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How Does a Driver Draw Setting Work

Driver Adjustment: How does a Driver Draw Setting Work?

Do you want to increase carry distance, find more fairways, and have more confidence on the tee box? If so, you need to check your driver adjustability settings.

If you’re like most golfers, you’ve probably wondered, “How does a driver draw setting work?” It’s a good question because most of the time they give you a new $500 driver, wrench, and expect you to figure it out. 

Which leads to a lot of golfers not even attempting to mess with it and potentially losing out on distance and accuracy. Today, we’ll simplify driver adjustability settings so you can tame a slice, hit it straighter, longer, and maybe even hit a draw. 

Driver Adjustability 101 – How to Change Ball Flight 

The history of golf is unlike any other sport, but the equipment has changed nearly as much. In the last few decades we’ve added hybrids, used Carbon instead of Titanium, added high lofted fairway woods, crazy putter designs, adjustable drivers, and more. 

All in hopes for one thing – making golf easier for the everyday player. 

The adjustable driver has revolutionized the game and makes it easier than ever to hit bombs off the tee… as long as you have the club in the proper setting. 

Key Takeaways 

  • Adjustable drivers make it easy to change the loft and lie settings to fine tune the club to your swing. 
  • Changing loft and lie can impact ball flight, total distance, launch, and accuracy. 
  • Some drivers are not adjustable, but are draw biased to help if you have an extreme slice. 

Keep reading to learn more about these settings to optimize your longest club in the bag.

Adjustable Driver Explained

Driver Adjustability 

We’ve come a long way from persimmon wood drivers and fairway woods. The first metal wood was released in 1979 and the first driver with any adjustability was in 2004. 

That year, TaylorMade released the R7 with interchangeable weights. In 2007 Mizuno then unveiled a driver with a sliding weight track. 

While some drivers have adjustable weights and/or sliding weight tracks, most have an adjustable hosel sleeve. This allows you to change the loft and lie angle by changing the hosel position. This revolutionized the game and made it easy for the everyday player to test out different settings to see how it impacted performance. 

For example, the Callaway Paradym series has two cogs on the hosel sleeve – an upper and lower cog. Each one rotates independently of each other to provide a total of eight possible loft and lie combinations.

In my case, I can make my 9-degree driver 8 or 10-degrees. I can always take it from a neutral face angle to one that makes it more draw biased… all by using a club wrench. 

Adjusting Loft and Lie Angle 

Most clubs have 8-12 adjustability settings depending on the make/model. Let’s use a 10.5 degree Callaway driver as an easy-to-understand example.

For loft settings, you have four options:

  • -1: This will change the loft to 9.5 degrees. 
  • S: This stands for stated loft, so the club will remain 9.5 degrees.
  • +1: This adds one degree to the stated loft, making it 11.5 degrees.
  • +2: This adds two degrees to the stated loft, making it 12.5 degrees. 

For lie settings, you have two settings:

  • N: This stands for neutral setting, meaning the face angle is more square at address position. This is better if you’re someone that likes to hit a straight shot and/or play a fade off the tee.
  • D: This stands for draw setting, meaning the face angle is more closed at address position. This is ideal if you’re someone that hits a lot of slices and need more help 

So, what happens when you tweak the loft or lie angle? 

You’re changing the center of gravity (CG). For example, if you hit a slice you’re more likely to hit the club on the heel (if you hit a hook, you’re more likely to hit it off the toe). 

By adjusting the lie angle, you will also change the center of gravity to improve mishits. This moves the sweet spot more toward the heel to improve distance and hit it straighter. 

In this instance, it will add more weight to the heel, which makes the toe lighter. This makes it easier to square the club at impact, producing a straighter shot. 

Equipment Adjustment for a Draw

Adjustable Weights or Sliding Weight Tracks

The majority of modern drivers from Ping, Callaway, Titleist, Cobra, and TaylorMade are adjustable. Most also have several options for all types of players such as high launch (HL), draw biased, and low-spin models. 

Some of the low spin models have a sliding weight track or adjustable weights, as well as an adjustable hosel sleeve. A good example of this type of club is the Titleist TSR4 with its interchange weights. 

As Titleist mentioned on their website, “TSR4 provides both front and back weighting options to allow even more players to experiment with gaining distance through lower spin. The forward setting produces maximum spin reduction, while the back is more moderate – creating more of a TSR3.5 performance profile.”

Non-Adjustable Clubs

Now that you’ve seen the benefits of adjusting a driver, you might wonder why anyone would buy a non-adjustable driver? 

The first reason is lightweight design. An adjustable hosel sleeve makes the club slightly heavier and thus, harder to swing faster. 

This is why some brands forgo adjustability to make the club as light as possible. This helps seniors, beginners, women, and slower swinging golfers increase speed and total distance. A few good examples of non-adjustable lightweight drivers include the Cleveland Launcher XL or the Callaway Paradym Star. 

The second reason is that a lot of times these adjustable drivers cost more money. A lot of beginner, budget friendly drivers have a fixed hosel which makes them cheaper to produce and sell. 

If you’re a beginner, senior, or more of a casual golfer, you might not need an adjustable driver. But if you’re someone who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to improve, an adjustable club can help. 

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FAQs

Do you have more questions about drivers to hit it better than ever? If so, keep reading through the most frequently asked questions and answers now.

Will a draw driver help my slice?

Yes, a draw driver can absolutely help your slice. Draw bias drivers like the Callaway Paradym X or the Cobra Aerojet Max make it easier to straighten out your ball flight. The loft, design of the clubhead, weight, and hosel settings all work together to hit it straighter.

What does N and S mean on a Callaway driver?

If you’re playing an adjustable Callaway driver, it’s important to know how the eight settings will impact loft/lie angle. The N stands for neutral – meaning the face angle is neutral at address position. While the “D” stands for draw (if you’re seeing “S” on a hosel this is an older club, but it stands for stated loft). 

Is it better to adjust the driver loft up or down?

In general, most everyday golfers need more, not less loft. A lot of people think that lower loft means longer distances… which is true, but only if you have enough speed. If you’re a slower swinging golfer playing 8 or 9 degrees of loft, you’ll actually lose distance.

This is why it’s a good idea to try adding more loft and see how it helps your driving. If you get into overspeed training and increase swing speed in the future, then you can try using less loft. 

What does draw mean on a golf driver? 

Draw means the face is slightly closed at address position in order to help you hit straighter. A slice is caused by one thing – an open clubface at impact. To offset this error, draw biased drivers and/or adjustable drivers make it easier to square the face and hit better tee shots. 

Is it better to draw or fade driver? 

It’s best to play the shot that comes most natural to you. 

For example, I play a fade and that’s the only shot I hit with the driver. This is because to hit a draw I’d need to change my swing, as you can’t change setup/ball position like you can with irons.

One of the biggest mistakes most everyday golfers make is trying to hit fades and draws with the driver. But this invites a big miss into your game and can lead to a lot of errant tee shots. When you play one shot shape, you will be a lot more consistent and have more confidence on the tee box. 

Draw vs Fade

My Experience

Adjustable drivers have changed the game and made a huge difference in my own driving statistics. If you’re an avid player, I can’t recommend an adjustable driver enough.

Once you have a club you like (I highly recommend a custom fitting) then you should spend several range sessions hitting it with different settings. This works best if you have a personal launch monitor so you can objectively view the data.

Your monitor will confirm spin rates, distance, launch, etc. and make it easy to find the right settings. Once you have the right settings, make sure to take a picture of it in case you need to remove the head for any reason (travel, reshafting club, etc.). Plus, if you have adjustable weights like some drivers, you can get even more customization. 

Final Thoughts 

Using the right driver can make a massive difference in your game. The right clubhead, shaft, and even grip can help you hit it longer and straighter than ever. 

While these clubs and changing settings can help, think of them more as a Band-Aid fix. They are not a long term solution to a big problem in your swing. If you’re constantly hitting slices, even with an adjustable driver, you might consider getting a lesson

Fixing a weak grip or inside takeaway (two of the most common causes of a nasty slice) can fix the biggest issue in your game. Paired with the right driver and right driver settings, you will set yourself up for long term success. 

Check out the best drivers for a slice next. 

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Michael Leonard

Michael is an avid golfer of 25 years who played in high school, college, and now competes in Arizona amateur events. He is a full-time writer, podcast host of Wicked Smart Golf, and mental golf coach.