Swinging out to play on the sim? Take a look at some terms so you’re prepared when all these numbers pop out at you:
Club Speed – Club Speed is the speed the club is travelling immediately prior to impact. More Club Speed equals more potential distance.
Ball Speed – Ball Speed is created by Club Speed and impact. Bad impact such as shots hit on the heel or toe will reduce the potential Ball Speed.
Smash Factor – Smash Factor is ball speed divided by club speed. Smash factor relates to the amount of energy transferred from the clubhead to the ball. The higher the smash factor the better the energy transfer.
Spin Rate – Spin Rate is the amount of spin on the ball immediately after impact. Spin has a major impact on the height and distance of a shot. Spin Rate is one of the least appreciated numbers, especially in windy conditions.
Launch Angle – Launch Angle is the angle the ball takes off at relative to the ground. Launch Angle is highly correlated to Dynamic Loft.
Dynamic Loft – Dynamic Loft is the amount of loft on the clubface at impact. The golfer’s Attack Angle, how the shaft bends, how the golfer releases the club, whether the face is open or closed and where the ball is contacted on the face all impact dynamic loft.
Attack Angle – Attack Angle is the direction the clubhead is moving (up or down) at impact. Shots hit off the ground should have a negative attack angle.
Club Path – Club Path is the direction the clubhead is moving (right or left) at impact. A positive value means the club is moving to the right (“in-to-out” for a right-handed golfer and a negative value means the club is moving to the left (“out-to-in” for a right-handed golfer.
Face Angle – Face Angle is the direction the clubface is pointed (right or left) at impact. This relates to Target Line rather than Club Path (Face-to-Path). Face Angle greatly influences whether the ball starts left or right of target.
Carry – Carry is the distance the ball flies through the air. This is influenced by everything above.
We can’t wait to see you at Hart Ranch! Happy golfing!