I may not use screw fasteners often in my wood working but when I do, such as building cabinets, I easily get frustrated because the screw head quickly turns into fine metal shavings. This happens about a third of the time and usually by the time the screw is 2/3 of the way home it stops turning and I have to get a pair of vise grips to remove it and start again. I thought getting an impact driver would help but I am still having the problem. Any suggestions. Should I abandon Phillip head screws in favor of something else?
Man, I feel your pain. I've had better success, especially after I switched to impact driver, but I've certainly stripped my share.
First, get in the habit of pre-drilling in hardwood.
Second, buy a box of about 25 each #2 Philips bits by Dewalt or Milwaukee. Something aimed at the drywall installers. About the third time you slip a bit, throw that one away - it's edges are ruined.
Try a box of Spax construction screws from the big box building supply center. They use a star driver bit, and a fresh bit comes in every pack. In addition, they have serrated threads that help cut their own way through the wood.
Finally, technique is important. Once the screw is started good so you don't have to worry about it flipping over, increase the down-pressure on the bit. For me, that means my elbow must be directly above the screw. If you're plenty strong, you may be able to get by with alternate positions, but that's the only way I can bring enough pressure to bear to avoid slipping consistently with Philips bits.
It does get better with practice.