How to Use and Adjust the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Adapter
Last month, we introduced you to one of the most innovative golf products to hit the market called the Dynacraft Prophet ICT (Interchangeable Clubfitting Technology) driver series. The history and purpose of this driver can be found at the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Driver Part I Introduction. But briefly is it a system with a removable hosel adapter that will allow the shaft to be exchanged like you might have seen by other manufacturer’s adjustable drivers. The difference is the patent pending ICT adapter which is bored at an angle and able to be orientated into the head in eight different positions. Each position produces a distinctive lie and face angle to change the ball flight to the needs of the individual golfer’s requirements. Adjustment of up to +/-2° in both the face angle and lie are possible, which can also have an influence in the effective loft or trajectory of the ball.
The Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver is produced in four pieces (clubhead, ICT hosel adapter, and screw and spring washer). A T20 Torx wrench is needed to tighten and loosen the screw which has been included with each driver head. The assembled driver is comprised of the shaft being epoxied directly into the ICT hosel adapter rather than permanently epoxied into the head as normally done.
The ICT hosel adapter has a small white dot or dimple at the base to identify the orientation. There are 8 different positions the adapter can be inserted. For example, if the white dot on the adapter points toward the face, this becomes Position #7 (see diagram to the right of the close up of each of the 8 different adapter positions).
Which one is best for you? Examine the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Shot Pattern Chart. Let’s say we want to correct a slice as much as possible, we will need to select the most closed position, which is #7. Position #3 would cause the greatest amount of slice. Hitting balls with the ICT adapter in these two positions would be the most notable in ball flight. In contrast, positions # 6 and #8 would show only a small difference. Then how would you choose between those two? Before you look at the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Instructional Guide at the end of this article to see how the different configuration can have an influence on the ball flight, you want to understand three important factors.
The Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver series (RH) is available in three different lofts to control the height at which one hits the ball. Loft is one of the elements which controls trajectory along with the shaft type / flex and the face angle at impact. Both of the last two items can be changed using the ICT system.
Next, golfers should already be familiar with the concept and benefits of face angle. A club with a more closed club face will hit the ball more left than the same exact clubhead, shaft, flex, length, etc than a club with a more open face angle (assuming a RH golfer).
The last specification is the lie of the club, which can also help with not only the visual appearance at address, but in many cases the location the golfer may make impact on the face of the club. If a golfer has the impact continually toward the heel, it might be a sign that the club is too upright for the individual. By flattening the lie, it may help to move the impact position closer to the center of the face which is where more accuracy and ball speed occur.
How It Works
The way that the ICT hosel adapter can provide multiple lie and face angles is due to the angle of the bore. Instead of the shaft insertion being bored straight into the adapter, the bore is off in this case 2 degrees. This allows the eight sided ICT adapter to be configured into these sets of specifications.
As initially shipped, the ICT adapter is in Position #1 or pointing toward the toe of the club. This creates the most upright lie angle (60°) and a 1° closed face angle. We would encourage one to hit the ball first to see if any adjustment is necessary and to see the direction the ball goes and the position on the face to make the correct adjustments.
Re-insert the ICT adapter with the white orientation dot positioned in the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Instructional Guide to correct the ball flight. Next, to tighten the screw, the operator will rotate the tool in the counter-clockwise position as shown in the diagram.
Rotate the screw until it is fully seated and snug.
IMPORTANT! Hand tightening is sufficient, but make sure the spring washer is present with it positioned below the head of the screw. Test to unsure that the screw is fully tightened by holding the shaft with one hand and twisting the head with your other hand. No play should exist. If there is, additional tightening will be necessary. Now you are ready to hit the ball.
The adapter does not need to be epoxied. If over time your swing changes or you want to shape the shot of the driver based on the course you are playing, the adapter can be removed using the technique above, re-positioned and re-tightened.
Extra adapters are available to fit an unlimited number of 0.335” shafts and flexes on the market.
Hints for Clubmakers and Club fitters
- If you will be removing the screw a lot during fitting, you may want to invest in a long handled T20 Torx wrench commonly found at auto supply and certain hardware stores like True Value.
- The shaft insertion is the same as a normal titanium driver, so there is no difference in tip trimming.
- Only use round and not ribbed grips.
- The clubheads Conform within USGA Rules.