Answering your most common questions about golf technology

Belfry pro and custom fit techie Neil Wain answers your questions. 

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 4 Jul 2017

 

We asked GolfMagic readers to submit their golf equipment queries into us, and Belfry's pro golfer and custom fit technician Neil Wain was on hand to answer them...

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FEATURE: BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT YOUR GOLF CLUBS

Q1 - HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FLEX I SHOULD BE PLAYING IN MY CLUBS?

Generally there are two things with this - clubhead speed determines flex of golf club but also ball flight.

So obviously the stronger the shaft the lower the ball flight, the softer the shaft the higher the ball flight – but mainly clubhead speed.

Q2 - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR FLEX AND STIFF FLEX, AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO GET RIGHT?

The difference is stiff is a little bit stronger, generally a little bit heavier as well which means it launches lower and spins lower than a regular.

Q3 - WHAT IS COR (COEFFICIENT OF RESTITUTION) ALL ABOUT? 

COR is how efficient you are in your swing.

I normally measure this on the Trackman so a smash factor of 1.5 is optimum with the driver and 1.3 is the optimum with an iron.

If you can get the smash factor at 1.5 with a driver when the ball speed is at its highest then that driver is perfect for that person.

Q4 - WHAT DOES OFFSET MEAN?

Offset can help with the release of the golf club through impact because it keeps the hands ahead of the ball and also helps release the golf clubs, something which your average golfer really struggles with.

Q5 - HOW IMPORTANT IS BOUNCE AND DO COURSE CONDITIONS/SWING TYPE REALLY INFLUENCE HOW MUCH BOUNCE I NEED?

Yes definitely.

Bounce is really important because people who get steep on the ball require more bounce and people who are shallower require less bounce.

In terms of course conditions, firmer courses like links courses require less bounce, but your typical parkland course that’s quite lush means that more bounce is preferable.

This is why the Tour pros don’t just have two wedges that they use all year, they’re always chopping and changing due to course conditions really.

 

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