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Adjustable hosels in drivers and does it really benefit most golfers.

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I guess I'd like to hear what you guys think about this as I don't see a whole lot of discussion about it.

I was curious so I borrowed one and spent some time fiddling around with it.  As expected, the settings did have an effect but those differences were so minute, its more like a tiny tweak even when going from one end of the settings to the other.  Like maybe moving the ball 10 yds left or right, or a little bit higher and lower.  But that's just my own results.

But nowadays at the range, I see more and more people sitting on the benches tweaking their drivers rather than working on their swing. Most of these guys are either slicing their shots heavily or are just topping or thinning it badly.  After a couple of those shots, they go open up the manual and start tweaking at different settings.  Much like a sniper at a rifle range would do with their scopes.  I find it somewhat..funny but at the same time, I feel bad for them.  Here they are, trying to improve their game but instead, were sold a $400 magic stick with "adjustable desired results".  So now they seem so distracted with messing with the club they're not even caring about their swing anymore.

That's just my observation so I could be way off.  So what do you guys think?  I can see how it may benefit better players trying to tweak their trajectory or so, but how about the rest of the players out there of other skill levels.  Do you think it will help say, mid to high cappers with one of these or hinder their growth because they're so distracted with the settings that comes with it?  I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this. And if you have one, how has it helped or not helped you?

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IMO it just provides better fitting options. I've never seen anyone adjusting clubs on the range. I haven't touched my wrenches since day one.

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The adjustable drivers are there to optimize a player's ball flight given their swing. I find it amazing a lot of the club manufacturers advertise an 'x' amount of settings because only 1 or 2 settings works. Also, it's better for the manufacturer to produce just one club rather than a various amount of the same driver with varying settings on it.

I've only adjusted the settings to the driver after I was fitted on the same day I purchased it. I haven't seen people adjusting their club at the range though.

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I really like adjustable loft, and I can see how adjustable lie can be beneficial. I also like being able to swap shafts. These things allow me to use a single head with more versatility vs taking it to a clubmaker every time I need something tweaked. That said, I don't believe in week to week changes, I keep my driver set to one setting.

I like weight kits to change swingweight, but more as a clubfitting tool, not something to be tinkered with. I like heavier shafts in the driver and sometimes shorter lengths so it beats the hell out of hot melting the head.

As far as open and closed faces are concerned, it's a purely cosmetic feature. Same thing with heel/toe weights, it seems to be a pretty minor effect compared to how they market things.

I like adjustable systems in the long game, since 90% of stock clubs out there don't fit into my gaps very well. Plus it allows you to alternate an extra wedge or long club without having to carry 35 yard gaps in your set. You can tweak the loft a degree or two, or even have a different shaft length ready to go if you leave a club out to minimize your weaknesses.

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