>After reading many professional player stats I notice that many of them use
>drivers with lofts from 6.5 to 7.5 degrees. To me is seems obvious the
>lower lofts are going to be more difficult to get the ball airborne. What
>is it about their swings that allows them to use these lofts instead of the
>more standard 10.5? Also, is there any other benefit besides potentially
It's a combination of lauch angle, ball speed and spin rate. Pros hit up on
a driver properly, so the initial trajectory is higher to start with, before
you add the face loft. Then, for a particular combination of the 3 factors,
there is an optimum speed for maximum distance. Fundamentlly, the faster
the ball, the less spin you need for the same amount of lift, and you end up
holding the optimum path for longer. Finally, on landing, the lower
trajectory and lack of spin mean that the roll is probably longer than one
that goes high and comes straight back down.
>If I wanted to begin using one of these clubs for more distance, where
>should I concentrate my practice?
Start with a 150MPH swing that is dead straight and that you hit the ball
teed well up on the upswing. <G>
Hitting a VERY low loft driver means you are more likely to get side-spin
predominating over backspin.
The sweeping on the upstoke bit is useful whatever your swing speed.