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There's much more to learning this game than hitting it long and straight.

Tour quality putting will teach you how to read greens, read speed, develop and simple, consistent stroke, a sink more putts.

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Tour quality putting will teach you how to read greens, read speed, develop a simple, consistent stroke, and sink more putts.



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November 19 /07
Driver Mass & Maximum Distance


    Have you ever wondered why all Drivers are about the same mass? Wouldn't you be able to hit the ball farther if the Driver was more massive? It all stems back to a study performed in the 1960s, the results of which are published in the classic golf science book, "Search for the Perfect Swing" You can get your own copy by clicking HERE.

In the study, the authors found the following about the quest to find the optimum mass Driver which has a standard length of 43 inches. As the mass of the club increases, the golfer is not able to swing the club as fast. The speed of the ball is dependent upon the speed of the club as well as its mass. The coefficient of restitution, e, is a measure of the efficiency of the transfer of energy between the club and the ball. Note that a club mass of 0.21 kg results in the optimum ball speed. Any mass larger than that results in an even lower club speed and a lower ball speed. The physics is well understood.

Club Mass (kg)
Club Speed (mph)
Ball Speed (mph)
Ball/Club Speed Ratio

Different players with different swings and strengths would all have a slightly different optimum clubhead mass. For most, it is around 200 g, thus most drivers have clubhead masses that correspond to this.For most, experimenting to find the optimum mass would not yield very many extra yards. And, it's not as simple as adding a little lead tape to the clubhead because that would also change the center of mass of the club and the relative stiffness of the shaft, both also determiners of distance. If you happen to be quite strong and fit, you might be able to swing more massive clubheads with greater energy, thus resulting in more distance.

As well, the characteristics of your swing will also dictate what mass and length optimizes your distance. For instance, the golfer that has an early release for the wrist cock angle (Tom Watson has one) may be able to generate more distance with a slightly heavier club than a golfer with a late release (maintains the wrist cock angle until the last moment, like Tiger Woods).


     If you are serious about trying to optimize your distance through clubhead mass, go to a facility that has a club/ball monitor (one that measures clubhead speed, ball speed, trajectory, spin, etc). You can experiment with different clubhead masses and shafts to find the one that produces optimum ball speed, trajectory and spin (the effects of which will be discussed in a future newsletter).

Or, you can even buy your own launch monitor. In my opinon, the best Launch Monitor out there is Accusport's Vector Pro. Learn more here.

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If you'd like a less expensive monitor, try the Swing Speed Radar. It will measure your clubhead speed and your ball speed, but doesn't measure launch angle or spin like the Accusport can.


Distance & Altitude

    I've recently completed producing a spreadsheet that computes your golf club ranges at different altitudes and temperatures. You input your range for each club under your normal playing conditions (say 1000 feet and 75 degrees F), and the spreadsheet will calcuate the ranges for each club at any altitude and temperature.

    So let's say you're off to play in a different part of the country or world where the altitude and temperature are quite different from your normal course. You'll know how far each club will carry at under those new conditions. No more guessing when you visit a strange course. You'll be able to select your clubs with more confidence. And remember, less doubt gives you a much greater chance of hitting a good shot.

Below is a picture of what the spreadsheet looks like.

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Facts about golf ball flights at higher elevations.

1. Air is less dense at higher elevations.

2. Since air density is less, there is less air drag on a golf ball and less air lift.

3. Flight time for golf balls is less. Golf balls don't fly as high.



4. High lofted clubs (i.e. short irons) will have the greatest difference in range at higher elevations.

5. Tee shots (with a Driver) will fly lower and won't fly signficantly farther, but they will run farther.

6. One might get more distance from a 3-wood at high elevation than a Driver.



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1. Go to my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. There's a link to it on my pages from the left hand menu near the top of the page, just below the Search icon. It's called "FAQs." You then click on the graphic icon and you'll be taken to my database page. For your convenience, here it is:

I've answered hundreds of questions over the past 6 years and have created a fairly large database. You can search it out. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, submit a question and I'll answer it.

2. On all of my web pages, there is a search feature in the top left section, right underneath my LOGO. Just place your search keywords in the search box, select "This Site" below it, and then press "Search." What will come up is a Google search of the pages on my site with relevance. You can also search the entire internet by selecting "Web" instead.
Go to my main page now: Home or just check the top left menu of this page.

3. Also, directly under the Google Search area, you'll find a pop down menu called "Your Topic." Select the topic of interest and press "Go."

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Hope I provided some useful ways for you to become better prepared for you best golf season ever.

Ken Tannar

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