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Driver Sound

Chris Hatem

What does a solid hit sound like to you? Where does impact sound fall into your golf club performance priorities?

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  1. Jim K

    Not too important to me. I'm enamored of the feeling of a solid shot. I really enjoy it when you really hit one on the screws and you don't feel anything. Just feels so pure.
  2. Barry B

    Good solid impact sound varies between all clubs to some extent, but once you become aware of that sound for the clubs you are playing, you usually know how good your impact was based on the sound. Equally important to sound though is the feel of solid contact. The combination of the two never lies. For me, sound is not an important factor when purchasing new clubs.
  3. AWells

    While sight is our main priority for a shot or shot shape, both feel and sound I feel are equally as important. With a Titleist club you can feel exactly where you hit it on the club, so always trying to replicate that feel. And for me, sound is important, not only from the point of you know it was a good impact and shot even before you bring your head up. But especially for hybrids and drivers, Sound is more important than feel for the above reasons. The third reason for me is I like a "pure" sound to come off the driver when you hit the sweet spot, just like Jim points out above. When I at the range and course some peoples drivers sound like a 2x4 and a craggly rock getting together when they hit the sweet spot. A good sound from a club or driver when you hit it is almost a "comfort"
  4. Sam K

    Somewhere between the sonic crack of an AK round flying overhead, and an F-14 Tomcat flying past Maverick on his crotch rocket in Top Gun. Needless to say, sound is everything...
  5. Ralph C

    I agree with Barry, sound is not a consideration purchasing or trying out clubs. Feel and performance are the most important to me. Every club has it's own unique sound when you hit the sweet spot, regardless of how that sounds, it's always music to my ears.
  6. Jeffery M

    Like Sam says, sound is everything, you know what it sounds like when you hit that perfect shot and and when you don’t.
  7. Dale V

    I like to hear a "pop" but not a loud "ting" you get with some drivers. Might be one of the reasons I have always stuck to Titleist drivers. Most importantly though, I like to hear a single impact. the sound of multiple impacts on the tee box is always a bad thing.
  8. Don O

    .I was thinking sound was most important, but with the 917, the sound and feel are both important. Together I can usually know where on the club face I hit it. Contact tape only confirms what I heard and felt. I've been hypersensitve to loud sounds from trying a swoosh Saquatch square head. It got the attention of golfers from other fairways.
  9. Chris Hatem

    Dale V

    I like to hear a "pop" but not a loud "ting" you get with some drivers. Might be one of the reasons I have always stuck to Titleist drivers. Most importantly though, I like to hear a single impact. the sound of multiple impacts on the tee box is always a bad thing.

    Nice feedback - more to come on this. Over the course of my research, people tend to like more low frequency content (whack) than the higher frequency "ting" which sounds less "solid".
  10. Chris Hatem

    Ralph C

    I agree with Barry, sound is not a consideration purchasing or trying out clubs. Feel and performance are the most important to me. Every club has it's own unique sound when you hit the sweet spot, regardless of how that sounds, it's always music to my ears.

    Nice comment Ralph. This may lead to my next post - I may have enough evidence to explain that sound influences golfer's perception of "feel"...

  11. Chris Hatem

    AWells

    While sight is our main priority for a shot or shot shape, both feel and sound I feel are equally as important. With a Titleist club you can feel exactly where you hit it on the club, so always trying to replicate that feel. And for me, sound is important, not only from the point of you know it was a good impact and shot even before you bring your head up. But especially for hybrids and drivers, Sound is more important than feel for the above reasons. The third reason for me is I like a "pure" sound to come off the driver when you hit the sweet spot, just like Jim points out above. When I at the range and course some peoples drivers sound like a 2x4 and a craggly rock getting together when they hit the sweet spot. A good sound from a club or driver when you hit it is almost a "comfort"

    I agree!
  12. Steve N

    I feel that sound is critically important because it is one of the three key components to knowing when a ball is well struck. In my opinion, those components are: feel, sound and ball flight. All three work together to communicate to a golfer. Each one reinforces the other. This is similar to tasting food - where site, smell, taste and texture communicate good taste.
  13. Speedy

    Well i'm hard of hearing so really can't hear the sound that well... So i'm with Barry in regards to feel.. When trying out clubs, I based the testing off my feel and results...

    Good topic though...
  14. Kevin N

    I always preferred the sound of persimmon hit on the screws but then again that just doesn't seem to be played much anymore. I do enjoy the sound of my 917 when hit dead center, but the sound of my 905 struck well was the best sounding metal driver I have ever hit.

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