Re: Scotty Cameron putter - shortening the shaft?
Originally Posted by RocketSauce
Not really. Think about it like a sledge hammer. Take an 8lb hammer on a 16" handle, grab it by the end of the handle and hold it out straight, say it's a bit heavy but your wrist/arm will support it. Now take that same 8lb hammer head and put it on a 36" handle and try to do the same: it will be WAY harder. Due to the greater length (I guess it increases the leverage the hammer has over the arm/wrist) the perceived weight of the head is increased. The same thing is happening when you cut or extend a club shaft.
Worth noting is that in this example we have probably altered the ACTUAL TOTAL weight of the hammer very slightly but we have exponentially increased the force it exerts on a body attempting to hold the hammer parallel to the ground (ie the "Swing-Weight")
Sorry to get so wordy, I realize this is a much exaggerated example but still the same principle...