Posts Tagged ‘low spin’
It’s always nice to get an unbiased opinion from an expert. As a result I recently spent some time with friend and clubfitting guru Ian Fraser from Modern Golf in Toronto Canada, discussing what he deemed to be the top driver and shaft options available for 2013. Ian has no affiliation with any one club or shaft manufacturer so I really value his opinions. Here are his selections for the top shafts available this year:
- higher launch and low spin
- stronger mid-section helps to increase ball speed
- BB – blue bullet
- designed to produce less spin with a lower launch
- designed with feedback from ENSO technology
- lower launching and lower spinning shaft
- excellent price point
I also wanted to hear Ian’s take on the new crop of drivers that have been on the market for a few months now and he had some interesting things to say. Here are his choices:
- improved design and ball speed over the 910 series
- D2 and D3 different in size, yet similar in spin rates
- massive adjustability with very high ball speed
- slightly heavier than the R11S
- highest MOI of any driver available and best paint job!
- slightly less spin and higher ball speed than the G20
I suppose my optimal driver would one that had the looks of the Titleist 913 D3, the stability and matte black finish of the Ping G25 along with the adjustability and ball speed of the TaylorMade R1….one can dream!
Please be aware that going out and simply purchasing and combining one of the above options might not be the best thing for you. I would recommend getting with a professional clubfitter who uses TrackMan technology to find the appropriate head and shaft match for your particular swing. You should be looking for the optimal launch and spin characteristics that match your swing speed.
Read THIS to know where you should be launching and spinning the ball based on your current club speed.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘high launch and low spin‘. With the help of TrackMan I have been able to learn which part of the clubface to strike the ball with in order the get the ball to launch higher, spin less and ultimately travel further.
Watch the following video…
Here are the factors that make a slightly high and toe sided hit optimal:
- Due to the roll/curvature of the face there is more loft above the center line than below. The static loft of the club is measured in the center of the face, so if a club has 9.5 degrees of loft that is only in the one central location. Half an inch above the center line the loft increases by around 2 degrees and vice versa for below the center line.
- A strike above the center line will always lead to a higher launch angle and can often be achieved quite easily by teeing the ball higher.
- Due to vertical gear effect a strike that occurs below the center line will have a substantially higher spin rate than one higher on the face.
- I have seen increases of almost 1400 rpm with low strike points – in addition to distance sapping lower launch angles.
- Most of the golfers that I teach need to hit draws. A golf ball that is struck on the toe side of the clubface will tend to have a greater inclination to draw than one struck towards the heel of the club.
- If a shot is hit out of the center of the face with a swing speed of 100mph a spot on the face 3/4″ out side of that will be travelling at almost 103mph and a spot the same distance inside that will only be travelling at 97mph.
- The ball will travel faster and most often further with higher club speed.
If you’d like to get a feel for where you are striking the ball on the face try dry erase marker or Dr. Scholl’s Odor X – they both work like a charm and give instant feedback.
There seem to be so many different formulas when it comes to getting out of rough I thought I would share my philosophy in an attempt to simplify your approach. It all really depends on the quality of the lie, because even in very long rough, it’s still possible to get decent access to the back of the ball.
Here are a few examples:
In this situation the clubhead needs to get so far down into the thick grass that most of the velocity created in the swing will be dissipated. The challenge here is not only getting the clubface on the ball, it is getting the ball over/through the grass in front of it. I would always use a very lofted club here (9 iron max) and plan on getting the ball back in play. Hit down more by moving the ball slightly back in your stance and thus steepening the angle of attack and do not be greedy here.
In this scenario the ball is perched on top of the longer grass and we’re smiling. Be careful though as this is a perfect lie for a flyer. A flyer occurs when the grass does not slow the clubhead down through the hit and just enough of it gets caught between the ball and the face. As this grass/matter fills the grooves at impact and gets trapped between the ball and the face, there is very little grip on the ball and as a result the ball launches closer to the dynamic/delivered loft (higher) and spins very little. Ever heard of “high launch, low spin”? That’s what we’re looking for with our driver, but not with an 8 iron from 130 yards and explains why you airmailed the clubhouse from the 9th fairway last week.
With this type of lie also watch for hitting under the ball. When it’s perched on top of the grass like this try to view it as being on a high tee – an easy one to swing under! Make your practice swings where you just brush the very top of grass and duplicate that during the actual shot.
This is a tough one – it doesn’t look bad, yet the hard part is deciding which way it will come out. It could be hot, yet it could also come out very soft and dead like the first example. The best thing you can do here is take a few extra seconds to assess the lie and then commit fully to your decision. Make the call and be committed.
When hitting out of very long grass (ankle/knee high) remember that the long blades of grass will get to the shaft and hosel first. As they wrap around this lead part of the club it will slow down dramatically, causing the face to deloft and the toe of the club to close. Notice how hard Phil Mickelson is working to keep the face from closing in the picture at the top of the page. Having hit out of the fescue more than a few times at Atlantic Golf Club this summer I know this for a fact – take a lofted club, aim a little right, swing hard and don’t ever be greedy.
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