One of the most famous golf quotes ever is the classic, “You drive for show, but you putt for dough.” While this alludes to the fact that our golf scores are most highly dictated by our putting abilities (which is actually pretty accurate), sometimes it’s just nice to smash one off the tee… even if it is just for show. Of course that leads to another famous golf quote from the movie Tin Cup that states sometimes you just “have to let the big dog eat.” But what if you’re not hitting your driver well or you’re far more confident hitting iron off the tee? Well it may be time for you to invest in a new driver.
Below are the three telltale signs that you’re ready to upgrade to a new driver. Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, it’s time to upgrade.
1. You Lack Confidence In Your Driver On The Tee-box
If you find yourself nervous to tee off on the first tee box because of the usual crowd of people that tend to gather near first tee-boxes, then it’s obvious you need to upgrade to a new driver. There is no reason with all the different styles and technologies available in drivers today that you should have the jitters on the number one tee box.
Instead, you should feel ready and confident that you’re going to show off by hitting a nice, booming drive right down the middle of the fairway. A new driver can give you that confidence.
2. Your Driver is Over 5+ Years Old
Unless you absolutely crush one of your older drivers and have great confidence in it, you should be upgrading your driver about every five years at a minimum. While a putter may be reliable for an entire golf lifetime, a driver cannot be.
Drivers, more than any other club in golf, are improved constantly with technology advancements and designs that optimize speed, distance and control. Simply put, if you’re playing with an older driver, you are missing out on an opportunity to immediately improve your game.
3. You Don’t Use a Headcover on Your Driver
This may sound silly, but hear me out. If you don’t bother protecting your driver by using a headcover when you’re off the course, then you’re risking damage to your driver at any given moment. This disregard for potential damage and/or scratches reveals that there is no emotional investment in that driver. If you don’t care about your driver enough to protect it, then it’s clear that you need a different driver.
Once you upgrade to a new driver that gives you confidence and allows you to hit bombs off the tee, you’ll want to guard it with your life. That’s the kind of relationship you deserve with your driver and one that you’ll have if you upgrade to a driver that’s a perfect fit for your game and swing.
If you fit into one of the categories above, we recommend taking some time and visiting your local pro shop (or shopping online if possible) and browse the driver selections. Ask for a “demo driver” to test out on the range if you’d like. There are many types of drivers out there so you just have to find one that fits you best!
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