December 16

A Dent in My Driver…



Sometimes, $#!+ happens.


Like this:

dent in my driver Acer XF
My Acer XF- I custom painted the letters!

Do you see that, out by the toe?  Yeah, that’s a dent in my driver…

The messed up thing is, that’s not the only time I’ve done that!

One more “oopsie”:

dent in my driver Nike SuMo
My Nike Sasquatch

Again, the dent is on the toe end of the head.

You’re probably thinking to yourself:


That’s fair…  It kinda hurts, but it’s fair.

I tend to be super-aggressive with my hands… and that’s what I believe happened on each of these.  It was just a matter of where the head was coming into impact.

For the XK, I was ascending- or, “hitting up” on the ball- when I got to impact.

For the SQ, I was descending- “hitting down” on the ball- when I got to impact.

I hope this shows you that, even though the Nike cost me more than the Acer, they’ll all dent if you screw up.

Remember, drivers are made mostly out of titanium.  In the crown and sole, the titanium is very thin.  It’s a weight-saving technique; Ti is already really light, but making all the non-impact-bearing parts as thin as possible allows designers to shift weight around, usually low and deep.

Hireko Golf’s Jeff Summitt says it’s typical for those non-impact-bearing parts to be about 4mm thin.  Titanium is a pretty strong metal, but when it’s super-thin, it doesn’t stand much of a chance.

I’ve never found a way to fix this, either.  Remember those suction cup things they used to make infomercials for?  I wondered if those would help… sadly, no, that’s not the case.  Epic fail… more epic than admitting I read “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  Wait…

Getting back on track, getting a dent in your driver is something that not even I can fix.  So what do you do?  Well… you have two choices, as I see it:

  1. Keep on keepin’ on with the dented driver
  2. Get a new driver

In all seriousness, any dent not on the face of the club will have absolutely no bearing on playability.  None.  But it does have an impact on your psyche.

There are plenty of “IDGAF” type people, but there are plenty that do GAF.  Seeing the dent, or just knowing it’s there, bugs them.

Either viewpoint is valid.  It’s what you do after you discover the dent that defines which type you are.  One will cost you money, the other won’t cost you a dime.

What about you?  Are you the “keep on keepin’ on” type, or are you the type can’t stand having a dent on your club?  Let me know in the comments!

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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