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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Changing Your Shot Shape with an Adjustable Driver (Video)

In this 42 second video Rick Shiels tells you how to use the settings on your adjustable driver to change your shot shape without changing your swing. Bear in mind that you need an adjustable driver to use most of these hacks.

Let me sum up what the changes do and how he recommends you use them as a 'hack' to change your shot shape.

  • Theoretically the standard setting should allow you to hit a straight shot. If it gives you a shape you like, then you don't need to change it.
  • If you're trying to create more of a draw, you can raise the loft to a higher number (add degrees to the face, such as going from 10° to 12°). This aims the face a bit more to the left (for a righthander) so the ball should curve that way.
  • If you want more of a fade, you can lower the loft to a lower number (subtract degrees from the face, such as going from 10° to 9°). This aims the face a bit more to the right (for a righthander) so the ball should curve that way.
  • In my opinion, here's the main hack. If you struggle with a slice, set the club for a more upright swing. What this does is raise the toe of the club off the ground so the face literally points to the left (for a righthander) and the ball doesn't get the fade sidespin at all.

I suppose that, if you have a real problem with a slice, you could both add loft and set the driver more upright to aim the face (for a righthander) to the left AND add draw sidespin as well.

And remember that even if you don't have an adjustable driver, you can get the effect of a more upright setting with your regular driver by just teeing up the ball a bit farther away from you. Any change that causes the toe to lift off the ground should give you the same result. Just remember that you'll have to practice with the new ball position before you take it onto the course.

Now depending on how much trouble you're having getting the ball into the fairway, it's possible that none of these settings might solve your problem. But if they don't help, your swing is probably far enough out of whack that you need a lesson to straighten things out.

Bear in mind that using these hacks might also cause you to lose a little distance. But if they allow you to get the ball in the fairway, you might drop enough strokes that you don't care! In any case, I think any hack that increases your enjoyment out on the course is a good one, so why not try one?

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