i am a new member, but not to golf. i am in my late 30's and been playing for 25 years. i have been as low as an 8, i have not been playing much for 2 years and probably around a 14-16.
i just spent a bunch of time hitting my driver (as well as other clubs) on a launch monitor with the following results:
Club: 9* Ping I15 stiff stock ping shaft
Swing speed: 105-108
ball speed: 142-149
spin: 2400 +/-600
when i hit what i felt was a solid shot with a SS of 108, low spin (around 1900) with good launch, my ball speed did not go over 149mph. the longest drive i hit was 276 carry and roll, with most in the 260's
i quickly demoed a few newer drivers and i could not break 150 mph ball speed on Covert 2.0 tour, SLDR 460 tp, or adams xtd.
my smash factor was in the 1.35 -1.40.
assuming a reasonable smash factor of 1.43-1.48 i should have had a 154-160mph ball speed.
i was using the balls provided by PGA superstore (they did not want me to use my own). there was no brand, just black lines which might be needed for the monitor.
do you guys think it is ball based, poor ball striking, or a bad club to swing fit?
thanks in advanced