Today’s golf club world is full of great promises… distance, accuracy, forgiveness, and a slew of other buzz words. What an age to live in! The biggest claim made by golf companies would be the ability to gain distance and forgiveness from the same club. These two concepts are diametrically opposed. Golf is a game ruled by physics. And by accepting that it becomes easy to apply these rules to the claims of marketers to get to the real truth of modern golf equipment. In order to hit the ball farther, you need to maintain launch angle while minimizing spin. Conversely, if you want to hit the ball straighter, you need to increase your total spin in an effort to hide side spin. So how can a new club do both?
The truth is clubs can only emphasize one or the other. The newest “game improvement” clubs will mostly fall into the “goes farther” category which means lower spin. Which will exacerbate the effects of side spin, making it less forgiving. So those “pro” style clubs without all the bells and whistles, which are supposedly too hard for the average golfer to hit, will produce more spin, therefor hitting the ball straighter but not as far. There will always be a trade off between distance and accuracy. The two concepts cannot work together in the extremes. A good fitter will ask you about your game and what will help you score better. Focusing on one or the other will give you a more consistent preforming club that you can count on. Think of it as a barometer. One side is maximum distance, the other maximum accuracy. Some golfers would be happy at one of the extremes, but most would fall closer to the middle of the spectrum, favoring one side over the other. When put into these context, the myth of the modern miracle club seems a little hard to swallow.
Todd Daignault is the owner at Prove It Golf. (860) 257-4550 or www.ProveItGolf.com