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This topic csme up in another thread, but this excellent article by Marty Jertson of PING gives a great look as to what smash factor is and why it shouldn’t be the determining factor in buying clubs, especially irons. 

I found the part about the accuracy of club head speed eye opening!

Smashing Smash Factor

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Good read and confirms that my fitter knows what he is doing: he wasn’t the least bit interested in my smash factor during my driver fitting. We spent a lot of time on launch angle, dispersion, and peak height. During my wedge fitting last week, we were mostly looking at spin rpms on partial shots...

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I had a driver fitting a few weeks ago (coincidentally ended up with Ping), and my fitter told me to ignore smash factor. I don't remember the whole explanation,  but basically he said the reported smash factor was unreliable, and that the clubhead speed reported was not a direct measurement, but an estimated value derived from something else. (I really wish I could remember the specific explanation, but I was focused on fitting a club.)

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