Will adding shaft extensions hurt the clubs performance?

Does adding shaft extensions have a negative ? I have a standard set of Irons that were a gift but being six four my regular irons are +1 and was wondering if adding extensions would have a negative impact on the clubs performance.

Thanks 

I purchased a set of AP2S early last year that were standard and took them to a fitter and he extended them for me to +1 inch and adjusted the lie to 1* upright as well.  Money well spent and no negative side effects.  I am six three and needed the length as well.  Good luck.     

I don't think so. I've had to do that very thing in the past and as long as it's done by someone who knows what they are doing, you should be fine. It will make the club a little heavier, but i never  thought that was a bad thing anyway. 

hope this helps. 

I picked up a new set last year and it was extended 1/2" for me.  That was my first experience with a shaft extender and I didn't notice anything different.  I would say to go for it.  It's a cheap and easy way to get yourself the fit that you need.

I'd say go get fit.  I'm 6'5" and mine are 1" long too.  Even if it costs you a few bucks for new shafts, you're still out less than buying a full set.

No sir it doesn't, I work in a pro shop and I extend clubs all the time. The only thing it affects is the swing weight, but the few grams added won't affect your swing. Don't forget to adjust your lie on your clubs after extending them.

Going up a half inch or a full inch will not hurt performance. But going more than that I would say does.  I had a standard wedge I had extended and went one and a half inch longer and every time I swung that club I could feel the extended part wiggle just a little bit. I'm six foot six so I ended getting fit for some ap1 irons and vokey wedges. Best decision I ever made. 

No detrimental affect, but make sure the lie is adjusted to fit you as well.

If done properly, you won't even know there is an extension, but it will decrease the swing weight of the club (i.e., the head will "feel' lighter).  This isn't huge as the weight of the plug will be offset a little by the increased length of the shaft.  You can counterbalance this with a little lead tape if you wish to get the swing weight the same but this will then increase the overall weight of the club.

Some people are not sensitive enough that they would notice a swing weight change of a few points and others would notice immediately.  I would try a couple of clubs and see what you think and then, if you like it, do the remaining clubs.  The other option is to change out the shafts to a longer shaft but this is much more expensive (although less than a complete set of new clubs).

 As others have said, be sure to get the lie adjusted after you settle in on a different length of the shaft.

Mike C

If done properly, you won't even know there is an extension, but it will decrease the swing weight of the club (i.e., the head will "feel' lighter).  This isn't huge as the weight of the plug will be offset a little by the increased length of the shaft.  You can counterbalance this with a little lead tape if you wish to get the swing weight the same but this will then increase the overall weight of the club.

Some people are not sensitive enough that they would notice a swing weight change of a few points and others would notice immediately.  I would try a couple of clubs and see what you think and then, if you like it, do the remaining clubs.  The other option is to change out the shafts to a longer shaft but this is much more expensive (although less than a complete set of new clubs).

 As others have said, be sure to get the lie adjusted after you settle in on a different length of the shaft.

I hate to call you out Mike but you are wrong! For every 1/2 inch of extension to a club you can expect an increase of about 2 swing weights. To then get the swing weight down you can install a heavier grip and/or counterbalance the butt end of the shaft.

James T
Mike C

If done properly, you won't even know there is an extension, but it will decrease the swing weight of the club (i.e., the head will "feel' lighter).  This isn't huge as the weight of the plug will be offset a little by the increased length of the shaft.  You can counterbalance this with a little lead tape if you wish to get the swing weight the same but this will then increase the overall weight of the club.

Some people are not sensitive enough that they would notice a swing weight change of a few points and others would notice immediately.  I would try a couple of clubs and see what you think and then, if you like it, do the remaining clubs.  The other option is to change out the shafts to a longer shaft but this is much more expensive (although less than a complete set of new clubs).

 As others have said, be sure to get the lie adjusted after you settle in on a different length of the shaft.

I hate to call you out Mike but you are wrong! For every 1/2 inch of extension to a club you can expect an increase of about 2 swing weights. To then get the swing weight down you can install a heavier grip and/or counterbalance the butt end of the shaft.

3 swingweights for every 1/2" of club length but the bottom end of the extension offsets by making the butt end heavier so 2 swingweights is probably close.