Ask an Equipment Expert: Low-spin drivers don’t work for me, what should I do?

July 6, 2019
Low-spin driver to drive it farther?

Each month, we tap experts from the equipment industry to answer your most commonly asked questions. In this installment, Mike Yagley, Cobra Senior Director of Innovation, AI, explains why you don’t need a low-spin driver to drive it farther.

I want the longest driver I can get, but the low-spin models don’t work for me. What should I do? —Tim C., via Facebook

There are a number of variables involved in driving the ball as long as possible, and simply choosing the lowest-spinning driver model isn’t a very sound approach.

While we design our drivers, like the King F9 Speedback, to work for every type of player—from Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau to the 25-handicapper—it’s important to get them set up properly (like Bryson and Rickie do) to achieve optimum results off the tee.

When it comes to driver fitting, which I highly recommend, we provide a wide range of hosel adjustments, including face and lie angles, that can be critical to optimizing distance and accuracy. Contrary to what many recreational players believe, closing a driver face helps produce more loft while opening it lowers loft and yields a right-shot bias. At the same time, a toe-up lie angle helps create a slight draw bias while a flatter lie angle creates fade bias.

I’m guessing that if you don’t create a lot of spin you need more loft, a slightly closed clubface, and probably a softer shaft. Getting fit can dial those factors in to meet your individual needs.

— Mike Yagley, Cobra Senior Director of Innovation, AI

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