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In a video to build Sergio Garcia's driver, the equipment builder takes a clubhead with a stock loft of 10 degrees and tweaks it to have a final clubhead loft of 8.5 degrees.

What is the motivation behind tweaking a clubhead's loft? Are there advantages to tweaking a clubhead's loft (10 to 8.5) vs. using a stock loft (8.5 with no tweaking)?

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I believe that Wade Liles' wording in the video is confusing.

Non-adjustable drivers can be purchased with different amounts of loft. For example, the TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Tour Driver can be purchased as either a 9˚ or 10.5˚ (the options are on the right-hand side).

There are no such options for adjustable drivers like the TaylorMade R1 and TaylorMade R1 TP, they are sold as is and then can be adjusted (those models can range from 8˚ to 12˚).

So in the video when Wade says that Sergio likes 8.5, he grabs a 10˚ one from the drawer and then adjusts it to 8.5˚, but he could've grabbed any of the other heads.

To answer your question, there is no difference between tweaking a club vs using a stock loft. The reason they tweak it in the video is because you can't have a 8.5˚ R1 any other way.

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In my opinion, that's a bit disappointing...but I understand the reasons for manufacturing higher lofts. Average golfers have drivers with 13, 14 degrees of loft. For me, I hit the ball too high with anything over 9.5. –  edmastermind29 Jul 19 '13 at 19:04
    
Is the cost price of influence? –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 19 '13 at 19:32
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So, are you saying that, essentially (that is: other than the printing), different lofted driver heads of the same model are identical? –  user1564 Jul 19 '13 at 21:41
    
yes, its the same as buying a hockey stick that comes with different curves for the blade. Same stick, just the curves are shaped differently. –  TylerAndFriends Jul 19 '13 at 23:28
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Yes. The same swing, of a club of the same model, with the same shaft, but different loft angles, will cause exactly the behavior you saw; the higher loft will launch higher and have more backspin, so the ball gets longer hang time but doesn't travel along the ground as fast. The lower loft will launch lower, reducing backspin and overall height, but increasing the x-axis component of the ball's velocity (it travels along the ground faster). –  KeithS Aug 9 '13 at 2:18

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