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#1 mci711

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:42 PM

I hit my driver pretty high, and with too much back spin. Could putting lead tape on under the face, on the bottom of the club, reduce spin? I know it isn't the perfect fix, my swing is a little too steep, but could it help?


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#2 jbsg02

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:43 PM

Can you lower the loft?  Your shaft may be a little soft for you as well if you have any speed

Edited by jbsg02, 15 May 2018 - 01:44 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:17 PM

Lowering the clubhead loft would be the easiest thing to try, if you can.  If your swing is steep and you are hitting with too much height and spin, I'm guessing that you're opening the clubface and adding loft at impact.  Aside from a change in swing, lower that loft to start.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:24 PM

A steep swing is not what causes high launch and high spin.  Only poor face contact location or you just delivering a lot of dynamic loft into impact will cause that.

And the only way lead tape might help that is if the increased swing weight causes you to slow down the release in your swing.  So couldn't hurt to try but yo should really check your impact location first (foot powder spray).

No the lead tape will not lower the c.g. enough to do anything (unless you add so much that the head becomes unplayable due to being way too heavy).

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:30 PM

Maybe try teeing the ball a little bit higher. You might be hitting too low on the face


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:18 AM

Never hurts to try, but some times teeing too high and trying to hit up on the ball is what causes impact too low on the face.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:14 AM

Thanks for the info everyone. I'll do some testing out. The reason I thought it could help is when looking at the Rouge subzero and other lowspin drivers they extra weight in front under the face.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

View Postmci711, on 16 May 2018 - 09:14 AM, said:

Thanks for the info everyone. I'll do some testing out. The reason I thought it could help is when looking at the Rouge subzero and other lowspin drivers they extra weight in front under the face.

The concept is valid (IF you are getting good center face contact), but the problem is that you are limited with how much change you can accomplish with the lead tape.  It's really not a lot.  Significant changes of that type really has to come from larger design changes.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:26 AM

I changed the weight on my driver from 7 grams to 11 grams and all it did was change my tempo because I could feel the club head better. Wouldnt think it would make a huge change in spin or launch though. That would probably be your only benefit.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:33 AM

View PostBobb3rdown, on 16 May 2018 - 09:26 AM, said:

I changed the weight on my driver from 7 grams to 11 grams and all it did was change my tempo because I could feel the club head better. Wouldnt think it would make a huge change in spin or launch though. That would probably be your only benefit.

Swing weight (and shaft weight) can POTENTIALLY have a big impact on launch and spin in a couple different ways:

1) it can have a big impact on rhythm and tempo and more importantly (in this case) on release timing.  Which in turn can have a big impact on the dynamic loft delivered into impact.
2) The impact location on the face - both the actual location tendencies and the consistency of that impact.


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#11 Johnnypenso

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:45 AM

View Postmci711, on 15 May 2018 - 01:42 PM, said:

I hit my driver pretty high, and with too much back spin. Could putting lead tape on under the face, on the bottom of the club, reduce spin? I know it isn't the perfect fix, my swing is a little too steep, but could it help?
Probably a silly question but what is "too high" and "too much spin" and how did you measure these?  What is your SS and average driving distance?

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:52 PM

View PostJohnnypenso, on 16 May 2018 - 10:45 AM, said:

View Postmci711, on 15 May 2018 - 01:42 PM, said:

I hit my driver pretty high, and with too much back spin. Could putting lead tape on under the face, on the bottom of the club, reduce spin? I know it isn't the perfect fix, my swing is a little too steep, but could it help?
Probably a silly question but what is "too high" and "too much spin" and how did you measure these?  What is your SS and average driving distance?

My swing speed is right around 98. And I am carrying the ball about around 230. Nothing scientific behind ball being too high, other than eye test.  But it just seems the ball is going very high, coming down soft and not getting much roll.

Edited by mci711, 16 May 2018 - 01:52 PM.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:31 PM

What if say there is a 6 gram draw weight on the club. If you take that out and add 6G of lead tape to the toe/under the face will that have any effect on spin/launch/bias?
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:01 AM

View PostShortGameJunkie, on 16 May 2018 - 06:31 PM, said:

What if say there is a 6 gram draw weight on the club. If you take that out and add 6G of lead tape to the toe/under the face will that have any effect on spin/launch/bias?

Not really.   For moving weight, you'd likely have to get up into the 12-15 gm range even for some very small changes.  For adding, probably takes more like 20-25 gm.

Edited by Stuart G., 17 May 2018 - 04:02 AM.


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