OLD DRIVER: 460cc, 9.5°, graphite shaft, stiff flex, 46", standard grip size
NEW DRIVER: Nike Victory Red ST R8-FIT Tour, 11.5°, neutral face angle,
Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour 73 graphite shaft, stiff flex, 45", standard grip size
FITTER: Josh Chervokas, Custom Shop Director, New York Golf Center: "Brian has a tendency to come into the ball too steeply, which delofts the face at impact. He launches shots too low for his head speed. We need to increase his launch angle, which should increase overall distance."
FIX: The 11.5Ã‚Â° loft (2° more than his previous driver) plus a higher-launching shaft help to produce a higher ball flight, longer carry and more overall distance. The 1-inch shorter shaft provides better feel and control.
RESULT: Brian blocked his old driver on occasion. The new club improves dispersion, distance and consistency. Nike's STR8-FIT technology enables him to increase launch angle, too. The setting for a 2° closed face angle boosts launch (15.2°) and flight apex (99 feet). Brian prefers the neutral face visually and hits it three yards longer than the 2° closed face.
READER Brian Mahoney: "At last, I carry the ball the way I should. It's a much higher trajectory. Before, if I had to carry a hazard, I had to compensate in some way. Now, if I have 240 to carry the bunker, I carry it 250 on the course. It feels easy. Also, my slight mis-hits aren't unplayable anymore. No longer do I play 'Army golf.' Rather, I hit a nice, controlled draw."