Swing speed dictates proper loft.
Have you ever wondered why you hit your 3-wood or even your 5-wood as far or further than your driver?
The answer is quite simple: you may not have enough driver loft to match your slower swing speed. There are other factors to consider when fitting a driver such as the actual loft, shaft flex, torque and flex point.
For example, if you have an 80-mph clubhead speed, you need a 13- to 15-degree driver.
Slower swings need more loft. For a swing speed lower than 70 mph, you need a driver loft to be 17 degrees. A swing speed above 110 mph needs a 9-degree driver.
The average swing speed for a female golfer is 65 mph. The average swing speed for a male golfer is 87 mph.
The proper launch angle will improve your distance without a doubt. Most adjustable drivers on the market can only be adjusted up to 12 degrees.
Next time you buy a driver, make certain to factor in the proper loft angle and shaft that fits your swing style.
Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.
Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.
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