help me find a reasonably priced driver
I just got my driver the Callaway FT-iz recently and it's a great driver. It's fairly new came out in 2010 and you can find it on ebay used anywhere from 40-100. If you want to shop the market just for some newer drivers try using Google to look up what came out around 2010-2012 you'll be surprised how much they're going for.
Take a look at...
- Callaway Razr Fit drivers from last year. Some are still available at trimmed prices. You can swap out shafts, so make sure loft and shaft match what you need. If you want to trim the shaft a little, you can recover some swingweight if you can find the weight screw sets.
- TM Burners (pre-RBZ). My brother bought one, and regularly carries the ball 260+ (he's my younger bro, so it's embarrassing...) Only caution... make sure shaft isn't too "high launch" if you have 95+ clubhead speed (Stiff flex may be way to go if you're on the line)
- Cleveland Ultralite Series Drivers: Three varieties... 270 gr. XL, 290 gr. SL, and 310 gr. TL. Many come with Miyazaki C. Kua shafts
- Wilson Staff DXI. Forerunner of this year's hot WS D100, this 270 gr. driver offers a light-touch power for smooth swingers.
Let us know how things shake out. Others will be interested in what you find.
Try to get to a launch monitor... I began with a stiff shafted 9.5 thinking the same way.. Im 29 and pretty strong its going to do the trick....not so much.
Trackman revealed that my swing speed was only 77mph and my driver spin was in the 1500's...
I was fitted with a regular flex and a 12*... spin is in the mid 2000's now, with better carry and better overall distance...
Save the money and frustration... get fit
Honestly unless your getting older and loosing swing speed, i would suggest going with a stiff flex. For one, the stiff flex would most likely be less stiff with a OEM shaft. They are proprietary shafts, and usually taylored towards amateurs, so they would be less stiff. Especially taylormade driver shafts. They tend to be light weight, which makes them less stiff. So i always would error on the side of getting a stiff shaft. honestly i don't think it matters that much for a beginner.
As for type of drivers. Check out online retailers, like Global Golf. You can buy 4-5 year old drivers, that are in good condition, for cheap. Honestly any driver in the last 4-5 years are pretty much all similar. Unless your looking for adjustability in your driver, i would just pick one that looks good to you.
I am constantly working on my swing and my tempo. The speed has risen marginally, so the driver I was fitted with is still the perfect fit for my game...cant go wrong by visiting your local clubfitter... then just find one speced similar in your price range
It appears you are trying to increase your golfing.
How consistent is your swing? Do you slice one day, hook the next, or do you have a pretty consistent ball flight (not perfect, just consistent)?
Have you ever had lessons, or are you "self-taught"? If you're unsure of basic mechanics, you might take a lesson or two.
If you get an older driver - 2010 or before - make sure it's not too beat up. Drivers have the largest heads of the woods, and sometimes get internal damage if the previous owner hit the ball really hard. (I've seen people cave in the face of a driver)
Being that you're unsure of what driver you want, work through a golf shop and actually test-hit the drivers. The clubfitters can put you on a launch monitor, and then get data on the different drivers and how you hit them. Usually you come up with two drivers that are pretty close in numbers - then, you pick the one you like best, that you feel good about. It's hard to hit golf clubs you don't have confidence in.
At your experience level, you might want to avoid the adjustable drivers. Plenty of single-piece drivers that will get the job done.
For $100 or less (sometimes much less) you can go Ping G10 or Taylormade Burner. Here is a link to Ping G10 drivers on ebay:
Don't ignore the older clubs.
They are cheap and if they don't fit you, you are not out a lot of money.
I purchased two drivers at a garage sale earlier this year.
1 is a Great Big Bertha like this one on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Calloway-Great-Big-Bertha-War-Bird-9-Firm-Flex-Titanium-Golf-Driver-43-Right-H-/130939254988?pt=Golf_Clubs&hash=item1e7c9678cc
And the other is a Mizuno T-Zoid like this.
I regripped both and took them to the range.
Both hit consistantly well with my drives averaging 225 and a few approaching 240.
Not bad for a near senior citizen.
Don't fall for the hype on television, buy something reasonable to start with and go from there.