There are two aspects to this.
1) The driver is the only club in your bag that requires an upward strike for optimal results. All the others requie a downward or level sweeping strike. That is one of the reasons a driver is harder to hit than a 3/5 wood.
2) The second is length of shafts these days. If even a pro like Tiger Woods got his best results with a 43.5 inch driver this year, why are amateurs hitting 45 inch drivers. Because they are being sold on the "latest and greatest driver which is 'longer' than before". The trade off to length by a bigger shaft is inaccuracy. Pro's can control it. Most amateurs cannot even figure out what they are doing wrong, let alone figure out how to correct or prevent it. Modern 3 woods are the length of old driver shafts, which is why many people get better distance and accuracy with them.
At the end of the day, a driver is a better option if you can get it fit for your swing.
Bill Connelly's SP+ is good at predicting against the spread. He's around 55% correct against the spread. Which is a pretty good house edge 😉 . He just studied what typically wins games and collects the data and comes up with a predictive measure of a teams ability against an average team (SP+ Rankings). Then, he uses that to compare match-ups.
Fine. My point is Mr. Snell did no testing. All he did was make an anecdotal statement. Is he more credible than some jo-blow? Of course. I just found it funny that from that 15 seconds he spent on pond balls, we get comments like "yeah, that's what I figured", or "yeah, I've held watered balls before, they're heavier".
No, he hasn't done a "pond ball test". If he did why didn't he reference it in the video?
Break 80 (previous low is 86, handicap is 16.9)
Improve driving off the tee. Need to cut penalties and poor drives in half. Currently lose 4-6 strokes a round off the tee with driver from penalties or shots where I have to punch out / hit long irons
Improve lag putting and putting in general, averaging around 38 putts a round. Want to average 34 or less.
Improve short game. Need to leave myself with more shots at 1 putt per round. Specifically on confidence and decision making around when to putt, chip or pitch. Need better technique for shots that require higher ball flights at short distance
Improve my swing - ball first contact on most swings
Working on increasing my shaft lean from perpendicular to the ground to slightly forward - really work on Keys 2 and 3
Better pivot before impact - shoulders and hips more open than current swing
Shorten swing to slightly before parallel
Beat my dad on 18 holes (he is an 8 handicap. I have beaten him on 9 holes.)