Custom Fitting for TaylorMade Drivers

Wednesday February 21st, 2007
Reader:

Age: 50

Handicap: 14

Occupation: Neckwear designer

Old Driver: TaylorMade Burner Titanium, 10.5°, Bubble graphite shaft, stiff flex

New Fitted Driver:

taylormadegolf.com
    TaylorMade R5 Dual Neutral, 10.5°, M,A.S.2 graphite shaft, stiff flex, $375;

Clubfitter: John Deigan, Teaching Professional, Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, N.Y.

"Stuart has an over-the-top swing. In his case, this causes misses to go low and left--duck hooks. And, with that 10-year-old club, he doesn't get enough backspin or launch to make up for it. We tried an r5 with 12 degrees loft. But its higher spin produced too much launch--he was firing moon balls. The r5 10.5° worked best. Perfect launch and spin, and a bunch more ball speed due to a thin titanium face. We went with a neutral-weighted head rather than draw-biased version. Last thing he needs is more draw."

Know your limits

Some of us have a hard time hitting the ball high enough with the big stick. If you're still swinging 1990s technology, get fit for a new driver. You'll be surprised at how it'll heighten your game.

 

  Ball Speed Launch Angle Backspin Carry Carry + Roll
Before 140 MPH 2,305 RPM 221 yards 240 yards
After 154 MPH 12° 3,318 RPM 251 yards 273 yards


Reader: Jeff Waldron

Age: 38

Handicap: 5

Occupation: Trader

Old Driver: TaylorMade r5 TP, 8.5°, Mitsubishi Diamana graphite shaft, stiff flex

New Fitted Driver: TaylorMade R7 Quad, 9.5°, M.A.S.2 graphite shaft, stiff flex, $500; taylormadegolf.com

Clubfitter: John Deigan, "Guys like Jeff won't see huge distance gains. He'd cream anything I give him. Instead, he's looking for a driver that lets him work the ball. The low loft of his old club [8.5°] made it hard to square up the face on cut shots. And that Diamana shaft was too firm. Couple that with excessive spin and his attempted cut became a slice into the trees. A lower-spinning 9.5° r7 head, with weights in the 'lowerneutral' position, and a slightly softer M.A.S. shaft, let Jeff cut it, draw it, or just bomb it down the middle."

Know your limits

Good players eventually figure out how to hit any club they try. That doesn't mean it's the best one for them. Changing your swing to accommodate a driver means it's time to find the receipt.

 

  Ball Speed Launch Angle Backspin Carry Carry + Roll
Before 155 MPH 12° 3,594 RPM 260 yards 283 yards
After 161 MPH 13° 2,893 RPM 268 yards 292 yards

 

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