Your first shot on any par four or par five sets up the rest of the hole: are you pitching back into the fairway or attacking the flag? Do you have a wedge or a 6-iron in your hands?
Pros and high-level amateurs have been repeating the mantra "high launch, low spin" for a few years now. In January, we even published a chart showing optimum launch angles and spin rates. Great, you're thinking to yourself: "I'll get fitted for a driver and soon I'll be crushing the ball off the tee, long and straight." And you may… so long as you can get fitted.
I spent a day with the guys of the East Coast Acushnet (Titleist, FootJoy, etc.) Science Van at Tam O'Shanter of Pennsylvania and watched several fittings. The next day, I underwent a fitting myself as they ventured to Kahkwa Club here in Erie, PA. This is my first-hand account of that experience.