Lofty Expectations

The spin your driver produces at impact has a big effect on how far your tee shots fly.
Fred Vuich

One key fitting parameter to matching a driver to your swing is the amount of backspin you'll produce. Getting it right can help you outdistance the big boys. Too much or too little spin can leave you with a much longer second shot. Switching lofts within a model is a quick way to affect your outcome.

Our Test
Our exclusive research partner, Hot Stix Golf, robot-tested four driver models, at 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5° loft, with 100 mph head speed. The plot shows average spin rates (in revolutions per minute) for each loft.

Findings
Driver spin rate goes up as loft increases. One might expect a linear increase but that's not always the case. Dramatic differences exist between models, too. For instance, HiBore XLS (10.5°) produces 500 rpm more spin than the Hyper X Tour (10.5°).

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