You hookers have it rough. You know what they say: a good pimp should straighten you right up. Alright, no more hooker jokes, I promise.
If you are tired of missing left (for right handed golfers), you have a few options:
- You can get some help on your swing from Jim on the range. He has all of the answers. He never plays a round of golf. He just hits balls on the range and gives mostly unsolicited, terrible swing advice for no apparent reason.
- You can get help from a PGA instructor. This is the right answer, in case you are wondering. A good instructor will help you with your swing path (probably over-the-top or massively in-to-out right now) and help you square the club face at impact. Right now, your club face is shut at impact compared to your swing plane. That’s why you are missing left, whether it be a small pull or duck hook.
- You can get a new driver and delay the lessons. If you’d rather get a new driver to help alleviate the problem, this article is for you. I’m disappointed in you, but I understand. You want to give yourself every chance to stop hitting hooks and pulls. The drivers that I mention in this article, when set to the fade settings, will definitely help you keep the club face more square through impact.
Anyway, here are three good driver options that should help cover up your hook for now.
The Best Overall: TaylorMade SIM
It’s simple. TaylorMade makes good drivers. Adding a sliding weight to the club head allows you to move the weight to the toe to make turn it into a good”fade-bias” driver. Are there lower priced options out there that also offer an adjustable sliding weight? For sure! But this category is for the latest and greatest. The best of the best. And the TaylorMade SIM driver is the best of the best right now. It is TaylorMade’s latest release, and the overall feedback from the golf industry has been very encouraging.
If you want a better value driver, check out the other two options. If money is no option and you can afford to shell out the extra money for the best, though, then the TaylorMade SIM will be a great option for you. TaylorMade touts they the sliding weight allows up to 20 yards of a fade of draw bias, but that is a completely made up number on their end. Please pay no attention to it. Dangit. I shouldn’t have even included it in this article. I’m going to delete it. Wait, no I’m keeping it. But don’t pay attention to it. Ok??
The Best Value: Cobra King LTD Pro
I’ll admit that I’m a little biased here: I fell in love with the Cobra King LTD Pro driver the SECOND that I made impact with it for the first time. Regardless of that, though, the Cobra King LTD Pro driver provides 3 settings that encourage a fade-bias, which makes it a popular choice for golfers that can’t stop over hooking the ball. On top of the three settings, the Pro model has a flatter lie angle than the regular LTD – which also creates a fade bias. It’s worth noting that the Cobra King LTD Pro driver doesn’t even offer a draw bias. It’s either neutral or a fade-bias. That’s it. This is about as anti-hook as you can get.
The great thing about this driver is that it offers the best value. You can pick one up for about $150, which is less than half of the price of the TaylorMade SIM at the time of this writing. It’s a tad bit more than the TaylorMade SLDR, but not by too much really.
The Best Under $100: TaylorMade SLDR
The TaylorMade SLDR driver is simply a great driver for the money, no matter how you look at it. When someone is looking for a good value forgiving driver, this is one I often recommend. If they are looking for a long driver on a budget, same recommendation. If they are looking for a driver to stop hooking OR slicing, this is often the recommendation as well. The sliding weight allows you to move it towards the toe of the club. Boom – you instantly turned the SLDR into a fade-bias driver. It’s as simple as that. Once you are done hitting hooks and pulls all day, you can move the weight back to a neutral position, which is a big plus.
Another big plus? The price! TaylorMade made so many of these that the market got completely flooded. There are now tons for sale for under $100. Hell, I was lucky enough to pick up a GREAT condition one at goodwill for under $10 last month.
Here’s a quick summary of the three drivers that we talked about in the article, with rough prices at the time of the writing of the article. You can’t go wrong with any of these three… but you CAN go wrong by not getting lessons and getting fitted by a professional for the best driver for you. If you are going to spend money on a nice set of clubs, they might as well fit you and your swing!