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On 4/20/2020 at 10:30 AM, cnosil said:

I just read the article and it states that strokes gained is calculated for each driver independently and isn’t a comparison against other drivers in the test.

 

The test results are only for the current year. They don’t mix in prior year results. There is a plan to test previous winners against this years, but due to restrictions any testing not involving staff has been postponed.

As I posted above (#128), I still don't fully understand how they calculated strokes gained. It seems to me, they looked at whether or not that particular driver would help out the group of testers as a whole rather than the specific targeted group for that club. Based on the results, my guess is the test included people of all abilities, but was probably dominated in quantity by mid to low handicappers with high swing speeds, thus you end up with a low launch, low spin G410 LST "winning". Had the testing been done with a bunch of 15-25 handicappers with moderate swing speeds and a slice, the G410 SFT might have "won" instead of ending up close to last in strokes gained. 

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As I posted above (#128), I still don't fully understand how they calculated strokes gained. It seems to me, they looked at whether or not that particular driver would help out the group of testers as a whole rather than the specific targeted group for that club. Based on the results, my guess is the test included people of all abilities, but was probably dominated in quantity by mid to low handicappers with high swing speeds, thus you end up with a low launch, low spin G410 LST "winning". Had the testing been done with a bunch of 15-25 handicappers with moderate swing speeds and a slice, the G410 SFT might have "won" instead of ending up close to last in strokes gained. 


I don’t have the exact way it is calculated but It is the basic strokes gained formula that applies to all golfers.

Yes the initial results are for the pool as a whole and is based on the driver that works best for the largest percentage of members of the test pool

The tester pool is pretty diverse and I would say probably more weighted toward the older slower swinging group with low to mid teen handicaps. The younger guys are at work all day.

MGS also breaks down the driver results by swing speed but they haven’t release those numbers yet.
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I don’t have the exact way it is calculated but It is the basic strokes gained formula that applies to all golfers.

Yes the initial results are for the pool as a whole and is based on the driver that works best for the largest percentage of members of the test pool

The tester pool is pretty diverse and I would say probably more weighted toward the older slower swinging group with low to mid teen handicaps. The younger guys are at work all day.

MGS also breaks down the driver results by swing speed but they haven’t release those numbers yet.

Very much looking forward to those when they’re released. It surprised me last year to see how the results change for different groups.

I’m also looking forward to the CG labs report because I’m a bit of a nerd and enjoy looking at that data.


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On 4/20/2020 at 11:20 AM, Camille Bissarro said:

Interesting that the Z785 is a couple of seasons old now, and still places 5th in terms of strokes gained, ball speed, and total distance. It makes sense, but if I'm reading the results correctly it also appears to perform well in @jwlong410's analysis. I may be biased, but it's a totally underrated club.

It may not be relevant, but I'm wondering if any of the differences in the MGS results are statistically significant?

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For those that tried the Ben Hogan GS53 Is it not the longest, straightest and most forgiving driver you’ve hit. Definitely has been for me and I’m a 16 handicap hitting it 300 plus. 


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Taylor Made 3 wood 
Dunlop 2 iron

Titleist DCI Oversized irons PW - 3 
Taylor Made 55’ Wedge, Callaway 51’ Wedge

Cleveland Frontline putter

usually play Taylor Made balls

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