Golf tip of the week: Golfers can improve driving distance with proper loft

PHOTO PROVIDED Clubhead speed is just one of the factors in determining the correct loft.

A slower swing speed requires more loft and a faster swing speed requires less loft.

For example if you take a garden hose with low pressure and lift it higher, the water will travel will traver farther. But if you go too high the water will travel less distance. That same theory can be applied when fitting the proper lofted driver for a particular swing speed.

f you have a 90 mph clubhead speed:

• A 9-degree driver will travel approximately 198 yards.

• An 11-degree driver will travel approximately 206 yards.

• A 13-degree driver will travel approximately 212 yards.

• A 15-degree driver will travel approximately 216 yards.

But if the driver’s loft is 17 degrees, the ball will travel 211 yards — five yards less than the 15-degree driver.

When a custom driver is correctly fit, there are several other factors that must be considered. Does the golfer increase or decrease the loft angle at impact? Most golfers add loft by utilizing a scooping motion, creating too much backspin and some golfers decrease the loft at impact, knocking the ball down.

A true master club fitter will consider all the above factors, not just clubhead speed.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.


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