Having played the same driver for six years, I decided it was time to invest in a new club. So, I went straight to the local pro who provided me with a high-tech fitting system using the Vector Pro Launch System.
He asked me to play six shots with the driver I had in my bag, a TaylorMade Firesole, which had a 10° loft with a regular graphite shaft. From this I had an average yardage, club head speed, ball speed, a graph with the trajectory of each shot and information about how much spin was being generated as well as my launch angle on impact.
Although good distance-wise, with a modern driver I could be hitting it 20 yards further and I was advised to think about using a stiff shaft to counter the spin I was putting on the ball as my club head speed was high.
I tried a few different drivers before the Ping G10 was put in my hands. The pro suggested that I would benefit from generating a higher launch angle and handed me the 12° driver. The improvement was instantaneous.
The club has a 460cc titanium head and “a new thin crown pattern provides discretionary weight which is repositioned inside the head to optimize the CGT location for higher launch and lower spin.”
I have been using the driver for five months and the improvement in my game has been excellent. The club is unbelievably forgiving. I am hitting it 20 yards further and more importantly it is going straight down the middle. I couldn’t be happier with the improvement and have found I don’t get so nervous on the first tee with a watching crowd!