Should you upgrade your driver?

Thomas Tanner
Sep 29, 2020
5 minutes
On this page

The question of how often you should change your driver is an interesting one. The way the golf companies market their new product often what came before it sounds obsolete. Designed to make you worry that if you don't change to this brand new driver that goes miles, you'll be somehow left behind all your mates on the golf course!

But in the golf industry, we know very well that there are limitations on the specifications of golf clubs. From one year to the next, there are gains, but for the average golfer, they would be marginal at best.

Would you change the one-year-old driver that you love and hit down the middle every time for another that looks very similar but boasts an extra 2 yards on a robotic simulator?

Think of other upgrades

Changing your driver is very much like changing your mobile phone - the timeline is very similar. Year on year you won't see much difference in your phone's capability, but if you've had one for four years and upgrade to a new one, the screen will seem brighter, the camera will be sharper, and you won't have to delete your videos every five minutes to make space!

It would be the same if you changed from a four-year-old driver to a new one.

A working example

When you put the original M2 driver, a game-changing driver for TaylorMade, one of the best they ever made, next to the 2020 SIM driver you can see what four years of advancement looks like in the driver world.

Between the M2 and the SIM there came marginal gains in the M2 2017, M4 and then M6 drivers but you can see the jump when you look at drivers like these four-years apart.

To put it another way, if you gained four yards and one fairway with each new driver, you're suddenly finding four more fairways and hitting nearly two clubs less into the green!

But what's changed?

Every year driver faces are getting thinner to deliver more ball speed. Manufacturing is getting better, pushing clubs to the limit of both the rules and physics. The use of new materials and the introduction of carbon means more mass can be positioned low and deep for more forgiveness. Finally, the boundaries of adjustability and how your driver can shape and move the ball is one field where imagination seemingly knows no bounds.

Have you changed?

Another reason you might change your driver is that your game may very well have changed and you've outgrown your driver.

As much as the clubs can change over five years, you can too. You might have been a beginner when you got your current driver and now swing faster, so need a stiffer or heavier shaft. Or on the other side do you need some more help getting the ball in the air or fighting a slice? A new driver can help in more ways than just raw distance.

Let's talk about money

New drivers are not cheap! But upgrading does not necessarily mean brand new. Your driver could be six years old and therefore still benefit from the gains of a two-year-old driver - which is going to be considerably cheaper than a brand new one!

Is the time right?

Getting a new driver is excellent, it's exciting, and you can't wait to get out to hit it. That's human nature!! But take a little bit of time to consider the technology gap between what you have and what you might buy and understand new to you does not have to be the latest and greatest.

Search by topic

Further reading

Are you looking to sell your pre-owned golf clubs? Then look no further than Golfbidder. We provide the easiest way to sell your old golf clubs online.

If you're in the market to purchase a driver, it is arguably the best time ever to do so. Everything from the top of the grip to the sole of the head has been improved to eke out every advantage and get you hitting longer and straighter than ever before.