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What Is The Perfect Loft For My Golf DriverDrivers are now being made in all different shapes, sizes, colours but more importantly they are being made with different purposes which are:

  • Longer shafted drivers for faster club head speed and longer distance
  • Weights closer to the club face for a lower ball flights
  • Weights further back in the head for higher ball flights
  • Heel weight clubs for slice reduction
  • High lofted heads for spin reduction

Most of these drivers also have interchangeable weights in them so that if the players game develops, they can make the setting more neutral or they can make the setting more extreme if they feel their game is worsening.

Buying a driver is not like it used to be, choosing between a regular or stiff shaft and 10.5 degrees or 9.5 degrees. Players need to look to get the correct shaft weight, tip stiffness, grip thickness and then set the head to counteract their swing faults.

To do this, custom fitting is vital when purchasing a driver. The money spent can be a big investment for most players so choosing wisely on a financial front is also recommended.
No two golf swings are the same so manufacturers cannot bring out a generic golf club like they used to. Through research, they do know that most golfers bad tendencies is the sliced shot so they do tend to make most clubs draw biased to counteract this.

During the fitting, the swing speed will be calculated to get an estimated reading on whether you need a regular or stiff shafted driver and then a head needs to be chosen. Providing you have no colour preference, the range of heads can be tested to see which delivers the best height, trajectory, carry distance and roll distance and the most important of all end results is distance and grouping.

The loft and shafts are the two biggest influences on the balls spin rate so its vital they can work together. Once these are chosen, its a case of then opening or closing the club face to try and get more from the driver in terms of shape and accuracy.

Grip size will also be an important aspect of the fitting to make sure the grip isnt too thin which may cause too much release or a thick grip may cause less release. Both issues will affect how you hold the club so this is just as important as the shaft fitting.

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There is no perfect loft for a driver because there is no one golf swing or one golf driver specification. 10.5 degrees of loft is a very generic loft but the heads can now be adjusted to add or decrease the loft depending on your golf swing.

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The golf club has to be aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Too much loft can put a player off, thinking they will hit it too high, and therefore they may try and adapt their swing to hit the ball lower causing inconsistent swing patterns.

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Swing speed is a very dependent factor on whether 8.5 degrees of loft is suitable because if a player swings slowly then 8.5 degrees will not produce enough back spin to get the ball airborne. The shot will come out too low and will land too soon thus losing distance.