I play a TM R9 8.5 driver. It is my Achilles heel. I love the driver in general but I just can't make it work.
My theory is this, please tell me if I am crazy.
I swing at about 100-105 for the driver.
I play a TM R9 3W which is 15 degrees. I can hit the $#@% out it. Smooth and easy, never try to kill it.
If I swing my driver the same way, it goes no where mostly because it does not get up in the air at all and goes barely further than the 3W
So I end up tee'ing it way up and completely changing my swing to try and get it in the air.
Results: Duck hooks, push fades, occasional bombs down the middle.
So the other night I demo'd the R1 and played with the loft. I ended up at 12 degrees and swung just like my 3W. The ball elevated easily and flew fairly straight.
It was hard to tell distance because it was range balls and it was late and they all seem to land in the same spot (3W and Driver) even though it could be a considerable difference.
Now I am thinking about buying the R1.
Does this at all seem reasonable (I understand that its impossible to know for sure without being there or knowing my swing and game so just looking for opinions and thoughts)
Edit: I never said what my theory was :) More loft, swing like 3W, ball goes in the air and I get more distance than 3W without having to change my swing.
Edited by hendog - 10/7/13 at 11:44am