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matching shafts for your driver and 3W

post #1 of 20
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Yo guys i've noticed that some people play the same shaft in their driver and 3w. I am playing a proforce v2 S in my driver and a aldila proto by you s in my 3w. both stiff, but totally different. the proforce is much stiffer!

I would like the consistency of having the same shaft, but wanted to ask around if people generally do go with a little bit softer shaft in the 3w because the head is smaller? not sure why i haven't thought of this before-- i was just out at the range and realized that the same swing doesn't produce the same results with both clubs----

Erik
post #2 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

A use a heavier, higher launching and higher spining shaft with my 3wood. It's just easier to stop on a green with. Depending on how often you use yours off the deck, I would reccomend the same for you.
post #3 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

I think you need to have a different shaft... shafts for hitting off the deck have different characteristics than shafts designed for swings off a tee.

My driver shaft loads properly on a full swing... my 3 wood and hybrid shafts load on a 75% swing.
post #4 of 20
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Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

point made. i guess i'll do some experimenting with other shafts
post #5 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

you are only supposed to use the same shaft in your driver and 3 wood if they are from the same line of golf clubs example: titleist 909, or taylormade tour burner. When selection a 3 wood shaft, you want it to be heavier, because it can get to the point where you are sometimes hitting your 3 wood further than your driver. I also like a higher launching softer tip 3 wood shaft which helps get the ball up into the air, and give me good carry distance, for those rare ecasions where your going for a green with it.

Hope this helps!
post #6 of 20
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Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

kewl dude thanks for the advice. i am playing a 905r and a 906f4 right now. love them both. would love to scrape up the dough for 909 stuff.

did you decide on a d3 shaft yet?

i guess one thing i should have clarified is that i didn't mean to play the exact same shaft, more weight in the 3w makes perfect sense. i meant more along the lines of play the same brand shaft, i think that would help me in general
post #7 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

My 3 wood shaft is definitely a softer "stiff", and I must prefer it lighter. I say this not because I think it should be lighter or heavier, but because I tried a lot of 3 woods before buying one (and the 5 wood in the same series) and really liked the way it performed. Trial and error . . .
post #8 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

Originally Posted by erikpmort View Post
kewl dude thanks for the advice. i am playing a 905r and a 906f4 right now. love them both. would love to scrape up the dough for 909 stuff.

did you decide on a d3 shaft yet?

i guess one thing i should have clarified is that i didn't mean to play the exact same shaft, more weight in the 3w makes perfect sense. i meant more along the lines of play the same brand shaft, i think that would help me in general

I thought the same thing so i stayed consistant with DVS shafts in my driver, 3 wood and 18 hybrid... 65g, 75g, and 85g... off the tee... all were great... off the deck... not so much. Find out how each shaft loads and if it fits your swing style.
post #9 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

Originally Posted by erikpmort View Post
kewl dude thanks for the advice. i am playing a 905r and a 906f4 right now. love them both. would love to scrape up the dough for 909 stuff.

did you decide on a d3 shaft yet?

i guess one thing i should have clarified is that i didn't mean to play the exact same shaft, more weight in the 3w makes perfect sense. i meant more along the lines of play the same brand shaft, i think that would help me in general
not yet, im going to get fit within the next couple weeks. Once i get fit though, im putting the same shaft in all my woods, with progressive weight gains.
post #10 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

Originally Posted by erikpmort View Post
Yo guys i've noticed that some people play the same shaft in their driver and 3w. I am playing a proforce v2 S in my driver and a aldila proto by you s in my 3w. both stiff, but totally different. the proforce is much stiffer!

I would like the consistency of having the same shaft, but wanted to ask around if people generally do go with a little bit softer shaft in the 3w because the head is smaller? not sure why i haven't thought of this before-- i was just out at the range and realized that the same swing doesn't produce the same results with both clubs----

Erik
I'm not sure that there is one "right" answer here.

FWIW, a 3W head is typically a good bit heavier than a driver head. If you were to take your driver shaft brand/flex and put it is your 3w (probably playing 1.5 to 2 inches shorter) and do all the additional trimming (cutting the shaft to length) from the butt end, the shaft would play softer than it does in your driver.

I play the same shafts in my driver and fairway woods simply because I haven't found (for me) a reason not to. But I would not claim that this is the right answer for all golfers.

dave
post #11 of 20
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Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

thanks your input is appreciated!
post #12 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

I just went to check my clubs, they're both fusions and sure enough they have the same shaft in them.
post #13 of 20

Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

I am a huge believer in playing the same shaft in my woods. Weight is usually the issue. For instance, I have a Matrix Ozik Xcon 6 in my driver and I need to put an Xcon 7 in my 3 wood to keep the swing weight right.
post #14 of 20
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Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

well i bought my 906f4 15.5 with a 90g proforce shaft. very excited. my driver is the 76g model. looking forward to more consistency (crosses fingers)

i will report on my findings
post #15 of 20
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Re: matching shafts for your driver and 3W

i am very pleased to report that this ended up being a great decision!

I hit a bunch of balls with the club today and it was night and day difference from my proto S 80g shaft.

90g was noticeably heavier, and now i don't over work the ball! that shaft was clearly too soft for my swing speed. My grouping was much closer together and my mis hits were much better as well.

this shaft is so great!

going to put my other club back up FS. thanks for everyones input.
post #16 of 20
Rather than start new thread , I'm resurrecting this one! 5 years down the line, what is the general consensus? Baring in mind my driver heads are 460cc at 198g and my wood heads are 160cc at 210g
Do I need a heavier shaft in my fairways or is matching fine?
My 3w feels a bit head heavy, should I just trim half inch to reduce swing weight?
Any/all advice welcome as I need to sort my 3w out pronto!
post #17 of 20

I like the idea of trimming the shaft slightly, maybe a half inch. Especially if it's playing over 43" standard. Should cut 3 SW points per half inch, you could add 6g to the head to return the SW to normal at the shorter length. Solves both the SW issue and makes it easier to swing, as well as making it a bit easier to hit solid; just don't get wild with it, use the light weight to make a balanced swing. You'll want to trim from the butt end unless you wish to stiffen the club considerably; It's easier from the butt and many models don't recommend tipping anyway. 

 

However, the 3 wood is a tough club to fit. Heft and length alone might not fix things if it's a ball position or swing issue. I find I can go pretty heavy as long as I don't try to reroute a bad swing at full speed. I stick with swingweights around the low D range for comfort and because it can cause wear and tear on my hands to go hard with heavy clubs.

 

Personally I have similar profiles and same flex in my 3w and driver, 10g lighter in the driver. I also sometimes carry a 15˚ titanium hybrid that is a cannon at 42" but it's a trifle difficult to hit due to the loft and the sweet spot is a lot smaller both heel to toe and blade to crown vs the 3w. 

post #18 of 20
^ thanks Lucius! Yeah my 3w is 43" my 5w 42" both same shaft as driver, (accuflex assasin 2 65g) my drivers 44.25" are stiff but my woods are reg, rather than swap out shafts I think I wanna cut half inch of both first, see if that makes them more manageable / user friendly! If I remember rightly, they are around the same sw as my driver, d4, yet feel a bit head heavy, so the half inch should bring them to around d, and with a softer shaft, that might just make them swing easier,
Also, could you remind me about the grip weight? How do they alter the sw?
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