It doesn’t matter how much you read about swing mechanics or watch the pros take whacks at balls all weekend, you’ll never be able to learn as much about your own swing as you can actually swinging your driver. For a lot of casual golfers, that’s the part that’s tricky and frustrating — inconsistent swings have ruined more good games of golf than rain, snow, and wind combined. Don’t stress over it, though; improving your swing takes time and practice — and by learning how to use your Titleist adjustable driver properly you can gradually correct your swing issues while having a great time on the course.
The Trick to an Adjustable Driver
Adjustable drivers like the Titleist 910 or 913 series may be rocket science, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be a physicist to use them. In fact, in the hands of a well-educated amateur, these clubs can really sing. By understanding the different adjustments available on your club, you’ll be able to better compensate for your stroke issues. As long as you swing consistently, an adjustable driver can help you straighten your swing, increase distance, or help you achieve more precise control.
Many golfers use adjustable clubs as learning tools, and rightfully so. As your game improves, you can easily adjust settings on your club to match your new faster, cleaner swing. The Titleists are particularly good for this, since their adjustments are so easy. Adjustments are a very individual experience, so when you tweak, do so slowly until you find a place that makes your balls fly far and accurately.
Titleist Adjustable Driver Settings
Titleist makes it easy to adjust your 910 or 913 series driver with a numbered sleeve and lettered ring to create 16 different combinations of loft and lie angle. A-1 is the intended neutral position for a right-handed golfer, adding nothing to the stated loft or lie angles of your club. You should always hit a few balls at the neutral position before making any changes; your balls can tell you how to better adjust your club.
Loft angle adjustments will change your ball’s launch angle. It seems simple, but loft adjustments should also take into account the idea that often the highest flying balls lose horizontal distance, so aim for a loft just high enough to get your ball up in the air, but no so high that you’re losing distance. On a Titleist, the highest loft settings are A-3 through D-4 and the lowest are C-1, D-1, C-2, and D-2.
Your lie angle will determine which direction your ball flies, assuming you tee-up square. An upright lie angle tends to send balls to the left, where a flat lie angle will send balls to the right (this is reversed if you’re a lefty). Hit a few balls as you adjust your lie — few players swing perfectly straight, so look for the best setting for most shots. Upright lies are available at settings from A-2 through D-3; the flat lies are B-1, C-1, B-4, and C-4. As always, happy golfing!