I recently ordered an Epic 9 degree driver with a stiff Fujikura Pro Green 62 (my first ever Callaway club!) after getting fitted at an event. Hitting balls on the range, my clubhead speed was about 100 mph, ball speed around 140, launch angle 12 degrees and rpms 2,500, and hitting the ball about 270.
The fitter said with 12 degrees, 2,500 rpms, and hitting it 270, I won't get better numbers than what I was getting by playing around with different shafts. Is there a point, or anything to be gained, by looking further into aftermarket shafts?
THe numbers you are generating are spot on.
You could "TWEAK" the numbers slightly with a new shaft but the cost verses the payment on the improvement would not be a very good bang for the buck
@JDCONRickM is right I struggle with not getting enough spin off my driver. It's nice for when the ground is dry cause it rolls for days, but when things soften up the extra carry would be nice. I am at 117 - 120 club head speed and Ball speed usually around 180 mph. I launch the ball around 14 degrees. Ball makes a huge diffrence with a chrome soft ball from last year i would get spin numbers around 1400 - 1500 rpm. Callaway use to have a ball that never came out called the Chrome Speed that i played would would get numbers for spin around 1900-2100 rpm, and the ball launched a little lower around 13 degrees. I would like to get it down around 11 - 12 with everything else staying the same haha. @RickM I'm trying the Chrome Soft X's today in a scramble so we will see how they play. I'm hoping i call you a genious in a few hours. I also dialed up my loft from 8 to 10 degrees for a little more spin and am going to hit a little down through impact and see if I can get the numbers that i want. I'll let you know what things look like.
As for not trying aftermarket shafts... I think that fitter was wrong about not trying other shafts. You can get some much from a well fit shaft. a little fade bias/ or draw bias. You can get even better ball speed numbers or even a little more club head speed. I like to tinker though so i am willing to hit 100 shafts just to see which one is the best haha. Good luck and really your numbers are really good. I think you are close to maxing out the club for ya good luck for real!!!
Those numbers look pretty solid. Messing with it more probably won't sway them too much for amateurs like us. But then again, this is golf and I hate the thought of not optimizing clubs. As others have pointed out, its probably not worth the hassle/expense. @RickM makes a good point though regarding a possible ball switch.
I was at the driving range today and there happened to be a demo going on for my non callaway driver. My driver is the only club I really struggle with(huge slice) after taking some track man stats with my regular set up he switched out my shaft and the difference was incredible, I was carrying it an extra 30 yards and no more slice.
He said that with my club head speed (114mph) that a stiff flex that I was fitted for was to whippy so he put me in a project x hzrdus black 75 6.5 and the launch angle 16 degrees, spin rate 2300ish and a average carry of 285 were ideal..
i was sold on the new shaft until I found out that it was $450 retail.. I'll have to try and find one second hand or on eBay..
so so getting fit for the right shaft make a world of difference I have found..
One more day until my driver arrives. Gah! I can't wait!!! This will be the first Callaway club I've ever owned. Next step will be to replace my fairway woods, hybrids, irons, and then wedges.