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PostSubject: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sat May 15, 2010 10:33 pm

Driver's Loft, what should it be?

How should we know what is a good driver's loft for us?
My ball fight is relatively low and spin rate is about 3200 with a 1.47 smashed factor and about 93mph head speed.
Currently I am using 9.5deg, thinking of changing to 10.5 or even higher.

Any advice?
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sat May 15, 2010 10:48 pm

i think it dpends on your launch angle, but the best person to advise would be a clubfitter with a launch monitor.

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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 12:02 am

well, actually some prefer low ball flight, it really depend on individual.

shaft kick point also plays a part. a low kick point would help in launching the ball too...

Totally agree wif eiji, hit some balls with trackman and a good fitter and you should find your answer...keke
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 2:31 am

3200 rpm is too high for a driver. Ideally should be around 2500 rpm, and you are losing distance with that sort of spin rates.

if your launch angle is pretty low, or if your swing is pretty flat, you'd be surprised how well you'd do with an 8.5* head. I personally am staying away from higher lofted drivers for now and they tend to launch too high, get caught by the wind above the treeline, and I lose accuracy and distance. With the 8.5* heads I have been using recently, I'd getting decent distance (around 270-280 yds) with good roll (around 30 yards)

the guys are right - eliminate guesswork, get fitted on a Trackman. I'm glad I did, and haven't looked back since Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 9:37 am

I am not sure of my launch angle, but carry about 200m +/- only.
My tempo is slow. DGMAN any comments?
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 1:13 pm

seebayho, get on Trackman la Smile

Swing speed, ball speed, smash factor (1.47 isn't bad, shows that you're compressing the ball wall, probably hitting the sweetspot), launch angle and spin rates.

Not sure where DGman is, suspect he is very busy concocting the next batch of poison for us Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 6:51 pm

here's a blog i frequent which might give you some insight;

Club Head Speed and Your Club

but remember, don't take everything you read online as the gospel truth.
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 9:02 pm

Ironfist, thanks for the link.

I am prepared to swallow my ego to move down to a more forgiving specs.
I always love playing blade, but switch to a Honma cavity set lately.
Tested the iron set without any woods and played a 3 over for nine holes at keppel.
That kept me thinking of moving to a higher lofted driver.

ghook, I will drop by at big fish soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Sun May 16, 2010 10:04 pm

seebayho

i also like forgiving, but i cannot tahan thick toplines or seeing the cavity or offset. I was lucky that jurongtiger let me try his Nike VR cavity back irons yesterday and I think that they are pretty good -- thin topline, cannot see cavity, hit damn straight, go damn far, and it's nice and forgiving.

But if you ask me, the difference in distance is not that much, and even though I think that the VRs would help my game, I'm just reluctant to move away from blades since my mishits are not heavily penalized.

Now, going back to the 8.5* driver. I used to drive only 200m, and used to think that more loft = more distance. So goes the myth. I tried different shaft-head combos and lofts, and guess what I realized?

1. find the loft that suits your swing type.
2. find the shaft that suits your swing speed/type
3. you want spin rates to be around 2500 rpm
4. invest in one or two lessons with a good coach

By right, (4) should come before (1) to (3)...
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 7:06 am

think Master will tell u the same things as i did... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 7:42 am

mUAr_cHEe wrote:
think Master will tell u the same things as i did... Smile

What you told me?
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 9:08 am

13˚ launch angle... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 9:20 am

SBH...since you know some of your stats...do you know whats the maximum height of your drive...if you don't launch it in the 25 metres range, you are no optimising your drives.

your head speed of 93 mph is in a peculiar zone where you may actually benefit from a 10.5 degree head. you may get more penetration (hence lower spin) as a result. from your smash factor, it seems that you may occasionally have the tendency to hold back your release.

there are many launch monitor out there and each will give you a different spin rate. even the same machine with different software version can generate different data.

let me know how i can help as you have a good swing and if you stop trying new things all the time, your game will be rock solid.

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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 10:26 am

DGman wrote:
if you stop trying new things all the time, your game will be rock solid.


Like this, then how to continually buy things from you?
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 11:44 am

DGman, I will drop by to do a test and shall stick to your recommendation thereafter.
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:16 pm

DGman, my drive currently peaks out at around 3 storeys with the R510TP+Kajiki combo. Should be ok?

By the way, I just got another 2 R510 TPs that will need Kajiki shafts (same spec as the one you installed on mine)

I <3 Kajiki and BFG!
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:23 pm

wah liew. how many pair of hands u have... all the same drivers???
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:24 pm

The R510TP is a good head, I still have one from last time.. hehehe albino
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:24 pm

If i like something, I'll have backups. Looks like I will be selling some of my other kit now...
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:26 pm

wah lao. machiam tour tennis player. 7 tennis rackets in the bag.
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:28 pm

ghoonk wrote:
DGman, my drive currently peaks out at around 3 storeys with the R510TP+Kajiki combo. Should be ok?

By the way, I just got another 2 R510 TPs that will need Kajiki shafts (same spec as the one you installed on mine)

I <3 Kajiki and BFG!


tot i kaisu....always have backup of the same driver


but ghoonk, u take tha cake lor......backup of the backup ROFL
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:46 pm

mUAr_cHEe wrote:
wah lao. machiam tour tennis player. 7 tennis rackets in the bag.

When I used to play competitive tennis years ago and was sponsored by Yamaha and Pacific, I used to have 7 rackets in the bag, all same model, 3 different string tensions, with one backup per combo. Smile

Eh, you guys of all people should know what it's like when you find a driver that works for you. Die die don't want to switch, plus since I shuttle between SG and Dubai, I don't want to have to carry my 'good' driver up and down since drivers and fairway woods are the easiest clubs for the airlines to break...
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:54 pm

ghook... i know... i just like to give u crap.


i was sponsored by Wilson, Nike and Fila before... Smile but I only carried 2 rackets at most...
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:55 pm

Wah you play car, then play tennis.

What other talents do you have which we do not know of?

Chinese Calligraphy?
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PostSubject: Re: Driver's Loft, what should it be?   Mon May 17, 2010 3:57 pm

mUAr_cHEe wrote:
ghook... i know... i just like to give u crap.


i was sponsored by Wilson, Nike and Fila before... Smile but I only carried 2 rackets at most...

No point giving you 7 because it will be a waste if you jumped ship again ??
kekekke just can't resist MC lol! ROFL

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