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post #1 of 18
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Let me go ahead and open a can of worms....I need help with choosing the right driver loft. I have been using a 9.5 loft TaylorMade R9 for 2 years. When I don't slice the ball, I average 330 yards of distance. I know that you can't expect to buy a new driver and your slice will vanish from your golf game. However, I have been working on my mechanics and my slice has improved quite a bit. I have gone from slicing the ball 60% of the time to 30%. I still have improvements to make on my mechanics, but I also want to use a driver that is more forgiving. I don't have a golf center near me to go and test various drivers, so I went out and bought an RBZ Stage 1 driver with a 10.5 loft, thinking that it could improve my lingering slice. I have played one round with it and only sliced the ball 2 times on 14 drives. I loved the feel of the driver and was happy with my consistency, but lost about 15 yards distance on my drives. The loss in distance is fine with me, I would rather be on the fairway than in the trees on my second shot. But, because the feel and size difference is so much better than my old R9, I am wondering how much that could play into a decrease in my slice? Does the loft really matter as muc as the feel and club head size? Essentially, I want to try out a 9.5 RBZ Stage 1 driver and see if I can still be consistent with the change in loft. Or should I just make adjustments to the 10.5 driver and see how it turns out? Since there is nowhere close for me to go test this, I am looking for some input. I am relatively new to the idea of adjustable drivers even though I have had one for several years. As I continue to improve my game I want to gain more knowledge about equipment, so any help is appreciated.

post #2 of 18

Posts questioning the legitimacy of your 330 yard drives in 3,2,1.....

post #3 of 18

What is Bubba Watson's average drive?

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by hilmar2k View Post
 

Posts questioning the legitimacy of your 330 yard drives in 3,2,1.....

Don't forget that this is an "average"...

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Moppy View Post
 

What is Bubba Watson's average drive?

 

313.1

 

http://www.pgatour.com/stats.html

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Valleygolfer View Post
 

Don't forget that this is an "average"...

 

Oh, I didn't

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by hilmar2k View Post
 

Posts questioning the legitimacy of your 330 yard drives in 3,2,1.....


To be expected as I often get that response when talking with other people in person, until I get out and golf with them. However, I have no reason to create a lie behind a computer screen to impress people. I am just looking for help and would like to get the most accurate information possible. Just remember...it's all in the hips.

post #8 of 18

I think he meant 230, probably a typo.

 

EDIT: Okay, not a typo.

 

If you drive 330 yards when you don't slice, then use your 3W. That will give you something like 300 yards. Or even a 19 degree hybrid will give you something like 280 yards.

 

You wouldn't need a driver until you hit the pros. ;-)

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

I think he meant 230, probably a typo.

 

Nah, there's lots of guys on this forum that hit like that. This would be the place to come get some help.

post #10 of 18
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Nah, there's lots of guys on this forum that hit like that. This would be the place to come get some help.

 

Yeah, I forgot. :whistle:

 

BTW, 330 yards is not really unbelievable, but I think he might be seriously swinging out of his shoes.

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

You wouldn't need a driver until you hit the pros. ;-)

 

Which he could apparently do from 330 yards away.

post #12 of 18
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Honestly just looking for help. I have a lot of power, but that doesn't make me a professional golfer.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

 

Yeah, I forgot. :whistle:

 

BTW, 330 yards is not really unbelievable, but I think he might be seriously swinging out of his shoes.

 

Yeah, I was just having some fun. I can't talk because I get a [expletive deleted] when I hit it 220.

post #14 of 18

I think if you have a driver in your bag that you hit 315 yards in the fairway, then work on fixing something else.

post #15 of 18

Let's try something new guys; so often these types of "I drive the ball 300+ yards but I slice it, what can I do..." threads get started, and all we do is question the legitimacy of the distance. Do I think he drives it 330 yards average, no... but  who cares. Instead of focusing on that part of the post, let's just pretend that he put some realistic distance in there instead and then try to answer his question.

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by TL1197 View Post
 

Honestly just looking for help. I have a lot of power, but that doesn't make me a professional golfer.

 

I'd suggest posting a video of your swing.  That way the swing pros on here can see exactly what you're doing and provide appropriate guidance.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by TL1197 View Post
 

Honestly just looking for help. I have a lot of power, but that doesn't make me a professional golfer.

 

Seriously though, you should avoid using your driver until you get used to hitting your hybrid or 3W off the tee. That will help your game.

 

If you really swing the club 130 mph, you need to find a really good club fitter. Anyone else will be taking a stab in the dark, and cost you lots of $$$ trying to "fit" you.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

 

Seriously though, you should avoid using your driver until you get used to hitting your hybrid or 3W off the tee. That will help your game.

 

If you really swing the club 130 mph, you need to find a really good club fitter. Anyone else will be taking a stab in the dark, and cost you lots of $$$ trying to "fit" you.


Thanks for the advice. I actually did play a few rounds using my 3 wood off the tee box and I believe it helped me a little bit. I will go to a fitter when I get the opportunity, but would love any advice until then. I just want to keep getting better and having to take a few drops every game really hurts my score.

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