If learning to play golf is at the top of your wish list, or you already play regularly, one question you might be asking is 2 wood vs. driver, which would be better for me to hit off the tee?
Learning golf jargon and understanding the different clubs and their purpose can be challenging for new golfers. Listening to other golfers talk about their game, you’ll hear terms such as driver, 1 wood, 2 wood, and fairway woods; all these different clubs can be confusing at first, never mind, figuring out when and in which situations you use them.
In this article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the 2 wood vs. driver.
What’s Best 2 Wood Or Driver?
There’s always been a considerable debate in golf about the best club to hit off the tee; the driver or fairway wood.
Those players who advocate hitting their driver every time argue that the driver will always get you nearer the hole. On the flip side of the debate, those players that support using a fairway wood or even a driving iron or a hybrid point towards better accuracy. In addition, it’s more sensible to lose a little distance and be in the middle of the fairway than 15 yards nearer the green but in the rough or even worse out of bounds or in water.
Of course, the big problem with this debate is that any golf equipment a player uses, be it driver or, the 2 wood is subjective, making it impossible to get a definitive answer.
Some players will always prefer a 2 wood from the tee, while others will always choose the driver.
Differences Between A 2-Wood Vs. Driver
Let’s consider some apparent differences between a 2-wood and a driver:
- Drivers have a more significant hitting area on the clubface, so that any off-center hits will be more forgiving. With today’s modern drivers, many offer a high MOI (moment of inertia). The higher the club’s MOI, the more the club resists twisting. For most club golfers, this is excellent because it means the club is more forgiving.
- Golfers that use a 2-wood off the tee use a shorter shaft on their club. The shorter shaft helps produce golf shots with more consistency and control from the club’s face on impact with the golf ball.
- Because the driver’s shaft is longer, the majority of golfers can produce higher swing speeds. But on the other hand if the golfer doesn’t have optimal swing, with longer club the club speed can reduce through the impact… One setback to hitting the ball longer is if you’re not straight off the tee, your ball flies further into the rough or out of bounds. In addition, another factor with swing speed is golfers who cannot generate the extra speed with a driver might hit a 2-wood just as far, or possibly even further than a driver.
- A 2-wood will generate a little more backspin on the golf ball. Backspin helps produce better accuracy; additionally, golfers also have a better opportunity to work the ball. For example, on a left to right dogleg, a 2-wood will give the average golfer more control of a fade from the tee, if that was a better choice than cutting the dogleg altogether.
- All the points from 1 to 4 are moot if the golfer has particular problems hitting either a driver or 2-wood. For example, if you hook the ball every time you tee off with a driver, but you hit the ball straight down the middle with your 2-wood, the glaringly obvious choice is to stick with the 2-wood.
If you tee up and top the club with your 2-wood, but the bigger clubface of the driver produces better shots, playing for accuracy isn’t going to work.
Golf Driver Vs. 2 Wood; Characteristics Comparison
- Loft angle: 8 to 11 degrees (adjustable)
- Average distance carry (men) 250 yards
- Average distance carry (women) 185 yards
- Average shaft length: 45.75 inches
- Volume: 460cc
- Swing weight: D2, D3, and D4
- Accuracy: Average
- Available: RH/LH
Morsh Golf 2 Wood
- Loft angle: 8.5 to 12.5 degrees (adjustable)
- Average distance carry (men) 240 yards
- Average distance carry (women) 160 yards
- Shaft length 43.5 inches
- Volume: 183cc
- Swing Weight: D3
- Accuracy: Good
- Available: RH/LH
How To Choose: The 2 Wood Or Driver?
Still can’t choose between 2 wood or driver, here’s an easy exercise to help you select 2-wood vs. driver.
Pick a time of the day you know your local golf club will be quiet and carry two sleeves of golf balls: mark one sleeve 2 wood and the other driver. What you want are three holes on your golf course; one is a dogleg to the left, another a dogleg to the right, and one straight hole.
On each one of your selected holes, hit six tee shots, three with your 2-wood and three with your driver. Ensure you bring a notepad to jot down the results, i.e., accuracy and distance off the tee. After completing this exercise, you’ll have an excellent understanding and appreciation of which club, the driver or 2-wood you prefer, and more to the point, giving you better results.
However, if you would like to have a more detailed information about your performance and which club to choose for which holes, play three times 18 holes and on the longer holes always play two first shots, with your driver and a 2 wood.
Write down the results for different holes, hole shapes, distance and par 4 or 5, and you’ll see which type of holes suits you better for a driver or a 2 wood 😉
With Morsh 2 wood, we offer you a 30-day moneyback guarantee so you can test the club as much as you want for 30 days and then decide if you would like to keep it or return it and we return you the money you paid for the club. You can read about our moneyback guarantee here: https://morshgolf.com/guarantee/
2 Wood Vs. Driver – Pros
- A 2 wood will give you more precise and predictable ball control.
- A 2 wood’s design is naturally more forgiving than a driver’s. The result is a more user-friendly club, especially for high handicap golfers. Although the sweet spot is smaller than with driver, the golfers tend to hit it more accurately because of the better feel and control over the club itself.
- One of the biggest advantages of the 2 wood is also that it can be easily hit of the fairway. It’s almost the same as with a 3 wood and much easier than with a driver.
2 Wood Vs. Driver – Cons
- A 2 wood isn’t for everyone. Some golfers still prefer the larger club head and to tee it up higher
- Shots with a driver are still a little longer so some golfers are unwilling to sacrifice length and choose a 2 wood.
What you should take away from this article is that you need to know your golf game. What are your natural strengths and, of course, your weaknesses? When you know that, you’ll appreciate the difference between a 2 wood and a driver and which you should choose.
Golf equipment is expensive, and usually you cannot buy every club you think you need. My advice is if you’re just beginning your golf journey, do your research well and test different clubs before sticking with just one for the rest of your career 🙂
However, the bottom line is this; only you can work out which club suits your game best. The problem is, you’ll only ever get to know this the more you play and the more time spent on the practice range 😉