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Elmer

9.5 stiff vs 10.5 stiff

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I currently use a Burner 10.5 regular shaft. I had gone to Golf Galaxy and was put on a launch monitor. I found out my swing speed is 105, with a 12 launch angle.
Most my mistake shots are left, due to the shaft snapping.

It was recommend to me to get a 9.5 stiff shaft.
I was looking at a callaway fit black.
Yesterday I went and hit my first bucket of balls for the season, followed by testing the Callaway, infront of my teaching pro. My aim was inconsistent.
He suggested I stay with the 10.5, but pursue a stiff shaft.

Can anyone explain what benefits a 9.5 would give compared to the 10.5?

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the lower lofted club usually will drop launch angle as well as spin rates.

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If your launch angle is only 12 degrees... Your may benefit from a 10.5* driver.  I'd recommend you play around with the 9.5* and 10.5* on a launch monitor - and test your ball placement and tee height to see if you can get your spin numbers down into the low 2K range.  That would be ideal.

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Thanks for info.

Based on the way I have been hitting it, I may stick with the 10.5, but just switch to a stiff shaft!

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Just got tested hitting a 9.5 Stiff. 104 to 106 swing speed 136 ball speed 3600 spin. launch angle in 11.5 to 11.9 So do I need a 9.5?
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Originally Posted by Elmer

Just got tested hitting a 9.5 Stiff. 104 to 106 swing speed 136 ball speed 3600 spin. launch angle in 11.5 to 11.9 So do I need a 9.5?

If I were the fitter I'd want you to stick with a 10.5 because that launch angle is too low in my opinion. Spin rate is also too high but this probably is more a swing issue than anything. If I'm fitting someone for a driver I'm going to look more at getting the launch angle correct. Did you happen to notice what your angle of attack was?

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No idea of the angle of attack. But all the stats I posted were from hitting a 9.5 I am also stumped because my teachers recommended the 10.5 based on viewing my shots as they dont use a launch monitor. The GG guy uses a simulator, which does not show the actual ball flying through the air. I find it funny that going to Golf Galaxy, and hitting on a simulator in from of 3 different people, each of these people all said to go with a 9.5. As my wife said "they are just trying to sell you something!"
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Originally Posted by Elmer

He suggested I stay with the 10.5, but pursue a stiff shaft.

This is the best advice. You need a stiff shaft, which will help some. And work on making better contact, even if you have to make an 80% swing.  A smash factor of 136/105 = 1.3 shows a real need for better contact.

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I would try a different shaft to get that spin down. See if they have the PX Black 6.0 or a variant for the FIT and give it a shot.

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Just picked up a Razr X Black with Fujikura Motore F8 stiff shaft
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