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swing speed vs. driver loft (degrees)


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#1 MattStin

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:34 PM

Hi everyone, I am in the market for a new driver, and I think I have settled on the Cleveland Hi-Bore XL.  My delimma is choosing the correct loft, seeing that I have a pretty slow swing speed.  I am very tall (6'2), and weigh a whopping 135, with virtually no upper body strength.  I am sure I need a regular flex shaft, but would I benefit more from a 9.5 degree or 10.5 degree in my situation?  Thanks.


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Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:15 PM

According to a table from The Search for the Perfect Golf Club by Tom Wishon, the ideal driver loft to maximize carry distance for each of the below swing speeds (based on a swing angle of attack of +2.5 degrees as the average golfer has a slight upward angle of attack with the driver) is as follows:

60mph - loft of 19* for a carry distance of 122yds
70mph - loft of 19* for a carry distance of 156yds
80mph - loft of 13* for a carry distance of 185yds
90mph - loft of 13* for a carry distance of 213yds
100mph - loft of 10* for a carry distance of 236yds
110mph - loft of 9* for a carry distance of 257yds

Hope that helps.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:36 PM

Thank you for the reply.  I guess I will go with the 10.5 degree since my swing speed is probably between 85-95 mph.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:13 PM

Actually you should be looking at 13*. I'd recommend you test your swing on a monitor at the very least to be sure. Otherwise you might waste your money. Find out what your SS is exactly.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:16 PM

I found this chart at Internet hope it help you.

But YOu have to check real loft degreer that you really want it.
Most driver is 2 dregree weak loft than factory loft.
For example mY Ping G10 9 real loft was 12 degree...
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Edited by beated, 02 July 2008 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:20 PM

I think you need to factor in spin as well.  If you dont spin the ball enough a higher loft will help carry the ball farther, and spin it to much a lower loft will help reduce spin.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:44 PM

None of these charts help in the least.  You need to get fit.  EVERYONE swings differently and SS is a small factor in a much larger equation when it comes to driver lofts...

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:52 PM

loft is just part of the equation.  the shaft matters a lot as well, and your swing matters a great deal too.  the only way you can find out is to get fitted.  i got fitted, and i ended up with a 9* TEE w/stock Fujikura HL shaft, 55g, R flex (though i also carry a 10.5* TEE w/ stock Graphic Design YS Exotics shaft, S flex for when i want to hit it straighter).  i don't swing hard at all, low 90's w/ driver.  i hit my 9* TEE plenty high, though admittedly i have not had it checked for its true loft.  i hit the 10.5* even higher, to the point where it balloons sometimes and i lose distance.  the TEE has an exceptionally low CG, however, and both shafts i have in them are mid/low kickpoint.  my avg drive is around 220-225 carry.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:47 AM

I completely agree with all posts on getting fitted. I believe the shaft is the more important piece of the puzzle in getting the maximum distance from your swing. All the loft in the world wouldn't do any good without a proper shaft.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:56 AM

Loft and SS don't directly relate. There shouldn't be charts IMO. I am around 108ss with 10.5* and an X flex. I get the same general ball flight as some with 100ss and 9*. Spin and all the stuff that go into fitting create WAY too many factors.


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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:15 AM

I'd try different lofts and see which works best for you.  I use a HiBore XL 10.5* with the red Fujikura shaft in stiff flex.  2 months ago my SS was 92 and my avg carry was 180, that was right when I made the switch from persimmon drivers to the new ones.  Now my avg carry is about 240-245 using the same driver with no changes to it.

Now if I could just hit this thing straight.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 10:25 AM

Get fitted!  I have a swing speed on ~105, but play an 8.5* with an S shaft.  This is because I tend to add loft at impact by hitting up on the ball.  Compare that to a lot of the tour players with 110+ SS and driver lofts of 9.5* - 10.5*.  It all depends on how you swing.  Not only that, but the shaft has a very significant effect on the shot.  Different shafts will produce radically different effects on the ball given the same clubhead.  It's not as simple as just picking a driver loft and flex based on SS.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:42 PM

I agree with other posts.  These charts are really only starting points.  Everyone really needs to get fit, get on a launch monitor, and demo the clubs outdoors to watch actual ball flight.  I am relatively slow swinger (90 mph driver) but have a shallow swing that catches the ball on the upswing.  I tried 10.5 degr drivers since that is what all the "charts" said but hit them way too high - especially playing in Texas winds and on hard fairways like I do.  I got fit by a Ping rep on a launch monitor and the answer was definitely a 9 degree (something my eyes had already told me on the driving range).  I don't know the actual loft on my driver but based on everything I have read it is probably around 10 since most manufacturers build them with more loft than stated.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:52 PM

I would recommed an out door fitting session. For optimal distance you want the highest launch with out ballooning. I would try a 13 with a stiff actually or a 10.5 reg. I swing around 115 and play a 10.5 with an X flex. I am getting great lauch with the 10.5 but i needed an X flex to negate the balloon effect. The reason for an out door session is since everyones angle of attack is different you want to be out door to judge ballooning.
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Posted 04 July 2008 - 08:27 PM

Thank you for all the information.  I will definately just cut the guess work and get custom fit for all of my clubs.


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Posted 04 July 2008 - 08:52 PM

View PostUSSKITEAM, on Jul 3 2008, 01:56 AM, said:

Loft and SS don't directly relate. There shouldn't be charts IMO. I am around 108ss with 10.5* and an X flex. I get the same general ball flight as some with 100ss and 9*. Spin and all the stuff that go into fitting create WAY too many factors.

Agreed. I've got a 107-108mph. SS and use a 9.5* with a mid/low launch stiff tip stiff shaft. Launch angle is up there and I don't put excessive spin on the ball. 8.5* drivers and LCG 9.5* heads usually die out on me, drop like a rock. If I went to an LCG head I'd go up to a 10.5*.

FWIW I hit the XL on a monitor and out on the course/range for demo. The 9.5* was very low spin with the red shaft. At the time I put the XL/Fuji Red Stiff up against an R510TP 9.5* w/Speeder 757X flex. I was at 2300-2400 spin and a 9-10* launch with the XL. With the R510 I was at 12.8-13.2 and 2800-3000 spin.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:52 PM

Really depends on angle off attack, my friend is a 4hcap, about same ss as me at around 112-115 and he uses an 11* i15 which he bombs very low, he has a really descending blow, i hit my 8.75* d3 a tad higher than his!!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:32 PM

Your very late to the party
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:31 AM

About 4 years late  :man_in_love:

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:42 PM

4 years late but the best answer of the bunch.

Swing speed v diver loft dont correlate well, but angle of attack v driver loft does. If you have a steep angle of attack youre going to want a higher loft to offset the 'negative' degree of your swing.

That being said its all about the dozen of factors in each individual's swing.  Echo the get fitted comment, they'll take the whole picture into account and match you to something in your price range.  Best thing I ever did for my golf game.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 07:47 PM

I have a negative angle of attack.  I hit the ball low with too much spin.  In an effort to increase carry i ordered a 12 degree cleveland classic 290 with a stiff prolaunch red to control spin.  110 swing speed.  I hope it works.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

I think ball placement in your stance is a under looked factor.  I play the ball far up in my stance so I play a 9* with a swing speed between 95-100 mph.  If you play the ball back in your stance you might want to play a higher lofted driver.

Just my suggestion.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:27 PM

View Postjcannan14, on 19 July 2012 - 08:16 PM, said:

I think ball placement in your stance is a under looked factor.  I play the ball far up in my stance so I play a 9* with a swing speed between 95-100 mph.  If you play the ball back in your stance you might want to play a higher lofted driver.

Just my suggestion.

This is great cuase maybe the OP can let us know how things worked out 4 years ago. Let's keep it going til he shows up.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:35 PM

I know this is an old thread but I stumbled on two trackman driver fitting charts. One had numbers optimized for carry (typically more loft) and the other chart was optimized for total yards carry and roll (lower loft).  I can't upload here cuz I'm on an iPhone at the moment. But interesting info to google if anyone was curious.

Edited by MB Dirtyy, 19 July 2012 - 08:36 PM.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:40 PM

View PostMB Dirtyy, on 19 July 2012 - 08:35 PM, said:

I know this is an old thread but I stumbled on two trackman driver fitting charts. One had numbers optimized for carry (typically more loft) and the other chart was optimized for total yards carry and roll (lower loft).  I can't upload here cuz I'm on an iPhone at the moment. But interesting info to google if anyone was curious.

Could you post it later?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

View PostSurfinTurf, on 19 July 2012 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostMB Dirtyy, on 19 July 2012 - 08:35 PM, said:

I know this is an old thread but I stumbled on two trackman driver fitting charts. One had numbers optimized for carry (typically more loft) and the other chart was optimized for total yards carry and roll (lower loft).  I can't upload here cuz I'm on an iPhone at the moment. But interesting info to google if anyone was curious.

Could you post it later?

I'm busy googling  Lauren Thompson bikini
Lol. Will do.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:47 AM

View PostSurfinTurf, on 19 July 2012 - 08:40 PM, said:

Could you post it later?

I'm busy googling  Lauren Thompson bikini

Here we are.

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Total yards Trackman chart.png

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:07 AM

View PostMB Dirtyy, on 19 July 2012 - 09:17 PM, said:

View PostSurfinTurf, on 19 July 2012 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostMB Dirtyy, on 19 July 2012 - 08:35 PM, said:

I know this is an old thread but I stumbled on two trackman driver fitting charts. One had numbers optimized for carry (typically more loft) and the other chart was optimized for total yards carry and roll (lower loft).  I can't upload here cuz I'm on an iPhone at the moment. But interesting info to google if anyone was curious.

Could you post it later?

I'm busy googling  Lauren Thompson bikini
Lol. Will do.

...Thats says "dynamic loft" and has little to do with the number stamped on the sole (and THAT has little to do with the actual loft)

If youre a shut faced player, or you deloft at the moment of truth then these one-sized fits all charts about speed vs loft are worthless

Might as well post the bikini pics lol

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:42 AM

I'm finding some dynamic loft also but I think I caught a virus.

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