Lofty Expectations

Lofty Expectations

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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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