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I could use some help trying to understand what’s going on here. I’ve been hitting more balls this year than the last 15 combined, but don’t know what’s going on here (see pic). Is my driver’s face melting or rubbing off on the ball? I do have high swing speed (~115mph) and ball speed (~170mph)... but it doesn’t happen all the time. When it does, I immediately smell something burning. It’s happened with different tees and off of different mats. This was also not a bad strike (or at least didn’t feel bad as it hit the center of the net). I also did not ground the club, nor was this mark on the ball before the swing. Also, there’s no discernible mark on the club’s face either. I am sure there’s an easy explanation for this so I’m putting it out there for the WRXers to answer. 

 

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^^Agreed with these guys. 

The clubface does not come in contact with that wide a section of the ball at impact, and even if it did, that much transfer would have a much more noticeable mark on the face. 

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That's the net causing the marks. Probably the ball slightly burning/melting (friction) the synthetic fibers of the net and leaving marks on the ball. 

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I've seen marks like that before hitting indoors as much as i do, in fact a lot of the balls at our indoor dome look like that. Never had issues with my drivers...i always assumed it's from the nets or turf

 

 

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8.5 ?   Is that an sldr ???? If so and you’re getting it more than 12 feet off the ground , bravo ! 

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36 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

8.5 ?   Is that an sldr ???? If so and you’re getting it more than 12 feet off the ground , bravo ! 

It’s an M3... I have been playing with the idea of a 9 or 10.5 that I can drop and open the face some. I have worked VERY hard to change my driver from a liability to a weapon. This M3 seems to still perform very well. Recently touched 179 ball speed and only about 2200 rpm on a GC2 simulator. 

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39 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

8.5 ?   Is that an sldr ???? If so and you’re getting it more than 12 feet off the ground , bravo ! 


I thought I could see the carbon in the crown, thinking M3?

EDIT: Nevermind!

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1 minute ago, Valtiel said:


I thought I could see the carbon in the crown, thinking M3?

Yep. I see it now.  For some reason my mind went to my old silver crown tour sldr.... and I though “ jeebus , 8,5 sldr , melted balls ...who’s is this ? Mongo ?  Me smash ball !! “.  
 

lol. 

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Just now, bladehunter said:

Yep. I see it now.  For some reason my mind went to my old silver crown tour sldr.... and I though “ jeebus , 8,5 sldr , melted balls ...who’s is this ? Mongo ?  Me smash ball !! “.  
 

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2 minutes ago, Rory4Pres said:

You might hang an old bed sheet in your hitting area to ease the burden on your net.  

 

Also, ditch the inferior Taylormade driver.  Use a Cobra.  So far Bryson's speedzone face hasn't melted yet.

Might not be a bad idea. Find myself hitting every day around lunch just to break up the work from home days! I did just get a mixed Cobra CB/MB iron set... would match nicely 😈

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Found this one today at the range. Poor dudes driver must have melted into nothingness 🙂

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Your net might be white - but if you take a flame to it, the burnt section will be black/brown.

 

Just like how brass wont scratch harder metals, a urethane ball will not scratch a metal face. But a high spinning plastic object will potentially cause a friction burn on your plastic net.

 

Faces of clubs do wear down, but due to sediment on the ball surface. Normally in woods/irons - not drivers unless you hit nasty range balls with it. Hence why you see wear spots on those clubs and not drivers often.

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1 minute ago, third-times-a-charm said:

Your net might be white - but if you take a flame to it, the burnt section will be black/brown.

 

Just like how brass wont scratch harder metals, a urethane ball will not scratch a metal face. But a high spinning plastic object will potentially cause a friction burn on your plastic net.

 

Faces of clubs do wear down, but due to sediment on the ball surface. Normally in woods/irons - not drivers unless you hit nasty range balls with it. Hence why you see wear spots on those clubs and not drivers often.

This definitely explains it. Thank you @third-times-a-charm... so you’re saying I need to get my spin under control... now, where can I find a low spin bomber???? 🙃 

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