What adjustable drivers can teach you about course management
Adjustable drivers are one of the more revolutionary advancements to hit the golf game in the last decade or so. Sure, there have been technological leaps forward in the game, especially when it comes to material sciences, but adjustable drivers are right up there with the most impactful inventions in the history of the game. Plastic spikes, oversized driver heads, hybrid irons, the solid core Pro v1… all of these pushed the game of golf forward into a new generation.
Adjustable drivers are right up there with them.
The idea behind an adjustable driver is simple in concept: if your swing doesn’t have an earth-shattering flaw, instead of slaving away at the range for weeks or months to fix a small swing imperfection, you can dial in the weight, balance and loft of your driver to help correct for your consistent error. So, if you have a tendency to hit a slight hook, you can adjust the weight and balance in the driver head to correct for that. If you tend to hit too low a line drive off the tee, you can increase the loft and change the weight balance to give you more lift and a more optimal flight path.
Golf Digest put the impact of this technology in no uncertain terms: “Adjustable hosels and movable weights aren’t affectations. They can consistently alter your ball flight, and if you haven’t explored their settings, you might as well be using a driver from 1997.”
The same is true when it comes to course management. Just as most every golfer carries and hits a driver, basically every course changes hole placement on their greens at some regular interval. It corrects for “flaws” in the course by making certain holes significantly easier or harder based on how players are scoring to par, as well as for improving variety and enjoyment of play for regulars. The more advanced your tool for making and tracking those changes on your course is exactly like taking advantage of the newest technology in driver adjustability.
But, there’s a catch — you have to use the newest technology in order to benefit from it.
“The research firm Golf Datatech conducted a survey of “serious” golfers and found that more than 75 percent are interested in purchasing an adjustable driver,” as written in Golf Digest. “But of those who own one, roughly two thirds never or rarely use the adjustability features. This means many golfers are missing out on significant improvement.”
The same is true of golf clubs not using ezLocator. Course superintendents and green staff know they have to vary their hole placement on greens, not just for their players, but also for the health of the playing surface itself. And, nothing allows them to dial in their green adjustments like ezLocator. By 3D imaging their individualized, custom green surfaces and pairing that data with a sophisticated software platform for tracking past and forecasting future hole locations, we enable their clubs to get the most out their respective course’s adjustability.
The analogy holds true for the result of adjustability on both counts, as it turns out. Again, according to Golf Digest:
To prove just how much an adjustable driver can change your game, we collected new drivers from Callaway, Cobra, Nike, Ping and TaylorMade. Using the swing robot from Golf Laboratories Inc., we mimicked five common swing flaws: slice, hook, launching it too low, launching it too high and generating too much spin. Then, without doing anything to the robot’s swing, we changed the settings on the driver to solve the problem. Our results were consistently game-changing: Each flaw could be fixed with an adjustment of the loft or face angle, or a repositioning of movable weight.
Our conclusion: If you have a consistent miss, the quickest way to fix it isn’t with a lesson. It’s with a wrench.
The same can be said for your course’s greens — the best way to unlock its greatest potential isn’t with elbow grease, it’s with technological innovation.