RoboTest: How much can you change ball flight with an adjustable driver?

Looking to dial your driver in for distance? The latest edition of GOLF's RoboTest highlights the importance of tuning your adjustable driver.

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Compared to clubs from even just a decade ago, modern drivers offer easy adjustability that any golfer can access with just a few wrench clicks.

Although some golfers still question the reliability of such adjustment tools and are afraid to pull their driver apart with a wrench, there is no question that it offers a benefit to help add distance and reduce misses — but just how much you might ask.

To highlight modern driver adjustability, we had the Golf Laboratories’ swing robot go to work to demonstrate exactly how much variance can be created in launch and spin when adjusting a driver for loft.

Using a 10.5° driver swung at 95 mph, we compared shots hit in the middle of the face on the standard setting to shots hit in the 1° higher setting, the 2° higher setting, and the 1° lower setting of the adjustable hosel using Foresight’s GCQuad. The results? Surprising. Check out the video below.

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Test Results

Launch

Changes in launch angle GOLF.com

Spin

Changes in spin rate GOLF.com

Even though we might not hit it like a robot, this test demonstrates that there is a change of up to 800 rpms of spin variance built into your adjustable driver. Whether you’re a golfer in need of spin to help keep the ball in the air longer or a faster player looking to lower ball flight, all it takes is a few turns of a wrench to help get you closer to optimizing your driver.

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Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.