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Forum Thread of the Day: “Higher-loft driver for added distance?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from just plain bill, who discusses the advantages of playing a higher loft driver. While experimenting with driver lofts, just plain bill has found that the added loft off the tee has increased his distance, and our members share their experience using greater loft drivers, as well as their reasons behind why just plain bill has seen an increase in length.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • Ri_Redneck: “Oddly enough, the proper launch angle and spin rate for your swing & SS will result in your longest drives!”
  • Z1ggy16: “Golf is not a one size fits all and blanket advice like this isn’t really good to give to uneducated golfers or at least people who haven’t spent a decent amount of time on trackman being fit. I would suspect OP and his pals have fairly neutral to maybe even negative AoAs, possibly lower-ish swing speeds, such that 12º drivers are actually increasing their distance. If I ramped up to 12º my drives would probably be 150+ft in the air, and I’d likely lose 40-50 yards total distance because I have a very high launch angle and AoA. I need very low static loft and lower-ish spin. Lucky for me I actually know this about my swing.”
  • grant2145: “A higher lofted driver can help achieve an optimal launch angle.  For drivers, the dynamic loft (the loft of the club at impact) of the club accounts for about 85% of the launch angle.  The angle of attack accounts for the remaining 15%.  The ideal vertical launch angle for most amateurs will be in the 13-15 degree range. Example: A driver with a dynamic loft of 15 degrees at impact with a +3.0 degree attack angle will result in a launch angle of 13.2 degrees.  (15*.85) + (3*.15)”
  • just plain bill: “Played with two guys yesterday. They hadn’t played in a month, but definitely had game. One guy kept struggling with his 9°. Finally I had him swing the 10.5. Bingo! I really like the draw bias of the k15. Think I’m gonna get it in 12.”

Entire Thread: “Higher loft Driver for added distance”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. R

    Jan 29, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I think you need to maybe do more pushups. Next week, you will say that a 9.5 gives me more distance. Setup strong, resist rotation and hit the ball.

  2. Tom Higgins

    Jan 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    My experience is that the more lofted driver delivers more accuracy/fairways hit, with some loss of distance. I broke my 10.5* driver a few years ago, and found my 15* 3 wood putting me on the short grass, alot…so I compromised ….12* driver works fine.

    • Sully

      Jan 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

      May have had something to do with the length of the 3 wood also. Typically shorter clubs produce tighter dispersion

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Forum Thread of the Day: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from DCMorgan89 who asks an intriguing question – if you could only play one driver for the rest of your life, what would it be? Our members weigh in with their choices, with plenty of different drivers receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JDMRN81: “G400 Max with an AD TP shaft and it’s not even close! Incredibly forgiving, low spin with a laser mid-flight.”
  • Valtiel: “I’m someone who rarely changes drivers. Several years ago it would have been a 910D3 as well, and I still plan on building up another one sometime soon. I’m hoping it will be the Mizuno ST190, but we’ll see!”
  • LONGBALL777: “Callaway Big Berta Fusion. Straightest driver ever!”
  • regiwstruk: “ST190. Just has it all.”

Entire Thread: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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