Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Lamberth, John

Committee Member

Knight, Adam C.

Committee Member

Kavazis, Andreas N.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Exercise Physiology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Education


Department of Kinesiology


The driver is the club which receives the greatest scrutiny by golfers and the most marketing efforts by manufacturers. One characteristic often indicated and believed to effect driver performance is the degree of loft on the clubface. The purpose of the current study was to investigate club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, descent angle, total spin, carry, and total distance in an attempt to determine performance measures of three different lofted drivers. Fifteen participants were used to test three different degree drivers (9.5, 10.5, and 13 degree) on the variables listed above. Participants performed ten tested swings for each driver and variables were recorded. Launch angle and carry distance produced no significant differences between clubs. Club head speed, ball speed, total spin, descent angle, and total distance resulted in significant differences when between clubs analysis was conducted. The low lofted driver was found to produce the greatest performance measures.



club selection||performance measures||Golf