Increase Distance and Reduce Spin off the Tee for the Better Player

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Clubfitting, Driver Fitting | 4 comments

Higher than desired spin on the driver typically comes more from the golfer having a little more downward angle of attack into the ball or, from the golfer allowing the clubhead to slightly pass in front of the hands so the dynamic loft on the face is higher at impact than the actual static loft on the face.

Equipment wise, higher spin can only come from a higher loft on the face and slightly from a shaft that is too soft in flex or too tip flexible for the golfer’s swing. If you have lower ball flight with 3200 rpm spin when using a 10* loft driver for example, assuming the loft really is 10*, it is likely that a slightly downward angle of attack coming into the ball would be the case.

So equipment wise, the only ways to reduce spin will be first to use a lower loft, second to use a more tip stiff shaft than what you are using now. But both these changes are going to make the flight trajectory lower than what you are experiencing now. So if you want to increase trajectory in an effort to carry the ball farther, you can only do that with a higher loft and/or a more flexible shaft – and both of those are going to result in more spin than you have now.

I recommend using a TrackMan launch monitor to measure your launch angle, spin rate and your angle of attack into the ball. This way you will know for sure what the cause of the lower flight with higher spin is from. But with my experience, a low flight with higher spin with a 10* loft head means downward angle of attack. Which in turn means to change things to higher launch and lower spin would require a swing overhaul to get into more of a level to slightly upward angle of attack. And that for a scratch player may not be advisable because such a swing change could open the door for other swing errors until you really nailed down the angle of attack change.

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  1. Hi, I have a new Colbra Bi Cell driver, it was 45.5 inches long. Couldn’t hit it at all. Had it cut down to 43.5 and now feel in more control and I tend to have a flatter swing. But I tee the ball high , bottom of ball to top of diver. I hook every shot , sometimes slice. It’s frustrating as heck. I get maybe one good hit out of fifteen, straight and long. Yesterday I teed it lower about half the ball on top and I nailed it straight and really far about 230 yards. The longest drive ever for me. it even felt good. I’m 73 with a bad back, two strokes and a heart attack a year ago so I never hit a ball more than 125 yards. I can’t wait to go out tomorrow to see if I can duplicate it. I’m not sure if I changed my swing from flat to more upright?? But I’ll soon find out. Shorter driver is Better !!

  2. I would like to have a driver built that is shorter then ones sold today for accuracy. I am 5’10” and find my swing has to be a bit too flat with longer drivers. I currently choke down about 2″ on my Titliest 910 but gripping down that far is a bit awkward. The problem is I don’t want to cut down the shaft change the swing weight and have lead tape all over the head and this kills resale value on the club. Why can’t club makers seem to make a 43.5″ driver with the proper characteristic as far as flex and tip go.

    • Lawrence:

      If you visit a custom clubmaker who works with our driver head designs, you would find that it is possible for them to fit and build the driver to a length of 43.5″ because I design our driver heads with its production headweight specs and with a weight addition capability so that these lengths are possible to achieve. If you read anything of my clubfitting research and information in my books and tech articles, you will find that I am ADAMANTLY opposed to these much longer lengths that all the big golf companies have evolved their driver lengths to be these days. There is absolutely no question that the vast, vast majority of golfers will hit the ball more consistently with a shorter length driver than what has become the standard driver length from all the big golf companies.

      Why have these companies gradually pushed their driver lengths to be 45 to 46″ in length these days? To sell more drivers on the basis of HOPE, that’s why. These companies know that if a golfer hits even just one good drive out of 10 with a longer length driver, the golfer will be prone to buy that driver out of the HOPE that they can do that more than once out of 10 swings. With some golfers, not all, the longer the length of the driver, the higher their clubhead speed might be. No guarantee of that because to get a higher speed with a longer length requires that the golfer have a late unhinging of their wrist cock angle with a smoother tempo and more inside out swing path. But it is a fact even for this type of golfer, the percentage of off center hits will increase with a much longer length driver.

      If you need assistance in finding a good clubmaker in your area, we welcome you to click on the FIND A CLUBFITTER locator search tool found on the middle of our home page of If you would like us to help you find a custom clubmaker with whom you can work, email us with that request at and we would be glad to help.


    • You have already changed your swingweight by gripping down, so the only difference would possibly a tad stiffer shaft, but not by much.
      So, cut away…

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