Keep Giving Us Your Comments!
We have listened, studied and paid close attention to your comments in the Hireko Wants You To Help Design Our Next Driver From The Ground Up! Campaign. Not surprisingly there are a lot of varied opinions of what you would like to see, but we think we did an excellent job of compiling many of your wishes into one design. But we still need your valuable input!
Overwhelmingly there was one thing that is always mentioned – “I want more distance”. Well, the USGA put numerous limits on club design, which on paper make this impossible. So what is the answer on how to give our customers what they want?
After thinking about this long and hard, I came to the conclusion that there is still a possibility of giving people more distance by thinking about what creates more distance. You may remember a great article that came out in Golf Digest back in August of 2008. If not, the gist of the article was golfers give up distance when they come over the top and make an outside-in move. If they were able to change to more of an inside-out movement a 95mph golfer could gain as much as 42 yards. OK, in reality that might not be possible to add that much yardage as it would require a huge change in how the person swings the club. But with some encouragement to make the person swing with more of an inside path (or lesser amount from outside/in) than they are currently doing certainly should give them more overall distance.
How do we go about that? One way is visually – along the lines of the drawing we have been showing. Few, if any, commented on the shape of the driver in the post. Maybe that is because it needed some additional explanation to show why the shape was selected. Remember that this is merely a mock up and we will need more of your input on the cosmetics (and even name).
There is one other common comment so far which is: “I want a more square looking club at address”.
The problem is most golfers slice or push the ball and face angle can help. One thing has to occur and that is to make the club look more open. We figured a way to do that. The other is to create a draw biased head. This is done by placing weight toward the (rear) heel of the club so that when impact is made, the rearward center of gravity will create draw spin.
Distance can also be achieved by a lighter and/or longer club. This is fine
and dandy if the person can hit in the center of the face and square the face at impact. But what happens if they can’t? Well, that is where a shorter club can actually hit the ball further. Look at the success we have heard from our customers with the Power Play Caiman Raw Power 3-wood. This is only possible if weight is added to the head, which is why I selected to use a 2g weight in the stock driver. But you could also substitute a 12g screw (sold separately) for a 1″ shorter assembly length and achieve a normal swingweight and balance.
Well, that’s some of my ideas that spawned from your input. Let us know if we are on the right or wrong design track.
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