Driver Trajectory - Such a thing as too high of a trajectory?

1st time poster.  I recently switched from TM Superfast 2.0 10.5 loft to 910D2 10.5 loft with a Project X 6.0 7C3 Stiff shaft.  I am finally improving my driving in terms of hitting fairways and hitting about 270-280 yard drives, which I am thrilled with.  Since I don't really have a knowledgeable person to go to, I thought Id ask the question:  Is there such a thing as having too high of a trajectory?  My drives are ridiculously high most of the time so i was wondering if that is normal and I am just being greedy thinking I could have some more distance or if I really am leaving some distance on the table.  Thanks

Too high depends on speed and spin.  You can launch it fairly high without loss of distance if your spin rate is lower.  You can launch it as high as 14-15 if you are going to keep your spin down around 2200 - 2400.  Keep in mind that  these numbers can vary depending on turf conditions and wind.  In general, if your spin is too hgh, and you launch it high, your ball will come down at a steep descent angle and you will get all carry and no roll.  A good fitter in your area will be able to help you figure out the ideal window for you and for your eye (what you like to see).  If you would like the name of a recommended fitter in your area, give us a call or post it on the forums 1-888-TITLEIST.

 

I played with a couple guys and it looked like their drives were 350+, they went about 3 times as high as mine, but only went about 20y longer than mine. It looked like when their ball hit its peak it would drop straight down. They were hitting the ball about 270.

I couldn't help but think that if they hit the ball only twice as high as mine that they would gain big time distance.

Thanks for the responses.  This does help me understand more.   I thought that the Project X shaft was more of a mid to low launching shaft.  Does anyone know what influences the spin the most?  I was thinking that it could be the loft of the club but didnt know how much the shaft influences the spin.

1. How you swing the club

2. Clubhead characteristics

3. shaft

Alex R

Thanks for the responses.  This does help me understand more.   I thought that the Project X shaft was more of a mid to low launching shaft.  Does anyone know what influences the spin the most?  I was thinking that it could be the loft of the club but didnt know how much the shaft influences the spin.

Remember that the LOFT of the clubhead will effect the launch angle more than the shaft will. Go see a fitter. They will be able to tell you if in fact your ball flight is too high. As previously stated, the spin rate is also very important. With the driver it would be nice to get to 2400 RPM or so. If your spin rate is above 300 RPM and you launch is higher than 14° then some changes may be needed.

Fitting is definately the way to go. I always thought of myself as a high ball hitter so when I bought drivers it was always 8* - 9.5*. I finally decided to get the 910D3 and went through the fitting process. My old driver launch angle was way too low, spin too high, and sometimes difficult to keep in play. After the fitting I walked away with a 10.5* D3 that was adjusted .75* up. No loss in distance and much better ball flight. The added loft also helped with the direction and keeping the ball on the short stuff. So basically like everyone else has stated, get fitted, you may think you know best but the numbers and the results don't lie.

After you get the correct shaft and loft on the head i would try different tee heights...I tested this out at the range and it changed my flight and carry....1/2 the ball at the top of head for normal flight....1/4 for low...3/4 for high...Try it out it might help