Ask-the-expert: John Hoeflich

Hoeflich is a senior vice president for Nickent and is the company’s chief golf club designer.

Why are adjustable drivers becoming so popular?

First, every golfer can find a driver with the proper shaft. Trying and comparing different shafts is important. Even more important is the ability for the average golfer, whose swing is inconsistent from day to day, to make all these adjustments. He’s not just stuck with one ball flight.

You mean you would change your driver setting every day if you had to?

Absolutely. That’s what the (adjustable) hosel is for, and everybody should take advantage of it.

What is the relationship between face angle and loft?

Closing the face angle will increase the loft by a ratio of about 2-to-1. If you close the face 2 degrees, you will increase by loft by about 1 degree. On the other hand, if you open the face 2 degrees, the loft will decrease by about 1 degree.

Does that make sense?

To the average golfer, maybe not, but it’s true.

What driver head setting do you frequently see among skilled players?

The upright neutral setting. Because it is more upright, it will cause you to be able to hit a draw. You can turn it over a little bit without having to close the face. You’ve got 26 different splines, or hosel positions, on your 4DX Evolver.

Do golfers need all these choices?

Making these fine adjustments is part of the future of golf. You will see this in fairway woods and hybrids. We have four U.S. design patents (on the adjustable hosel), and we think it’s incredibly important.

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