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How much does your clubhead speed change between clubs Driver-LW?

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Shorter shaft, steeper angle, less arc. Pretty simple math, there. Personally, i would never take a full swing a LW so i guess ill never know..
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i cant remember ever taking a full swing with one either. i get the math idea. the reason i was asking is because i was in the 90s with a 3 wood but im well over 100 with a driver and i was curious to see if anyone had the same experience or if i was just off.
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No. Im similar. I swing my driver between 105 & 110 but im somewhere in the low 100's- high 90's with a three wood.
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I recently tested a 76mph 7-iron clubhead speed. No idea what my driver speed is, but I'm pretty certain I'm in the R-flex range.

A buddy of mine tested 87 7-iron 105 driver. Not sure if this information helps you.
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Angular velocity is proportional to the radius from the point around which the point (club head) is moving, assuming the point is moving at a constant rate in degrees/sec or radians/sec (ie, the point makes a circle around the axis of rotation in the same amount of time regardless of distance from the axis). So your swing speed for a 7i should be approximately equal to the length of your 7i divided by the length of your driver times your swing speed for your driver.

Obviously this is pretty rough, but it works out for Shindig's example numbers.

Say a standard driver is 44", and a standard 7i is 36.5" (from http://www.golfspyder.com/golf-club-length.html ). Then the driver speed for Shindig's friend should be 87 * (44/36.5) = 104.87, which is obviously quite close to 105!
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I average 110 driver, 90 six iron. I usually reserve the 60 for around the green, but I've tried a full swing with a 60 at the driving range, and it only went about 70 yds. You could go for a smoke break waiting for it to come down though... :)
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I average 110 driver, 90 six iron. I usually reserve the 60 for around the green, but I've tried a full swing with a 60 at the driving range, and it only went about 70 yds. You could go for a smoke break waiting for it to come down though... :)

And your hitting 5.5's???

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No one takes full swings with a lob wedge? It's a great club, it goes about 85 yards, and you can drop it on a dime every time. I swing the driver like 115, and the LW about 65.
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And your hitting 5.5's???

Yea, I screwed up. My S57s had 6.0s and I was hitting them fine, but someone (who should know) recommended I try a slightly softer shaft. Wife and I are looking at renting a house in a few months, and then I'll setup a build/repair station in the garage. I'll probably replace them then.

That's what I get for listening to someone elses's recommendations, instead of using my own judgement. That will teach me eh?
No one takes full swings with a lob wedge? It's a great club, it goes about 85 yards, and you can drop it on a dime every time. I swing the driver like 115, and the LW about 65.

I don't leave myself that yardage in, so I only use it when I miss my approach and short-side myself, have to flop one on a green that slopes away, etc.. If I hit a full LW into a green it would never hold. It would come zipping right back at me. The courses I play are kinda soft. :)

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Why does swing speed even matter when it comes to a LW? I want control, not overall distance. In reality, what is more important than swing speed is the timing of the swing. The swing should take the same time with a LW as with a driver. The LW is swung slower and shorter, the driver is longer and faster, but the time from beginning to end should be just about the same.
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Why does swing speed even matter when it comes to a LW?

Maybe he was just curious...?

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I don't leave myself that yardage in, so I only use it when I miss my approach and short-side myself, have to flop one on a green that slopes away, etc.. If I hit a full LW into a green it would never hold. It would come zipping right back at me. The courses I play are kinda soft. :)

You should really work at it, its by far the most valuable club in the bag. I swing about the same speed as you (driver 115 or so) and have spun off plenty of greens, but I can cut the spin out of it, or leave the spin in it. The lob wedge is actually quite easy to get the spin out of. The key is to use the ball position to control spin. Put it forward and sweep under it to get a nice soft landing, and put it backward and rip into it for bite.

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I'm 18hcp, and hit a P wedge 88mph yesterday, but probably hit about as full as I would ever want to hit a wedge, and it was off a carpet.

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