Deciding between a ‘mini’ driver and a fairway wood
othing offers more power off the tee than a properly fit, full-size driver. So where does the new crop of“mini”drivers fit in?The two mini drivers and two fairway woods pictured here have plenty of face pop, but the mini – about half the size of today’s drivers – is larger and has a longer shaft than a typical 3-wood.This increased forgiveness and clubhead speed make the mini a good option off the tee on shorter par 4s. One drawback, though, is that the mini’s larger size makes it harder to hit off the turf. So if versatility is what you’re after, the mini might not be the play. Then again, if you have difficulty hitting your 3-wood off the ground, you should ditch it, too. Instead, add a mini driver and a higher-lofted fairway wood (16 to 17 degrees) to your bag.This gives you two options off the tee and a better chance for success from the fairway.