OLD DRIVER: Stainless steel, 200cc, 9°, stiff flex, graphite shaft, 44" length
NEW DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast, 10.5°, TaylorMade Matrix Xcon 4.8 by Ozik graphite shaft, regular flex, 46.5" shaft length
FITTER: Tom Sialiano, Director of Instruction, GolfTEC White Plains: "Chris has a sound swing, but for his clubhead speed he was launching the ball too low and with too little spin. We needed to get these numbers up in order to improve his performance."
FIX: More loft, a longer, lighter shaft, and a larger, more modern head
dramatically increase his average launch angle and spin rate, which boosts overall distance by providing a better flight.
RESULT: The trick for Chris is getting used to the lighter, longer shaft, which proves to be easy. His head speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate all increase, which adds up to more yards on a consistent basis. A more forgiving head tightens dispersion, too.
READER Chris Pulichino: "I'd been using my driver since the late '90s. The
fitting showed me that it's important to change clubs to match your swing as it changes over time. I'm getting so much more distance on the course [as I become used to the club] than I did on the launch monitor. My accuracy improved, in part, because I'm making smoother swings with the longer shaft. But I'm not executing on approach shots. I need to get custom-fit irons that suit me like my new driver."