From day one of the new review system we've talked about not only the importance of data, but the importance of actually being able to share that data with our readers. What you see below is each and every shot that our 6 golfers took during the testing process for the Royal Collection JP104 Driver. Hovering over any point on the map will give you all the pertinent details of that particular shot. Raw averages were compiled for each and every piece of data we culled from our simulators. If the screen looks a bit cluttered for your taste you can simply de-select any golfer to remove his data from the charts.
NEW: Tabbed Navigation
We've separated our shot map and the graphs of the raw data into separate tabs. We hope this will make viewing the data a bit easier. From our perspective, it opens up the door for including more data down the road (we were pretty much maxed out under the single page display).
On each of the bar graphs, we include two reference lines. The dotted gray line will always represent the average for all golfers for whom we collected data. The dotted black line represents the averages for only those golfers you select. This way you are able to quickly see how the numbers from an individual, or sub-set of testers compares to both each other and the testing group as a whole. We also include sliders which allow you to filter golfers based on driver swing speed and handicap.
What to Look For
There are a few things the data tells us that we really like. First, almost all of our testers achieved closer to ideal launch angles than they have with many of the other drivers we've tested to date. Some guys will hit it higher, some lower, but mostly our testers were better than their personal averages.
Also noteworty are the relatively low spin numbers. While I always trend to the high end, most of our testers produced less spin then they normally do with the JP104 driver. The same is true of sidespin where, apart from myself, most of our testers also so measurable declines in side spin when compared to several of the other drivers we've tested this season. The relative lack of side spin may also account for the balance in the shot patterns. While I'm sure if we crunched it shot for shot we'd see a slight bias to one side of the fairway or the other, but at a quick glance you'll see that there isn't a pronounced bias to one side or the other.
Finally, looking at the consistency scores we see a club that appears to be the among the most consistent of any driver we've tested this year. This suggests to us that, once you're dialed in with this driver, you can expect dependable, repeatable results shot after shot after shot.
How are we doing?
If there's anything you'd like us to try and add to these interactive pages we generate, stop by the MyGolfSpy forum and let us know. If it's possible, we might just do it.