by Derek Skidmore, Club Fitter
The year of 2019 so far has been a very exciting year for driver fittings. With the amount of fittings we have performed this year at Miles of Golf we can honestly say there is no one driver that has truly separated itself from the pack. Callaway believes that it has with the introduction of a new $5 million dollar, artificially intelligent supercomputer. This is a direct quote from Dr. Alan Hocknell who is the senior vice president of R&D at Callaway “If we could teach a computer to lto design a driver face could it be better than what we are designing as humans? Yes, because it would be free of all the rules that we would typically apply as engineers. It would be capable of analyzing all these complex relationships between different parts of the face and the head, and actually analyzing those mathematically in a lot more detail than anything us humans could actually comprehend.”
The new supercomputer went through 15,000 iterations and each design became better and better until “Flash Face” was born. So is Flash Face providing faster ball speed and more distance? In fittings we have seen Epic Flash ball speeds very similar to some of the newest heads on the market and when you would compare to Callaway Rogue, a higher spin rate. So my theory is that this is why they have released Triple Diamond, which is inspired by tour players with a different CG(center of gravity) to produce lower spin and more workability. The link below is a comparison to my own Epic Flash driver and Triple Diamond. https://trackman.page.link/s2JV
After going through some of the numbers on Trackman, I can personally say that Epic Flash Triple Diamond is going to launch and spin lower as advertised. I think the biggest surprise was that I did not feel like it was more fade biased than my own standard Flash driver. Looking at spin axis on the report, you can see I have more of a negative tilt to axis which curves the ball left. In fittings here at Miles of Golf, we constantly look at multiple numbers to optimize what that individual golfer would like to see, and I personally love to see a golf ball as high as possible with the driver. Many customers ask me why and the response I give them is a simple one: Carry. I want to golf ball to carry as far as possible and if the conditions are right it should still achieve some run out. Playing golf in the Midwest, we typically have wet conditions more than half the year and achieving the max carry is very important to us. So the next time you are looking to get fit, expect us here at Miles of Golf to get you to your own MAXX carry.