Driver Center Of Gravity

Modern driver head design is an exact science with powerful CAD software being used by every manufacturer these days. With these powerful software applications, the center of gravity (COG) can be moved up and down, forward and back to dramatically alter the performance of a golf club. This video focuses on the COG because it impacts where the ball should be struck on the face for maximum performance.

  • Center of gravity (COG) imparts maximum energy transfer, minimum twisting, and less spin than below COG
  • Find and mark COG (not the center of the face) by balancing the driver head on a point
  • Use a loft/lie gauge to determine loft at the COG (generally greater than loft stamped on the club)
  • The point of max COR is the true center of the face - this point imparts greater spin than the COG
  • The higher your swing speed, the more detrimental spin is to your overall distance
  • Reduced spin at the COG more than compensates for the slight loss of ball speed from hitting above the point of max COR

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Antonio
Are there any effects (slice for instance) if the ball is hit rigth or left to te COG?
September 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antonio. Yes, strikes like that can effect the curvature. But, more importantly hurts energy transfer.
September 18, 2017
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Andrew
Hi, just restating the demand for a detail video on shafts for your club. Also, does grip have any importance or is it as long as it feels sticky? I ask about grips because I noticed a lot more marketing behind it. Got into golf 3 years ago and I failed tip #10, just bought a driver off the shelf. A detailed video on custom fitting like Cornelius mentioned below would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
June 26, 2017
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Cornelius
Very informative! A video relating to the various ball compressions and those most suitable for the different swing speeds, would be most appreciated.
March 9, 2017
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Jacques
Hi. I watched the videos and you talk a lot about club heads and nothing about the shaft. Why? I always heard that the shaft is everything when it comes to specs.
April 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jacques. Yes, the shaft has a great deal to do with specs. I will let the team know that discussion of the shaft is a topic wanting to be covered.
April 22, 2016
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Brandon
In higher swing speed players, would a 430cc driver head make a bigger difference than a different shaft in lowering then spin rate?
January 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brandon. Not really. Too many factors with launch angle, angle of attack, and etc.
January 23, 2016
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Juan
Excellent video! I join the others members asking for a shaft fitting detailed video as good as this one. We will learn and make better decision that cost lots of many!! You can't argue against a salesman in a store or fitting session if you don't know the theory. So, please Chuck, consider a shaft video for the future!!
October 8, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Juan. I will pass to the team.
October 8, 2015
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Pino
I am in the process of re- shafting my titleist 904 driver 9.5 loft. I typically average 101-103mph club head speed. I want to know if you have any drills to increase club head speed.
July 9, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Pino. Increase Swing Speed by Hip Deceleration in the Advanced Downswing Section. Sledgehammer Video and the Lag and Speed Drills same section.
July 9, 2015
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Christian
Hitting it on the Center of Gravity you should hit it further with less spin, even though it is higher on the club face due to the gear effect? Also I noticed that Chuck did not address shafts. I have friends that have spent hundreds of dollars on shaft fittings. Would that help you Bomb Your Driver?
December 8, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hitting it on the COG will give you the maximum effect on the ball, even if its higher on the face. Shafts are very important for modern day equipment. They can effect ball speed, launch angle and spin. The proper shaft could have a big difference on bombing your driver.
December 9, 2014
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David
Any videos on shaft attributes coming up?
September 7, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Not that I am aware of, but we are always looking for new suggestions.
September 7, 2014
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David
Can you add a video summary of custom fitting? Why it's not a good idea to buy off the shelf drivers with preset shafts, etc? Advices on how to get best custom fitted?
September 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. I will put it on our suggestion list. Thanks.
September 22, 2014
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Brandon
+1, I would be interested in seeing a video on this too
January 22, 2016

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