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Poll Results: Do you use an aftermarket shaft in your driver?

 
  • 66% (2)
    Yes
  • 33% (1)
    No
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello people of The Sand Trap! My question today involves Aftermarket Driver shafts as the title states. I am a High School golfer and I am looking to get a shaft that will pass from driver to driver with me. I realize that shafts can only do so much but I would like to know that I have a shaft that is perfect for me. I guess my question becomes a 2 part one. My first question is what do you recommend for someone with a swing speed of around 103-105 and rising? Also how do you use one shaft multiple times with different drivers since different companies use different tips? Anything helps! Thanks guys!

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

My first question is what do you recommend for someone with a swing speed of around 103-105 and rising? 

 

No idea without seeing your driver numbers. Selecting the correct driver shaft is about way more than just swing speed. You also have to factor in spin rate, spin direction, launch angle, torque, etc. Your best bet is to go through a proper fitting with a good club fitter.

 

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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

Also how do you use one shaft multiple times with different drivers since different companies use different tips? 

 

I'm curious to see the responses on this. My instinct would be that you can't assume the correct shaft with one driver would be the correct shaft with another driver. Different characteristics like loft, face shape, COG placement, and weight might dictate a different shaft. 

post #3 of 13
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No idea without seeing your driver numbers. Selecting the correct driver shaft is about way more than just swing speed. You also have to factor in spin rate, spin direction, launch angle, torque, etc. Your best bet is to get advice from a legit club fitter.

 

 

I'm curious to see the responses on this. My instinct would be that you can't assume the correct shaft with one driver would be the correct shaft with another driver. Different characteristics like loft, face shape, COG placement, and weight might dictate a different shaft. 

To give a bit more information without any numbers in front of me I am mostly looking for a low launch/ mid launch with mid spin because the conditions tend to be a bit mushy in Seattle from time to time... I like the look of the AD BB though and it sounds awesome... I just cant find a place to hit any of these.

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

To give a bit more information without any numbers in front of me I am mostly looking for a low launch/ mid launch with mid spin because the conditions tend to be a bit mushy in Seattle from time to time... I like the look of the AD BB though and it sounds awesome... I just cant find a place to hit any of these.

 

Again, it's really best to get a proper fitting. That low launch shaft might seem great because you get more roll, but in fact the 10 more yards of roll you get may be negated by the 15 yards of carry that you lose. It's not that I don't want to help you out, but any shaft suggestions would be shots in the dark.

 

Here's a link to a fitter in Seattle that Golf Digest ranked as one of the 100 best club fitters a couple of years ago. Probably a good place to start. 

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
My biggest issue is that I have no real way to test the shafts. I have been to puetz and been fitted there before but when it comes to shafts I'm not sure what to do. Should I try and find some place with an option of testing or will it come down to a shot in the dark at the end?
post #6 of 13
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My biggest issue is that I have no real way to test the shafts. I have been to puetz and been fitted there before but when it comes to shafts I'm not sure what to do. Should I try and find some place with an option of testing or will it come down to a shot in the dark at the end?

 

Were they able to give you a recommendation on a shaft?

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

I did not do a full on Driver fitting but when I did my iron fitting we were able to swap heads and shafts and I really loved that system because it left no doubt... I hit some drivers on the monitor before deciding on my current one but didnt even think about shaft options...

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

I did not do a full on Driver fitting but when I did my iron fitting we were able to swap heads and shafts and I really loved that system because it left no doubt... I hit some drivers on the monitor before deciding on my current one but didnt even think about shaft options...

 

I would go through the process to get fitted for a driver as well. 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by geauxforbroke View Post
 

 

I would go through the process to get fitted for a driver as well. 

Did you do this? and if so what did you decide on

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

Did you do this? and if so what did you decide on

 

Yep. The guy that did the fitting suggested two shafts, one that's about $80 and another that's about $200. He also told me that I wouldn't see much difference between either of them and the shaft that I currently have in my driver. So I decided to keep my money. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

What shafts do you guys use in your drivers?

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

What shafts do you guys use in your drivers?

I agree with geauxforbroke that trying to find the right shaft based on what other people play is not very effective. Even people with the same club head speeds can load the shaft differently. A long arc that builds up speed more gradually might need different shaft characteristics than a shorter arc that builds up speed quickly. Same for swings that hold a lot of lag until very late and swings that start unloading lag earlier. One may have more droop than the other.

 

But in answer to your question I am using an Aldila VooDoo XNV6 Stiff and it's fairly obvious that it's not the ideal shaft for me (but I guess I want to get my money's worth out of it).

 

My last driver had a Graffalloy Blue Stiff and now (too late) it's fairly obvious that shaft was much better for me.

 

Sure, I can hit either one but it's the difference between being very easy and effortless without even thinking about it, and being fairly hard and taking all of my concentration.

 

Even shafts labeled the same way from the same company are not completely identical so simply buying another one doesn't guarantee it will play exactly the same way.

 

If and when I ever buy another driver I will go to the effort and expense to go to a really good club fitter to select that right shaft (that has a machine for Pureing) and try to get it right. (But that's just me).

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by SamGray View Post
 

What shafts do you guys use in your drivers?

 

Stock TM RBZ shaft, stiff flex, with a one inch extension.

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