What is the right degree of loft for a driver?
I just got a Cleveland quadpro 10 degree that I am about to go hit for the first time, and was just curious how much loft a driver should have.
Like the others were saying, it depends on your swing. But, don't under estimate how much difference a quality club can make. I recently went from a very cheap 10 degree to a quality 10.5. I should have lost a slight bit of distance for a straighter drive. Only thing is, I've straightened the drive and picked up 50 yards longer on my drive. And the only thing that changed was going from a K-mart special to a Taylormade r5XL with R shaft.
The launch angle of the ball coming off of your driver determines the best launch angle. Most people use too low lofts. In fact, there is a rumor that golf companies are stamping the degree in error so more loft is purchased.
It really depends on your skill.
I just bought a custom Nike SasQuatch and I had it made with a 12 degree head. I lose a bit of distance compared to if I hit a 10 or 10.5 degree head. The main advantage of a higher angle head is a higher loft is achieved and therefore your shot will go straighter. I had a slight problem hitting my 10.5 straight, I tended to draw right a bit at the end, making it difficult to hit skinny fairways, this also cost me distance.
Overall I would say that 10degrees is a little low unless you are really good. If you can hit that straight 300 yrds consistently then congratulations to you on being a great golfer : )
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Like 'fingerprints', no two lofts on a driver are going to be perfect for everyone.
Ultimately, you want to find that driver, regardless of what 'loft' it is, which allows you to get the most yardage out of your drives.
For instance, if you can only 'carry' a drive of say 230 with this new Cleveland driver you have, but can carry a drive of say 250 with another driver you may 'demo' at your local driving range, but that driver is 12 degrees...then that 12-degree driver is YOUR perfect driver!
NOTE: Just as important 'loft' is, so is the type of shaft you have as well! Get down to your local golf course/driving range and go hit some 'test/demo' drivers, all with different types of loft/shaft flex and see which one gives you what you need!
Hope this helps?
A good genral rule of thumb is that the slower swing speed you have, the more loft should be on your driver. There is no right loft, its unique for everyone. I have an 11 degree driver and I hit it 290s and over 300 alot, so dont be afraid of getting a driver that you think is too high lofted.
Hiting it straight 300 yards , DOESN'T, make you a GOLFER!!! Many long drive golfers and driving range golfers can't break 80. I am a 3 handicap, on a damp 6700 yd. course, and my average drive is 240 yds. Of course, I'm telling the truth! A 10 degree driver is a perfect starting point, but don't be afraid to experiment. Have fun. You don't need to " bust a gut" to play this game.
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