Here is some interesting facts that golfers need to know before buying a new driver and the equipment manufacturers are NOT going to tell you this.
I found this information on a blog written by Frank Thomas who is one of the world’s leading golf equipment experts and innovators.
He was Technical Director of the United States Golf Association (USGA) for more than a quarter century, he issued thousands upon thousands of rulings on equipment, literally helping to write the rules that govern the implements of the game.
It turns out that in an effort to claim that their new driver is even longer they keep adding length. Today’s drivers are 45.5″ compared to the old standard of 43.5″. I find this interesting since the PGA Tour average driver length is 44.5″. If the best players in world use a shorter driver in order to gain more control why shouldn’t you ?
Here is an excerpt from Frank’s blog:
“The difference in distance between a 43- and a 45-inch driver is a whopping yard plus inches. Accuracy wise, there is no question that the old adage of “the longer the length, the harder the club is to hit” certainly rings true.
But wait. The plot thickens.
There is another reason for having a shorter driver. It appears that, in the
hands of real people the shorter driver might very well hit the ball, not just with
more accuracy but more distance as well.
For every quarter inch you miss the sweet spot on your driver, you lose about 5 yards of distance. So if you miss by only a half an inch you loose 10 yards and so forth.
Conversely, if you can gain enough control of the club to hit the ball even a
half inch closer to the sweet spot, you’ll not only enjoy the distance increase
that comes with a more solid impact but you’ll be more likely to keep the ball
on the fairway.”
Now this doesn’t mean that you need to go have an inch or so cut off your present driver. That is just going to really screw up shaft flex, balance, and assorted other things. What it does mean is that you should experiment with drivers with shorter shafts. This means by getting properly fit for a driver you may be able to get more distance and accuracy with your old driver a lot cheaper.
One of the things I found most interesting is that when I go on a company’s website to customize my order shaft length is not even an option.
To sum it up I agree with Frank. Using a shorter driver that is easier to control and hit more solid gives you more distance in the fairway. Isn’t that what we all really want?