If you are looking for a magic elixir or at least the absolute answer to this question, neither exists. The problem is distance is a function of many things; some are physical and others are equipment related. Since we are club manufacturers let’s focus on the latter and review the different components to possibly achieving more distance.
#1 Solidness of contact
This might surprise you that this is the first item listed, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Whenever you mis-hit the ball, there is a certain amount of energy loss from the clubhead from twisting. While drivers and other clubs have become more forgiving over the years to reduce the gap in distance between a perfect and less-than-perfect shot, the fact is you still lose distance.
Manufacturers know that you are looking for more distance and produce products that on occasion will deliver that promise. However they hope that you have selective amnesia and forget your bad shots or what you might do on average. They know the ego of the average golfer will remember that one tape measure shot they hit.
#2A Club Length
This should come as no surprise, after all the USGA has a limit for club length (aside from putters) of 48”. Most golfers never swing a driver anywhere near this length as most golfers would find it unwieldy to swing. But those that do make solid contact could try a club that is ½” or an 1” longer to see if the added leverage from the longer swing arc increases swing speed and distance without sacrificing accuracy. If it doesn’t there is an easy solution without harm. The grip can be removed, cut down and re-gripped. But unless you try you will never know if the added length could be the solution.
On the other hand, if you already have inconsistency in hitting the center of the face, then you could try a shorter club. But before you go lopping off part of the shaft, trying gripping down on the club first and see if that doesn’t help. In some cases you may start to loose feel in the head. This is why we offer a couple heavier heads in the Acer XDS Thriver and the Caiman Raw Power 3 wood as solutions for shorter length clubs to gain solidness of contact and added length. Believe it or not, shorter can result in longer shots too in certain circumstances.
One of the other solutions is to lighten the club so it can be swung faster. To a certain degree weight goes hand-in-hand with length. Usually a lighter shaft is suggested for a longer length, but not always. Since heads don’t vary much in weight across the industry, the shaft weight is the primary determinate of the club’s overall weight. There any many new shafts now being made lighter. For instance most stock driver shafts come with shafts in the 60g range. Look for shafts in the 50g or even lighter. Some of these shafts are surprisingly stable like the True Ace Death Stick that will hold up for golfers with high swing speeds. There are several new steel iron shafts available too such as the True Temper GS-75 and Apollo Acculite series.
Weight does control your tempo, so too light can be just as bad as too heavy in producing a repeatable swing. If you have a shorter, more compact swing or a quick tempo, a lighter weight shaft may not be your solution.
#4 Weight Distribution
We mentioned earlier about heavier heads for shorter lengths to combat the lack of feel. Weight can be added via lead tape (although not the prettiest), heavier screws if the head is screw weighted like our Power Play Q2 driver or even with the use of lighter weight grips.
Weight can also be added to the butt end to lighten the swingweight or heft of the club. Counterweights are perfect for this. Yes it adds weight to the club, but it can help alleviate a head heavy feel especially in longer-than-normal clubs, most notably drivers.
That “feathery fade” you like to call your slice is robbing you of all sorts of distance. This is why we offer a wide range of clubheads to help keep you on the straight and narrow. Whether is it the offset of the Acer XK Draw, the closed face angled options of the Dynacraft Prophet ICT2 or the internal weighting of the Acer XDS Insider, we can help get that “weak fade” out of here not only to find more fairways, but get more distance too.
Don’t always assume lower loft will get you more distance. Golfers struggling getting the ball airborne are robbed of distance and aren’t even aware of it. If you fail to hit the ball as high as those you play with, consider clubs with more loft, lower center of gravity or both. This applies not to just drivers, but all clubs and that is the reason why we offer such a variety. The iBella Bellissima is a perfect example, plus we have many higher lofted drivers to choose from and irons like our Acer XK HT and Cabriolets.
There are a few of the items to look at either individually or in tandem to hopefully gain you some more distance. Don’t forget those that the longest distance is usually the straightest. So concentrate first and foremost on solidness of contact and direction. But don’t be afraid to experiment. After all you have no excuse not to try something new with Hireko’s low prices.