We have been led to believe that each year’s new model driver is better than that of the previous year. This is a natural inference otherwise why would the manufacturers make a new one?
Unfortunately, what we would like to believe and the facts may differ especially when it comes to distance. If, however, we can get a driver with a longer shaft length than last year’s model then we may generate more head speed – as registered on a good launch monitor – but this comes with a downside of decreased accuracy as we are inclined to miss the sweet-spot which also decreases ball velocity which means less distance.
Jack Nicklaus used a driver just under 42 ¾ inches for most of his winning career, and Tiger Woods used close to a 43 ½ inch driver when he was at his best.
Unless you can make a consistent swing and hit the sweet spot most of the time it is better to stay with what the average driver length is on the Tour which is about 44.5 inches.
Dustin is using a 45 ¾ inch driver but he is the exception as the trend is to go to shorter drivers, even down to 43 ½ for some players.
Yes, the standard retail driver length is between 45 ½ to 46 or more in some instances but this is to cater to those who enjoy bragging rights for months about that one in a hundred extraordinary drive, which may have had an assist from Mother Nature.
If you want to improve your average driving distance and your score you need to hit the sweet spot more often and this requires that you use a driver no longer than the Tour average of about 44 ½ inches.
Be smart about your selection of driver shaft length and have more fun.