I bought a used Cleveland Launcher DST a few months ago that was already -0.5"(45.25"). I had been hitting it pretty good but it still felt a little long for me. I could hit it straight but couldn't really power into one when I wanted to. I cut another inch off of it and WOW. What a difference it made. My trajectory improved(went from a low flat trajectory to a ball that started low and penetrating and steadily rose...I gained about 15-20 yards of carry) and I feel like I can shape the ball much easier. I've always been able to hit a pretty good draw with most of my clubs except the driver....I felt like I had to try extra hard to get around on it....just wanted to share my thoughts. I always had a lot of confidence hitting a driver but now I feel like it can really be a weapon.
Trimmed my driver.....BINGO!
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I personally prefer the new longer shafts, now a driver is more my size. My irons are +1.5" but I play my driver at the standard 45" (so it is actually shortened 1.5" by not fitting it to my specs).
I have had a 47" Driver shaft and was bombing some 280-300 drives, but really 250-260 in the fairway is enough to play some decent golf.
I'm 5"7 as well and my wrist to floor is a shade over 33". My old driver was a Callaway 454 and I had that sucker cut down to almost 42.5".......I liked it but it really lacked distance...I feel like the DST at 44.25" is just about right......
There is no doubt, that when someone finds that perfect length, they hit it much more consistently in the center of the face. At least that has been my experience.
I just got my driver out of the shop yesterday, had it shortened to 44.25. Took it out for a test drive last night but I wasn't feeling good so I don't know if it made a difference or not. I should know better than to golf hungover, just doesn't worj for me. Feels better but my swing was off so need to check it out this weekend. One thing I did learn is I don't think I'll buy any more mass produced clubs. The clubmaker showed me enough that I don't think I'll ever be satisfied with it. Wasn't expecting handmade, boutique gear for $299 but by the time I upgrade the shaft and have more work done on it I could have had something built to spec.