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I played all of 2020 with this setup.  12* 917D2 (turned down to 11.25*), with a shorter shaft that gave me high baby draws.   My gamer is a 10.5* TS3 with a stiffer shaft that gives me flat fades.  T

Very very few amateurs actually hit the ball high enough to give them an optimum trajectory for maximum distance.   I play as a single 40-50 times a year and get paired up quite a bit. I regularly pl

Play whichever loft gives you the best optimal launch angle and spin rates. Everyone has a different attack angle. I like to be in that 12 - 13 degrees launch angle range and a 9.5 degrees does tha

On 1/31/2018 at 4:48 PM, mosesgolf said:

Try 2 drivers in the bag. One being a high loft around 14* and the other 8.5-10.5 etc. That works great for me on tighter courses.

 

I played all of 2020 with this setup.  12* 917D2 (turned down to 11.25*), with a shorter shaft that gave me high baby draws.   My gamer is a 10.5* TS3 with a stiffer shaft that gives me flat fades.  Took out my 3W that I was rarely using.  Lets me attack doglegs in either direction, plus play effectively with or into the wind.  I had more wedges into greens, and my scores dropped a few strokes. 

 

To answer OP's question, my 12* driver is a fairway finder, at least on holes where a draw is viable.  I'm sure the shorter shaft helps, as others have noted.  

 

The debate between "short and in the fairway" vs "long and in the rough" could go on for a while, but I'll take "short" over OB.

 

 

 

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I sometimes think I'm the only golfer who doesn't really care about distance so I'd happily give up 20 yards off the tee to be in the fairway. On most of the courses I play, missing the fairway by even a little puts you in the trees and that might as well be a penalty stroke. Somebody also commented about Tiger or some PGA pros not hitting a lot of fairways but I've always been of the opinion that the biggest difference with a pro is they can get up and down from pretty much anywhere - that's not the case for most golfers. Pros can also hit 30 yard fades with precision and work all kinds of magic to get to the green from some really bad places - most regular golfers cannot. I want GIRs, so if it was me I'd probably start by tracking that. If I'm hitting more GIRs with one driver versus another, I figure everything else will take care of itself. 

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I have a TS3 10.5 and with my normal swing and tee height that produces a +3 to +4 AoA...I can only manage a 1.44 smash. That with the loft down to 9.75*. If I tee it down and lower my AoA, I average around 1.5. Needless to say, the TS3 is getting replaced with a lower lofted TSi3.

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