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WOW!!!! Ive got a lot of work to do to hit like that.....I hit average 275-280 carry, Im only 5'6" tall, and my swing probably needs some help, but this weekend I hit a 300+ yard drive, I was estatic!!! Ive changed my swing a lot, and finally got to a point where I am making a full swing, so I think that had the most to do with it. I hit a TM R9, 10.5* stiff flex stock shaft (cant remember the name of it) Neutral setting for the face, I am in the process of re-gripping it......
Keep the bombs coming Matt!!!!
I tend to carry it 290 to 310. I game an 8.5 degree TM R1 (black) with the Matrix 8M3 Black Tie shaft x-stiff (cut down to 44 inches) and GP Multi-compound grip.
did you notice more control when you cut the shaft down to 44 inches? I am choking down on my R9 about an inch and actually not only increased my distance (mainly because I didn't slice) but hit much straighter when I did that. Its due a new grip anyway so I was planning on cutting it off from the handle end.....Not trying to hijack the thread, just curious is all
That was the intent of going down to 44" and it has worked quite well. I have found that many more fairways have hit and that there is less spin (side spin) on the ball as a result.
I'm about 300 carry and then usually at least a little roll. I'm hitting a 913 D3 8.5 degree with a Diamana D+ 72 X-Stiff, standard length. I have it set at the D-2 setting, so that's another .75 degrees less loft. I use Golf Pride Multi-Compound grips.
I also use ProV1 ball (I do not get as much distance with the Prov1X).
My main issue right now is the second shot!
I propose a new amateur rule that says if you hit it 300+ in the fairway, you get a 1-stroke drop on the green.
I use the Titleist D3 9.5 driver with a UST Pro Force V2 76 X-Stiff shaft and get about 280 carry out of this basic combination.
I'm 6'2" tall and don't really miss the inch off the length of the club. I am much more confident with the slightly shorter club and feel in more control. I too am willing to sacrifice 5-7 yards to play from the fairway resulting in more GIR's.
Thank you very much for the info......guess I know what I will be doing when I get back from the long weekend!!
Thank you Andrew!
How do you cut them down? As in what device and or how is the extra inch or whatever removed? And do you just regrip as normal once done?
I used a Drexel but a simple hack saw would work as we'll. Remove the current grip and remove all the old tape. Wrap a couple layers of masking tape around the spot you plan on cutting. This will prevent the shaft from splintering. Replace new grip and swing away. Remember that the new grip will add about 1/8" from the cut point.