Modern driver technology has advanced to the point where a golfer can change almost every aspect of the club right on the driving range moments before going to play a round. You can manipulate loft, lie and weight distribution on the driver head with just a few turns of a ratchet. You could also swap out a different shaft in a heartbeat if you happened to be carrying an extra in your bag. All of this allowing you to adjust face orientation, spin rates and launch angles of your driver in just seconds. As a fellow ‘tinkerer of clubs’, always searching for a few extra yards, I love the adjustability and versatility of these new drivers, but as a golf instructor I can see where all of this ability to adjust the club to accommodate or help correct a swing error can be dangerous. When that same driver with the same settings gave you optimum results just a few days ago, and today on the range it’s just not giving you the same quality shots, should you change the settings on the driver or try to fix the swing error that is causing the poor shots? As an instructor I will always be a believer in the latter so let me give you a great tip… When you have a fundamentally sound and repeatable swing you should adjust your new hi-tech driver to optimize launch angles and spin rates to give you the best distance and straightest shots you can. When things go wrong with that same club, don’t adjust your club… fix your swing!! If you are not sure what ‘setting’ to adjust your swing to, seek out the services of your friendly and knowledgeable CPGA Golf Professional and we will give you a hand.
Have fun, Dave Lengyel