Yeah, that seemed weird to me as well.
But, the guy's a 17 handicap. I'm 67 years old, and 230 is a good drive for me. Of course, I do play the Senior tees. I have maintained around a 13 HI for quite a while now, even sneaking down into the upper 12's now and then.
Yes. Generally ball velocity helps hit the ball higher, and a -3.5* AOA is pretty severe for a Driver! it's easy to buy loft, harder to change your swing. But changing your swing may bring more lasting results!
So true! My buddy likes to buy last years releases this year at the local golf shop because he knows they'll be marked down. He does not go online. But, he wants a Callaway driver and guess what? You can't find last years model in the golf shop! You can find just about everybody else's, but not Callaway. They have taken over the Driver market and always sell out!
I think fit has a lot to do with it, and every brand is a little idiosyncratic. Foot Joys have always fit me well. At last year's golf shop tent sale, I ran into my buddy who was looking for shoes. Every pair of Foot Joys he tried on, would give him "heel slip". He finally found a pair of Nike's or Adidas that didn't do that.
And good waterproofing is a must! I've had FootJoy shoes with a 1 year guarantee last 4 years completely dry! I like that!
I am a terrible tournament player - my mental game is weak.
Our women club champion has been the same 2 players in the last 15+ years. The 2 of them and another 3 single handicappers play together every day, so when they play tournaments, they play each other like a regular game.
I kinda enjoy flying under the radar...