps there to help you tweak things on the spot and buy that driver you hit well then and there. In other words buy the one that you have swung and are pleased with.
Or, you can get a driver that has some serious built-in flexibility, like a TaylorMade R1 for instance. It can be adjusted for proper loft, face angle (open, closed, medium-open, N/square, etc.), moveable weights and more.
This way you can tinker away until you find the settings that best work for you. It make take a bit of time but it sure is better than buying something like a Rocketballz (just using TaylorMade as an example) which has a lot less “tweak-ability” (I think I just invented a word!)
For the record, I just bought a TaylorMade R1. I was thinking of getting the SLDR but my budget just didn’t allow for it. That’s fine, you don’t always need the shiny new object.
Please let me know your thoughts on this post. Would love to hear others “buying a driver” experiences as well.