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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!

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Q&A with Jaacob Bowden

Question:

How do I find out what degree I need on a driver ( I hit the ball high)?

Jaacob’s Answer:

I would recommend visiting a club fitter that is PCS (Professional Clubmakers Society) certified.  They’re fitting skills are proven and tested.  They will likely have you swing your driver on a launch monitor and help you select a driver loft that will help you maximize your distance based on things like your spin rate, swing speed, launch angle, etc.

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