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What GolfWRXers are saying about playing with a 5.5-degree driver

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In our forums, our members have been discussing playing a driver with just 5.5-degrees of loft. Bryson DeChambeau’s use of just 5.5-degrees of loft on his driver has plenty of golf fans speculating on the benefits, and WRXer ‘vater’ asks members how far they could launch the ball with the low lofted driver.

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.

  • OsnolaKinnard: “About 50 yards before it hit the ground.”
  • manima1: “If you teed it up high enough to get your AoA way up, you probably could launch it pretty far. Normal tee height – not so much.”
  • adh2k1: “I play a 6.5-degree driver. I currently set it at +1, but that is more of a spin issue than launch. I do not swing my driver very fast, I would guess upper 90’s, but this keeps me out of trouble the most, and I can get pretty good distance out of it. I would say I picked up about 10-15 yards over both of my Sub Zero Callaways. Like everything great, it eventually goes away. I have had this head for about 4 years, but it never stays in the bag for a full year.”
  • golfman1010: “The key with these low loft drivers is to make sure you’re hitting the ball on the upswing. You will notice Bryson DeChambeau uses a low degree of loft but still hits the ball high. To get this result, at address make sure your back shoulder drops a bit to ensure you are swinging up on the ball.”
  • Myherobobhope: “I think my Long Driver is 7 degrees… I can hit up on it and get decent launch… it’s more a struggle to handle the longer shaft… I have my 9.5 cobra driver down to 8.5 as I’ve always been high launch and high spin…5.5 is crazy, but you can make it work with the right swing mechanics… doesn’t mean it will be your best results, but you can make it work without swinging 130 mph. Driver really allows you to change your dynamic loft pretty dramatically.”

Entire Thread: “Playing with a 5.5-degree driver”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Lauren

    Jul 7, 2020 at 10:06 am

    A “thats what she said” joke, how misogynistic. This is why women don’t come here.

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 “Rocket 3” (14 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Srixon Z785 (4-9)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber I95 S

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10S, 52-10S, 56-10S) Vokey SM8 (60K)
Shafts: (48) Aerotech SteelFiber I95 S (52/56/60) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Length: 34 inches

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Lamkin Crossline

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Bettinardi Golf has announced its partnership with LPGA rising stars Muni He and Albane Valenzuela.

Muni He, who qualified for the LPGA Tour in 2019 and is well-known for her large platform and fashion influence on social media, will use Bettinardi’s DASS QB8 Mid-Slant Tour Dept. putter.

He’s DASS QB8 Mid-Slant Tour Dept. putter is milled to 360 grams and features an oil rubbed bronze PVD finish. The flat-stick is constructed of double aged stainless steel and contains the brand’s F.I.T face milling.

The 21-year-old returned to action last week at the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic and will tee it up once again with the Bettinardi putter in her bag at this week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.

Speaking on joining Team Bettinardi, He stated

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The company have also signed the Chilean Albane Valenzuela to its tour staff, who will tee it up this week using Bettinardi’s INOVAI 6.0 Tour Dept. putter.

The 22-year-old joined the LPGA Tour after being awarded the Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year while at Stanford University. Other accolades include representing Switzerland at the 2016 Olympics, twice finishing runner up in the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well as being an ANNIKA Award finalist.

Speaking after joining Bettinardi, Valenzuela said

”I am thrilled to partner with Bettinardi Golf as I begin my professional career. The company’s technology, craftsmanship and attention to detail give me the confidence that I will be competing with the best putters in my bag. The ability to work with Bettinardi’s designers to customize a putter that optimizes my stroke will be a huge asset for me.”

He and Valenzuela are the latest LPGA players to join Team Bettinardi which features the likes of Annie Park and China’s No. 2 player, Yu Liu.

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From the GolfWRX Forums: Ping putters at the 2020 Albertsons Boise Open

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This week on the Korn Ferry Tour it’s the 2020 Albertsons Boise Open, and in our forums, we have a jam-packed thread showcasing the array of Ping putters present at the event. Check out the new Ping flat-sticks below and let us know what you think.

For more photos, check out the full forum thread here.

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