Wide and accurate golf drives are the dream of many golfers. We explain the key factors
The hard facts right in front: swing track and club head position in the hit moment (Impact) are responsible for the direction. Beater head speed, bale speed, power transmission, take-off angle and landing angle for the width.
In contrast to an iron impact, the ball should be hit in the upward movement in order to achieve maximum distance. This upstroke positions the center of gravity below the ball and gives it the optimum take-off angle. With the ball speed, the ideal departure angle changes – and this is higher than you might guess. The lower the ball speed, the steeper should the take-off angle be – for the longer the ball is in a rising trajectory, the further it will fly. Since the resistance of air is significantly lower than that of ground and grass, Carry is clearly more important than rolling. In the end, a ball accelerated with the top golf driver reaches the same height at its highest point as in the stroke with the wedge. In case of doubt, a larger loft will raise the ball safely, thus risking more backspin – and is thus superior to a low ball run.
Some tips for golf driver finding
Individual fitting specifications are more important than the badge brand
75% of all golfers play too long shafts. Standard golf drivers are between 45 and 46.5 “long. So meeting a thing in the center and then bringing it to the fairway is hard work. The average length of a golf driver on the US PGA Tour for men was 44.5 “by 2009.
If your wood flies 3 or 5 farther than your golf driver, use more loft angles and a shorter shaft.
If you hit your golf driver too far above and below the center of the wheel, and the drives are alternately high and flat, use a golf driver head with less roll on the face. This makes the take-off angle more constant.
Make sure you hit the drone blade regularly somewhere, but rarely in the center, try different shank lengths.
- If you are slicey, try a more compact bat head with a higher and slightly closed face, as well as a shorter shaft. On the hook side, the opposite is true with respect to the face position.
A long shaft automatically results in a longer ball flight. If the shaft is too long, the center is less frequent and loses more energy transmission than can be gained by the long shaft.
High MOI bat heads have a bigger sweet-spot. The sweet-spot always remains the same size. However, instead of 7% energy transfer, only 5% will be lost on targets outside the center.
Golf drivers with screw systems can change the loft, lie, flight curve and face orientation. Change one thing, so they automatically change everything else automatically. For example, if you close the head of the bat, the loft will be flatter and the angle will be flatter. This way, you can even cut even more instead of less.
Very large racquets reduce the slice. The further the outer side of the bat head is removed from the shaft, the slower the latter behaves, the bat blade remains open longer.