Because 290-300 yards doesn't amount to a hill of beans if it's in the woods. Sometimes it's the arrow and sometimes it's the Indian but the Indian might as well have a straight arrow so he knows it's him.
Nothing worse than struggling with a club that doesn't fit and making all kinds of adjustments to try to make it work, and ending up with different swings for different clubs.
Problem is buying another driver off of the rack is only buying another lottery ticket. Good thing about it is that Rick can then buy that driver at half price a month later when they buy another lottery ticket because they couldn't hit that one.
Sometimes something as simple as some lead tape or a hack saw can turn a driver that doesn't fit into one that does. Sometimes the shaft is so wrong it's beyond help.
MS256, I don't want to second guess you, because I generally find your posts to be sound, reasonable, and insightful. That being said, the question that I have is...
How much difference does a club really make?
I got fit for my recent driver. I will agree that different setups had different spin characteristics, some clubs went higher and shorter, others went more on a penetrating line and longer. However, I have always struggled with an over the top slice. All of the clubs I hit ended up right (left handed player) of the ideal target line. On the monitor, some of the clubs were 5-8 yards off the target and would be playable, others were 30-40 yards off. I selected one that was 5-8 yards off. That being said, on my home course, every driver I have played over the last 3 years have ended up in exactly the same spots. A good swing is in the fairway, and a bad swing is in the woods. The latest drivers have been not as far in the woods, and further in the fairway. Still, good swing=good result and bad swing=trouble.
A driver, regardless of the shaft or brand printed on the head went right, some more than others, but a slice is a slice regardless of the club. I am not talking about a 10 yard baby fade. I am talking about a 290 yard drive that is 40 yards off the target in the woods. I believe that no club will fix that slice. If anything will mask a slice like that it is the ball more than the club, but even then it will make a 40 yard slice a 30 yard slice.
A slice is a swing fault, and besides the mental confidence or lack there of, a new club isn't going to fix a swing fault.
Again, I don't want to tell somebody not to buy a club when they are considering it. To be fair, several people buy a new club and just the mental confidence that club gives them helps them hit it straighter (I think the quote that applies here is the most important muscle in golf is the one between your ears) I just want to share the experience that clubs (no matter how magical) rarely turn the weekend duffer into Jason Dufner.