Sam Greene | Age: 40 | Handicap: 16 | Height: 6'3" | Weight: 210 lbs. | Occupation: Investment Banker | Residence: New York, N.Y. | OLD DRIVER: 450cc titanium head, 10.5°, Fujikura graphite shaft, stiff flex, 45" length | NEW DRIVER: TaylorMade R11, 9°, 0.5° closed face angle, draw weighting, neutral soleplate, Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li graphite shaft, stiff flex, 45" length
FITTER: Peter Schiller, Certified Club Fitter, Hot Stix Golf, Doral Arrowwood Resort, Rye Brook, N.Y.: "Sam has a steep, 'negative' attack angle into the ball, which causes shots to balloon and land very softly in the fairwaytoo often, he finds his ball next to its pitch mark. His launch angle is 11°, which doesn't sound so bad, but the higher the launch, the higher the spin. I would prefer him to launch the ball at 8.5° to 9° and spin it around 3,000 rpm. Closing the face by 0.5° and putting more weight toward the heel counteracts Sam's most common miss, a fade, and helps him get more roll. The lower-spinning Kai'li shaft has a higher kickpoint, which keeps launch and spin down and maximizes distance on the ground."
RESULT: Sam gets substantial distance gains due to large reductions in spin and launch. (He also sees big improvements in head speed and ball speed.) Sam's landing angle with the R11 is much flatter (33.1°), so the ball hits the ground running.