I've been thumbing through the latest Golf Digest Hot List of drivers for 2014 - dangerous stuff! My takeaway is that manufacturers are going for less/easier adjustments and promoting forgiveness and high launch. Do we really need 86 ways to screw up a driver? I find it frustrating how quickly the focus of new technology changes, leaving me feeling out of date. Kind'a like Apple hyping an iProduct and then releasing a slightly better version 2 weeks later! After reviewing the hot list, I'm developing a new thought about "custom fitting" a driver - would I be better off building a driver to my specs or getting fit (lot's of swings at golf shop into net and choosing which one I like the best) and buying off the rack?
Here is a list of thoughts about a driver head that would suit my needs...
1. minimal adjustability - I made on adjustment on my R1 - loft, everything else is stock
2. square to slightly closed at address
3. medium to large sized head for workability and some forgiveness
4. COG designed for medium ball launch and low spin
5. face construction that will last? I'm concerned that my R1's adjustable face technology may result in the face going flat sooner than others. As long as I have something that's "hot" and durable, I'm good.
6. prefer black in color with some alignment aid
7. feel and sound at impact is personal. I like the sound of Titleist, my R1 and my former Ping i15. All have/had a solid feel and somewhat muted pop at impact.
I purchased an R1 at the end of last year. I don't plan to make a driver change (thoughts creeping in), but a shaft change may be in order. Afterall, isn't it the shaft that makes the club? I talked with a club fitter and they informed me good aftermarket shafts will easily run $300! With new drivers costing $300-$500, how good is the shaft? What am I paying for - the head or the shaft? If it's the head, then how cheap is the shaft? This particular fitter lead me to believe stock shafts are very budget oriented - maybe worth $75 - $100. That means low tech compared to the $300 model, right?
Armed with this information, I'm opening myself up to considering building a driver. Driver heads are abundant and used ones can be purchased somewhat inexpensively. Hard part will be finding somewhere that has a large inventory of shafts. First, the driver head... any suggestions, old or new, that would fit my specs/needs? Thanks