October 6, 2014
Working on a story about drivers and looking to forum members for some input.
What factors influence you most in selecting what driver you choose to buy/use?
Price, look, sound, feel, personal referral (pro, friend, etc), marketing, using a demo, use by tour pros, fitting options, performance...etc?
Think about and tell me how you choose a driver...
Golf Geek, Golf Industry Lifer (30 seasons and counting), PGA of Canada Candidate For Membership, Titleist Certified Fitting Professional
December 12, 2014
With the caveat that ideally I'd love to do a custom fitting and just take what I'm fit for, at this point in my life price is my first concern. Once that narrows down the field, Ill start by doing some research online just to see if any have anything particularly positive or 'negative' show up repeatedly (I'm definitely a review cynic in that nearly all reviews are generally positive so have to read between the lines). At this point, I will tend to skew toward more adjustability. I'll hit anything I can (unfortunately almost always only sims available to me), and without fail I'll pick one if it is straighter than my gamer. If none noticably straighter than I'll see if any significantly longer. If not I stick with my gamer. I don't care a whit about feel, sound, what anybody plays, or marketing (exception being if I've never heard of a product...I REALLY want to try a TruRoll putter). I generally don't care about looks unless really different. I hated and couldn't seriously try any TM drivers with white crowns; also, last Christmas I got enough gift cards to buy a new[ish] driver, and the Covert's red crown and cavity broke a tie between it and a couple of others (one last parenthetical...I wish I had of waited, I tried the FlyZ recently and was blown away by it).
Covert Tour 2.0 Driver, XHot 3w, Sumo 5w, Diablo Edge Tour 4h, Bio Cell 5.5h, Vapour Pro Combo 7i-AW, VRPro 55*, SM4 60*, Tour S 64*, TruRoll Putter
October 26, 2014
For me its a combination of looks and performance, but performance always wins out. Example I loved the 910 a few years ago, and when swinging it well it was great, but my mishits would cost me big time, since I am a Nike fan as well I looked at there tour drivers but just found for me that line of clubs just didn't work so great, when I went to their performance heads I felt I was getting the best of both worlds great distance on good swings and still performed well on mishits.
Lastly price will always play a factor, I have never bought a new driver off the shelf as the price is way to high and I know I can wait until the end of the season and picked up a new\demo club for less then half the original cost.
December 11, 2014
I've played a lot of drivers , from a lot of different companies , for me , I do some research through golf forums , websites etc , just to get an idea of how they perform and the characteristics of the club.
Every brand , hits it longer , farther , less spin etc etc , but I know my swing (somewhat 🙂 ) and I know what will suit me . I've always liked the Taylormade drivers , they suit my eye , which is very important imo , when getting comfortable over your drive.
I like Nike , Cobra , Callaway for looks , but until they fall I to my price point , I won't pay full retail for them (I would if i could 🙂 )
Other than that , I'll give whatever works best , the space in my bag , white ,blue , black ,orange ,red ,pink , whatever ...as long as it works , it gets the gig , for that round anyways
January 7, 2015
April 3, 2015
First and foremost: Launch angle and spin rate
Face angle. I like a closed face angle to reduce fades turning into slices or at least to have the ball start more to the left for more odds of finding the fairway. I don't mind offset drivers. Some do but when you think about it most other clubs i.e irons and hybrids have some degree of offset.
Spineless shaft or pure shaft ( Some OEM shafts have major differences between the spine and NBP-sometimes a full flex)
I will pick performance over sound and looks. Don't care what the pros play(besides chances are their drivers have been tweaked)
Getting the right loft. Not the stamped loft as it is not always accurate.
Price of course. I will not buy a $300 shaft nor will I buy a club over $400.
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