The Easiest Driver to Hit (THE HERO DRIVER)

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Ralph Maltby of the GolfWorks has what he calls a “Hero” driver.  I’ve taken this and made my own type of hero driver.

What is it?  Can it possibly be the easiest driver to hit?

More importantly, does it wear a cape?

fairway finding hero driver

No cape, sadly… not in reality, anyway.  But a hero driver built for you just might save your golfing day.  I should mention that finding the fairway is an important part of golfing successfully.  And I’m going to leave it at that, for now.

So, what is this “hero” driver? It’s going to be kind of counter-intuitive to what you might believe, so bear with me.

First, when it comes to getting an easy to hit driver, let’s start with some things that are safe to be called “truths”:


I’ve said this before: drivers today are made too long for the majority of you.  The PGA Tour average is still 44.5″, yet we’re being sold stuff at 45.5″ and more.

According to Tom Wishon, 75% of all golfers are being hurt by drivers 45.5-46.5 inches long.  And you spend how much time blaming yourself?

That’s not an absolving of guilt, though.  Sometimes, you are the problem.  But not always, so to make sure you have an easy to hit driver, you owe it to yourself to get fitted!

Directional Issues

No matter how much money you spend, approximately 85% of you are still having problems with slicing the ball, right?  Right.  A shorter shaft/overall length gives you more control.

Now, bear in mind that if you absolutely can not square the face at impact, lessons and some elbow grease are gonna be required… but don’t hamstring yourself further by using a driver you can’t control.

Not buying the correct loft

People still buy too little loft for their swing speed.  Honestly, they still overestimate said swing speed, basing it off of hope or a career long.

You need to be honest with yourself.  Seriously.

The slower your swing, the more loft you need.  Since most golfers struggle getting up to 90mph, they’re going to need more loft in their driver.  Check this out:



specs that don't make for an easier to hit driver

90mph swing, a 0-degree angle of attack, 9.5-degree driver

Not very promising, and not much of a surprise why some struggle to break the 200-yard mark.

But if they went to a higher loft:


specs that do make for an easier to hit driver

Same 90-mph swing, same 0-degree Angle of Attack, but a 14-degree driver

Much better!  Almost ten whole yards better!  Depending on your swing, attack angle, and some other factors, the difference could be even greater.  That’s why it’s important to be fitted for your clubs!


So how does this “hero” driver work?

Simple: its specs are designed as such to help most golfers.  It might help some more than others, but they’ll all help you hit more quality shots.

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They may not be as long as they could be, but find they hit the fairway more often.  They might lose a little accuracy but hit longer drives.  But everyone will find some form of improvement with the “hero” driver.

What are these specs you speak of?

For the “hero” driver, they are:

  • Length: 44.5″
  • Loft: 10.5*
  • Grip Size: Standard (.900″)
  • Swing Weight: D2
  • Shaft Flex: R, tip-trimmed .5″
  • Shaft Weight: 65 grams

That’s it.  When I talk about the specs I sell you if you ignore the free online fitting form, these are what the drivers are built to.

The “magic” is in its ability to hit just as many quality, fairway-finding shots as anything on the market.  Some might even walk away with that same driver!

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The caveat is the driver loft.

Remember that second ball flight pic, the one with the 14-degree driver?  These are when you want to get really fitted.  For the Hero Driver, you won’t technically be optimized for loft… but you’ll have enough to make it playable.

So the reality is, the “Fairway-Finding Hero” is indeed going to be the easiest driver to hit.  It’ll help you find the fairway, which will give you easier second shots to the green.  They may be slightly longer than what you’d have if you were optimally fitted for loft, but they’d be doable.

Don't Forget!

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About the Author

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!