This year you’ve seen the birth of ‘white’ drivers following from last years’ black’ coloured drivers. Is this revolutionary colour change what we can expect over the next few years? Perhaps 2012 will see striped drivers or even spotted drivers to match your polo shirts.

The current restrictions on performance parameters; COR (‘spring effect’ of the front face), MOI (weight distribution) and club head volume, which can all be reached by using current materials such as titanium limit the benefits that could be obtained by using new materials. And there are new materials out there. Materials which are much stronger, much more elastic and just as light that could increase the performance of ‘drivers’ by a noticeable amount.

Just as golf club drivers moved from persimmon to steel to titanium, there really is no point in using these ‘new materials’ when the current rules restrict any further improvement on the main performance parameters. It's much cheaper to stick with the old materials.

I for one would love to hit the ball out of the driving range. It isn’t going to make me a better golfer or lower my handicap. It would just make me feel better and make me enjoy golf even more. As I don’t have the time to practice and develop a better swing so purchasing the latest club is my quick fix.

I therefore argue that the current rule restrictions should be lifted for us ‘rubbish’ golfers and if you need to apply the technology brakes, they should only be applied to the professionals.

If you wish to have similar rules for both professional and amateurs then perhaps you need to consider restricting the amount of practice or even banning practice for professional golfers.


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