Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Right, inside the hosel unseen might be assymetrical, but visually the shaft and grip looks the same all the way around, so unless you have a putter grip on there it seems to me that you would always want to "fight" it. I point the clubface in the direction I want to aim which I assume would counteract whatever I just changed underneath the club.
yup - it took me a while to 'get' this also. They expect you to set up with the sole flat on the ground and not let the visual affect you. Frankly, if I want to hit more of a fade/draw, I just set up for my launch line and (try ) to swing the appropriate path, I don't want to twist a dial....... (I don't really try to shape my driver, I'm happy to try with certain irons and have some success there, but there's just too much going on with the driver to try to hit anything other than my stock shot - exception is if we're messing around and I want to try something dramatic like a big old bend around a leg - I don't have the control for fine stuff - easy to purposely hit a big hook, harder to control a light draw.)
the best "adjustment" I ever got?
1 - a couple lessons and practice
2 - replacing my adjustable driver with the non-adjustable "Limited" version. Once I had lessons, all my adjustable settings eventually 'optimized' back to the defaults anyway. (I don't think most owners do a lot of adjusting once then find a setting they've convinced themselves they want)
though I think loft adjustments (if the other metrics could be held constant) would be useful.
OH - I see this is a year old thread... anyway if this next guy is still around
Regarding the new Nike VR-Str8t Fit Driver; How is changing the club head setting any different from rotating the shaft within your grip?
Seems like those two options accomplish exactly the same thing. In reverse application, couldn't you change the head setting and simply compensate for that change in your grip by rotating the shaft & club head back to a neutral position?
This is NOT true as another poster noted. It does not just rotate about the centerline of the shaft. - What that specific spline does is advertise essectially a face angle change. But it actually changes lie and face simultaneously while trying to keep loft constant (all assumes you set up with the sole plate flat).
Physically it's easiest to see this by: Clamp the head of the club so it's immobile. Now, if one takes the shaft and rotates it and reassembles it throughout the entire 360 degree rotation the shaft of the club will carve out a cone shape (apex, of course, if at the spline fit of the clamped head). that's why it has TWO (an 'upright' and 'shallow') setting for each face angle option.
Newer adjustable bits are better able to accomplish face/lie/loft changes independently. But that spline config (essentially a tiny dogleg in the end of the shaft) is very clever for the time.
Edited by rehmwa - 12/19/13 at 11:15am