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Date Posted: 14:53:32 12/09/16 Fri
Author: Fred
Subject: driver length

David - If the lofts of your irons are always 4* apart, and the average distance gap between irons is 10 yards, will your 12* driver only fly 40 yards farther (or less) than your 19* three iron?
I'm guessing that is not the case, but wondering what the physics are.

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[> Re: driver length -- David Lake, 15:23:22 12/09/16 Fri


There is a distinct difference in design function between irons, fairway woods, and drivers. An iron is designed to pinch the ball against the turf using a down and through type of swing which requires an upright swing plane and a descending swing arc into the ball. On the other hand, fairway woods are designed to sweep the ball from the turf which requires a flatter swing plane and, hence, a longer club length than an iron. A driver is designed to sweep a ball that is teed up 1" to 2" off the ground which requires an even flatter swing plane than a fairway wood and, hence, a longer club length than the other woods within a set.

The flatter the swing plane the more power produced. This is simply a function of the utilization of the large upper torso muscles as the swing becomes flatter. Consequently, you deliver a lot more power with a fairway wood or driver swing than you do with the upright swing of an iron. Personally, my carry distance with our driver is approximately 260 yards while with my #3 iron the carry distance is 190 yards.

David Lake

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