what are your thoughts on cutting a standard off the rack shelf driver from 45 to 44?? i play to a 7 handicap and drive it depending on conditions 270-310. swing speed is around 105+ i don't mind losing a few yards to get the all important FIR% up.
Cathi @TeamTitleist 1-888-TITLEIST
what is the best way to add weight to a non titleist driver standard sw is D3. powder or lead tape. and if lead tape is best how many strips should i use for the 1 inch taken off.
Usuually a good option for players - longer shots come from on center hits and not so much the length of the shaft - Years ago we had Titleist do some testing for us as we were developing their custom fititng program. One of them was how is ball flight affected by shorter length driver shafts. The result was this --- 3" inches longer driver shaft only hit the ball about 5 yards further. This was a robot test. Some players might gain slightly more length. But my experience over 20 years of fitting has been that most players gain distance with a shorter length driver -- more on center hits... a lot of them feel like they have more control with a shorter length shaft and feel like they can swing the club more aggressively. All of this is quite contrary to the current day "marketing schemes" by most manufacturers and their attempt to convince players that these longer length shafts will produce longer shots. That is an easy perception to sell to male golfers... On center hits regardless of the length is critical -- assuming the launch and spin numbers are good. Thanks to the fantastic R & D team at Titliest for doing these tests for us and just as importantly being willing to share it with all of you guys! Go to the bank with this bit of information !!!
Steve Ball PGA Master Professional
Steve, this is a great point! Thanks for sharing it!!
Jim McClean recommends a 44" driver in his book "The Three Scoring Clubs" and Don Trahan even recommends a 43.5" driver in his Peak Performance Golf System.
I was also reading that a lot of pros use a 44.5" driver.
There is quite a bit of bunk in the golf industry (does anyone remember the 52" drivers in the 1990s?). One doesn't need the big 90 degree backswing, 47" driver or extremely rotational golf swing to knock the daylights out of a golf ball. Some are talking about how 2 and 3 iron hybrids are the greatest things since sliced bread - just recently I did a side-by-side with my trusty 7 wood (2007 Burner) vs one of those somewhat newfangled (2009) "flight control technology" 2 iron hybrids and the wood just totally smoked the hybrid. Then there was the F2 wedge - the so-called end all to short games; the bottom line is nothing beats a good ole Vokey.
In all honesty, probably the best hitting irons I have owned are the two sets I have at home - Eye 2 yellow dot 6-PW and Titleist DCI 981 4-GW.
I also have three persimmon clubs from Louisville Golf (Niblick Vanguard 5 wood, Even Stripe 10 wood and HL3 34 deg hybrid). I break them out every now and then. Although the two fairway woods aren't nearly as forgiving as my 7 wood and my SQ 5 hybrid, they reward with good distance (I have hit the 5 wood close to 200 yards and the 10 wood around 170). Even the 34 hybrid goes around 160 (don't use it much since I hit my 6 and 7 irons very well now; had the Eye 2's reshafted and the Titleists +1/2 deg upright).
Rory OI did exactly that and it's the best thing I ever did. Cut my Diamana ahina stiff to 44. I added the 12 gram titleist weight to the head to get back the swingweight. Feels amazing, more balance when swinging and definitley more accurate. I'm also hittin it longer as I am catching the ball more consistently off the sweet spot. I found I was heeling the ball a lot with the 45 inch shaft. For info I'm about 5 ft 9.
MikeyRory OI did exactly that and it's the best thing I ever did. Cut my Diamana ahina stiff to 44. I added the 12 gram titleist weight to the head to get back the swingweight. Feels amazing, more balance when swinging and definitley more accurate. I'm also hittin it longer as I am catching the ball more consistently off the sweet spot. I found I was heeling the ball a lot with the 45 inch shaft. For info I'm about 5 ft 9.
I'm looking to do the samething to my D2 9.5, if i where to have it cut to 44 or 44.5" what would be the recommened swingweight to be added? also does the surefit wrench that came with my driver fit the swingweight screw?..thx
If needed to cut more, you can change your grip from the standard 52 gram Golf Pride Tour Velvet to a Winn Excel RF. The weight diff is 10g (2 swingweight points heavier with the lighter grip). Winn Lite grips are 25g (I put this on an old TM 300 driver that I set to 43.5" a couple years ago) but I didn't like the feel. I swear by the Excel RF midsize for driver - PW. My driver is 45" and my 7 wood is 41.5" 5H is 38.75. My 6-PW are Eye 2 yellow dot and the Winn brings the swingweight to D1.