Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

Click For Free Video: https://topspeedgolf.com/your-free-video/?vid=125057023 Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You Isn't it always on your mind that, maybe, if I pay more, I might get a better produced, more structured, and worthy product? Don't you wonder what secrets manufacturers aren't telling you? What aspects help make a good driver or club? What are the driver distance secrets? In this video we go over key points about the driver that manufacturers won't tell you, and you can incorporate these into your club selection. Make a quality decision; Remember, the goal is to walk away with a club that works for you. We shall give you the insight and you can go make a game changing, smart buy. I look forward to working with you much more in the future with Top Speed golf. Good luck with your golf. Clay Ballard Click Here to Subscribe to YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_iddZiEUKR0Byb_eHbHHAQ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TopSpeedGolf

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Click For Free Video: https://topspeedgolf.com/your-free-video/?vid=125057023 Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You Isn't it always on your mind that, maybe, if I pay more, I might get a better produced, more structured, and worthy product? Don't you wonder what secrets manufacturers aren't telling you? What aspects help make a good driver or club? What are the driver distance secrets? In this video we go over key points about the driver that manufacturers won't tell you, and you can incorporate these into your club selection. Make a quality decision; Remember, the goal is to walk away with a club that works for you. We shall give you the insight and you can go make a game changing, smart buy. I look forward to working with you much more in the future with Top Speed golf. Good luck with your golf. Clay Ballard Click Here to Subscribe to YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_iddZiEUKR0Byb_eHbHHAQ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TopSpeedGolf

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Robert Kirk
Robert Kirk - 2 years ago
I have played golf for years I now still play of 14 at 66 years old, and I must admit watching some of your videos has given me more insight to my game and clubs than I have ever found out before much appreciated
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Thanks Robert!
Simon de Maria
Simon de Maria - 2 years ago
the 89 people who dislikes this clearly sell Golf Drivers / Club lol
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Haha...maybe :-) Hope you're playing great! ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Crypto Troll
Crypto Troll - 2 years ago
doesnt know legal driver length...its 48 not 50...but your gonna listen
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Hi Crypto Troll, thanks for bringing this to our attention. Our mistake for sure. Hope you're playing great! ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Man on the Grassy Knoll
Man on the Grassy Knoll - 2 years ago
This new TaylorMade M3 TP is so going back...
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Haha...there is nothing wrong with getting a new driver. Just don't expect miracles. It's likely not going be much better than anything from 12 years ago. I'll never stop anyone from getting new clubs if they want them. Most of the time get excites you to go out and play/practice more. Hope you're playing great! ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
cristie sanford
cristie sanford - 2 years ago
Went from Callaway to Cobra, and have stayed with Cobra for several years now. I've tried (at the pro-shop) all of the top brands, and couldn't launch the balls well enough with any of the drivers until he put the Cobra in my hands. The right fit is important. I'm a woman and hated purchasing pink, purple, lime green, and orange, but the driver I use now is pink..., yet I smash the ball out there, even though it's loft is a whopping 15 degrees. That's too much for most of the ladies, who have asked to try it, but I believe they're also used to teeing up way too high. (at least twice as much as I do) . I keep my ball only about an inch off the ground, ball right off the leading foot, and use the proper lag swing he showed in the video. I haven't been doing that with my irons, and usually come up short on the approach. Thank you, thank you for this video. Can't wait to get out on the range and work on improving my iron shots.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
HI Cristie, thanks for sharing. Hop you are playing great! ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Glenn Watson
Glenn Watson - 2 years ago
Launch monitors make it easy to buy new clubs. Take your old driver into the shop and ask if you can hit it using their launch monitor. Then ask if you can hit one of their new clubs. The salesman can replace the shaft on the spot. You will see right away if one is better than the other. I went from a 20 year old ping driver and a regular shaft to a new Ping G and a stiff shaft. I got 20 yards and better accuracy.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Hi Glenn, I agree 100%. Thank you for sharing. Play well! ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Ek Chuah Studios
Ek Chuah Studios - 2 years ago
Good info, thanks.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Thanks Ek Chuah Studios!
KS187 Feae
KS187 Feae - 2 years ago
Thanks for this important information bro. I totally agreed with everything you have said, almost got me a $400 Taylormade driver. I'm sticking with my old drive from here on.
KS187 Feae
KS187 Feae - 2 years ago
Sometime we all need a little reality check, and this is probably one of the most important one. TY
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
No problem! Glad you liked the video. There is nothing wrong with getting new clubs. Just don't expect a driver that is a few years newer or even 12 years newer to add a ton of distance. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Bill Malec
Bill Malec - 2 years ago
Great information.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Thanks Bill!

10. comment for Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

K T
K T - 2 years ago
yea but, does the pga check every driver with this machine?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Hi K T, I believe this video is outdated now. They use a different method where they hit a metal ball on the face and measure how far it bounces off. I believe they do test all the drivers on Tour but I'm not 100% sure how it works and when they do it. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
trew ten
trew ten - 2 years ago
I use to have all stiff shafts on my irons and drivers, but I was injured at work and had a hernia surgery and have a bad back I am only 37 I know it sucks, but anyway after almost a year off from playing golf post surgery I went back out and had no distance what so ever I thought maybe I was just rusty, so after few rounds of golf and still the same thing I almost gave up on golf it wasn't fun being the last one all the time but I am glad I didn't I bought Callaway Xhot irons with senior flex and minus one inch and oh boy am I hitting them pure with more distance and I am excited about golf all over again. at 37 I would have never thought of using senior flex shafts but after my injury that is permanent that's what it took. so the right clubs make all the difference. good video!
trew ten
trew ten - 2 years ago
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard thanks for the reply but unfortunately it's a permanent injury I've done physical therapy, acupuncture, and sessions with a chiropractor, cortisone injections, it's as good as its going to get, I use to drive 290-300 average yards now I'm lucky if I get 200 yards, but I know and understand what I need to do and can still beat guys who out drive me by a mile so I'm ok with it. I really enjoyed your video keep up the good work. Looking forward to more videos to come.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Hi Trew Ten
Thank you for your comment. We're sorry to hear about your injuries, hopefully you're all recovered. I'm glad you were humble enough to go to senior flex a lot of people much older than you are not. Seems to be a great choice! Best of luck with your game and no more injuries!
RayLo RayLo
RayLo RayLo - 2 years ago
On shafts...nothing on stiff vs. regular flex?
Jeffrey Whitworth
Jeffrey Whitworth - 2 years ago
Firstly, I enjoy your videos, and appreciate the candor you offer without overwhelming the average person with technical data. Your videos are especially useful for explaining various concepts because you explain things so casually without condescension.
That said, this comment thread is a great example of all the bad and incorrect information and mythology out there.
More to the point brought up by RayLo, to have this conversation about shafts we need to quantify shaft traits uniformly. As you said, one maker's stiff might be another's regular flex, kick point, etc. This quantifier is swing weight.
We all want to grow the game, but I believe the effort since the early 1990's to make golf clubs "ready to use" in order to bring players who might not be dedicated "students of the game" into the golf equipment buying arena which, frankly, is designed to get the average casual golfer buying equipment cyclically. This fast food characteristic in modern equipment has made fitting and fine tuning for a golfer who doesn't have a pro or fitter/builder they can trust nearly impossible.
If you did some videos on the relationship between launch angle and spin rate followed by shaft kick point/clubhead weighting to launch angle, and so on, people might get the relationship between equipment traits and what ails their swing. Particularly shaft flex and the early or late squaring of the clubface at impact depending on whether a shaft is too soft or too stiff. Of course these videos will only make sense if viewers understand the push/pull, hook/slice, draw/fade shot shapes and their relationships to shaft flex.
I'm being facetious. LOL All those videos have probably been made.
Duffers just need to practice and study. Thanks again for your great videos.
Cheers!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 2 years ago
Hi RayLo, I can talk some about shafts. The main thing to understand about shafts is that there is no industry standard for what is a stiff or regular shaft. One company's stiff shaft could be softer than another company's regular shaft. The shaft definitely plays a large role on the trajectory of the ball. If you truly want to get the shaft that is suited for your swing then you'll need to go get fitted. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Kia Ler
Kia Ler - 3 years ago
Hi I think the body twist and body push forward that produces smooth downswing will scope the ball further !!!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Kia Ler, thanks for sharing. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
tommart123
tommart123 - 3 years ago
Good advice. I just tested a 2012 TM driver vs brand new TM driver. Preferred the older one. Spent $300 less.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Nice! Yeah, the technology really hasn't improved that much really in the last ten years or so. If you want to save some money then you can definitely get an older one and be just as well off most of the time. Thanks for sharing. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Gorden Scottfan
Gorden Scottfan - 3 years ago
Fair to let everyone know the club manufactures HAVE to change design of their drivers every year because no matter what they do the current year model is copied and is old news within a few months and if by chance there is a "Good Idea" everyone else will have it in their next model....Keep in mind that selling golf clubs is not playing golf it selling a product to stay in business. The only reason they stay in business is because millions of us like new shinny clubs to carry to the golf course.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
HI Gordon, thanks for sharing. You made a lot of great points. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
elmaro77
elmaro77 - 3 years ago
you are good man !!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks elmaro77!
72RocknRoll
72RocknRoll - 3 years ago
Great info... circa '15. In '17 manufacturers have figured a way for the driver face to pass the legality test when made, but will produce more "spring effect" when hitting a golf gall. Example 1? The Callaway Epic. That club will produce a "smash factor" of greater than 1.5:1 which is the PGA limitation on drivers. (100mph club speed = 150mph ball speed) How? The face is supported by two vertical "rods" behind the club face that will allow the face/crown to deform must enough impact with a real ball to produce a higher impact ball speed. BTW - Golf makers only test a "representative sample" and are allowed a 2% margin of error for legality so some clubs coming off a line are definitely hotter while most are a few percentage points below the edge of legal. Tour guys have clubs tested to be right on the edge of legal. The sticks demo'd at the January PGA Show in Orlando in January are "rumored" to be hand picked, too. If you hit a driver great at a demo day, buy THAT specific club. DO NOT let the rep or local club guy order you one of supposed same "specs". Take the demo home with you when you leave. Well worth your effort.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi, thank you for sharing. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Chana Timrat
Chana Timrat - 3 years ago
Always good.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks Chana!
Frederick Ream
Frederick Ream - 3 years ago
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Frederick, I'm not really sure what all that means but thanks! :-) Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor

20. comment for Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

Ken B
Ken B - 3 years ago
thank you - nicely explained. i used a nike drive for years - so sad when it finally wore out as i could not find a good used one and the newer models just weren't working for me. finally i found a callaway that somewhat worked and used that for a couple years and then i got caught up in the hype - that was a budget buster - now i am back to an older model club by ping i like and am now trying to find the shaft that works best for me as my swing speed is changing as i age. i have a club fitting appointment soon and am going to try several clubs, and now that the hype doesn't matter to me, i hopefully should be able to walk away with something i can use for years.
Kaitlin r, o Ellerbrock
Kaitlin r, o Ellerbrock - 3 years ago
Ken B e
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Ken, that's great! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you find what works best for you. Best of luck! Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Maurice Jones
Maurice Jones - 3 years ago
Best teacher on earth. You never see a teacher to day telling the truth about equipment. The reason I love my Hogan Apex II's are they work perfectly for me. They are not as long as some of my other clubs but are consistent so therefore I play a much better game. P;ay what fits your swing. I say.
Jeffrey Whitworth
Jeffrey Whitworth - 2 years ago
Well said Maurice. And Hogans do play a club shorter. I have an old set of Edges that I love, but I give up that feel to hit modern irons longer. Never let outside opinions contradict what you know to be true in golf or otherwise.
Cheers!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Maurice, thank you so much for the kind words. I'll be sure to pass that along to Clay. I have hit some Hogan clubs in the past and always liked the way they felt. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Bamidele Sonubi
Bamidele Sonubi - 3 years ago
Hello Clay,
Does the same apply to fairway woods as well.

Regards

Bami
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Bami, thanks for the comment. Yes, it is all pretty much the same for fairway woods. The manufactureres can only make the faces on those so hot as well. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Geordie Sancaster
Geordie Sancaster - 3 years ago
Hi. What a great video in explaining the c.o. r. Speed and your completely right they are all the same in theory. Take notice golfers be careful what you buy, I've learned the hard way. Thank you again.
Geordie Sancaster
Geordie Sancaster - 3 years ago
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard Thank you anyway for your excellent work in helping golfers understanding how golf clubs actually work and price isn't everything.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
No problem Geordie! This is kind of an older video. They don't really use this test anymore. They now use a CT test which is where they use a pendulum to swing a metal ball into the club face. They use a device to measure in milliseconds how long the metal ball stayed in contact with the face. It's testing the same thing just in a different way. It's much more portable and easier to administer. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Santiago De Ponce
Santiago De Ponce - 3 years ago
Awesome info
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks Santiago!
Arvind Das
Arvind Das - 3 years ago
Fantastic vdo ! Tells the mark up ! Wow
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks Arvind!
Ronesi Alefaio
Ronesi Alefaio - 3 years ago
distance depends on ball..I found soft feel balls travels farther than the regular ones..
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Ronesi, it does have some to do with the ball. The main difference in golf balls is how much they spin and that can affect distance based on someones swing speed. There is not one ball that is best because what's best for a the pros isn't always what is best for someone who swings 95 mph with a big slice. It's important to find the right ball for you. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
RB Brown
RB Brown - 3 years ago
Rocky Thompson used a very long driver. His great eye hand coordination enabled him to hit it a very long distance. Rocky must be near 80 now. I always enjoyed watching him on the Senior Tour.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi RB, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I recommend using as long of a driver as you can control. You may also find that you can swing a shorter driver faster because you are more comfortable with it. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt - 3 years ago
2014 Big Bertha with stiff shaft works better for me than the new Epic!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Chris, I believe it. It's all about finding what works best for you. There really isn't that much of a difference in clubs made in the last 10 years. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
ForbidenL1fe
ForbidenL1fe - 3 years ago
I have a question in regards to the shaft portion. When I first started playing, I had a buddy teach me a few things to help with my drive. After a few pointers, he got my swing in fairly decent. The problem is that when I finally got a good swing in, I broke the club where the head and shaft meet. I didn't hit the ground or anything. One time is a fluke. Three back-to-back drives is a whole different animal. But with that, each drive was long. I think the longest that day was around 318 or so? I have since gone with a metal shaft. My question is, was the shaft breaking an issue with the shafts being too flexible, or too sturdy? I am 6'6 and roughly 280. Big guy with a history in baseball. Help? haha.
ForbidenL1fe
ForbidenL1fe - 3 years ago
That's what I thought, but the first club I believe was a Rhino? The other was a Ping and the third I don't recall. I know that each club, as you said, is better suited for an one individual than another. Would you recommend a metal shaft or carbon / fiberglass?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Forbidenl1fe, shafts don't last forever and clubs break all the time. Typically clubs made by the name brands are good quality and will last longer. The box sets of clubs usually are not made with the same quality standards to be able to offer at such a low price. These ones will typically break more easily. I imagine at 6'6" and 280 pounds you probably can swing pretty hard. Higher swing speeds will make a club more likely to break as well. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor

30. comment for Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

EdwardVan Leppard
EdwardVan Leppard - 3 years ago
This all makes perfect sense and I agree. Problem for me is, how do find that "right driver"?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Edward, I believe in love at first sight with the driver. You want to love it on that very first swing. You can always get fitted too. Let me know if you have any further questions. Play well ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Mort Forney
Mort Forney - 3 years ago
What a deal, someone giving us a real honest answer. Thank you!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Mort
Thank you for your comment. We always try to provide the most honest information as we can. keep watching and good luck with your game!
Jack Rizzo
Jack Rizzo - 3 years ago
I think people know they are all the same but they want to believe they will hit it farther with a new driver.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Jack
Thank you for your comment. That partially goes to the mental side. If we buy a new driver maybe it will instill confidence to put a better swing? Good luck with your game Jack!
Tim Shubert
Tim Shubert - 3 years ago
I like the Clay Ballard video here; I knew after the first 10 seconds there was no BS here. I've been shopping for a new driver and was about to plunk down a wad of cash for one. I think I'll just hang with my TaylorMade RocketBallz for a while longer but it's going on 4 years now. I'm wondering if the driver face gets fatigued after 5,000 drives?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Timothy
Thank you for your comment. We're glad you found this video helpful. It wouldn't hurt getting a newer technology driver but also if what you have works sometimes no need for change. They do say that a driver has about 2400 hits before it does start lose its pop. Hope that helps and good luck with your game!
Eugene Fagan
Eugene Fagan - 3 years ago
Makes good sense
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks again Eugene!
TPChris
TPChris - 3 years ago
So this video is about big name drivers, what about clone companies? Such as Pinemeadow Golf, how do they compare to the actual name brand is there actually a reason to buy the brand name club vs a clone club.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hello
Thank you for the comment. Maybe we should do a video on clone companies. Thank you for the suggestion!
Arturo Pena
Arturo Pena - 3 years ago
a question i always have about these is whether to get a stiff or a regular flex, any tips on that?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Arturo
Thank you for the question. Though we always recommend getting fitted to see what the numbers say but I would also suggest feel. If you're swinging pretty hard at I probably wouldn't recommend regular but by the end of the day its the one that performs better. Hope that helps and keep up the good work!
Arturo Pena
Arturo Pena - 3 years ago
i've bought golf components at monark golf and they are pretty good, and very inexpensive.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Arturo
Thank you again for your comment. We will definitely look into it!
Bob A Booey
Bob A Booey - 3 years ago
$600 driver? $1000.00? Where are you shopping?
Andy Ip
Andy Ip - 3 years ago
how about golf balls, they told me one, two, three layers, etc. what's the difference, please explain, thanks a lot
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Andy, I found a video that also talks about the differences in golf balls. Check out golf ball myths and secrets on our youtube page. Let us know how your game comes along, keep on grinding my friend ~ Andrew | TSG Instructor
Heath Ziglar
Heath Ziglar - 3 years ago
My current SS is 118.5 with a TM R15 60Tourx R.I.P. Phenom set to 8.5* @ 45.5. I have my grip built up quite a bit...6-7 wraps and do you think that can add enough weight to slow down swing speed? I like your openness to a little longer driver which I have completely forgot about. I am trying to gain distance because my average has fallen to about 270 total and I feel 290+ is where I should be. I am not sure where I am losing distance. I am playing with the current PRO V1X at Sea Level. Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Best way to kill two birds with one stone right! look forward to hearing from you again. Keep on grinding my friend ~ Andrew | TSG Instructor
Heath Ziglar
Heath Ziglar - 3 years ago
Thanks Andrew, I will look at it tomorrow while at work....hehe
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Heath, adding wraps to the grip will add some weight to the end of the club, but not enough to change your swing speed unless the grips are too big for your. It's hard to pin point the root cause without seeing a video of your swing unfortunately. With that swing speed you should be generating enough power to gain the yardage you seek, I would suggest trying this video https://topspeedgolf.com/topic/golf-swing-speed-and-momentum-drill-lag-whip/, it will help add speed to your swing, and possibly find a swing fault you didn't know you had. Let us know how your game develops. Keep on grinding my friend ~ Andrew | TSG Instructor
Juan Lozano
Juan Lozano - 3 years ago
How important is FLOing the golf shaft for consistency?
AJ Gorse
AJ Gorse - 3 years ago
Are you legit RETARDED. None of what you are saying is true. I talk from fitting experience.
Golfholics
Golfholics - 3 years ago
Watched the entire video and I must say I'm glad that I found out about those key points. Thanks Clay, very useful video!
My_golf_Adventure _Workman
My_golf_Adventure _Workman - 3 years ago
48 inches is the legal limit.
Jeremy v
Jeremy v - 3 years ago
Lol if you are swinging at 120 mph. You do not want a 12-14 degree driver. That is terrible advice. You should have a 7-9 degree if you swing that hard......
Heath Ziglar
Heath Ziglar - 3 years ago
he was referring to 12-14 degree Launch Angle
Rhize
Rhize - 3 years ago
I only just put an m1 in the bag after replacing the i15 8 degree with the same shaft. It is a great driver. Solid as a rock, mine still looks new and great flight.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Rhize, Clay actually just got an M1 himself because his Ping cracked a while back. I think he is really liking it so far. I have one too. It's a great club. Thanks for commenting. Play well. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Rhize
Rhize - 3 years ago
If you want my ping i15 driver same shaft and loft contact me. I'd be happy to sell and send it for cheap. Would appreciate it being used by a serious golfer.
Sebastian Dykas
Sebastian Dykas - 3 years ago
Clay, would you recommend used irons as well?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Sebastian, absolutely I would. I would just make sure you get one of the big brands because those are usually the best quality and will last you the longest. Also, hit them on a launch monitor if you can and make sure they are the right fit for you. Best of luck. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Soren Bollerup Hansen
Soren Bollerup Hansen - 3 years ago
Super video, but I do have one question. If the bounce factor is 0,83 then how come the smash factor is around 1,45. Meaning that a club speed on 100 mph will/can generate a ball speed of 145 mph
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Soren, that is a great question. The driver head is free standing when they do the COR test. You get the smash factor of 1.45 because you are adding your club head speed. Play well. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Deeksy Dudzik
Deeksy Dudzik - 3 years ago
Why do we play this game? Every manufacturer promises the world if you buy the latest club they make. The reality is the bastards are just robbing us blind because we believe they know what they are talking about and the advice or technology is supposed to improve our game. How many times have you heard , I've got the very club for you to help with your issue?? Or, drive the ball 300 big uns this time, every time with our latest driver, called THE FORGIVER... only 600 bucks. THE FORGIVER 2 will be here next year.The club is not the problem. I'm seriously thinking about giving the game up. Who can you trust in golf? Fucking sickening
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Deeksy Dudzik You just have to find the right instructor for you. Just like in all professions, there are some bad ones, okay ones and great ones. We believe that it's best to only work on one or two things at a time for the same reason you are talking about. Check out www.topspeedgolf.com for more information. Best of luck. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor
Deeksy Dudzik
Deeksy Dudzik - 3 years ago
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard I've got friends who have been for lessons and the pro has basically fried they're brains with all sorts, weight transfer, compression or trapping the ball. drills for width all at once. next time playing them they don't know where they are. golf takes away confidence a lot quicker than it gives it to you. my friends are now regulars sorting problems the never knew about all because they trust the golf pro
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi Deeksy, I completely agree with most of what you said. The golf manufacturers definitely have made breakthroughs in club and ball technology. Look at the clubs now compared to 20 years ago. It's a huge difference. It's really not that big of a difference year to year no matter what they claim. I 100% agree that it has so much more to do with the player swinging the club. DJ could go out there with 20 year old clubs and still beat anybody. Thanks for commenting. Best wishes. ~ Quentin | TSG Instructor

50. comment for Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

spidey.bh1
spidey.bh1 - 3 years ago
This is BS because I have a club speed of 113 mph but my ball speed is 146 so this is all bs!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Hi The Dunking Corgi, that is some really good club speed! That's right at the Tour average so you're doing great there. You should be getting more ball speed though. With that club head speed, you should be in the mid to upper 160's in ball speed on center strikes. You could be leaving a lot of distance out there. Best of luck. ~Quentin | TSG Instructor
cgasucks
cgasucks - 3 years ago
People buying $500 shafts are really stupid...Tom Wishon said the shaft profile of those high dollar shafts today compared to tour proven shafts 10-20 years ago are virtually the same. You're better off buying a $50 Prolite or an EI-70.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 3 years ago
Thanks for the comment. most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I've used expensive shafts and I usually can't tell the difference. You just have to find something that fits your game. ~ Quentin Patterson - Top Speed Golf Instructor
Mike Mallory
Mike Mallory - 3 years ago
Great information! This guy knows what he is talking about!
David Lentine
David Lentine - 3 years ago
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! I hit my Driver 280 to 300! Not one thing this Clay dude says seems right! I'd like to see him hit his Driver from a launch monitor and prove it! Lol! What a clown!
ant john
ant john - 3 years ago
David Lentine .....bet he knows better than you
Alex White
Alex White - 3 years ago
This is the 100th comment
PhillipandLaura Shepherd
PhillipandLaura Shepherd - 3 years ago
Just discovered you through your shaft flex video. Thanks for the info. I've been ballooning with a regular shaft. I think I'm going to try a stiffer shaft and see how that goes.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 3 years ago
I haven't hit the i15 driver but I hit a i25 today and it was a great driver
Michael van Vliet
Michael van Vliet - 3 years ago
One more comment in support. I have an old Taylor Made Super-Fast Burner driver (about 5yrs old now) with a Proforce 65gm Shaft & hit it anywhere from 250 to 280M (& a couple over 300M). Tried out the new Mizuno JPX900 the other day & barely made 210yards with over 3200rpm spin - hopeless. I believe it's the shaft that has the greater impact on performance than the head by a long way.
Michael van Vliet
Michael van Vliet - 3 years ago
Many thanks for your great, easy to understand videos. I've been watching numerous Revolution Golf videos for a while yet, these are by far more straight forward, practical & easy to take on board, from the one on Grip right through. Well done.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 3 years ago
Clay, one more follow up to distance with drivers. After my lesson today at the PGA Tour Superstore near my home in Atlanta I went back to the practice bays to practice what I had learned. They are close to the used club racks. So I always pull two or three drivers to try. I was surprised to find the TaylorMade R9 460 sitting in the rack. After looking at it I realized it was the one I traded in several months ago when I bought my Cobra King F6 driver. I pulled it and a couple of Callaway Big Berthas and a used Taylormade M1 to hit. Normally, my F6 is consistently the longest but in the last week I have hit a Big Bertha V Series which is longer. I hit several balls with all the drivers and the R9 was right with them. In fact I hit my longest drive of the day with it. I was a little chagrined that I have been searching for distance with new drivers and I had a driver that I could hit long already. I just had to improve my ball striking through lessons and practice. I bought the club back for $74.99. Lesson Learned!
Harley Cook
Harley Cook - 3 years ago
Great video, but as the club get longer doesn't the swing speed slow down since it would be heavier?  Especially for someone older and not as strong as yourself?
fdllicks
fdllicks - 3 years ago
so where do i buy an illegal driver??????!!!!!!!
Steve Fowler
Steve Fowler - 2 years ago
I think the last big manufacturer club that was sold was the Callaway GBB from the 90's that had a non conforming COR...it was stamped on the head with non conforming USGA/R&A...I played it and hit it well.
Outcast Outdoors
Outcast Outdoors - 3 years ago
fdllicks - In LA, they're a dime a dozen.
Keep it Redneck01
Keep it Redneck01 - 3 years ago
Nike ignite 460 driver is illegal because the middle doesn't have the grooves for spin
Marie Westgård Nodland
Marie Westgård Nodland - 3 years ago
you have cobra driver tht have thr name in red tht show is illegal.
and you see normal color on cobra is legal
Angela Smith
Angela Smith - 3 years ago
Beginners golf
The Grim Reader
The Grim Reader - 3 years ago
I'll buy it
Alps P
Alps P - 3 years ago
fdllicks i have a cheap £10 Donnay driver if u want
Roberto C
Roberto C - 3 years ago
there r very few drivers I really liked enough that I would game right now, and 1 of them is that ping i15 u have in your hand. lol. that head was a beast. I bet u put a rogue silver 70x in that thing, or a 73x whiteboard, it would be a straight beast.
Roberto C
Roberto C - 3 years ago
I'm a firm believer in the technology of shafts to fit your game over clubheads. I pull my whiteboard, blueboard, or hzrdous and put it into any head I play and when you find that perfect combination of launch/ backspin, then ur good. the other day I put together a shitty ping g5 for a customer and I still was hitting 170 ballspeed with it. the spin wasn't there though.
merkules2001
merkules2001 - 3 years ago
He is totally right. No debate about it. Fun to play with different toys, but they do basically do the same. Use the same shaft and loft and try different Titleist drivers. I have tried this. Same same.
Billr
Billr - 3 years ago
I believe this. Right before a winter golf vacation south, I bought an expensive Japanese driver that just didn't do the job on the course. When the ball come off the face it felt like hitting a clump of mud. I was upset for wasting my money so a guy in our 35 man group handed me an extra bargain barrel driver to play with. I immediately started pounding the ball longer than anyone in our vacationing group. My drives became the talk of the group. Since then I don't even bother picking a club by price or advertisement. I have to hit it first.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 3 years ago
In a follow up to a previous comment. I happened to see a used Cobra S3 - which is from 2011. It has a nice look and feel so I decided to hit it. Not surprisingly it went the same distance as most of all the other drivers That perform well for me.

Also, when manufacturers release a new driver they rarely say that the new driver will give you more distance. They will talk about the features and benefits. Very often players or vendors will say that some players have increased their distance but not the manufacturers.
Terry Young
Terry Young - 3 years ago
Sorry Sir I like our videos Clay but you are wrong. Sir. All drivers are not created equal. TrackMan doesn't know what club I'm hitting when I'm using it. I'm a Nike Golf player and the Callaway XR here in 2016 pounds my club about 17 yards of carry more than my Nike Vapor Pro Driver and my dispersion is tighter. I went and tried several clubs and some just work far more easier than others that you feel like you have to make go that far. My driver swing speeds range from 116mph - 121mph and with the Nike my carry is about 278 yards on a weak hit to about 286 yards on average upwards of about 290 max on a crushed good favorable wind etc... With the Callaway XR I'm constantly carrying to ball about 285 yards to 303 yards of carry. You make great sense in what you are saying but technology advances can improve your game. Take Rory also as of right now with the Taylor Made driver and the look at his carry numbers compared to his older Nike. All drivers are not created equal... I'm just saying. You can kick my tail on the golf course with my 8 handicap but you can't tell me what I know to be true..Smiles... Keep up the great work...
jjoeyj83
jjoeyj83 - 3 years ago
Terry Young he didn't say all clubs were created equal. He said the face COR was all the exact same. He clearly mentioned the differences in clubs that can help your game. He was speaking more to being custom fitted. And the heaviness of shafts and clubs.
Tonito Lopez
Tonito Lopez - 4 years ago
Thanks for the advice. I just cannot hit the high end drivers to save my life. I grabed a used driver and voila!!! I thought I was wrong in going that route.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 4 years ago
Clay, I was hitting a Titleist 913 d2 (now 2 generations old) and it was going as far as my new driver. Great video! I have hit dozens of drivers at different golf shops (mostly at PGA Tour Superstore or Golfsmith) and for the most part they all go virtually the same distance. For me I find certain drivers I can get the club through the ball quicker and make more consistent contact.
Iain McKenzie
Iain McKenzie - 4 years ago
Superb article. Great explanation. I am looking for a new driver and will follow this advice.
Haejin Lee
Haejin Lee - 4 years ago
Cool. What about right side lardosis? aka right lateral bend. Or the right elbow on transition from top to downswing, should be first to be in front of chest? This naturally causes more lag. The "tiger squat" also helps in more lag.

For more micro details on gaining club head speed, better launch angle, less spin, try reading Kelvin Miyahira's articles. I've gained 75 yards converting micro moves to distance gainers.
TheNYgolfer
TheNYgolfer - 4 years ago
excellent point about max COR. Max COR was achieved more than ten years ago so if a manufacturer tells you they have the "hottest" driver ever they maybe correct but it will also be illegal . So STOP paying these bandits for equipment that maxed out ten years ago
Gustav Holtz
Gustav Holtz - 4 years ago
Really good job, so important...don't go by hype go by what you can handle...Great video
World News Updates
World News Updates - 4 years ago
I heard the Taylor made aeroburner is really good. and it's only $160
BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
The thing that I have found, at least for myself, is that some club fitters, will try to get the older guys like me, to downgrade to a stiff or regular shaft. I use a ProForce V2(Giga Golf Pursuit 460a head) extra stiff and I am hitting a lot more fairways and maybe even a touch longer, than I did with the stiff shaft, in my Taylor Made SLDR.
BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
+Michael Ackerman They keep it simple.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 4 years ago
BLACKCROW WALKING I watched several of his videos. Very interesting! His technique of using the body to chip is similar to Byron Nelsons clinic he put on at a course in my home town. Two pretty good guys to learn from.
BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
+Michael Ackerman There's a lot of videos of him on you tube, many of them in the "Secret in the Dirt" series.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 4 years ago
From all accounts Jackie Burke Jr was very knowledgable on the swing and mechanics of hitting a ball. That was before pros had their swing teachers making thousands of dollars traveling with them to tournaments. So, I would trust his words of wisdom.
BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
+Michael Ackerman Yep, and when you hit it in the "Screws", it's going to be long and pretty straight.  One thing I learned from listening to Jackie Burke, Jr., is that hitting the inside half of the ball is critical and that is where the energy should be directed.  Mr. Burke, said if you are striking any other part of the ball, you'll have limited success.
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman - 4 years ago
BLACKCROW WALKING I experienced the same thing but from stiff to regular. I was told that I needed a regular shaft. Strangely enough I was hitting it further and straighter with a stiff shaft.
mattdrummer34
mattdrummer34 - 4 years ago
LONG TOM by Cobra is a 48 inch driver. You will notice the difference in ball speed and carry... if you can hit it
Craig .Biddulph
Craig .Biddulph - 4 years ago
G'day Clay, I actually had all my clubs shortened 1/4", driver as well. I hit the ball longer & straighter than before. Irons are 4º upright, & driver & 3W set to a upright position or setting, so I'm a very upright player.My hands are also almost on the swing plane. So what's happened. Well I imagine I am making better contact, as I think contact is more important for long straight shots than anything else. Sometimes going longer in the shaft may actually not help your distance, though you pull off a couple of good ones. My driver average was about 280-285m, & now 290-295, & very often over 300m. I use the Titleist 910 driver & 913 3wood, mostly because of the feel & sound I get from these woods. They were not know for their distance, more the sound & feel. I also feel that sound & feel is more important than all the other babel the companies com out with. These Titleist woods always gave me feedback, & told me that my game was off or on. So for me this more important. What can I say, I hate those pingy sounding clubs as well.
I also hold the club 1 pinky width below the top of the grip. This is just a good personal feel for me, but it also feels more secure in my hand. I know you point out gripping at the top of the grip will help produce more lag, but I actually find myself producing more lag gripping 1 pinky below the top of the grip, & videos of my swing have shown me this. Maybe my hands are more relaxed & limber as I feel the club is more secure in my hands in this position, maybe it's mental thing that allows me to swing more relaxed, whatever works. I often see my other social golf group players, saying to me i am hitting even longer than before, & now straighter. I actually tell my golfing friends to grip slightly shorter than normal, maybe 5mm below the Doulble line you see on golf grips. I think most of them can't handle these long shafts, & get better control gripping slightly down. I now see them striking the ball better & cleaner. I have gone from a handicap 11 to 7 in less than 3months, & I'm still heading down. I am taking out 450m+ par 5's with a second shot 3 iron, & I'm doing more often. Anyway just some thoughts(or a lot of thoughts, I love the game), & I very much enjoy your vids & info, thanks cheers Craig, Mallorca, Spain
moncorp1 Inc
moncorp1 Inc - 4 years ago
I know a driver secret. Nike drivers are cheap junk.
Jason Vetter
Jason Vetter - 4 years ago
Very helpful. Thank you.
Michael Reeve
Michael Reeve - 4 years ago
Hi Clay - really like the no crap way you describe things and love your passion for getting the truth out there. My question is about general club selection. I know that many people go out and get bamboozled or even worse think they're getting the gear that will impress, but so many more golfers just want to have a set of clubs they can use that give them a half decent chance at playing a decent game and having some fun.

Do you have a rule of thumb that you use for people who are just looking to have a decent set of clubs and who maybe can't afford or don't have access to club fitting services? When a reasonable golfer who thinks it's time he got a better set of clubs and prepares to face the sales person, what are the things that they should ask and look for, despite what the commission based sales person is going to tell them?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Thanks. I would go to Ping.com and check out he static fitting charts they have. Then get a good used set, about 3-4 years old, and go have some fun!!
Pop
Pop - 4 years ago
I've thought this for years. Golf club manufacturing is the BIGGEST racket. My driver, 3 & 5 woods are 11 years old. My irons are 16. They still fit and function great for me.
Denny Law
Denny Law - 4 years ago
I didn't know some of this, and this guys videos are really good and he is actually rather easy to understand.
4930driver
4930driver - 4 years ago
+Denny Law
Thank you. Be amazing if im still alive in 50 years. But plan to stay at learning with the time allows
Denny Law
Denny Law - 4 years ago
Yes...I would laugh at those clubs. A good set, not a great set, but just kinda good is worth having and with today's used prices you can get a decent set for 100 dollars, but at least your playing the game and can get a good feel if you like it or not. Welcome to the game by the way and I hope 50 years from now you still be a fan.
4930driver
4930driver - 4 years ago
+Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
I agree. Very easy to follow along . I am Just starting to get into playing golf. You guys would laugh at my clubs. $20 garage sale ,, with a Michelob bag. Lol.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Glad you like them Denny! Play well!!
Shaun Robinson
Shaun Robinson - 4 years ago
Awesome info ......  Thank you!
Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson - 4 years ago
I also have played my ping i15 for 6 years bought it new and did not see a reason to change, but then I tried the Titleist D4 and my dispersion has improved and I shot my lowest round in years all due to ball striking. I'll keep you all posted if the honeymoon ends.
Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson - 3 years ago
Follow up on my driver change: the Titleist D4 continue to perform better then my ping i15 by quite a margin, my handicap dropped to my lowest in many many years, I did pick up some distance but most importantly I found many more fairways this season allowing me to go pin hunting more often during my rounds. Furthermore my putting stats for this season remain constant to my last ten years so it was clear more fairway lower my scores.
Jack McEvoy
Jack McEvoy - 4 years ago
If you are 14 years old should you be using a teen set ?
Jack McEvoy
Jack McEvoy - 4 years ago
+Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard thanks will do
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
All depends on height and strength. If you go to ping.com, there is a section with measurements. Play well!
Lonenupe1215
Lonenupe1215 - 4 years ago
Clay,

Thank you for sharing this very helpful advice regarding finding and identifying the right golf clubs for you!

Expensive doesn't always equal better!!!
Matt McKinstry
Matt McKinstry - 4 years ago
Tigger's Brush lol
todd sieja
todd sieja - 4 years ago
It's the Indian not the arrow! Awesome video! You may need a body guard if you lived by me in Carlsbad! DJ was awesome today !
Alpha_Wolf 17
Alpha_Wolf 17 - 4 years ago
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Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Haha. I actually love Ping clubs. They have great engineering. It's just that all manufaturers are fiting to make clubs 2% better. You can get clubs 2% worse for an 80% discount!
Greg Harris
Greg Harris - 4 years ago
I spent £65 on a driver from a second hand shop and I can hit It really well great video fella
Sandor Alex Fazekas
Sandor Alex Fazekas - 4 years ago
If you want to play a better game. The most important equipment is the right golf ball. I found this out playing for years now. Get a ball that's geared toward your swing. Educate yourself on the different characteristics of Golf ball's and how they work with your ball striking. You'll see a difference.
Jeff
Jeff - 3 years ago
better in what way?
fdllicks
fdllicks - 3 years ago
Sandor Fazekas very true! you can gain 10 yds with the right ball!!! fact.
BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
Maybe, but there is no ball better than Pro V1x.  It's got the competition beat hands down.
Sandor Alex Fazekas
Sandor Alex Fazekas - 4 years ago
I use two Driver's. Walmart special and a Big Bertha. Both are 9.5 degree. Walmart $40. Big Bertha $350. I hit both about 270-280 yards. I just like having the Big Bertha for the looks. I get sucked into the marketing like everyone else. It's just part of human nature.
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BLACKCROW WALKING
BLACKCROW WALKING - 4 years ago
I have a Giga Golf driver and I actually I consider it better than my Taylor Made SLDR.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
I know what you mean. The Brand Name drivers will usually perform noticeably better than the knock offs. But a few year old, quality driver, works well. Glad to hear your playing great! ~Clay
nachospole1
nachospole1 - 4 years ago
I went into shop for new tayor made driver and walked out with last seasons nike driver because of consistency I even had it shortened and was hitting it further because I was able to hit it purer I also got new ping I 25 irons I hit them a little shorter then old iron but im more consistent with them and get more control I find it easier to fade and draw them then my old clubs
riff724 riff724
riff724 riff724 - 4 years ago
hi clay , I would like to ask about golfballs , and take a prov 1 for example , is it possible that each ball can play a little to a lot different ? and also is there any truth to the fact that pros play totally different golf balls than what we average players get to buy , as I was told by a well known club fitter of 35 years.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Great question. Every quality golf ball goes roughly the same speed off the clubface. The difference is spin. Premium golf balls spin low with driver and high with irons and wedges, due to the how the cover is made. Distance golf balls spin low with every club. In general the lower the spin the more distance. 


Almost all pros play with the same golf balls we use. You have to be a real superstar for them to spend time to make you custom stuff. Woods, Mcilroy, Day, etc. But it isn't a better quality ball. It is just a custom fit ball to their spin and launch. It is similar to the Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x. Both are great quality, one just spins a little more. Now imagine there is a Pro Vx2 the spins even less than those. They might make a ball like that for a big name player to use. I am not sure if titleist actually does that or not. I am guessing they don't, since the Pro V's are so good already.
riff724 riff724
riff724 riff724 - 4 years ago
Hi ,,, call me  leary a little  but i wonder what ball they use to test the 830 core and how consistent that even is . Its no secret that maybe 10 percent of products gets  QUAILITY  control inspection and who knows how that could effect the return rate even if the ball came out at  100 mph . im kind of surprised clay didn't mention golf balls and gear  effect for distance .
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Great points. I agree. I wouldn't think that is the best way to test, but that is the way they do it. As far as golf balls go, they all go roughly the same distance. For distance you want low spin and for touch around the greens you want high spin. Cheaper golf balls only have one or two layers and spin low for max distance (think pinnacle). Premium golf balls have better quality and engineering to spin low off the driver for distance, and higher around the green for more control. Gear effect is a whole other story, but definitely effects everything. I would have mentioned more, but the video would have to be an hour or two, to cover everything, haha. Hope your doing great!
Kareem Osman
Kareem Osman - 4 years ago
hi clay one day I used my friend driver it was a heavy headed one loft 9. The ball travelled 3oo+ yards effortlessly .my driver performance is good but it's less weight not as comfortable. I can't explain why.any advice .thanks.
riff724 riff724
riff724 riff724 - 4 years ago
hi kareeem , I am familiar with a similar situation , I had got an old driver callaway hyper x to be exact ,, fujikura 360 e fit on shaft ,,,,,,,, i had  given it to my brother because i didn't hit it very long or straight , so one day we were playing and i was spraying my lighter titleist 913 around also . so i grab the old callaway off my brother which seemed to have a great feel better than ever , i was nailing every drive 240 to 260 in the air with little spin and much lower launch ,,,,,,,,,,, all because of 1 thing , he had changed the grip to a much lighter one which changed the swing weight tremendously it topped out at  f 7 i believe at the pro shop while my irons are far to light maybe e1 or  less that is like night and  day on the charts , but i will say the very light grip made me hit almost every fairway with good launch spin and  roll .  not  sure if that's the case but i believe the driver grip was about 20 grams or a lil more
steven brandon
steven brandon - 4 years ago
Thanks for the awesome video, i play with a 2008 Burner tour and i cant find a newer driver that i can hit as consistently or as far.
J2XS
J2XS - 4 years ago
That was some awesome info! I just bought a baseball bat based on the same idea - every piece of equipment is typically going to be right up near the top legal specs. Where the money is mainly comes down to the size of the sweet spot and the materials/testing costs for the manufacturers to figure out how to get that sweet spot a little bigger.
J2XS
J2XS - 4 years ago
+Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard Getting there, enjoying your videos. I never really learned much in the way of golf technique so even though I am capable of 300+ yard drives, I'm hoping that actually learning a bit about what I'm doing might squeeze some more yardage and better consistency out of my swing(s).

Bang on with the initial club feel though. Years ago I picked up a Taylormade Burner and hit it in store at their video screen ... couldn't swing it worth anything, but it felt real good just to hold out in front of me. Ended up buying it anyways. Wasn't long until I was loving what that club did for my driving.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+J2xS - Jason J. Shaw Yeah, exactly. Most of these companies spend tons of money on advertising and endorsements. With used clubs you don't have to pay for that. Hope your playing well! ~Clay
BBQ Sandwich
BBQ Sandwich - 4 years ago
Snitches get stiches!!!!!!!!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Tec 9 Haha, I think they will do just fine this year. ~Clay
My17A
My17A - 4 years ago
Great Info....
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+My17A Thanks. Hope your playing great! ~Clay
toddms41
toddms41 - 4 years ago
Someone's not getting a sponsor!! lol. Sell out Clay, sell out!!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
Hahaha!
toddms41
toddms41 - 4 years ago
+Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard It's all in the hips! LOL
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+toddms41 Haha. I'll Never Sell Out!! ..... 3 Months Later... "Now that's what I call a hole in one (catches Subway sub and takes a bite)."

100. comment for Driver Distance Secrets- What Manufacturers Won't Tell You

Justin Adams
Justin Adams - 4 years ago
good video clay. so far you and Mark crossfield are the only two youtubers I've seen go over this
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Justin Adams Thanks Justin. Hope your playing great! ~Clay
SuperMozzman
SuperMozzman - 4 years ago
Great video Clay, so refreshing to hear the truth from a Pro rather than the marketing speil. Does the same apply to Irons? other than cranked lofts is there any advantage of brand new Irons over a set that is 10 years old?
Lee Miner
Lee Miner - 2 years ago
SuperMozzman iii
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+SuperMozzman Thanks. I would say there have been changes in the last 10 years for sure (better shafts, better internal weighting, etc.). I would say that there has been very few changes in the last 5 years though. You can pick up a clean set of Ap2's or Ap1's that at for $300-400. Just make sure the faces are clean and not worn down. Play well! ~Clay
Youngsun Kim
Youngsun Kim - 4 years ago
i bet you don't sell clubs!
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Youngsun Kim Haha, no I don't. If I did, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the truth. Haha.
Longbal30
Longbal30 - 4 years ago
As a fitter myself, I agree and disagree with you. I don't think you need the latest and greatest, as I agree all drivers are .830 COR. BUT new technology will also help your launch conditions, help with spin conditions, and because they are adjustable, they can change with your improving swing. Aftermarket shafts can help dramatically with launch and spin as well. Best thing you can do, is get FITTED, and disregard the age of the driver. If the newest latest and greatest, works, get it, if a couple year old driver works for you, get that.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Longbal30 I agree. Great comments. I guess the main point of the video is to not run out and buy an M1 with a $300 upgrade shaft, assuming you will hit 20 yards farther (as you know, that is what most assume). Like you said, try a few out and get fitted. You may find a $200 dollar driver that is perfect for you.
Farai Chikosi
Farai Chikosi - 4 years ago
Yep makes sense, thanks for that..
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Farai Chikosi Glad to help any way I can! ~Clay
Farai Chikosi
Farai Chikosi - 4 years ago
So a wooden head driver has the same cor as an aluminium head driver?
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 4 years ago
+Farai Chikosi Sorry, I should have been more specific. The new drivers are much more advanced. They are now made of titanium which is lighter and more consistent. 


They started to reach the max C.O.R. in the early 2000's. With the smaller heads though, they weren't as consistent on off center hits. In the last 5-7 years with the drivers all basically being 460cc (max allowed) and well designed, they all perform really well. Like I mentioned in the video, you can find a driver that YOU hit better. But there is no driver that is better in general when it comes to solid shots.


So as long as you have a driver that is 460cc, a name brand, and 5-7 years old or newer. I hope that helps to clarify. ~Clay
Galactorate
Galactorate - 5 years ago
When trying out drivers, best approach is to not know the price tag up front.
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard
Top Speed Golf - Clay Ballard - 5 years ago
+Galactorate That is definitely true!

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