What Driver Loft is Best for Me

Another very important factor is club loft (especially on the driver). Many golfers (and name brand golf club manufacturers) believe that a lower loft driver produces longer drives. For 90% of all golfers, this is completely false because these golfers cannot produce enough club head speed nor do they produce consistent hits on the club face. The club head speed for an average male golfer is 85 mph while the average PGA Tour player has a club head speed of 110 mph (the longer hitting tour professionals average 120-130 mph). Plus these professionals hit the center of the face 80-90% of the time while the average male golfer MAY only hit 10-15% on the center. So for all these reasons, average golfers need to very careful when selecting the best loft for their driver. Below is a chart showing loft and driving distances.

Swing Speed (mph)

Driver Loft (degrees) Launch Angle (degrees) Carry Distance (yards)
60

11

15

19

12.1

15.2

18.1

106

117

122

70

11

15

19

12.1

15.2

18.1

145

154

156

80

9

11

13

10.5

12.1

13.7

174

181

185

90

9

11

13

10.5

12.1

13.7

206

211

213

100

8

9

10

9.6

10.5

12.1

231

234

236

110

7

8

9

8.8

9.6

10.5

254

256

257

Chart Courtesy of Tom Wishon Book 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Game

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