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Golfers, find the right driver for you

It takes not only skill, consistency, accuracy and confidence to be a good golfer. It also takes a decent set of clubs. And what better way to kick off your next round than with a new club that will help you hit the ball straighter and farther — the longest in your bag, the one with the biggest head, the alpha of all clubs: the driver. • To improve your game, it is important to find a driver that fits your body and your swing style, said long-driving expert Rick Yarrington, who has a golf shop in Gulfport. But, he warns, a new club — no matter how big or expensive — will not alone make you a better golfer. • With practice and experience, however, it might be just what you need to take your game to the next level. Yarrington offers these tips when shopping for a new driver.

You don't always have to buy the name-brand clubs. "Just as long as you have a driver that you are comfortable with and that fits your swing style," Yarrington said, "either name-brand or knockoffs would be fine."

Flexibility of the shaft should be determined by the speed you swing the club. That faster your swing, the less flexible the shaft needs to be (and vice versa). Yarrington uses a frequency analyzer to measure swing speed in mph. "Most people think it's the size of the head, but the shaft is the most important part in picking a driver."

The size of the head is the least important aspect on a driver. It can, however, make it more forgiving (because of a larger sweet spot).

The size of the grip should not be overlooked. "A lot of golfers like a big grip," Yarrington said, "but it can restrict hand release and leave you open at impact."

The loft, or angle on the face of the club, helps decide the distance and height of the ball. The greater the loft, the easier it is to hit the ball in the air. Some greedy golfers go for less loft and more distance, which sometimes ends up being counterproductive because it makes the ball harder to hit straight.

Golfers, find the right driver for you 06/18/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 12:41pm]
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