Shipwreck, on 31 January 2012 - 10:48 PM, said:
JPower24, on 31 January 2012 - 07:40 PM, said:
Shipwreck, on 31 January 2012 - 01:17 PM, said:
Their claims are 'accurate' (to an extent) but highly misleading. By all accounts longer drivers do equal more distance. But what people don't realize is that just because you can swing faster to equate to more yards, you also lose accuracy. It's an unfortunate trade off in the golf world, you either have great distance or great accuracy (or in some cases neither :P).
I have swung damn near every new driver in the past 5 years and I have yet to see HUGE improvements in any of them. I personally feel that the shaft is what makes the driver great, not the head.
Unfortunately you you would have to try pretty hard to actually be more wrong.
Golf clubs have a little thing they have to adhere to in the US, something about the USGA and COR limits which effectively limit how much a ball can bounce of the face of the driver.
Golf clubs have done nothing but lose yards since the R5 series.
Yea your R5 series is now non-conforming to COR limits and actually goes farther than any R7 / R9 / R11 with the same shaft.
Get fitted for a proper shaft and you'll gain all the possible distance, there is nothing to gain from a new club head aside from adjustability and something fresh for the eyes.
I still buy new clubs but it's hard to fathom just how much golf marketing irks me, you would have to be an absolute loon to buy into their claims because there is science to prove they're blatantly lying.
Unfortunately you didn't disprove anything.
Yes companies have to adhere to COR limits, but you do realize that the COR limits have been raised don't you? Adams had the speed slot channel ala F11 for over 5 years but when they first introduced it the USGA didn't allow it because the COR was too high. Low and behold 2011 comes along and we have the F11.
If your LW was 2 inches longer would you hit it the same distance or would it go further? It would go further because you are able to generate more power/lag which equals more distance.
Would you mind trying again and explaining yourself better?
I used to have an R-5 that I played for about three years. I loved it. Until I tried the FT-9 Tour a couple of years ago. The Cally was longer and I lost no accuracy.
In looking at my measurements the Cally is 1/2 inch longer but has the same loft and virtually the same shaft. I gained about 15 yards consistently with it. In talking to a friend of mine who used to be a pro he explained something about the MOI, how the face reacts at contact, the materials the club is constructed out of, the weight and its distribution, and the length.
While I agree that the marketing is misleading I also believe that the manufacturers have managed to increase distance without breaking any of the rules. You cannot spend as much money as they do on research and development and not end up with some advances.
Consider other high tech areas with large investments into R and D.
All of the above constantly seem to reach their potential peak and then somehow manage to improve.
When jet aircraft came into being they were fast. The newest ones are much faster.
Color television was sharp, clear, and amazing. But High Def blows it away.
My Dell back in 2003 was fast. Online and off. But my new laptop is faster in literally every possible way.
Every year a car advertises the "smoothest ride ever". Having ridden in my mother-in-law's 2010 Accord versus my 2005 I believe it.
And finally there is the incredible spin and distance I, even as an amateur, can attain with a modern Pro-V 1. Makes me wonder just how incredibly Bobby Jones might have played if he had been playing such advanced equipment.
To say that a 2005 driver is definitely as long and strong as a 2012 is, in my measure, not plausible. Let iron byron swing away at my old R-5 and my newer FT-9 and I would wager that the Cally will be longer is his "hands" too. And, while I don't for a moment believe that I would gain 10% in yardage by purchasing a FIT, I would bet that I would gain 4 or 5 yards on it.