Driver Optimization (Continued) | Swing Man Golf

By Jaacob Bowden

Last month we were talking about how to get the most out of your driver for carry and/or total distance.

By measuring your club head speed, launch angle, spin rate, and the exact loft on your driver, you can determine what loft driver you would need to get your spin in your desired range…as well as what tweaks you might need to make to your swing path, tee height, and ball position to get your launch angle dialed in.

However, we didn’t cover things like the optimal length of your driver, what kind of shaft to get, etc.

And what about multiple drivers? According to the rules of golf, we’re allowed to have 14 clubs in our bag. Typically one of those is a driver, but there’s not a rule that says you can’t have multiple drivers. For example, you could have a total distance driver and a carry distance driver, a distance driver or an accuracy driver, a draw driver or a fade driver, or any other variation.

Phil Mickelson, for example, has been known to put multiple drivers in his bag on occasion. Johnny Miller once played in a tournament where the conditions were very wet. He used a driver that was built for more carry and he ended up winning the tournament because he was having much shorter approaches in to the greens than the rest of the field who was hitting it low and not carrying it as far. Personally, I’ve also done things like this too. I recall a number of years ago I used a driver built for long drive on more wide-open holes.

There’s no right or wrong answer for how to put your set together, rather it’s more just a matter of what is going to work best…

Read the rest of what Jaacob has to say about Driver Optimization (Continued) in the July 2014 Monthly Handicap Improver here:
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