What do the degrees on drivers mean?
Of the degrees you normally see (9,10,11, &13), which one is considered "standard"? I assume they are based on your individual swing, but is the driver that's best for you determined on swing speed, natural slice, etc.?
It refers to the loft or angle of the clubface. There is no "standard" any more - it depends on your swing (clubhead speed, angle of attack, release point, etc). Formerly it was assumed that low handicap golfers would benefit from lower loft on their drivers. With the advent of 460cc titanium clubheads and launch monitors to measure spin rates, launch angles, carry, etc, the paradigm's changed. The ideal for ALL golfers is to maximize launch angle with the least amount of spin, which has led to higher average lofts for Tour players as well as for average golfers. If you're going to buy a new driver, if at all possible get "fit" by a retailer that uses a launch monitor in their process. It's well worth the small charge and will result in longer, straighter drives. Good luck! Source(s): 2 handicap and former PGA Professional
It is the angle of the head when it should impact the ball, so it determines the lift.
Degrees of the loft of the face of the driver. Lower numbers hit the ball...well....lower. Higher degrees (more loft) tend to hit the ball higher. A lot of that has to do with the swing, however....as I have seen some guys hit a 7.5 degree driver as high as a mountain. Average golfers tend toward the 10-degree or 10.5. Better golfers who are after more distance hit 9.5, 8.5...all the way down to 7.0. I am a 12-handicap golfer with 36 years playing experience. I like the 9.5 for my swing.
Generally, you'd hit your driver on the way up that is you tee up the ball and the ball is further in the front of your stand in relation to addressing with other clubs. Since, you will be hitting the ball on the way up the ball will be very high and sometime not getting the distant you want so the driver is designed with less degree of the loft of its face.
This angle is the degree once you place the driver on the ground that the club face makes in relation to the ground. Each club will have different loft degree depending on the maker and the players' preferences. Go to the sites below and see Titleist 907D drivers are made with different specification from 7.5 degree loft to 11.5 degree. This is if the same person hits a consistent swing with each of these clubs meaning that the 7.5 degree will generate a lower ball flight than 11.5. Of course if you have slower swing speed a high loft, that is 11.5 degree will help you lift up the ball better than 7.5 and the higher the ball lift into the air the longer your ball will tend to go. On the contrary, if you have 100-120 mile per hour club head speed, you may like 7.5 degree which does not send your ball up so high and lose distant.
The standard these days for drivers is between 9.5-10.5 degree for normal amateur players. But, some people like higher loft and softer flex shaft thinking this will help them if they have really slow club head speed. I'd think a 13 degree driver would be more of a strong three wood, or they used to call it two wood or spoon which you could use off the tee or from the fairway.
Hope that helps.
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