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 Post subject: Driver distance - is there a maximum?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:12 am 
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Mods: please don't move this, as it is not at all a rant and is clearly General Discussion. :)

So I got my hands on a new Hestia Driver, somewhat reluctantly as I already owned a beautifully long +15 skill Typhoon 11 degree. After reinforcement the Hestia became 'Advanced' (+4 skill), and I quickly (and impulsively) put another 3 skill on the club. Then I went to the range. I was a bit surprised to observe that at both no spin 100% hits and full side spin 105% hits the Hestia failed to outhit the Typhoon. But I consoled myself in the certain knowledge that fully fitting the Hestia would make the difference. It did not. After fittings I returned to the range with the +15 skill Hestia and was shocked to see no appreciable difference in distance from the +3 skill Hestia and still no advantage of note over the Typhoon.

So I ask the question: do drivers (or any club) have a maximum distance? Is there a point past which further fittings become irrelevant? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Driver distance - is there a maximum?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:11 am 
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(You asked the same question over in Tips, so this thread will be merged with that one. I will do it later today.)

As for the answer... I will double-check my testing and get back to you.


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 Post subject: Re: Driver distance - is there a maximum?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:13 am 
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I repeated the tests and get the same results as I posted long ago in Tips-- that the Titan (Zeus, Hestia) drivers are about 7 yards longer than the previous longest driver (the Typhoon/Frost).

I just repeated some testing to double check:

I tested both clean Zeus and Hestia 1W, with in-range stats of 42, 57, 339, and both went an average of approx. 602.4 yards.

I tested a clean Frost 1W, with in-range stats of 42, 57, 338, and it went an average of approx. 595.3 yards.

As you can see: about 7 yards longer.


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 Post subject: Re: Driver distance - is there a maximum?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:37 am 
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Thanks Allan. I wonder if +15 skill expresses itself differently in the two clubs, perhaps due to the loft difference? I have been unable to produce the 7 yard difference (even though the Hestia is in actual fact +19 skill).

The main question posed by this thread (which I did not pose in the other thread) is, is it possible that the club (or any club) will hit a distance maximum that no amount of fitting will improve on? I am especially perplexed by the fact that distance did not improve when the +3 skill club was fitted to +15.

Thank you again.

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 Post subject: Re: Driver distance - is there a maximum?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:21 am 
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Skill fittings on a club are no different that skill stats derived from other sources. When you are hitting your club you stats are X,X,X,X and it does not matter where they come from.

As for your second question, I have never seen a club that won't improve by adding more skill fittings. Mind you, as you get into very high skill, the amount of distance added by 1 extra skill decreases. For example, if you are running 200 skill and add 1 skill, the effect on your distance will be more that if you are 380 skill and add 1 extra skill.


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