Spin to win: What you need to know about your driver's spin profile

Thursday August 31st, 2017
1:53 | Equipment
Boost Your Bag: How to hit your driver off the deck
Hitting a driver off the deck is one of the toughest shots in golf. The key, according to Top 100 Teacher Lou Guzzi, is to make contact with the ball first as you would with a fairway wood.

Unlike NCAA hoops, driver manufacturing doesn't tolerate "one-and-dones." To better meet the needs of players across all skill levels, brands now offer multiple variations of similar designs. Typically, they pair a standard model with a higher-spinning version designed to promote or augment a draw, and a low-spin version that doesn't. But choosing the right iteration isn't as clear cut as the descriptions intend.

According to Hot Stix Golf general manager Chris Marsh, the best place to start is the most obvious. "A "standard" model is the most neutral, and tends to fit the widest range of players, while the low-spin model is a better match for faster swingers." As you can guess, a driver family's high-spin model would work best in the hands of a slicer, thanks to the built-in draw bias.

Match your driver's spin bias to your speed and consistency to dial up perfect drives.
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The multi-club system demands an honest talent self-assessment—a huge variable. It also fails to address the proverbial exceptions to the rule, such as the faster swinger who can't beat his slice, or the slow-speed guy who happens to generate tons of spin.

Master fitter Matt Knitter of Club Champion comments, "If you have a 110 mph swing, it's not an automatic that you'll perform best with the lowest-spinning model. Attack angle and ballstriking consistency have a huge impact. If your impact is inconsistent, start with the most forgiving head, ignoring speed. If you're consistent but slower, I'd suggest a lower-spinning model, even though it's designed for faster swingers."

The bottom line is that the wider selection of designs is a boon to golfers who want to max out their performance, provided they take the time to get properly fit. "Don't go it alone," suggests Knitter. "With the multi-model setup and the eye of an experienced fitter, it's nearly a given that you'll drive the ball farther and straighter."

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