Originally Posted by MissouriHacker
Went to get fitted the other day on the mizuno machine, swing speed with 7 iron with the monitor attached was 78-80-78=79, tempo 4-4-4=4, can't remember the rest. But it put me right between R and SR. It gave me a few shaft options. But those didn't take into account my ball Flight preference.
I would prefer if my flight was higher, as I can always lower it myself with technique but it's tougher for me to raise the ball flight.
Being right between stiff-regular and regular, I would prefer to err on the stiffer side as my swing will probably only get faster as I'm 25. But there aren't SR shafts, at least that I'm aware of...
Should I look into hard stepping some regular shafts (taking some length off the tip of a regular shaft) or soft stepping (taking length off of the butt of a stiff shaft)? I was told by my fitter that I should get my next shafts 1/4" short (I'm 5'9") so this could be two birds with one stone. Especially since I'll be buying used and won't be ordering shafts from the factory. Three birds if you factor in New grips also.
I like the performance of the NS pro 105T Regular. But I like that the XP95 is lighter, though I haven't tried it. I have a graphite stiff shafted 7 iron that I really feel I can swing fast, but I don't want to go Graphite. Should I soft step a XP95 S300? I would like the flex to end up as stiff-regular, and yield a high launch. Lighter and somewhat less stiff than stiff could get me to SR, yeah? Or should I just go XP95 R300 just to be sure I get high launch? Remember, I was right on the line between regular and regular stiff on the mizuno machine, not including flight preference.
I should also mention that I'm always drawing or hooking the ball, and sometimes I even hit behind the ball. He noted that my hands are lower at impact than they are before takeaway. And that I'm hitting 1-2 degrees Upright because of it. And that I'm crowding the ball... Bare with me... Would shortening the shafts fix any of this? I choke up on almost every Club in my bag so that's not why my impact is upright. I would just hate to get 1 degree flat 1/4" short shafted clubs just to never covered up the swing problem.
Also, is a putter length of 34" pretty standard for someone my height? 34"is comfortable for me, 35" I'm choking too much. 33" haven't tried.
And for the ball, he told me any 3 piece would be good, recommending the Callaway SR-1 and the Taylormade project a ball. Balls are more a feel and confidence-inspiring thing more than anything else, but I just wanted to see if we had any opinions here.
I'm super glad I got fitted. Just wish I would have spent more time going over details. Any help would be MUCH appreciated!
1 - I play Mizuno MP-57 with NS Pro 950 stiff shafts. My 6 iron swing speed during my fitting was ~80 - 82, so similar to you. A couple of points to consider:
For the most part, lighter shafts tend to flex more than heavier shafts from the same company. Example: True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts R300 will be equivalent to in between their DG SL R300 and S300. So the fitter may adjust the shaft by stepping the R300 to increase the tip stiffness. This is where I was. I went with the NS Pro and he put me in stiff because this light shaft regular was too flexible for my swing. I also needed higher launch.
For ball flight, Ralph Maltby has this nice code system to describe the shafts verse characteristics. You can plug in your desired flight and characteristic and get the shaft code.
Then you can look at what shafts have the characteristic by code at Golf Works. Below is an example for my shaft.
There is a search by code in there somewhere too. So this will give you an idea of the shaft that you want. If you go the used route, keep that in mind.
At your age, I would stay away from graphite shafts (I am 54). Some other forum members feel that lighter shafts can also cause you to be too fast on takeaway and prefer heavier shafts for that reason.
2 - Putter shaft length is more dependent on your putting style and set up than height. I use a 35.5" putter length and I am 5"10. I would recommend you try different lengths and see what is most comfortable for you. Don't let your height be the only factor.
3. To select a ball think of the following two things, price you can afford and performance. Then work from green to tee to select the ball for you, not tee to green. Start with putting feel, pitch and chip performance, approach shots, then tee shots. I like the ProV1 and V1x most because they are great around the green and longer approach shots will stick to the green more because of the added spin. But they are expensive. At my age, I can afford them. My son plays the NXT ball.
Hope this helps.