WHAT HAPPENS ON OFF CENTER DRIVER HITS?

A couple of weeks ago we took part in a study that showed what was likely obvious to most of you; impact location matters.

Below are a series of findings that talk about how off center hits on your Driver can impact overall distance, as well as ball flight - In this particular example, notice how swing speeds over 100mph are gaining swing speed at impact on toe strikes, but losing overall distance compared to centered strikes.

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OBSERVATIONS:

  • Toe strikes register higher clubhead speeds, but lower ball speed. 

  • Shots out of the toe reduce backspin but increase axis-spin (draw spin)

  • Ball speeds are highest on center face contact, and result in longer distance.

  • Heel strikes lead to the greatest loss of ball speed and swing speed, and overall distance.

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