So does Twist Face actually work?
It’s the million-dollar question, and because Taylormade reckon it can make the fairway up to 11 yards wider we set ourselves the goal of finding out by using data. There’s only one launch monitor on the market that can accurately measure and record impact locations for where shots hit the clubface, so Foresight Sports’ GC Quad was our natural choice.
Once all three testers had hit each driver, Simon Daddow separated every shot into the quadrant (on the face) where impact occurred (shots on centre lines were removed). It was a case of good old pen and paper, plenty of coffee and dusting off the calculator, as the plotting and averaging took some serious time. But with every impact safely positioned within a face quadrant we worked out an average (of all the drivers except the Taylormade’s) and a Taylormade average, to see how Twist Face performed. The results are below. Just to recap, Taylormade say Twist Face increases backspin for high toe shots, keeping them in the air for longer. Low heel impacts (which are higher spinning) should have less spin, improving accuracy and carry.
Data can’t lie, and across the board our data supports Taylormade. High toe shots were a little faster, launched a fraction higher, span a little more and carried six yards further. Similarly, low heel shots launched with more ball speed, less backspin and were five yards longer than average. It’s impossible to prove accuracy – just because we hit shots into a tiny dispersion circle doesn’t mean you will. But check out the sidespin numbers from both high toe and low-heel strikes. They’re fractionally lower with the Taylormades, which would mean better accuracy. Does it mean you’ll hit every fairway? Of course not, the gains are small. But if it helps us find one more fairway a round, we’d want that advantage stacked in our favour.