Best New Drivers
The latest in driver technology: Golf Digest 's Mike Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the new line of drivers on the 2017 Hot List.
Released on 1/30/2017
So Mike, people ask me all the time,
are new clubs really better than old ones?
Especially when it comes to drivers.
Yeah, I mean, I think in the driver category,
that's one of the big things right?
I mean, everyone loves the big stick and it's the club
in their bag that they pay the most attention to.
There's also been a lot of talk about how they're maxed out
as far as how far they can go.
What people don't realize is the manufacturers have made
great strides in all the other areas of the face.
You know, you and I, we hit it half an inch off
to the right, maybe half an inch low.
Sometimes, you less than me.
But you get a better performance on those hits now.
So, yes, if you bought a driver last year,
the difference is incremental.
Might be a little bit better, maybe you won't notice it,
maybe you will.
But if you haven't bought a driver in three years,
you're really cheatin' yourself.
What are you cheating yourself with?
What are you gonna see in a new driver
that's three years newer than your old one?
Well, some of the areas that have really been
improved on, I talked about the off center hits improve,
but also, a lot of manufacturers now are offering
free upgrades in shafts.
So, instead of the stock shaft, you can get one
fit right to you for your game, your launch conditions
at no additional charge.
They've also made great strides in adjustability.
I mean, where it used to be maybe a little bit of
left to right ball movement or maybe you could
close the face or open the face,
now you can adjust loft, you can adjust face angle,
you can adjust trajectory high and low
and you can adjust ball flight right and left.
That's a real benefit.
So I know a lot of my friends have adjustable drivers.
I even have one.
I don't think I've touched the settings since I bought it.
Since it was fit to me.
You disgust me 'cause you know better than that.
But you are in the majority.
Surveys show that about 80% of people
never touch the adjustability on their driver
and what I tell people is even if you've been fit,
you can always go back to that setting
after fooling around with it.
So, go out to the range, take a bucket of balls,
fool around with the settings.
You might find one that's even better for you.
Get the most out of your driver.
[Ashley] So I shouldn't be scared.
[Mike] Not one bit.