Brand new drivers aren’t always the answer to your long-distance prayers. So why not think about ‘buying’ by the yard, direct from your Golf Professional? Although I don’t normally have ‘guest speakers’ appearing in my website, in this article Golf industry specialist, Ian James, offers a salutary tale...
"Extra yardage. Everyone wants it. It’s how they go about getting it that counts. Club face, head size, shaft length, ball technology, even the size of the tee, they’re all important factors. But there is no substitute for instructive and educational time spent with a Golf Professional - and I’m not just talking drills and exercises to increase hitting power and muscle flexibility in your drives.
In this 24/7 era of sensationalism and hyperbole, media coverage of golf and sports in general has reached saturation point. And so often it’s the quick fix that counts: the brand new shiny titanium faced driver, for instance, that promises ‘15 yards longer every time’; and a centre of gravity so low and so deep that by now we must be somewhere near the earth’s core! Boys and their toys stuff.
As much as anything, though, golf is a game played in the space between the ears. So don’t just reach for the latest driver and dash off to the tee to see how close you can get to the first green in one - at least not without considering what the Golf Professional behind the counter could do for your yardage if you’d only let him. A while back I was too gripped with the urge to hit further. I’d taken a few bob off the Golf Professional the previous week, courtesy of the 16 shots my handicap offered
me. With a new enthusiasm to reach single figures I presented myself at his shop counter with three Drivers I’d selected from the racks, and ask him to tape them up for me. Off I marched to the ranger to test my choices after banter about a re-match for even bigger stacks. (click on page 2 below to continue...)