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Driver extension

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So I went to a range a while back and tested the Long Tom by Cobra. I liked it. It didn't feel unweildy or too heavy or whatever so I decided to put an extension in a driver I've had for a while and go to the range to see what happens.

First impressions are the increase in swing weight. It felt heavy and kind of weird.

But after a few swings I'm right into it. some folks on here will know I've been experimenting with swings of late and part of that has been a change in grip. So now I use a split baseball grip.....very Moe Norman if you know what I mean.

An observation on the split B/B grip is how it seems very torque-y, you can muscle the ball with the leverage of the split hands, whereas with the traditional grips/ interlocking etc you can swing the club and build speed gradually. The thing I noticed was that trying to swing the longer heavier with a trad grip was impossible. I just couldn't get the club to get to the impact position at all it was just TOO heavy. But with the split grip I seemed to be able to get the extra weight and length to work for me, not against me.

The weight seems to make my takeaway and transition smoother. So my questions are, what difference in swing speed are usual for a club at 48 inches as opposed to 46 and who swings a heavy club are there advantages?

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Spent some time with Moe. He only switched to the baseball grip after the Natural Golf people convinced him it was better, but by then he was older not playing as much and could have played with prosthetic hands. His normal grip was an overlapping grip but even then sometimes he interlocked. [quote name="logman" url="/t/63640/driver-extension#post_791311"]But after a few swings I'm right into it. some folks on here will know I've been experimenting with swings of late and part of that has been a change in grip. So now I use a split baseball grip.....very Moe Norman if you know what I mean.[/quote] A longer driver is fine for the short knockers who can accurately put the clubface on the ball but most 12 handicappers are better with a slightly shorter driver to improve the quality of their contact. SO whats up your LPG swing not giving you yardage?
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Those to top 2 pics are  a good description of my grip at the moment. I dont think I could ever go back to a conventional grip with a skinny grip.

As for the LPG swing, it's going great. Played 18 on my local 2 days ago and shot a 76. pretty pleased with that even though I never really threatened a birdie for the whole round.

I went out last night with my drivers and took some measurements on my golfshot gps.

My best was 273 meters with most around 255- 265. I'm definitely hitting the driver longer than I ever have.

But there's something going on here with the heavier swing weight and the way it seems to smooth out my swing. Any thoughts on that?

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Originally Posted by logman

My best was 273 meters

301 yards with an LPG swing? Can you please post your swing sometime. I really want to see this.

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Originally Posted by logman

Those to top 2 pics are  a good description of my grip at the moment.

Huh? Am I missing something? I thought you said you switched to a split baseball grip, and those two pics show an interlocking grip?

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Originally Posted by billchao

Huh? Am I missing something? I thought you said you switched to a split baseball grip, and those two pics show an interlocking grip?

Yes Billchao, your absolutely right. I didn't pay enough attention to the little pinky. My mistake.

I've noticed that my hands have been separating more and more. It certainly accentuates the pushing action of the swing.

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Originally Posted by Phil McGleno

Spent some time with Moe. He only switched to the baseball grip after the Natural Golf people convinced him it was better, but by then he was older not playing as much and could have played with prosthetic hands. His normal grip was an overlapping grip but even then sometimes he interlocked.

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Interesting. Was Moe's palm/lifeline grip a Natural Golf invention too?

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