Welcome to another edition of Yo, Gear Guy!, an interactive GOLF.com series in which our resident dimplehead (a.k.a., GOLF's deputy editor of equipment, Mike Chwasky) fields your hard-hitting questions about clubs, fittings, gadgets, bounce, lofts, CG, MOI, and a bunch of other scary acronyms. This week he's covering when to upgrade your driver and the most important club to get custom fit. Got a question for Gear Guy? Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or email. Nikolaki16: How often should I be upgrading my driver? While all our advertisers in the equipment world would probably suggest getting a new driver every time a replacement cycle occurs (every year or two depending on the brand and model), I can't totally agree. Unless you have exceptionally high clubhead speed (like Bubba Watson fast), the COR and ball speed of a modern titanium driver won't slow down due to normal practice and play for a very, very long time. So provided you take reasonably decent care of your club (the trunk of your car is not a good place for regular storage), the only reason to replace it is when new models offer better performance.These days the R&D departments at major gear manufacturers are doing some amazing things with materials and designs, and it's sort of a golden age of driver technology, so if you have a five-year-old driver it's probably time to take a look at some new big sticks. Believe it or not, some of the top companies are still able to significantly increase ball speeds (within USGA rules) and the level of customizability has risen to incredible levels.
To begin you'll want to get your putter fit for sure, as it will be used to hit at least 40% of your total shots in most rounds. Getting the right weighting scheme and overall design for your stroke type, physical build, feel preference, and a number of other factors can have quick and dramatic effects on your putting game. TAKE YOUR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH A FULL CUSTOM FITTING Some might say irons or wedges should be next since they're scoring clubs, but I would strongly suggest a driver fitting instead. I'm assuming you're a recreational golfer, meaning you play mostly for fun, and few things in golf are as enjoyable as driving the ball well. Also, a poorly fitted driver that has too little loft or a shaft that's too long, heavy, or stiff, will not only negatively affect your swing and produce poor shots but can also cause injuries by forcing you to over-swing. Justinsellsvegas: What's the benefit of using the MCC Plus4 grip? I'm familiar with Golf Pride's MCC Plus4 model, and although addressing specific items isn't what we normally do here, I'll make an exception in this case. For those who don't know, the MCC Plus4 is a newer version of the MCC (multi-compound) grip that's very popular, particularly on Tour. Like the standard MCC, the Plus4 features a hybrid design with a buffed rubber and cord section in the end of the grip for control and a softer, non-cord section in the bottom hand area for improved feel. However, the Plus4 also features a significantly thicker lower section that simulates placing four extra wraps under that area of the grip (hence the name). A fair number of Tour pros do this with their standard grips as they feel it increases swing speed by allowing them to loosen their hold a bit.