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3 years ago
3 years ago
I'm 28 years old and I'm 6 foot 3 inches. I'm a beginner; first started playing last year. I'm trying to decide if the 913D2 is right for me. This would be my first driver of my own. I'm taking lessons to get better but I can't practice without a club. So, at the moment I hit a straight to fade shot shape with an emphasis on the slice like most amateurs. I usually have a slow swing speed but the only numbers I have we're taken recently and I am on the tail end of breaking my foot so I can't plant and power through my swings; my ball speeds were 90-100: meaning my swing speed would be in the 70s then. Assuming I pick up speed from practice and recovery, I would guess my swing speeds increase anywhere from 75s to 80-85 to start with. That being said, if the driver is right for me, what "stock" shaft should I get and what flex, similarly any ideas on loft?
Responses would be much appreciated! ;)
My guess so far is: Titleist 913D2 10.5 loft with Bassara 50 Regular flex
Really ought to work out your physical issues first - especially after the foot issue is resolved. Changing shafts won't come cheap, so guessing on a $400 driver may be an expensive guess. The loft at 10.5 is maybe a better guess, but this still depends on your eventual angle of attack.
One year after I started, my swing speed was in the high 70's, and I was fitted for a 12 degree A flex G15. I used it for most of 2 seasons, but late last year, I was getting my speed up to the higher 80's and my drives were ballooning. When the 913 came out, I was testing on an indoor test, and my best numbers were with a 10.5 and the Blueboard 62 R flex shaft. The Bassara was spinning too much. I didn't have the coins for a new driver, so I found a 910 D2 with an Ihana R flex which is between the Blueboard and Bassara on the charts. I've been getting the 230-250 yards projected with the trackman on the 913 - good enough for me.
These are my numbers, I'm only suggesting you get some more practice into this year's game before buying a $400 driver, and that you get fit for one. There's no savings on buying off the rack - most fitters will absorb a fitting with a purchase. If you work on core strengthening and stretching along with some more lessons (check out the Titleist Performance Institute), you will likely have a swing speed well over 85. I got that far and I'm 62.
If you have no driver today, one option would be a 2-3 year old used driver for $100 or less. You won't be able to upgrade a shaft for the 913 for that little, so getting fit towards the end of the season when you are fully recovered may actually cost you less overall than getting a 913 today and then getting a new shaft later.