Want driver consistency? You need to test your gear correctly

October 2, 2019

All-world drivers like Dustin Johnson have a bevy of resources at their disposal when it comes to conducting driver and shaft testing. While you may lack the access to uber-knowledgeable Tour reps and high-tech swing analyzers that DJ enjoys, there are a few ways to feel like a pro when it comes to testing shafts.

1. Find a launch monitor.

It’s imperative to see performance numbers beyond simply how the ball looks in the air. Visiting a high-end fitter like True Spec Golf is a good way to gain access to the necessary data. The key values: ball speed, launch and spin rate. Of the three, ball speed is the best indicator of the potential of the club and can give you a good idea if a shaft is right for your swing.

2. Prioritize shot dispersion.

Hitting it 320 yards is fun, but gaming a driver that consistently finds the fairway will lead to lower scores.

3. Keep the focus on you.

Just because a Tour player launches the ball at 12 degrees with 2,200 rpm of spin, that doesn’t mean it’s optimal for all players. Based on ball speed, a slower swing might benefit from a higher launch and more spin to improve carry. In other words, don’t fixate on DJ’s numbers. Go get your own.

True Spec Golf and GOLF.com are operated by the same holding company, 8AM Golf.

All-world drivers like Dustin Johnson have a bevy of resources at their disposal when it comes to conducting driver and shaft testing.
Patrik Giardino

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