by Tom Wishon
12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game is a 32-page booklet of key excerpts from Tom Wishon’s award winning and best selling book, The Search for the Perfect Golf Club. Intended as a teaser for the full Search book or as a means for busy golfers with a short attention span to glean the key information from the Search book, the 12 Myths booklet is a quick resource for learning the most important facts about golf clubs today.
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The Lower the Loft on Your Driver, the Farther the Ball will Go
Yup, that’s true…with some of your fairway woods, hybrids and irons. But even with the swing speed of a Bubba Watson, there is a point that the driver loft will be too low even for him to generate his longest driving distance. Sure, for Bubba that loft number is a single digit; but for the rest of us with our much lower swing speeds, to achieve our maximum possible distance we need a higher loft, one that for many golfers is a number with a “teen” after it. I know that sounds counterintuitive so I’ll explain it this way.
Imagine you have a garden hose turned on full blast and you’re trying to get as much distance as possible out of the water spray. Now, suppose someone turns the water pressure back and you see the loss of distance in the spray. So, what do you automatically do to try to get some of that distance back? Exactly! You raise the angle of the nozzle. It’s the same thing with the driver.
If you’re among the relatively few golfers who have a very high swing speed (i.e., the hose is on full blast), you need a lower loft to get maximum distance. If, like most golfers, you have a slower swing speed (i.e., the water pressure is lower), you need a higher loft to get more distance. What you CAN NOT do is match a low swing speed with a low lofted driver! That’s the equivalent of lowering the water pressure and lowering the nozzle angle, and wondering why the water isn’t going as far.
2. The Lower the Loft on Your Driver, The Farther the Ball will Go
3. You Can’t Go Wrong if you Stick with Well Known Brand Name Clubs
4. Your New Driver has a Larger Sweet Spot
5. When I Buy a Club with an S-Flex Shaft I Know I am Getting a Stiff Flex
6. The Faster You Swing, The Stiffer Your Shaft Should Be
7. The Longer the Length of the Driver, The Farther You’ll Hit the Ball
8. My Clubs are Just Like the Ones the Pros Use
9. Women’s Clubs are Designed for Women Golfers
10. I am not a Good Enough Golfer for Custom Fit Clubs to Matter
11. I’ll Just Cut Down Some Clubs for my Kid; That’s Good Enough
12. I was Custom Fit at the Big Golf Store (or Pro Shop or Online)