I stopped by my local Dicks Sporting Goods the other day to browse the club selection and the golf clerk asked if I wanted to tray a few on their simulator (I didn’t know that location had a simulator.) Over the next forty minutes, I tried the Cobra Amp Cel, Nike Covert, Callaway RAZR Fit and the Callaway X Hot. They did not have a TaylorMade R1 for testing.
The result surprised me. The club with the lowest average spin rate and longest average distance was the Callaway X-Hot, regular shaft. On the simulator, it was fully fifteen yards longer than what I know I get with my current stick. But that’s the simulator. I’ve always had the suspicion that those things are set up to produce better results to move clubs (not just at Dick’s—at all of them).
The simulator also made me realize (again) that a great deal of my problem is that I’m hitting down on the ball with the driver. Good for irons. Not so good for the driver.
I’ll wait another week and then go for another testing session before making a move. And I’d really like to get some numbers on the TaylorMade.