Webb Simpson on changing his driver settings throughout the year: ‘It’s like magic’

February 21, 2020
Webb Simpson with his Titleist driver.

Most modern drivers have an adjustable hosel sleeve that allows golfers and/or fitters to dial in loft, lie and face angle. Typically, once a player finds the right setting for their game and preferences, the adjustable hosel sleeve goes untouched. For most, hosel sleeves are like rearview mirrors in your car; once they’re right, you don’t think about them again.

Webb Simpson, however, takes a different approach. As the 2012 U.S. Open champion recently told GOLF.com, he changes the SureFit hosel settings on his Titleist TS3 driver depending on the golf course, course conditions, swing changes, ball flight tendencies, and how the driver looks to him.

“[My hosel setting] changes throughout the year,” Simpson told GOLF.com. “Throughout the year, your body changes and your swing might change, obviously courses and conditions change.”

Of course, Simpson has a point. Golf is such a difficult sport because the variables are constantly changing. Most golfers, however, don’t think to make adjustments to their driver hosel to compensate.

Sometimes, as Simpson explained, making a change is based purely on look, too.

“I’ll give you an example,” Simpson said. “I played with [the driver face] pretty shut… for the Presidents Cup and in Hawaii. And one day, before I went to Phoenix, I was hitting balls and the sun was shining on the driver face and I could really see it clearly, and I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s too shut for me.’ So no shot shapes dictated [the change], just the look of it. So I made it a bit more square and drove it great.”

Other times, adjusting the hosel setting is based on dialing in his ball flight.

“It’s fun to be able to [change the hosel setting] because, I mean, we might show up in a month and the ball is just slicing a yard or two, and I want to it draw a yard or two,” Simpson said. “All I have to do is make one or two clicks, and it’s like magic, [the ball] starts drawing a little bit.”

Adjusting the hosel settings on your driver can certainly be, as Simpson calls it, magical. By independently changing loft, lie angle and face angle, adjustable hosel sleeves can drastically change the look and ball-flight characteristics of a driver.

Next time you run into a problem with your driver, make a swing change, play a course with different conditions than normal, or just don’t like how the driver looks to your eye, remember that changing hosel settings can be beneficial.

So don’t be afraid to switch things up, but also remember to take note of your current settings before changing them around just in case. Also, if you have any confusion at all during your trial with a new hosel setting, make sure to consult a professional fitter or local teaching professional.

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