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  1. The Shryke is fairly neutral at higher elevations in the 170-175 g range and is a great distance driver in weights lower than 170 for my arm speed. I bag around 4-6 of them in differing plastics, wears, and weights. If you are struggling with finding a distance driver and live in high elevations, give the Star Shryke a try.
  2. Most players equate distance with a lower lofted driver, but for most golfers, the opposite is more accurate. If your swing speed is over 100 mph and you hit the golf ball a long way, you should have a driver with a loft of about 12 degrees, or less, and that will produce less backspin.
  3. It’s nearly impossible to hit long drives without a full shoulder turn. While every golfer is different in terms of flexibility, rotating the shoulders until they’re perpendicular (90° angle) to the target line is the long-accepted standard for a good turn.
  4. Drivers and Fairway Woods. Drivers are designed to go a great distance, but for the beginner the long shaft and low loft can be hard to handle. Some beginners find more control using the 3 wood off the tee. If you do use a driver, as a beginner you might want to try a club with a large clubface for a larger sweet spot.

Choosing a driver because it looks great is not the way to buy one if you want to play a better game of golf. In fact, nine out of 10 golfers play with drivers that do not have sufficient loft and their drivers are too long for their swings.

Since the science of the sport and the equipment have progressed, opt for a driver with 9 or 10 degrees of loft rather than an older 7 or 8 degree driver. Amateur players can optimize the carry of the ball by selecting a driver with 1-3 more degrees of loft than tour-pros. 1 X Research source A higher lofted driver will give you more carry.

Furthermore, just because some drivers cost a lot of money does not mean that you will instantly improve your game. Here are a few things to think about as you select your new driver.

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Step 1

Choose a driver that has the right amount of loft, because that is the most critical part of your selection process. Most players equate distance with a lower lofted driver, but for most golfers, the opposite is more accurate. If your swing speed is over 100 mph and you hit the golf ball a long way, you should have a driver with a loft of about 12 degrees, or less, and that will produce less backspin.

But if you are like most golfers with swing speeds that are below 90 mph, you will need a more lofted driver that increases that backspin to keep the ball aloft. In some cases, you may need a more lofted driver to get the ball airborne.

Step 2

Look for a driver that provides the trajectory that' is most suited to your play.

For example, if you hit the golf ball low off the tee, you should find a driver that has a high trajectory rating. Don't think that trajectory rating is the same as loft. For instance, a driver may have a 10-degree loft, but if its center of gravity is toward the front, it will react more like a driver with an 8-degree loft.

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Step 3

Make sure that your new driver has a forgiveness rating that matches up with the quality of your game. For instance, if you hit tee shots often that miss the proverbial “sweet spot,” you probably need a driver with a maximum forgiveness rating. Most club manufacturers include that information. For most golfers, a selection of a driver with the largest head that they can control is their best choice.

Step 4

Choose a driver with a shaft of the proper length. Interestingly enough, most tournament professionals opt for drivers that are 44.5” long, while most manufacturer make “off-the-rack” drivers that are an inch or two longer. Once again, there is no correlation between the length of your driver and the distance of your tee shots. You should find a driver that you can consistently hit the ball on the center of the club.

Turtle Odyssey

Shows at 4:30 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun. 1:30 PM >> Sat. & Sun.

Turtle Odyssey explores the unique lifecycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her incredible journey across the open ocean. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Perfect Little Planet

Shows at 12:00 PM >> Sat. & Sun.

Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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Skies Over Michigan

Shows at 3:00 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.

Longway Planetarium’s astronomy experts take you on a tour of the night sky over Michigan in this live planetarium lecture. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Unseen Universe

Shows at 6:00 PM >> Thurs./Fri./Sat.

This exciting look into cutting edge astronomy explores the universe far beyond our human senses. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Dark Side: The Light Show

Shows at 7:30 PM >> Thurs./Fri./Sat.

Experience Pink Floyd's iconic Dark Side of the Moon album as never before in this one-of-a-kind show. Great for ages 12 and older.

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Sensory-Friendly Shows

Shows at 10:30 AM >> Second Saturday of every month

During sensory-friendly shows, we turn the lights up and turn the sound down to provide a safe, welcoming environment for our friends with special needs.

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Virtual Trivia Night

6:00 PM Every second Saturday of the month

Have fun with friends across town or across the country while social distancing! Team up and compete against the other challengers in six common categories, including science, history, geography, literature, pop culture, and more. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

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BUY ONLINE FOR TOUCHLESS ENTRY

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors 60+, and $5 youth ages 2-11
Children 1 and younger: Free
Online ticket reservation helps us provide touchless entry; therefore, online transaction fees are waived. You can still pay with cash at the door, but please note that capacity is limited to 30 visitors per showtime and shows may sell out. You can also call 810-237-3400 to reserve tickets over the phone.
Genesee County Residents
All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents:
$3.50 adults, $2.50 seniors 60+, and $2.50 youth ages 2-11
When you arrive, please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Longway Planetarium shows are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.
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All Longway Planetarium shows are free for members
Please login to reserve your member tickets. Member discounts are automatically applied at checkout. When you arrive, please present your membership card and driver's license or ID to confirm your membership level.
OTHER DISCOUNTS
Please present proof of status to receive a discount, i.e. member card, veteran ID, active military ID, or staff ID.
ASTC: Free
Flint Children’s Museum members: $1 off per ticket
Impression 5 and Ann Arbor Hands-On members: 50% off
Veterans, active military families, and teachers: Free
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Welcome back to Longway Planetarium!

Now Open

Behind our masks, we are smiling from ear to ear as we welcome our community back to Longway Planetarium!
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Capacity is limited to 30 visitors per showtime. Each show lasts 45 minutes. We will close for 45 minutes of cleaning after each show.
Sat. & Sun.: 12:00 and 1:30 PM
Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.: 3:00 and 4:30 PM
Thurs./Fri./Sat.: 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Doors open for ticket sales at 11:30 AM
We have been working hard to prepare the planetarium for your arrival and we can assure you that you will have a safe and fun experience when you visit. However, it will feel different from your past visits. We are not “going back to normal,” but are adapting with science-driven practices that will help keep our community safe.
Following CDC, state and local authorities’ guidelines, these are some of the changes you can expect:
1. Wear your mask. Remember to keep yourself and others safe by wearing your mask! Ages 6 and older must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth to enter. Masks are recommended for ages 3-5. You can bring your own masks or purchase at the ticket counter for $1 each. We understand that mask-wearing can be difficult for children. We encourage you to gently remind your children to keep their masks on when they forget. Mask-wearing is required throughout your visit.
2. Buy tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale now! Limiting reservations to 30 visitors per show will ensure social distancing at less than 20% capacity. Online ticket reservation helps us provide touchless entry; therefore, online transaction fees are waived. You can still pay with cash in person, but ticket times may sell out.
3. Stay safe. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and throughout the space. When you arrive, please be ready to present your receipt on your mobile device or print your ticket. Staff will request your email address for contact tracing purposes. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and visit us when you’re feeling better.
4. Our robust cleaning practices have leveled up! Longway Planetarium will be disinfected after each show. At Longway Planetarium, we are installing a UV filtration in our HVAC systems and adding filtration to the Mars room and back offices.
5. Gift shop. The gift shop is open Wednesday through Sunday. Take science and history home with you with learning toys and memorabilia from our gift shops.
6. Virtual learning continues. If you cannot or do not wish to visit us during our first days back, we completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel comfortable returning. In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning with us on social media. So far, our educators have produced over 50 videos presenting hands-on science activities and backyard astronomy tips you can try at home. You can find all of our content on Facebook. While we keep in-person capacity low, we will continue to present First Fridays and Second Saturday Trivia Nights on Facebook Live.

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