EQUIP­MENT

The lat­est driv­ers and wedges can help you dial in the right amount

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - News -

Up­grade your bag with new driv­ers and wedges.

When it comes to driv­ers and wedges, it’s easy to fall in love with the idea of spin. Low spin off the driver, high spin off the wedges, right? Not so fast. True, some of the lat­est driv­ers shown here are de­signed for play­ers with fast swing speeds who need to re­duce spin. But be care­ful: Low driver spin mat­ters only if you’re launch­ing the ball prop­erly (higher than 10 de­grees). If you launch the ball too low or with lit­tle spin, in­creas­ing your launch an­gle with a higher-lofted driver can be more ef­fec­tive than re­duc­ing spin. With wedges, com­pa­nies are gear­ing back the sharp, spin-gen­er­at­ing grooves on some low and mid­dle lofts so that your shots land and stop in­stead of zip­ping back off the green. An­other im­por­tant fac­tor is match­ing the shape of the sole to your swing type. If your wedge moves eas­ily through the turf, you’ll hit shots more solidly, and solid hits pro­duce re­li­able spin. To help you in your quest, here are eight new clubs to con­sider.

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