Choosing the Best Set Make-Up

It used to be that golfers would buy a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood and a set of irons, 3-PW. This leaves the average golfer with clubs that don't have enough loft for many golfers to hit consistently. Therefore, common sense would dictate that these clubs should be replaced with ones that are easier to hit and achieve greater success.

Our mission is to find out the lowest-lofted wood and the lowest-lofted iron that the golfer can hit with reasonable consistency in terms of getting the ball up in the air and reasonably straight.

If the golfer cannot hit the 3-wood or 4-wood well up in the air at least 4 of 6 times, the club should not be in the bag. It is far better to have the first wood after the driver be a 5 wood or even 7 wood that the golfer can hit up in the air more than 90 percent of the time and give up a little distance, than to keep hoping for the right swing to be able to hit lower-lofted woods.

In terms of the irons, obviously we are talking about replacing low-lofted irons with hybrids or high-lofted fairway woods (9-wood, 11-wood). Our goal is to match this easy-to-hit, high-lofted wood to a distance that will replace the longer irons.

Length wise, it is just so much wiser to fit hybrids with the same length as the irons being replaced because that leads to a more consistent distance gap between the lowest lofted iron and the hybrid just above it. Loft wise, it depends on the golfer’s clubhead speed.

As to whether to go to a high-lofted wood or hybrid for the iron replacements, we look at two things:

  • The more the golfer sweeps the ball rather than hits down on the ball, the more likely that high-lofted woods will be a golfer’s iron replacements.
  • The golfer’s personal preference/opinion as to whether they are more comfortable or confident with a fairway wood or a hybrid.

Club head speed also plays a role in the set makeup determination. The slower the club head speed, the greater the loft gaps should be on all clubs.

Courtesy of Tom Wishon


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What is the Best Driver Length?

If you wander into any golf retail store, you’ll notice that the men's drivers from all the golf club companies are between 45 1/2 and 46 1/2 inches in length. Yet, in every year from 2005 through 2016, the average driver length among all players on the PGA Tour was 44.5 inches.

Sound strange? Here are the best players on the planet—players for whom distance off the tee is absolutely critical to their chances for success—and they are routinely using drivers that are shorter than the ones that are being peddled off the rack to you!

For almost the entire 20th century leading up to the 1980's, the standard driver length for men was 43", for women 42". Did humans all of a sudden get 3" taller starting in 1980? Nope. What happened was simply a result of competition to sell more golf clubs in an overcrowded golf equipment industry, and to do so at the expense of the vast majority of golfers' potential for playing proficiency.

Every golfer on the planet thinks that a longer driver length means a higher clubhead speed, which in turn means more distance. The fact is, the only golfers who actually do experience a higher clubhead speed from a longer length when they hit the ball are golfers with a later to very late unhinging of their wrist-cock angle on the downswing. That’s maybe 5% of all golfers, if that.

The next problem also deals with percentages, but this one’s far more certain. Among 100% of all golfers, the longer the length of the driver, the more chance they have of hitting a higher number of off-center shots. That fact right there is why the average driver length on the PGA Tour has been 1 to 2 inches shorter than the length of the drivers being sold off the rack to you and your friends. Even the pros, as good as they are, know they cannot hit a longer length driver as consistently solid and on-center and as accurate as one a little shorter.

The drivers presently sold off the rack in shops are too long for 90% of the men and 98% of the women golfers who buy them.

If you are a golfer with a smooth tempo, if you swing with an inside/out to square swing path, have a late release of your wrist-cock angle, and a good sense of swing timing and rhythm, then you are in luck. If that's NOT your swing, then go get a new driver fitted and built from scratch; only this time get it not only built to the right length for your swing; but also get the shaft, loft, face angle, grip size and swingweight that's also best for your swing. The irony is that here you are hitting most of your drives on the toe or heel, watching the ball slice into the trees, praying you can make that one good swing out of ten with your driver that is 2" longer than the average tour player's driver and thinking the whole time that it’s your fault.

From 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game by Tom Wishon

 

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