Driver Question

njt1986

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Is it right that a lower spinning driver/shaft combination (plus lower loft) has a tendency to promote hooks?

Something one of my mates was saying while he was being fit for a driver last week was that the guy fitting him said that putting him in a low loft/low spin driver setting was promoting massive hooks during his fitting.

I found it fascinating, but is that a normal thing or is that maybe just based on his individual swing characteristics?

And on the opposite side, would that mean that if you were someone who predominantly hit a fade and your miss was a slice, then a higher lofted, higher spinning setup would further promote that to happen?

I’ve never been fit for any of my clubs, I’m a second hand special bloke, hope for the best, so I find all the technical side bloody fascinating
 

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There may be unintended consequences to the adjustment mechanisms of particular clubs - I say may, but for some it's well documented.
This may be what was being referenced.
As an absolute, in the hands of 'iron byron'; that combination and effect doesn't make sense to me.
 

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I would say that comment was meant for him and his swing rather than all-encompassing. Club fitting is horses for courses after all.
 

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Normally you need a bit of loft for a hook to allow for a closed face!
That’s what I was taught.
So 3 wood easier to draw than driver.
 

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The mechanics of a hook doesn’t change. But I suspect, much like its easier to move a ball with less loft, it could assist in exaggerating a hook. (If that’s your bad shot)
It all depends on how the person reacts to that change in loft.
I can’t possibly see why a low spinning shaft would assist. There really isn’t much difference in shafts other than feel.
 

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Cheers for the replies guys, I guess that equipment is all a bit hit and miss really - based on the individual having an effect on the outcome. I suppose if it was all done with a robot with a set swing speed, path and so on then, chances are, having a softer or stiffer shaft, higher or lower spinning shaft or more or less loft wouldn’t necessarily see and difference in shot shape?

Still, either way, bloody fascinating
 

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Without getting too technical the more loft you have the less the ball will hook or slice. Its very difficult to hook or slice a wedge due to its loft but it gets easier as you present less loft to the ball.

Hope this helps, I can explain the technicallities of why this happens if your interested.
 

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Had en Epic Sub-Zero in 9degrees with a heavier shaft and must admit my bad shot was always left

When I used this on the course I felt it was very fade biased and my favoured shot became a nice high fade with plenty of run strangely

I find the low spin / low launch combo hooking a little bizzare so think this will be down to the individuals swing mechanics
 
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