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    Posted: 05 April 2008 at 7:29pm
Ok, I was able to take all the heads and shafts out today with the launch monitor to test a lot of the new products that I will be fitting everyone with. I want to give you an idea of the types of optimization that can happen with the different equipment we have, as well as the modeling software. Here is a screen capture of some of the software you will see when doing a fitting:
 
 
This software allows us to compare average shots across different head and shaft combos, as well as swing and setup changes that are made during the hour and a half long fitting process. As you can see from this screenshot, the difference in carry from one shaft to another in this case is about 7 yards at this swing speed, which for the test was at 105. How did that work? Simple. I went out and hit shots with each shot until I could roughly 105 mph of clubhead consistently. I did this because this is close to the average golfer speed, atleast within the forums with people I have tested. The true avg golfer clubhead speed is closer to 85-90, but this speed encompasses a lot of golfers that I have seen so far.
 
Anyhow, this software is very extensive and is used for comparison and selection so that you can clearly see side by side what clubs perform best for you. What's amazing is that by hitting the ball correctly with proper "Bomb Your Driver" Rotary Swing technique and the proper equipment, I can hit the ball 300 yards with only 105 mph of clubhead speed. Now, this is counting roll on typical PGA Tour fairway, but I'm certain that you're now salivating if your clubhead speed is in this range and you're not regularly hitting the ball in the 285-300 yard range. Observe:
 
 
Yes, if you can swing just over 100 mph, you can carry the ball 275 yards everytime with the proper swing setup, mechanics and equipment. For those of you who swing much faster than this, you don't even want to KNOW how far you can hit it now. To give you an idea, I regularly swing in the low 120's now that I have the right setup in my hands. Do the math, that has me carrying it 300+ yards now which I could never do before fitting myself with the exact perfect setup.
 
I have 6 fittings setup over the next few weeks, so I will be sharing more data from each of these. For now, enjoy some more shaft testing screen shots from this test with a Nakashima 9* HTEC head:
 
 
 
 
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HOw does PTR% compare to Smash Factor? 
 
Nice work.
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Hayes, they are identical. I have found that most launch monitors are great at measuring the ball, but not great at measuring the club once you get over 100-105 mph. I always use my Swing Speed Radar along with the launch monitor to verify clubhead speed, but as I'm sure you know, ball speed is the only thing that really matters, but efficiency is king for effortless power.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LowPost42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2008 at 10:24pm
Go BGD Solution 130!  LOL
 
Thanks for posting the numbers, Chuck.  How are you liking Optimal Flight?  Do you find it worthwhile for running numbers?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chuck Quinton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2008 at 8:59am
lp, I can't really say that Optimal Flight provides much value over the free Trajectoware software. It helps for visualizing what numbers might be more ideal, but honestly I wouldn't say that it's worth the steep price tag.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LowPost42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2008 at 10:56am
What version software is the Purelaunch - I ask as you're getting PTRs over 150 (which was an issue in the earlier versions)
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"HOw does PTR% compare to Smash Factor?" 
 
"Hayes, they are identical."
 
Let's back up about 1 month ago.  Didn't I get rather abused for posting a video where a top LD guy's had a smash factor over 1.5?   Now you are posting PTR% up to 159.  Am I get confused about something here?
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Hayes, the software is incorrect. LP, this is 4.2.3, which is better than 3.0, but once you get above 105 mph of clubhead speed it becomes very inaccurate for clubhead speed. That's why I still use the swing speed radar as well. If you are in the 90's to low 100's, it's super accurate, but once you get above that, they all seem off.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vijay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2008 at 11:38am
Hey Chuck
 
I just made a trip to the Philadelphia area to get tested on the Taylor Made MAT system.  The body suit and 360 degree swing film image is really amazing, but I was slightly dissapointed with the driver fitting process.  It was rushed and I only tried out a couple different drivers, ultimately settling on the superquad with factory everything. 
 
Anyways, I'm curious if you (1) are doing your club fittings with people hitting balls outside.  As good as the computer readouts were, I think a really important component is missing when you don't hit outside because you're never able to really see and visualize your ball flight, which, for me at least, means that I don't make the kind of swing adjustments I normally make, so in the end I left feeling like my normal swing might never have been tested.  And (2), with the data I took from the MAT system can you use it to at least advise on whether or not my fitting was optimal? 
 
I wish I had come for that lesson in January a few months later.  Timing is everything....
 
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Vij, all my fittings are done outdoors, absolutely. I can't stand indoor fittings.
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