I have mentioned this in another post, but I'm hoping to get some feedback from other members.
I want to know if clubhead technology in drivers has plateaued, or if I can add length to my drives simply by getting a newer driver head while keeping the same shaft. I have heard that increases distance (in terms of equipment) is coming more from shaft and golf ball technology now, and driver head tech peaked 4-5 years ago.
My Dad gave me a Hyper X driver 3-4 years ago. I put a UST Proforce V2 77 gram shaft in it, and still can't find another driver I hit better. I've recently done a driver fitting. I tested the Rocketballz, RAZR Fit, Cleveland Classic, etc. and my numbers were no better (in some cases worse) than my Hyper X. I had some prize money to burn in my club's pro shop so I was hoping to use the fitting as validation to buy a new driver, but alas it did not help. Although one thing that I didn't like (about my fitting) was the fact that I couldn't try other drivers with the same shaft I currently use. If I do get a new driver I intend to put the same shaft in it, and I couldn't do an apples-to-apples comparison since Golf Galaxy couldn't use "my shaft" in different driver heads. I wanted to see if I could gain distance simply by changing the clubhead.
Not that it really matters, but my avg SS is right at 100mph, my ball speed was about 148 (I think), spin rates were <2000, and avg distance was 280-285. I hit my driver pretty well, but I don't feel like I avg 280-285 in reality. Probably more like 260-275 range. Either way, none of the other drivers produced noticably better stats.
In other words, could I (or anyone) gain an avg. 5-7+ yards simply by updating my driver head and keeping the same shaft? I asked the certified PGA master pro about that, and he couldn't really give me a clear answer. Any thoughts?