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By Paul Myers

Most likely, your golf driver is the most expensive club in your bag. With that, you want to get as much possible use out of the club as possible. Of course, you are already hitting it off the tee ten or more times per round, but are there other things you can use the driver for? While it might not be the most versatile club around, the golf driver doesn’t have to be relegated to just tee shot duty. If you get a little creative, and think outside the box, you can find other ways to use your driver to great effect on other shots.

Off the Deck

This is the most common place you see the golf driver used, other than off the tee. If you are trying to reach a par five hole in two shots, but your three wood won’t quite be enough to reach the green, consider trying to hit your driver right off the fairway. While this can be an effective strategy, it is also a little tricky to pull off correctly. Before you try it, go through the following checklist –

  • Do you have a good lie? You will probably need to have a good lie in the fairway or be propped up in the rough if you are going to execute the shot successfully.
  • Do you have room to run the ball up? Even though you could hit this shot a considerable distance, a lot of that distance will be on the ground when the ball is running up the fairway. Make sure the design of the hole allows for you to run it up at the green.
  • Have you practiced it? Like any other shot, it’s better to work on this play on the practice tee before you break it out on the course.

Put in a little time on the driving range to work on this specialty shot, and it could come in handy later on.

Bump and Run

There is no rule saying that your golf driver has to be used only on long shots. In fact, in certain situations around the green, it can be a good choice for a little bump and run shot. If you find your ball lying in light grass just a few feet off the edge of the green, with no deep grass between you and the target, consider using your driver for the shot. You can grip the club like you would your putter, and take it simply back and through like a putt to get the ball running toward the hole.

The advantage of using your golf driver in this scenario is that it is unlikely to get stuck in the grass like your wedge might. You should be able to just brush the club through the grass and pop the ball out with ease. Thanks to the size of the club head on your golf driver, it shouldn’t take much effort to get a considerable roll. Of course, you should practice this shot prior to using it during it a round.

These are just a couple of the potential uses you may find for your driver around the course. Keep your mind open and look for opportunities when the golf driver just might be the perfect tool for the task at hand.

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By Paul Myers

New golf drivers can be fun to shop for – and expensive to purchase. While most golfers love to try out the new technology on the market and see what it can do for their game, few enjoy actually pulling out their credit card to buy the club. If you are a golfer who always wants to have a new driver in the bag that you can show off to your friends, it will be a big help if you know where to look for some good deals.

Following are three different possible ways to save money on the purchase of your next new golf drivers.

Buy Used Online

This is a relatively popular option, and is certainly a good way to go, especially if you don’t mind playing clubs that are not the most recent models. Many of the used clubs you are able to find online will be at least from last year, if not older. With as rapid of a release as some companies have, you may even find heavily discounted drivers from released just a few months ago. That doesn’t mean that they can’t work great for you, but you need to know what you are looking for and pick out one that is best for you. An upside of this strategy is that you will be shopping for new or like-new golf drivers that aren’t currently getting all of the marketing attention – meaning the prices could be significantly lower than the brand new models. Be sure to do your research before making the purchase and find out how much the club has been used, what shaft it has, etc.

Trade in to the Manufacturer

If you are a golfer that stays loyal to a single club maker as you switch from model to model, you might be able to take advantage of the buyback programs that some companies are offering. Check directly on the website of your favorite club company, such as TaylorMade or Callaway, and see if they are offering a program to give you a discount on a brand new golf drivers when you trade-in your old ones. This method might not get you quite as much of a discount as you can get from buying a used driver, but you will have the benefit of getting a brand new club directly from the manufacturer…and you get some credit from your old one.

Look for Promotions

This plan won’t save you money on the purchase so much as possibly get you bonus products when you buy the driver. For example, golf shops or the club companies themselves will occasionally offer a deal where you get a free gift card when you buy a new golf driver, or get a big discount on buying a second club. One likely place to find these kinds of promotions is at your local golf shop. Take a trip around (or call) to the golf stores in your area before you buy new golf drivers to find out what might be available.

Even if you have your mind set on a specific driver, you don’t necessarily have to pay full price. As long as you are willing to consider used clubs, or to shop around for a promotional deal, you may be able to get the club you have your eye on for significantly less than full retail price.

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Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

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By Paul Myers

While Wilson might not have the notoriety of some of the other big-name brands in golf today, there are still plenty of Wilson products worthy of your time and attention. Wilson is represented by at least a few Tour pros, an indication that they produce quality products that are able to be played at the highest levels of golf. The Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 driver is a good example of just the kind of products that Wilson is capable of offering to a wide range of golfers. With a clean look and square address position, plenty of golfers will find the M3 pleasing to the eye even before they put the club on the back of the ball.

Plenty of Club Head for Forgiveness

For many average golfers, forgiveness is an important element to find in a driver. At 460cc, the size of this Wilson M3 driver is able to provide a good deal of that forgiveness when the ball is hit a little bit out toward the toe or in toward the heel. Also, with a deep face design to the club head, you may not have to worry as much about getting under the ball and hitting the dreaded sky shot. That deep face design can do a good job of condensing the club head so that it doesn’t look so large at address, yet still does provide some forgiveness.

Keeping Up with the Adjustable Craze

Some of the popular drivers on the market today include adjustable features, and the FG Tour M3 is no different. There are a couple of different adjustable features on this Wilson driver, including different sole weights that you can use and six different loft settings. The sole weights can help giving the driver just the right feel for your personal swing, and you might find that you are able to generate some different ball flights simply by altering the weights you use. Changing the loft of the club can alter launch conditions, which can come in handy when you want to change how far you carry the ball and how much it rolls out.

A key to taking maximum advantage of these features is to experiment enough with them on the driving range until you find just the right ball flight that you would like to use on the course. In fact, it would be ideal if you can find two or three different setting combinations that generate unique ball flights that you like. That way, you can have various settings at your disposal to handle different conditions on the course. Going to a lower ball for a windy day or a higher ball on a wet day could help you maximize your performance.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 driver is a club that might not have the prominence of some of the other drivers on the market today, but that doesn’t mean it is any less of a club. Try to locate one at a local golf store that you can try out for yourself to see just how much this driver has to offer. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to purchase a driver from one of the top two or three club companies – expand your horizons and you might be pleasantly surprised.

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And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

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By Paul Myers

When you are getting ready to pick out a new golf driver to add to your bag, there are probably a few main considerations that you will make. How well has it been reviewed by other golfers? What customizable features does it have? What professionals are using it? These are questions that some serious golfers ask before making one of the most-expensive golf purchases there is.

Another issue comes up sometimes, that deserves a closer look – that is, how the golf driver club itself looks. Should the look of the club affect your buying decision? Or is it better to just focus on performance and not worry about the paint job or shape of the head? The answers to these questions are personal to a degree, but it can be important to understand what role looks have in the performance of a club.

It’s All about Confidence

It’s important to be confident in any club that you decide to put in the bag. If you aren’t confident when you stand over a shot and get ready to swing, the results are probably never going to be as good as they could be. To a certain degree, the look of your club will play into that level of confidence. If you look down and see a club that doesn’t set up correctly to your eye, you might not ever feel like you are totally in control. In this case, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. What looks like a perfect golf club to one player, could look like a total mess to another.

Focus on the Ball

While it is okay to have different graphics and colors on your golf driver head if they look good to you, it could be a mistake to distract too much from the ball at address. Some golfers want their eyes to start on the ball, and stay there throughout the swing. When there is too much going on from a graphics perspective on your golf driver, you might find that your gaze is pulled back onto the club head instead of remaining on the ball or wherever else you like to focus. In this way, the look of the golf driver could actually have a negative effect on the technical aspects of your swing.

Make Sure to Test

What looks good on the Internet might not be so effective when it is actually in your hands on the practice range or the first tee. One way to know if you will like a golf driver – and if it will look good to your eye – is to actually hit some shots with it. Make sure you try out any golf driver that you are considering purchasing and see what results you get. In the end, you just might be surprised to find that you like one style of golf driver better than another, even if you went into it with the opposite opinion. Since purchasing a new golf driver is such a financial commitment for some, take the extra time and effort to do your testing and pick the one that you are sure will work for your game on the first try.

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And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

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By Paul Myers

Picking out a new golf driver can be an exciting – and expensive – process. Once you settle on the golf driver that will live in your bag for (hopefully) many seasons to come, you might want to add some new clubs around it to round out the set. While your irons certainly don’t have to match your driver in terms of brand or even color, you do want to make sure the rest of the clubs in your bag make sense within the context of a round of golf.

The type of golf driver you decide to use, and how you decide to use it on the course, can go a long way in determining what other kinds of clubs you might include in your set. Different golfers have different playing styles, and therefore different needs from their set of clubs. You can cost yourself shots simply by not having the right clubs available when you need them – so make sure you think carefully about the construction of your set before you head out to the course.

Do You Drive for Power, or Accuracy?

While many golfers build their drivers with sheer distance in mind, some are most concerned with control. The type of golf driver you have can determine what kind of fairway metal you might include in your set. For example, if you have a golf driver that is set up for sheer distance but doesn’t offer great accuracy, you may want to have a 3-wood in your bag that you can hit off of the tee on narrow holes. However, if you have a golf driver that you set up with the goal of hitting as many fairways as possible, you can go with a higher lofted 3-wood that can help you reach par fives in two shots. Also, once you determine what kind of 3-wood is best suited for your set, you can then pick out a hybrid club that fits in logically between that 3-wood and your longest iron.

Plenty of Wedges if You Are a Bomber

So you are able to launch your driver down the fairway and leave yourself plenty of short shots into the green? Better have enough wedges in your bag to deal with all those short approaches. Make sure you have wedges that cover all of the distances you are likely to encounter on your second shot into par fours – 80-100 yards, 100-120, and 120-140. With a powerful swing at your disposal, you might not find much need for having a three iron in your bag, so you could dump it in exchange for an extra wedge. It doesn’t make sense to play an aggressive style of golf if you aren’t going to have the right clubs in your bag to handle the situations you are putting your ball in.

The golf driver is just one of fourteen clubs in your bag, but it can have a major impact on the construction of your set as a whole. Figure out what style of game you are going to be playing with your new golf driver, and then organize the rest of your clubs in a logical fashion to make sure the right clubs are available to you more often than not.

 

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To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

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By Paul Myers

Some golfers are always seeking out the latest and greatest clubs to add to their bag – and others won’t buy a new club even if their old one seems to be falling apart. While it is totally up to you how often you replace your driver, there are some signs that it might be time for a new one. If you ignore the signs, and do not consider to purchase a new golf driver and continue to play with your old driver, you are likely to see less-than-ideal results and may be holding yourself back from better play that could be waiting just around the corner.

So how do you know when it is the right time to start shopping for a new golf drivers? The following three signs are a good place to start.

Sign #1 – Inconsistent Ball Flight

While an inconsistent ball flight could be a sign of a problem within your swing, it could also be a sign that your driver is no longer the right club for you. Pay attention to how your irons are performing as compared to your driver. If you are getting a repeatable ball flight from your iron shots, but your driver is inconsistent, the shaft/head combo in the driver might not be a good match for your swing. It would be wise to take a club fitting session with a professional and try a variety of drivers to see what kind of ball flights are created. The chances are good that you will see a more-consistent pattern when you find a club that is perfectly suited to your swing. Then you can make a next step and purchase new golf drivers.

Sign #2 – Stress in the Club Face

If you start to see signs of stress on the club face of your driver, it might not have much useful life left. At the least, these stresses could lead to a loss of distance on your drives – at the worst, the club face could crack completely and leave the club totally useless. Before you have that happen to you in the middle of a round, get a new golf drivers into your bag and avoid the trouble. Signs of stress in the club face can be rather small at first, so take a close look and determine the current condition that you are playing with.

Sign #3 – Loss of Confidence

Sometimes, you can lose confidence in a particular club and it might not ever come back – even if your swing is in good condition. If you have a bad run with your driver over a period of a few rounds, you might not ever be able to stand over it with confidence again. When it gets to a point that you lack of confidence in the driver is starting to affect the rest of your game all around the course, the time might be right to shop around for a new club.

New golf drivers can be an expensive purchase, so don’t enter into this decision lightly. However, if you want to get the most from your game and feel like your driver is holding you back for one of the reasons above, change may be necessary.

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By Paul Myers

The competition to sell golf drivers on the market today has never been more competitive, and golfers have an amazing selection of excellent clubs to pick from. If you are in the market for a new driver to put into your golf bag for your next round, you won’t lack for options. In fact, the overwhelming number of drivers available makes it somewhat hard to narrow down the list and pick one that is just right for your game.

This article is designed to make the driver shopping process just a little bit easier. Use the steps below to work your way through the many great golf drivers on the market and pick out the one that will find its way into your bag.

Step One – Set a Budget

Let’s face it – budget plays a role in every shopping decision that we make. Very few people have the kind of wealth where budget isn’t a concern, so the first thing you should decide is how much you want to spend on your new club. The size of your budget will dictate what kind of drivers you can shop for, so it is a logical first step. A brand new driver from one of the top manufacturers in the business can run anywhere from $300 – $500 or more, so this is certainly a buying decision that is worth thinking through carefully.

Step Two – New or Used?

With your budget in hand, you can decide if you want to shop for a new or used driver. If you have a lower budget, such as between $100 and $200, but still want a name-brand driver, the used direction is going to be your best bet. If your budget falls in that range but you would rather have a new club, you are going to need to look to off-name brands in order to find the right deal.

When shopping for used clubs, you can try your local golf shop as well as online. There is nothing wrong with purchasing a used club, just make sure it is in good condition at the time of purchase – especially the club face. If you see signs of cracking or stress on the club face, you would be wise to move on to another option.

Step Three – Testing

Even if you are going to purchase your driver online, you would be smart to find somewhere near your home to test out the club for yourself. You never know if you will like a club, or if it will be a good fit for your swing, until you try it out. Most golf shops offer the opportunity to demo drivers either on a driving range or out on a course. Try to narrow down your possible options to a few different models and try them all so you can compare one against another. Only when you have tried a few different golf drivers can you be sure that you have done enough homework to pick out the right one for you.

Step Four – Making the Purchase

With all of your research and homework complete, the only thing left to do is find a good deal on your new driver. Be sure to check around with all of the prominent golf retail websites, as well as your local golf shops (if you are buying a new club). There is no ‘right’ place to buy from – just go with whatever retailer you feel comfortable with, and is willing to give you a good price.

Once the purchase of your new golf driver is made and the club is in the bag, the only thing that is left to do is start hitting your drives down the middle of the fairway!

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by Jaacob Bowden

A lot of people ask me what’s my favorite golf driver…and although I really like the Wishon 919 THI for it’s high COR on off-center hits and it’s very minimal roll (the vertical curvature on the face of the driver) which makes for a very consistent launch angle, I would have to say that it’s the Taylormade r9 golf driver series due to their incredible amount of customization.  Never before have a I seen a driver that can fit so many people.

As you may know from previous emails and other things you have seen from me, I’m a big fan of custom club fitting.  Like finger prints, we all have our own unique swings and swing tendencies.  Their may be indeed similarities amongst swings, but no two swings are exactly alike.  Most all professionals have their clubs built and adjusted to fit their own swings, and amateurs would be wise to do the same in part because they stand to gain more in distance, accuracy, and consistency.

It’s fairly easy to find a good clubfitter that has the equipment to bend the hosels on your irons to adjust the lie angles.  If a particular iron tends to cut or slice for you, the lie angle can be made more upright to straighten out the ball flight.  Conversely, if your shot tends to be a draw, hook, or pull, you can have the hosel bent more flat.  However, it’s much more difficult to find someone that has the tools do the same with a golf driver like the guys on Tour have available.

Equipment companies finally recognized this problem and have since come out with drivers where with the twist of a wrench, in a matter of seconds one can adjust their own lie angle on the golf driver to help promote a certain shot shape.  The beauty of this is that you don’t need any special tools and you can do it on your own on the fly.

TaylorMade isn’t the only company to be doing this…there are also similar new drivers like the Nike SQ Dymo2 STR8-FIT, Callaway I-MIX, Cobra L5V, etc, that are doing the same thing.  However, there are several things I prefer about the Taylormade r9 series that make it my favorite:

1)  Adjustable Lie Angle – Of course, as I already mentioned above, the r9 can be configured up to one degree more flat…or one degree more upright.

2)  Adjustable Face Angle – Personally, I tend to miss to the right when I’m under the gun…so being able to close the face angle gives me confidence that the ball will not go to the right when I need to hit a pressure drive.  Not only can the r9 be configured up to two degrees closed…it can also be moved up to two degrees open, if that is your preference.

3)  Movable Weights – If you don’t like the look of an open or closed club face and still want to promote a certain shot shape, the r9 has retained the movable weight technology from the old r7 series so that you can change the club’s center of gravity at your discretion.

4)  Traditional Shape – I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time looking at those square-headed drivers.  The r9 series has more of a traditional head shape.  Thank goodness!

5)  Multiple Head Volumes – For those of you that are good ball-strikers, like to hit a driver “off the deck”, or just prefer smaller heads, you can get an r9 around 420cc.  If for whatever reason you prefer or need a larger head, there is also a 460cc option.

6)  Other Options – If that wasn’t enough, you can also get an r9 with a variety of different shaft options…including different flexes, torques, weights, brands, etc.

Not only did I personally fall in love with it while I was testing it on the driving range, but it is also getting rave reviews from amateurs all over the world and it is the only driver to ever become the #1 played golf driver on Tour in it’s debut week!  The winner that week, Pat Perez, hit all of his fairways in his first two practice rounds with his r9 and went on to set the tournament scoring record.

Sean O’Hair and Y.E. Yang have also since gone on to win with the r9…and many other Tour players have already switched over, including Brian Davis, D.A. Points, Scott McCarron, Dustin Johnson, John Mallinger, John Senden, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Robert Garrigus, Paul Goydos, Vaughn Taylor, Michael Allen, Arjun Atwal, Eric Axley, Briny Baird, Brian Bateman, David Berganio Jr., Matt Bettencourt, Bart Bryant, Daniel Chopra, Jason Day, Retief Goosen, Cliff Kresge, Spencer Levin, Greg Owen, Rod Pampling, Scott Piercy, Charles Warren, Aaron Watkins, Jay Williamson, Dean Wilson, Casey Wittenburg, Gary Murphy, Graeme Storm, Paul McGinley, and Darren Clarke.

It might be hard to find one to take for a test drive since they are on back order due to their popularity, but as soon as you get a chance to try one, I definitely recommend it!

To learn more, visit TaylorMade Golf.

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