Thank you, David in FL, I appreciate your tact in approaching the subject of why I am looking for the 6*.
But no need to be quite so delicate.
The problem is, I simply hit the ball too high.
I am now using a TaylorMade r7 8.5 degree with high kick-point stiff shaft.
My balls generally tend to launch in an arc that is greater than 45 degrees. Sometimes as much as 50* (this is an estimation based on flight characteristics.)
I have tried to adjust my swing to keep the ball down (especially in a headwind) but lose quite a bit of control when I do that.
My natural swing, which is quite comfortable, launches high.
I have tried several brands of clubs with the adjustable shaft (FCT) that lets you pick your degree of loft.
An 8 1/2 degree can be adjusted down to 7 degrees on some.
That still doesn't help. And besides, I don't like the way adjusting loft affects the fade / draw characteristics.
No offence taken, Spyder!
Now it is true that the stereotypical 66-yr-old may walk bent over a bit, and be generally weak and unsteady, but some of us have kept in pretty good shape. I use my free membership to the 24-Hour Fitness gym (senior citizens in AARP get in free) and have stayed in excellent shape. I am considered a pretty long hitter. My good, clean drives consistently exceed 250 yards (yes, in spite of all that height). I'm keeping up very well with all the young whipper-snappers around here.
This is not said for the purpose of inflating my ego (nor is it an exaggeration), I just want to give you all a more clear picture of where I'm coming from so that the idea of a six degree driver doesn't get dismissed out of hand in your minds.
(I am, however, expecting some insightful alternative suggestions from David. :-)
Thanks for the link, LBlack14. I'm considering it.