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Driver shaft snapped in half

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Today at the range the Fujikura Fit-On Max 300 I'd been gaming for about 18 months snapped.  It was odd, and it was near or at impact.  I was hitting full-out drivers and the shaft snapped in half about an inch above the hosel.  What can cause a driver shaft to just snap like that?  Its fairly stiff, so I don't think it as my swing speed or anything and no sign for last 17 months there as an issue.

 

Now I need to get a new driver, well, shaft at least.  I have a fairly old driver head as well, so wondering how you guy would go about getting a replacement.

 

Trouble is, my "clubfitter" that did my putter just does Edel stuff.  Anyone have good experience with Dick's or Edwin Watts?  Go there?  Or is there a good way to find a fitter for a driver?

 

Anyone have any drivers or shafts they particularly like?  I don't know my swing speed, but I'm about 255-260 carry with fairly low ball flight.

post #2 of 6

I'm guessing that you do not need a fitting as you already have the shaft specifications?

 

Golfsmith has On-Max shafts on sale right now: http://www.golfsmith.com/search/fujikura-shafts/_/N-69753+1364?scode=WEB422SAL

 

Specifically: http://www.golfsmith.com/product/30056915/fujikura-fit-on-max-60-wood-shaft

 

I think this is the one because it fits the "300" description.

 

http://www.300yards.com/proddetail.php?prod=max60

post #3 of 6
I've seen that happen twice. In both cases, it was right after the person's bag had fallen off the back of a cart. Something happened in the fall, maybe the shaft banging against an iron or some such thing, that damaged it so that it failed shortly after.

Both guys ended up getting replacement shafts at Golfsmith and were pleased with the results.
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 I'm guessing that you do not need a fitting as you already have the shaft specifications?

 

Well, I was fit into that shaft at around a 13 handicap.  I want to look into trying something else, just not sure how to find a reputable clubfitter in my area.

post #5 of 6

Your driver shaft broke, Possible for the following reasons;

 

1) Too heavy & fast of a golf swing with the driver, high impact off center hits to the face and hozzle can damage a shaft

 

2)  Bag rattle, if you don't use a head cover and the shaft comes in contact with wedges and irons in your bag. They may have slowly been chipping away at the driver shaft.  including if your bag fell over. see #3

 

3) too steep of swing, I see it all the time on the range, especially hitting off of matts but you can do it one tee boxes too, amateurs with a very steep swing with a driver, well something has to give and its usually the shaft. about 9-12inches from the hozzle

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Originally Posted by Spitfisher View Post
 

Your driver shaft broke, Possible for the following reasons;

 

1) Too heavy & fast of a golf swing with the driver, high impact off center hits to the face and hozzle can damage a shaft

 

2)  Bag rattle, if you don't use a head cover and the shaft comes in contact with wedges and irons in your bag. They may have slowly been chipping away at the driver shaft.  including if your bag fell over. see #3

 

3) too steep of swing, I see it all the time on the range, especially hitting off of matts but you can do it one tee boxes too, amateurs with a very steep swing with a driver, well something has to give and its usually the shaft. about 9-12inches from the hozzle

 

Pretty much how I broke two Aldila shafts from Ping (which they gladly replaced for the cost of shipping). I also did some of item 3 as well.

 

What's funny is that Ping decided to replace my shaft the second time around with a really stiff stiff shaft. They found the stiffest one of the same model they had and put it in. This thing lasted till 6 months ago, when I switched to steel.

 

My swing should be better now, and I think I might be ready for graphite again.

 

 

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Originally Posted by johnclayton1982 View Post
 

 

Well, I was fit into that shaft at around a 13 handicap.  I want to look into trying something else, just not sure how to find a reputable clubfitter in my area.

 

Does handicap change your swing speed? If so, it still seems like a good 13 handicap will have a pretty decent swing.

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