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Shorten or bend...or both?

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Hi guys, did a search..not seeing what i'm looking for.

I know there is a ton of talk about length fitting and lie fitting. When both need done what do you guys recommend? I need to be about 1/2" shorter and looks like 2* flat. I have a loft/lie machine. I guess I just mean when both are needed is there a benefit of just bending and keeping the length or should both be done together for optimal results. I realize shortening them will affect lie angle some.

Thanks!

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If your comfortable with the length, then bend! I was fitted for 2* flat, but wasn't comfortable with length so I took half inch off instead! Now I'm comfortable with the length and my swing is a bit more consistent I'm gonna get the lie retested this spring just to see if it needs a tweak! It's a personal thing really, but in general shorter clubs are easier to hit, as I found when I had a driver made at 44.5, When shortening a club, what you might lose in distance will be recompensed in accuracy. So on that basis I would both!
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Changing the length of the club will also affect the swing weight.  If your irons are at your preferred swing weight, I would not change the length.

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Shortening the club will make it slightly stiffer, also 2* flat is like 1/2 shorter, doing both is quite a bit. I would flatten it and choke down a little bit. But before doing anything, go get fitted.  Don't guess about this.  2*flat on a full 7 iron shot can often be 8-10 yards off line or more. a shorter club can keep the ball on line but will fit your swing more comfortable. so go get fit! You may have your longer irons 2* flat and your mid to short irons 1* or not at all.

There is lots of variables based on your swing, swing speed, height, arm, leg and torso length. If they are old clubs, yeah maybe have them cut or bent, if the clubs are banged up and eventually shortened you'll need grips too. 60-$90.00.just for grips, bending and shortening could be another 50-$100

but if you are considering new or newer clubs order them once you have been fit .The manufacturer doesn't charge you any more or any less for custom specs, Last years models can also be ordered custom in earlier part of the season. Also if you order clubs remember its a cost per club cost, a set of 8 irons might be $800 or 100 per club new, in other words if you don't hit you 3,4 or even 5 iron, skip it and order 6,7,8,9,PW for $500.

good luck

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What do you do for woods? I'm fitted as standard length and 2 flat for irons, but you can't really bend a driver
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What do you do for woods? I'm fitted as standard length and 2 flat for irons, but you can't really bend a driver


Since a club thats to upright tends to go left. I would think a driver with a open face bias could help

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It doesn't really apply to drivers! A too flat iron would hit the ground toe first, causing the shot to go right, vice versa with a too up right iron, a driver doesn't really contact the ground, with this in mind, is it a good idea to get fairway woods built at a correct length to give the correct lie??
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It doesn't really apply to drivers! A too flat iron would hit the ground toe first, causing the shot to go right, vice versa with a too up right iron, a driver doesn't really contact the ground, with this in mind, is it a good idea to get fairway woods built at a correct length to give the correct lie??


yes toe/heel contacting first will cause wayward shots it the face angle moving that causes the left/right ball flight

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I shortened my driver 1/2" and added head weight to bring my swingweight back up. Gonna do the same for 3 wood and hybrid. Going to flatten my irons first and if I still have trouble with center contact I may trim them too if I dont like the feel of choking down. Im Ready for spring!
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