|Greetings from Suzanne||Wednesday, 24 August 2011|
Technology On Test
Just about every week in this newsletter we try to convey a few simple messages:1. You’ll score better if you have proper tuition
2. You’ll score better if your clubs are custom fitted
3. Club and golf ball technology is evolving at a rapid rate with one goal; to help you play better golf!
So how far has technology evolved over the years?
To help us shed some light on the matter 3-time Major Champion, Padraig Harrington, took up a challenge. After warming up, Padraig was set up with a launch monitor and hit some balls with his Driver, 6-Iron and 9-Iron respectively. He then repeated the exercise with a Driver, 6-Iron and 9-Iron from 1959. Any guesses on the result?
They weren’t what you might have expected:
• Modern Driver: 270 yards Vs 1959 Driver: 259 yards
You may have assumed that the modern Driver in particular would have offered more in terms of distance, but the results highlighted an undisputable fact – nicely summed up by Padraig himself: “In any era, the guys who were the best would have found a way to be the best at any time. The best adapt no question about it. I still think if Hogan were here today he’d be the longest, straightest hitter.”
What Padraig proved in this test is that when it comes to hitting the sweet spot time after time no one club or design will make much of a difference, BUT when you don’t hit the sweet spot, that’s where modern technology comes into play.
By distributing weight towards the peripheries the club’s ‘forgiveness’ is increased tremendously – and yet they still perform better than older models when you do hit one ‘out of the screws’.
So what does technology do for you? It offers the best of both worlds; albeit with a slight bias towards the forgiveness that club golfers really need. Don’t put that technology to waste, if you’re going to upgrade your clubs make sure you have them properly fitted.
|LINING UP A SLOPING PUTT|