Hey All, I am in the midst of contemplating a driver change and just needed some opinions.
Currently play with a stock R11. 60 gram stiff shaft. Usually play it with a 10.5 / Neutral setting. Never had a good fitting session with my driver. My irons were all custom fit this past year.
I suffered a neck injury that has caused me to lose some distance and thought I would try some new clubs at the store just to see if I was not using the right driver for my current swing.
I took my R11 to the launch monitor and compared it with a TM SLDR. The numbers were pretty revealing. I hit 10 balls with each club.
R11 had an average spin rate of around 3500. Swing speed averaged 102, best distance I could get was 280. Accuracy wise, was more in the middle than I normally ever hit it on the course.
Had a TM TP SLDR with a stiff 80 gram shaft. My spin rate went down almost 1000 RPM's to around 2500. My best distance was 308. Averaged around 275. Swing speed went up to 105 average. Only problem was that I hit more left than the R11.
I tested them out about 2 months ago. Now Ping has the new G30. I have had some folks say a lot of good things about the recent Ping Drivers and how more forgiving they are. I am not a Ping guy but I will use whatever I have to use to get more distance but more importantly see more fairways. I have always been a TM wood guy but have now chosen to look at all brands and see what fits me best.
Mechanics wise, I get lessons frequently and my pro is happy with where I am at. Once in while I get too quick or have some over moves, but most of the time I have good width, swing inside out and have a small draw or hit it straight. My misses tend to be blocks or hooks so it is not a consistent miss. All depends on how I feel that day with my rhythm and timing.
Any advice on if getting a newer driver is really worth it? By that, is it going to help bring the spin rate down and be that much more forgiving than the R11?