The History of the “Driver” Please wait for picture to load
A typical modern Driver has 10.5 degrees of loft. The Driver we will supply you with will have a similar loft.
In the distant past the wooden headed club used to start a hole was usually referred to as a “Play Club” for the obvious reason that it got the ball into play. In the mid-19th century the term “Driver” became more popular. This may have been because the form of the ball changed around this time from a feather-filled leather sack to a moulded gutt-percha sphere, and golfers terminology changed to reflect the more positive feeling of striking the new type of ball. In the 1920’s hickory shafts began to be replaced by metal, and club manufacturer’s saw this as a perfect commercial opportunity to convince golfers that they should have more clubs in their bag. The reason given was that steel shafts did not allow golfers the same opportunity to manufacture half and three-quarter shots as hickory did, and so more variations of loft would supposedly be required! Golfers could no longer tell as easily which club they had in their hands and so the numbering of wooden and iron clubs began, with the Driver becoming a “1-wood”. The term of “Driver”, however, refused to die out and still used today.
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