On one side, it is quite an extravagant endeavor to buy new clubs every time new equipment hits the market. You would mostly notice diminishing gains if you were to buy new clubs year-after-year, so it may not be the best cost-effective application of your money. However, on the flip-side, if you wait for years to pass without upgrading your equipment, you are unquestionably going to miss out on better scores due to how golf technology has developed over the years.
So when is the right time for you to upgrade or switch your driver heads or any other new equipment you may ask?
The foolproof way to know for sure is to consult with a professional fitting expert to evaluate your current setup, like us at ClubWorks. Since most golf enthusiasts do not usually go through this process, for a variety of reasons, here are a few telltale signs that will let you know it is time for you to grab a new driver head:
- Having inconsistencies in your ball flight when using a driver could be due to either your swing or because of a worn driver. If you are consistent in your hitting, yet you find the ball is traveling differently in the air or landing short, this is a sign you may need to upgrade your driver.
- Check the face of your driver. Having any signs of stress and wear on it will result in a loss of distance and consistency. A lesser known phenomenon among recreational and amateur golfers is cracking the face of the driver as in some cases it is not always visible to a quick glance. If you find your driver not performing up to your usual standards, it might be due to signs of stress on the face and you should probably invest in a new driver.
- Another common factor for your drivers to wear out is excessive use. Practicing regularly, on the course or the range, there is a high chance that your driver loses its efficacy over time. This might not always show up as any signs of stress or wear and tear but if you are struggling to reach distances you were previously reaching, the driver may have gone dead and lost its power.
Constant use of your driver does not only put stress on the head of the driver, sometimes the stress takes a toll on your shaft instead. Since the driver produces the most force out of every other club in your bag, shafts are built to withstand this stress, however they may eventually over time wear down and this too can lead to inconsistent shots.
It is possible to have a replacement shaft fitted rather than buying a new driver if the rest of the club is in good condition, and this can be easily done by visiting a professional fitting expert at ClubWorks!