Originally Posted by marvin
Sorry for the confusion.
Assuming that you have the same swing speed/technique/etc., what is the difference in hitting 8.5/9.5/10.5 driver? Does it affect distance and ball flight significantly?
Slightly higher ball flight and more backspin. For slower swing speeds this means more carry. Optimally you would want higher launch lower spin. But adding loft adds spin. Only a few drivers now really offer high enough lofts with built in weighting to take the spin off to counter that.
I would find a driver at least at 10.5 degrees of loft. I would go get some lessons as well to improve your swing.
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones
I'm no expert but as I understand it, an 8.5 driver requires a crapload of club head speed to get it airborne enough to create distance, if you don't have that speed it will take off low and come down too early.
As a 27 capper I highly doubt you have the speed and technique to benefit from such a low lofted driver. I would stick to your 3W and shop around for a driver with more loft, ideally one you can get fit for.
Yes, anything bellow 10.5 degrees of loft you really need to keep the clubhead speed up because the lower loft produces too little spin. Given drivers are changing so that they spin less on higher loft, but most people hit the driver with a downward strike, and have too little loft on the driver.
Originally Posted by ajwk1967
The lower the loft the more side spin you create. The stiffer shaft will likely send the ball right if you don't have the swing speed to match the shaft. So to minimise these factors then a regular shafted driver with a higher loft something in the 10 to 12 range would help. I hit an R11 reg shaft set to 11.5 deg and swing my driver at around 95 mph. Unless you consistently swing over 100 mph with the driver I would think you would be a better golfer with reg shafts
Your equipment is not going to change your swing but it can minimise the effects of some swing faults.
According to the head pro at my club most of the amateurs he sees swing outside to in and are therefore prone to slicing the ball.
Like everything it is a question of time and money
How much do you want to spend on equipment and lessons and how many hours do you want to practice?
Note there is no such thing as side spin. That is only a vector component derived by math. A golf ball only spins on one axis, and it's able to tilt more on a driver due to lower loft. Stiffer shafts don't matter much, and the dispersion can vary depending on the golfer. For me, anything that is not X-stiff and heavy and the ball will miss both right and left because I am trying to time up the strike due to how the club head load. Going to an x-stiff does not cause me to hit it more right. I can hit an X-stiff just as bad right and just as bad left.