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Driver Degrees 9.5 vs. 10.5

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Is there really that much of a difference between the 9.5 degrees and the 10.5 degrees? With 9.5 you get more roll correct? And the 10.5 you get a bit of a higher launch and etc. Am I correct? Right now Im hitting a 9.5 but Im starting to wonder if I should be hitting 10.5. I'm probably going to get myself fitted for a driver sometime soon to ensure Im gettin the best out of the driver. But just wanted some inputs on the degrees.

Thanks!
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Re: Driver Degrees 9.5 vs. 10.5

The shaft means more than the loft of the driver. You need to ask yourself what kind of ball flight you want... then get on a monitor and find the combination that works. To get optimum performance off the tee you need to find a combination that gives you the best launch angle and spin rate. If thats a 9.5 or 10.5 or even a 12... it doesnt matter. Everyone comes into the ball at a different angle... finding someone that truly knows how to fit you for a driver is the way to go.
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Re: Driver Degrees 9.5 vs. 10.5

me and my dad both play the 909 d2 , same shaft, he has a 10.5 and i have a 9.5, . with mine i notice a straight or slight fade, but with my dads its always a higher shot with a bit of draw, swinging them both myself.
One of the pros here told me that as the the loft goes down it becomes increasingly difficult to control the fade . i argued with him on the fact that its the swing plane and clubface that makes the ball draw or fade but after hitting the drivers me and my dad have i realized that he was correct to some extent.
post #4 of 15

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I play a 10*
Best of both worlds I guess.

But it depends on the driver some will give higer/lower launches compared to other drivers with the same loft
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Originally Posted by TinCupTampa View Post
The shaft means more than the loft of the driver. You need to ask yourself what kind of ball flight you want... then get on a monitor and find the combination that works. To get optimum performance off the tee you need to find a combination that gives you the best launch angle and spin rate. If thats a 9.5 or 10.5 or even a 12... it doesnt matter. Everyone comes into the ball at a different angle... finding someone that truly knows how to fit you for a driver is the way to go.
Yeah what he said... The shaft makes the difference not the head when it comes to drivers...
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the shaft is what determines your ball flight and launch angle, the loft on the head is to control the amount of spin you put on the ball.

the lower the loft, the more spin...also with less loft, you impart more side spin on the ball which for your bad shots - slices, hooks etc, makes them worse!

but no one should be buying an OTR driver anymore when you can so easily be fitted for one by a qualified fitter! so they will know best what head, loft, shaft etc you should be using
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Originally Posted by McIlroy_man View Post
the shaft is what determines your ball flight and launch angle, the loft on the head is to control the amount of spin you put on the ball.

the lower the loft, the more spin...also with less loft, you impart more side spin on the ball which for your bad shots - slices, hooks etc, makes them worse!
I'm curious as to where you get your info.?
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Originally Posted by DefLord View Post
Is there really that much of a difference between the 9.5 degrees and the 10.5 degrees?
About 14 months ago, I got fitted for a driver. Old driver was a 9-degree Air Zevo w/ a Zevo high-launch graphite stiff shaft. Had trouble with losing distance, and an 18-degree launch angle.

Tested several drivers with 9.5* and 10.5* lofts. The 10.5* drivers with midkick shafts seemed to work best, got about a 13* launch angle.

The 9.5* went a bit longer, when I could hit it square - several of the 9.5* shots came off about 10' off the ground.

(End result: I switched from stiff to regular shafts for everything except wedgeflex in GW and SW)
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Originally Posted by LBlack14 View Post
I'm curious as to where you get your info.?
to which part?

i mean obviously it depends on your angle of attack into the ball, but the majority if players will create much more spin with a lower lofted club

i also worded the last bit not to great, it only imparts more side spin if you come accross the ball, not if you hit it square on.....thats why most players use higher lofted clubs
im not sure on the science behind it, but that is what i was told by both the titleist, callaway and t/made fitting staff

for your average player a 10.5 loft with a low launch shaft is easier to hit than an 8.5 with a high launching shaft

im just basing it on what i was told by the guys that do it for a living....it may be wrong
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Originally Posted by McIlroy_man View Post
i mean obviously it depends on your angle of attack into the ball, but the majority if players will create much more spin with a lower lofted club
Yeah, that's basically exactly backwards.
post #11 of 15

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I was playing a 8.5 Titiest 905R and after being setup on the launch monitor, the recommendation was to go to a 10.5 degree to decrease my the ball spin(4K) and my launch angle (16). My launch angle now is around 13 and the ball spin is in the low 3K. This change is suppose to give me additional rolls at the end of my drive. BTW - my club speed is 105

My goal is to get my ball spin down in 2K and to increase my club speed to 110. I'm trying to figure out the best to get there.
post #12 of 15

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Originally Posted by McIlroy_man View Post
i mean obviously it depends on your angle of attack into the ball, but the majority if players will create much more spin with a lower lofted club

So your saying I should get more spin hitting a 3 iron as opposed to a 9 iron?
post #13 of 15

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Originally Posted by msd3075 View Post
So your saying I should get more spin hitting a 3 iron as opposed to a 9 iron?
C'mon, leave the guy alone. I hope by now he's figured out he's wrong.
post #14 of 15

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Originally Posted by iacas View Post
C'mon, leave the guy alone. I hope by now he's figured out he's wrong.
Sorry, I posted that before I saw what you had said.
post #15 of 15

Re: Driver Degrees 9.5 vs. 10.5

I think you should have your swing analyzed and the driver fitted accordingly.

I used to use 7.5 * Titleist 975D (one of the best drivers made by far!) stiff shaft and had a launch angle of 12-14 degrees. Whenever people saw the loft on that driver, they were amazed that I could hit it so well with it. I switched to 909 D2 9.5 * after having my swing analyzed.

So it all depends on a particular driver and your swing. It maybe that with one driver, you'll need 9.5 and with another driver you'll need 10.5 or even 12. Don't go just by the loft.
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