Hi everyone, I am new to Sandtrap, don't want to whine right at the beginning and don't want to ask silly questions, but I am new to golf, have been practicing for half a year or so, so please don't expect a lot of intelligent questions.
I postponed buying a driver for a long time for many different reasons. Two weeks ago I was ready to buy a very basic, cheap Dunlop to start with, but I came across a Cleveland demo day at this driving range and this guy encouraged me to try Cleveland Altitude. It was my first day ever with a driver so I expected lots of mishits and shanks. Instead I was stunned how super light and friendly the thing felt in my hands and had a couple of fades with it. The guy said it is a good driver for my skills and I fell in love with it. Completely, I ordered exactly the version the the demo guy recommended. We tried different lofts and I ended up with 12 as the ideal for me. I was looking forward to it like crazy, willing to practice it hard regularly and work on my swing.
To make a long story short, there were "problems" with my order, first they said it would take several days, later they texted me that the 12 loft is not available and that I can only get 10.5. I sighed and accepted. Only to find a completely different driver ready for me at the shop. It was not Cleveland Altitude but Custom 588. I thought that maybe it was just a better version of Altitude with some setting possible, so after some hesitation I accepted. At the range, this driver felt horrible. I wasn't able to hit a decent ball with it. I was angry and thought I should have rejected this business with changing my order this much.
Later at home I googled all possible information and reviews about the Custom 588, most of it is all excellent reviews. But obviously, this driver is not ideal for a complete beginner and is a bit more difficult to swing properly. The superlight, higher lofted Altitude probably helped me feel relaxed with it so I swung it more naturally, which led to some nice shots.
Now I am puzzled. Did I make a mistake, should i have rejected the Custom 588 right at the beginning? Or should I accept the mistake as a challenge and try hard and hard to improve my swing until it matches the driver? Custom 588 is a game-improvement driver, so it should be OK, but after experiencing the super light and super friendly Altitude, I am not sure what I should have done. I expeced the Custom 588 would be a bit a bit harder for me, but not this much harder. I hope it is just my mindset now that causes the problems.