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MYTHS, FACTS & TECHNICAL TECHNICALSTUFF

DRIVERS

Longer length drivers are NOT always the best - The Average length driver on the PGA tour is 44.5” long, why not longer? There are a number of  reasons, on the tour they are aiming to keep the back spin off the ball, one way to reduce back spin is shorten the shaft, also they use heavier shafts, again helps keep the spin off, plus the SMASH factor, its all about finding the middle of the face. (See below)

DRIVERS

The face of the driver is not flat, its curved both vertically (roll) and horizontally (bulge). The manufacturers design the radius to produce a corrective feature, known as ‘Gear effect spin’. If you ever hit the ball off the toe you’ll notice how the ball tries to curve back on line, the same from a heel hit, that's gear effect spin. Hit the ball high on your driver face and the loft is greater, plus the back spin is REDUCED. The opposite applies to a low face hit.

DRIVER SWING SPEEDS

The Average driver swing speeds are:

TEE IT HIGH WHEN HITTING IN TO THE WIND.

By teeing higher you'll reduce the back spin which causes the ball to climb

SMASH FACTOR

No its not how hard you can hit the ball, its a measure of how well you are finding the middle of the golf club, Smash factor IS something you should be interested in. If you divide the BALL speed by the CLUB head speed that's your smash factor.

So why is it important? Well the more you can improve your smash factor the greater the ball speed will be, which in turn relates to distance. Typically a 1 mph increase in ball speed with the driver will give around 1.7yds more distance.

How do you improve your smash factor?

Its a combination of how repeatable your swing is, how well your finding the middle of the club face, and the synergy of the club to you - ie is the flex, weight, length spine location correct. THAT'S were I come in…….

SPINE ALIGNING

All golf shafts have a spine, in its simplest form its the strongest side which when the club flexes causes the shaft NOT to return back to its original address position.

If the head does not return back to the ball as you addressed it, you will get gear effect spin and REDUCED smash factor.

Let me check your clubs out, the check is easy and most times the shaft can be re-aligned

WHY DO MODERN IRONS HIT THE BALL FURTHER?

If your irons are around 4+ years old, then I guess you find players using ‘Less’ club than you do; it can make you feel you've lost distance.

THE REALITY IS - The manufacturers have been reducing the loft on irons for years, so now a 7 iron can be a 5 iron of  a few years back. They do it to generate sales. When you go to a demo day and hit the new wonder 6 iron it goes further than yours, well it will if you think its a 5 iron with No. 6 stamped on it!

TO WIN A FEW MORE TROPHIES

3 Things that you can do that WILL make a difference to your game irrespective of your handicap.

1.  Get your Loft & Lies

checked on your irons, each club should be checked not just your 6 iron. The reason all shafts Droop when you swing them, they may droop differently, steel shafts are often NOT straight. The heads have a tolerance when made of +/-1 degree

2    Get your putter fitted to you.

It should be the correct length, loft, lie angle, grip size and head type. (See my section on putters about the 3 types of putter)

3.   Spine align those woods

The difference you'll get in accuracy and distance is amazing Essentially you’ll reduce the number of ‘Equipment’ induced shot errors.

Every Custom Built golf club I build has the spines aligned, even the steel shafts are done.

The game of golf is hard enough without having erratic shots appear that you can’t legislate for.

More to come.

Please keep coming back.