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Find your drivers sweet spot.

Discussion in 'All Things Golf' started by BarnacleBob, Jan 4, 2017.



  1. BarnacleBob

    BarnacleBob GIM Founding Member & Mod. Founding Member Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    First (1) Remove the driver head from the shaft,
    (2.) Place a piece of 2" x 2" painters tape centered on the driver head
    (3) Using a bolt, dowel or driver shaft, balance the head on bolt, dowel or shaft. (see image below)

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    (The removable & adjustable shaft was used to find the balance point)

    (4) Using a pen, pencil or marker, trace around the balance point of the head. The balance point is the heads sweet spot.

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    (Note the balance point / sweet spot "guide" DOES NOT align with the factory chevron symbol "sweet spot" alignment marker)

    (5) The true sweet spot will be about .25" towards the toe and above the center of the middle of the balance point.


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    (The small dot illustrated in the above image towards the toe of the club designates the optimum location at impact to achieve maximum distance & control. This impact location will increase club head speed by 3 mph, which translates into 7.5 yrd distance gain @ 100 mph swing speed.)

    Hitting on the heel side or even dead center of the sweet spot costs the average golfer from 15 ' - 30+ yrds distance. Secondly, every mass produced club head is constructed with different balance points, i.e. "sweet spots." Relying upon the factory alignment aid indicator as the clubs true sweet spot is error as indicated by the above images.

    Once the sweet spot has been located on the head, the player can then use impact tape, etc. to practice impacting the true sweet spot to achieve maximum distance & control.

    This method of finding the sweet spot on modern adjustable & removable nonglued heads allows the player whom is acclimated to striking a particular section of the head to find a closely matching new club w/o guessing.

    Todays mass produced clubs are built within certain tolerances & balance points, which explains why 2 clubs, same model & same brand will result in two very different ball flights & distances by the same player. It is for these reasons that JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) clubs sell for a global premium v U.S. Market clubs, namely these clubs are built to more exacting standards. The deviations in manufacturing tolerances, balance points & sweet spot locations are much more uniform in the JDM equiptment. IOW a player can confidently select a club off the rack and know where the sweet spot will be located.

    I hope this helps to explain why one driver seems to hit better than another, even when its the same model from the same producer.
     
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