Should you embrace playing 2 drivers? | Fully Equipped

Tony Finau was in the headlines at the Masters for his decision to put a second Ping G430 LST driver in the bag. But unlike Phil Mickelson, who put the double-driver setup on the map during his 2006 triumph at Augusta National, Finau wasn’t looking for different shot shapes off the tee.

In search of a club that carried 285-290 yards off the tee, Finau quickly realized his 3-wood couldn’t get the job done, so he had Ping’s Tour team build a shorter 10.5-degree G430 LST driver at 44.5 inches. That was in addition to the 7.75-degree G430 LST gamer (45.25 inches) already in the bag.

The unconventional setup likely caused some golfers to question if they’d be better off dabbling in the world of dual drivers. After all, a shorter-length driver with a 460cc head sounds like a great option if you can’t hit a 3-wood — even if you struggle to hit it off the deck. Every golfer needs a secondary option that’s reliable, forgiving and consistent.

Ping G430 LST Custom Driver

The PING G430 LST Driver features an exclusive Low Spin Technology (LST) Carbonfly Wrap, a lightweight composite that covers the crown and wraps into the heel/toe sections of the skirt to save weight and lower the CG for more ball speed, less spin and higher MOI. The 8-layer, one-piece composite saves four grams and weighs 11.5g fully installed. A moveable 22-gram, high-density tungsten backweight influences shot shape ±7 yards between the Draw, Neutral and Fade settings. At 440cc, the smaller tour-style LST is available in 9° and 10.5° lofts (adjustable +/-1.5° and lie up to 3° flat from standard) and best fits faster swing speeds. THE DISTANCE DIFFERENCE. MORE BALL SPEED. A shallower, variable-thickness face is thinner to create more face deflection for generating faster ball speed for our biggest distance gains to date. THE SOUND SOLUTION A new integral rib structure and increased curvature of the crown, skirt and sole fine tunes clubhead frequencies to produce a desirable sound and impact experience. SPINSISTENCY A variable roll radius, with less loft low on the face, enhances spin consistency and carry distance. CARBONFLY WRAP Lightweight composite crown wraps into the heel and toe of the skirt to save weight and lower the CG for more ball speed with higher MOI. MOVEABLE BACK WEIGHT A 25-gram, high-density tungsten moveable backweight influences shot shape +/-10 yards between the Draw, Neutral and Fade settings.
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If you’re inclined to give two drivers a shot, Kris McCormack, True Spec’s VP of Tour and Education, says you’d be better off pumping the brakes and trying a more versatile option that could fill the carry void.

“I’d be inclined to point someone in the direction of a mini driver over a shorter conventional driver,” McCormack said on GOLF’s Fully Equipped podcast. “As we’ve talked about several times before, spin keeps the ball in the air and in play.

“The mini driver is going to be shorter, more compact and easier to hit than a conventional driver for some people. For whatever reason, a lot of players in the amateur realm get driver in their hands and lose facial awareness, the shaft gets long and the angles they create become a lot more inconsistent than what you see when they’re swinging within themselves with a fairway wood or hybrid.”

TaylorMade’s BRNR Mini has been a bag staple for Tommy Fleetwood and Adam Scott and recently earned a spot in Rory McIlroy’s setup. While the head is only 304cc (versus 460cc), the strong loft, shorter length shaft (43.75 inches) and deeper face make it a good option if you need more distance and constantly struggle with making consistent impact with a fairway wood.

TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper

Drawing inspiration from the iconic late-90s Burner™ drivers, the all new BRNR Mini Copper offers a contemporary twist on a timeless design. Its distinctive copper styling, retro logos, and meticulously crafted components blends heritage and modern innovation. FORGIVENESS & ADJUSTABILITY A combination of carbon fiber, titanium and steel creates the foundation for BRNR Mini’s incredible sound, feel and performance. Split weights allow golfers to switch between the standard setting (13g in the back) for easy launch, and the low spin setting (13g in the front) for a piercing trajectory. PRECISE TURF INTERACTION The K-SOLE design helps the club glide smoothly through the turf while reducing resistance and promoting a consistent strike. This enables golfers to have “driver off the deck” distance with the consistency of higher lofted fairway woods. TOUR PROVEN TECHNOLOGIES Twist Face®, Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™ and the four-degree Loft Sleeve provide the ultimate suite of technologies. Twist Face helps golfers overcome inherent mis-hit tendencies for straighter shots, while the Speed Pocket is engineered to maximize ball speeds and add forgiveness on low-face strikes. The four-degree Loft Sleeve allows golfers to fine tune loft and face angle for optimum flight.
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“The mini is a great option for the player who may have good success with the fairway wood but tends to be a little more shallow with their angle of attack,” McCormack continued. “Or even somebody who has a positive angle of attack with their fairway woods. It gives them a better option off the tee than the oversized 460cc head at 44 inches.”

A shorter driver might appear to be an equipment cheat code, but you’d likely be better off spending your time testing more reliable options. In many cases, it could wind up being a mini product that helps get your tee game back on track.

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Jonathan Wall Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at