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#1 mattmiddo

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:26 AM

What is the best way of knowing which driver loft to go with? What difference is there between 9, 10.5 and HT?

#2 tdoddsy

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:35 AM

u need to try them all out either on the range or launch monitort. there is quite a bit of different between those lofts. but the shaft can play a big difference as well. you can get high/mid/low launch shafts as well.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:36 AM

I bought a 10.5 once and didn't get any roll so I got myself a 9.5 and sell the 10.5 on eBay :) I guess that is one way of finding it out :D

#4 mattmiddo

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:45 AM

is say a 9.5 degree driver harder to hit than a 12 degree one?

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 02:07 AM

yes

#6 mickusmickus

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:22 AM

Hi all, This topic is close to my heart as I actually just brought a new driver. I naturally hit the ball VERY high and have always used 8-9 degree loft drivers. When I went to the shop I was told that driver manufacturers are making more of the high loft drivers due to the fact that "TIGER" hits the ball high. Apparently the way he plays is the latest benchmark. Anyway, I tried all of the different lofts (on a launch monitor) forgetting about what I had always used or what I thought I preferred. Turns out, based on what the launch monitor was telling me, that I was best suited to a 9.5 degree loft. I had never used a loft this high before and was of course a little tentative about actually parting with the doosh. But eventually I let the professionals tell me what was best for me. Well..........they say the proof is in the playing and I am happy to report that going to the higher loft was the best thing I ever did. I am now hitting my drives straighter, more consistant and 30 - 40 m longer than ever before.................consider me a happy customer! MICK

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:33 AM

Go to a golf shop that has a launch monitor in it, specifically one that measures launch angle, sidespin, spin, club head speed, ball speed...these numbers will probaly mean nothing to you, or most golfers, but the pro at the golf shop (and make sure you get a pro or at least someone with training) will know what the numbers mean and will be able to guide you towards the right loft, length and shaft flex.

#8 mattmiddo

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 04:05 AM

Problem with all these suggestions is, that beside the total common sense haha, is that im trying to be tight and score a bargain from ebay. Thats why i was wondering if there was a way for a weekend hacker to know which loft to go for. Specifically im looking at getting an r7 draw and 90% of the ones on sale on ebay are 9.5 degrees. I would be happier going 10.5 as i have a 12 king cobra now which i think i hit a bit too high. Any advice on this front? Is there a huge difference with that 1 degree seperation between 9.5 and 10.5?

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 05:15 AM

Yes apparently so. I wouldnt just jump into a 9.5 blind, especially going from a 12. 10.5 is fairly common for the weekend hacker. The reason there may be so many 9.5s going cheap is that the 10.5s have all been sold.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 05:51 AM

go for the 10.5!

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 07:31 AM

As a real weekend hacker I find the higher lofts far better, straighter and longer. I have tried many from 10,5 to 14 degrees. Settled on a 12.5 does me fine.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:43 AM

Is there a huge difference with that 1 degree seperation between 9.5 and 10.5?

Short answer - no, it can make a 2 or 3m carry difference at most swing speeds. How far do you hit an average drive with your 12* cobra?

#13 Dave_11372662112

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:26 AM

a rough guide in my opinion....like I said rough guide 1-7 marker 9 degree or 9.5 8-15 markers 9.5 or 10.5 15-22 marker 10.5-12 23 marker or above must use 12 dgrees or above (HT)

#14 mattmiddo

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 06:34 PM

Thanks for the advice guys....looks like i might hold off and try and snap up at least a 10.5 if not the HT (12 degrees). No use getting a bargain if you cant hit it properly hey.

#15 tdoddsy

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 07:57 PM

Thanks for the advice guys….looks like i might hold off and try and snap up at least a 10.5 if not the HT (12 degrees). No use getting a bargain if you cant hit it properly hey.

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