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Trimmed my driver.....BINGO!

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

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.

post #2 of 13

What can I say...............you da man!

post #3 of 13

I have always played a shorter than average driver. Currently I'm trying a RIP shaft @ 44.5", but I think it's too long. Probably will take it down to 44".

 

But then I grew up playing drivers that were 43.5" (persimmons) Now 3 woods are that long, or longer!  e3_rolleyes.gif

post #4 of 13

How tall are you? What is your distance from wrist to ground? I am 5'7 and have been considering getting my clubs fitted for a long time.  

post #5 of 13

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.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 


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......
 

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Originally Posted by hockeyfanatik View Post

How tall are you? What is your distance from wrist to ground? I am 5'7 and have been considering getting my clubs fitted for a long time.  



 

post #7 of 13
I'm gaming a Titleist 910 D2. When I bought it there was a reg flex MFT Diamana kali in it that I knew I would not hit. I put a Titleist adapter in a Fuji Motore Speeder VC 7.1 stiff flex and took it to the range. It was Playing 45.25 and I wasn't catching it dead center, so I cut it down to 44.5 and a D5 SW. I hit it much more flush now.

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.
post #8 of 13

+1

post #9 of 13

I'll never play another driver that's not cut down. Mine is cut down to 43.5" and I'm 5'11". I choke down almost two inches on my 3 wood too. It just feels better and if anything I gained distance off the tee.

post #10 of 13

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.

post #11 of 13

Over the past three rounds I've been chocking down an inch or so and the results have been dramatic.  I hit the ball further because I'm hitting the sweet spot more consistently and I am hitting half as many balls into the trees.

post #12 of 13
I actually just had a driver lesson last weekend because I really just can't hit it. The first thing the pro said to me was your driver is way too long. I questioned him on it because I'm 6'3 and said to me every off the shelf driver is at least an inch too long for most players and in some closer to 2-3". He had me choking down and the difference was dramatic. I went from missing the sweet spot to hitting it dead on 90% of the time. I definitely need to get it cut down
post #13 of 13

i had one of those clevelands and it was long compared to other drivers in general. i think it had something to do with how light they were trying to make it, but i had a launcher xl270 and it was long and ultra whippy. 

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