Okay, so if I go to the TaylorMade website, they tell me what to adjust, but they do not explain WHY any of the adjustments work.
According to all I can find on their website, their general approach to setting the adjustment for the golfer is simply:
1. If you hit it too high, adjust the setting to "Low"
2. If you hit too low. set it to "High"
I love that.
It's so basically intuitive and logical that even a six-year-old would sigh with exasperation if you needed to have it explained to you.
And being a golfer who craves easily understood, straightforward instructions, the utter simplicity of it makes me giddy.
Unfortunately, however, that is not . . . . quite . . . . . . . . . . all there is to it.
They also indicate that adjusting the loft angle will affect the direction the ball takes.
In other words, if all other things are kept equal (i.e., grip, shaft flex, swing weight, lie angle, swing speed, squareness and trajectory of clubhead through impact, etc. . . . ), then, in general a higher loft will tend to cause the ball to fade a little. And of course, a lower loft tends to draw the ball.
So, they've built in an automatic compensation setting to counteract this natural tendency.
Therefore, Higher loft settings are designed to close the clubface and pull the ball a little left which will theoretically exactly offset the tendency to fade, while Lower loft settings open the face for a little push right.
Okay, fine so far. But me and a couple of buddies would like to see a detailed chart that breaks down these parameters for analysis. We are college grads educated in science and have a fairly good grasp of aerodynamic forces on spinning ballistic objects that are already in the air, buzzing off to wherever they happen to be going. The part we are having trouble with is the forces acting on the ball at impact
Does anyone know of a chart that explains FCT by showing what happens as the ball leaves the clubface?
What is it that actually happens to make the ball tend to fade when you increase loft? And how does the ball react coming off a slightly closed (or compensated) face?