So the fitting I did last week has had me thinking about all my specs and numbers. A little surprised by some of my driver results and so I was reading up on how to "fix" some of them like spin. I generally think I'm reasonably long off the tee but that's still a carry of 240-250yards and total distance between 250-270 most of the time. then I watch Jason Day carry his driver to where Jordan Spieth's ball finished! Impressive. So how does he do it? Made me start thinking about all my numbers. Speed, ball speed, launch angle, SMASH factor, etc.
At the fitting, my driver spin was about 3800 which is higher than you want. So in reading on how to improve some of the numbers from my fitting, I ran across this tool from Trackman, it's a trajectory optimizer where you put in various numbers and it projects the swing results, carry distance, roll, etc.
Play around with it. You need to know some things like your ball speed, launch velocity, etc, but if you do, then you can tweak numbers and see the result of how it impacts the swing. So for me, if I reduce my driver spin from 3500 to 2400, I pick up a lot more roll and some carry. I think it was about 12 yards. If I increase the ball speed a little that helps a lot as well. The other thing is I can tweak the launch angle and see where I reach the point of diminishing returns. For me that was about 19-20 degrees. After that I get a little more carry maybe and less roll. So all this is to say, ALL THESE NUMBERS PLAY A ROLL in the results of your swing. I have typically taken it for granted. Education is a great weapon so maybe learn your typical numbers and see how you can improve them.
Just makes me appreciate the fitting process more. If I could be fitted with a driver shaft that was optimal, a head that launched high, that gave me a few more MPH on my swing speed and reduced spin, that could have a big difference in driver distance.
So I saw the commercial by Cleveland on how people are fixated with hitting the long ball while 65% of the shots we play are within 125 yards of the green and how we could really save more strokes working on wedge game. Well that's true, but if I optimize my driver, and pickup 10-25 more yards (mileage my vary HA!), I would probably be hitting more wedges into greens. So to improve at this game, we need to develop skills for sure but we also can help ourselves by getting the best equipment for our swing.