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So apparently I asked this sort of years ago.

And I'm wondering this again, but now we have better technology and more experience interpreting data with Trackman and Flightscope and Gears and all that. Specifically I want to know what effect an off center hit either to the toe or heel side - not higher or lower on the face, assume it's the same place in terms of verticality, has on irons and woods.

I did a quick search and all I could find was the piece below which basically says more distance is lost with shots towards the heel which is what I would have guessed, forget about the curve, it just feels more "dead" off the face.

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I found this on YouTube, but he's only using 2-3 points of data for each type of strike, wish there were more data points.

 

There must be a more comprehensive piece or video I'm not finding. Or maybe it's here and I'm completely missing it.

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I have two drivers - a Ping G425 Max and a Taylormade Sim. With the Max I consistently heel it, and despite deliberately trying to hit the ball more out the middle, I just cant do it. Even my straight drives are heeled, and the smash factor is far from optimised. But with the Taylormade Sim the contact is consistently laterally middle and vertically a little high.

In my opinion feel head weight and design plays a big part on strike location for a given swing.

 

 

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The clubhead diagram here feels right. It probably varies pending driver swing speed, face to path, and other factors. 

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Anything low, is just bad, heel side is really bad, and toe side is not as much. 

 

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And here I'm just happy to hit the ball somewhere on the clubface.

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30 minutes ago, billchao said:

And here I'm just happy to hit the ball somewhere on the clubface.

Hey, you're talking to a perennial shanker here.

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