Martin Hopley
By Martin Hopley

What is Dynamic Loft

Dynamic loft is the actual loft of the golf clubface as you are approaching impact.

How does it differ from the loft printed on my driver?

The loft of any golf club when it is placed on the ground is called static loft and in the case of your driver this is what is often printed on the sole.

However, when you swing the golf club this loft effectively changes so that the loft of the clubface when it reaches the ball is often higher.

With the driver most players try to swing up through the ball which has the effect of adding dynamic loft to the driver.

In addition the centre of gravity in a club head can also far back from the actual clubface, especially in the driver, causing the shaft to ‘bow’ as you approach the ball which also tilts the club head back and adds loft.

In reality these factors combine so that a driver with 10° of static loft may have a dynamic loft of up to 14° or 15° as you hit the ball.

What is the importance of dynamic loft?

The dynamic loft of the golf club at impact has a direct influence on the angle that the ball leaves the club, one of the key constituents in the launch conditions that determine how far your golf ball will travel.

Loft is also a key element in the performance of putters and your stroke may change the dynamic loft of the putter face and have a signifcant impact on how the ball starts to roll from the blade.


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