seriously mate we all can say go and buy the new bute latestest driver on the market and all
tell us exactly what is happening when you are hitting your current driver
and maybe also tell us whats happening when you are hitting your mates driver
are you slicing it or hooking it?
not getting the distance
what shafts are in your current driver to the your mates driver
is the shaft stiff, reg, x-stiff, senior flex, uniflex?
have you had a swing speed test?
cheap drivers etc do not have the best heads or shafts in them and probably will not perform as well as a top end model with there stock shafts
the more information you can provide us mike the better off that someone will be able to help suggest something that may have be more suited to you...
as mubbaban has said attend demo days and have a hit with as many of the latest drivers as possible
speak to a club fitter take your current driver with you and have a club fitter have a look at what you are doing with this current driver and see what the club fitter suggests
mike i have had a few drivers in my past from 8.5 degree through to 12 degree and every driver performed differently and was shafted differently as well
my latest driver i have is only a 12 degree driver a graffalloy shaft in it
i went and seen a club fitter had a hit in the net with it, the club fitter allowed me to take it out on course for couple of weeks to see how it performed
in fact i hit about the same distance as what i was hitting my 9 degree driver the only difference was that i was more accurate and straighter with this driver
the more i have gotton used to this driver the longeri have got as well as of most recent times starting to draw the ball with it....
seriously tell us as much as you can as there is some guys on this forum that have great understanding of this stuff and would help you
all we are getting is that when you hit your cheap driver it isnt doing its job for you but when you have hit your mates driver or a driving range party you attended and the driver you used are much better
if you live in melbourne try and call in and see Total golf performance, they are sponsors off the isg vic ooms and are very approachable with years of experience...