Driver Data Analysis
By Derek Skidmore, Club Fitter – Miles of Golf Cincinnati
MIAMI VALLEY MET AVERAGE /PGA TOUR AVERAGE
|Club Speed||Ball Speed||Launch Angle||Attack Angle||Spin Rate||Smash Factor||Spin Axis||Carry||Total Yards|
Driver Data Conclusion:
- There is a significant difference relative to ball speed and carry distance when comparing the field to the PGA Tour. The main cause of this would be slower club head speed, slightly lower launch, and a higher spin rate. The reason the launch angle is lower and spin rate is higher is likely due to the steeper attack angle of the field and quality of the impact on the clubface. If a player can effectively change their attack angle to be more positive, this will allow for a high launch and lower spin rate. This means while the ball speed may be slower, the carry and total distance will increase. When attack angle changes from -2 degrees to +2 degrees, the difference in carry can be as much as 40-50 yards. For example,golf swings for Player 1 and Player 2 created identical clubhead speeds of 106 MPH but their attack angles were vastly different:-8.1 (player 1) and +4.8 (player 2). This resulted in carry distances of 229.1 for player 1 and 250.5 for player 2. Obviously, this is a huge advantage (30 yards) and is made possible by hitting “up” on the golf ball, which creates good launch and spin conditions.
- Technology continues to increase forgiveness as well. Even off center hits are providing faster ball speeds, resulting in greater distance than in the past. Knowing what technology can do on a miss hit can be an advantage as well. Low on the face and toward the heel of the clubface can cause low launch and high spin. Not a good combination. Missing high on the face and even slightly towards the toe can cause high launch low spin, which is the best miss in golf. Knowing where you miss is huge in the game of golf and why the pros are so good. Those competitors using older drivers may consider getting fit with the latest technology to take advantage of these improvements.