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Poll Results: How much did your custom-built driver cost?

 
  • 36% (4)
    <$300
  • 27% (3)
    $300-$500
  • 36% (4)
    >$500
11 Total Votes  
post #19 of 47
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post


Premium shafts cost $500+ if you buy them direct from the manufacturer. If I'm spending that much for the shaft, I want to make sure it's the right shaft for my swing. I've decided to pay the $125 for the fitting. I'll keep you guys updated on the process.


The fitter's pay a lot less than the price you were quoted, but not likely that you nor I can get them at their price.

 

The fitting and DIY club is going to save you $$, but only if you get the least expensive shaft that works for you.

 

Thanks for the promise of updates, this is a very interesting topic for many of us.

post #20 of 47
My experience is usually a couple different shafts will work. When you get fit ask which shafts have similar performance when you figure out which fits best for you and try different shaft head combos.What I did, and this is the cool thing about smaller equipment companies like Geek, is after I was fit for shafts I called Geek and asked what shaft would work best with their head. Not surprisingly the owner of Geek was very helpful. I tried a couple shafts with his recommendation and it turned out an affordable shaft gave me the flight I was looking for. Don't shy away from cheaper shafts just based on price. If it works it works.
post #21 of 47
Thread Starter 
My fitting is scheduled for this Thursday.
post #22 of 47
Im worried that I can outdrive the guy I like to go to as a fitter. The guy I like who just sells stuff at Edwin Watts Golf can bomb me.
post #23 of 47
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Originally Posted by trickyputt View Post

Im worried that I can outdrive the guy I like to go to as a fitter. The guy I like who just sells stuff at Edwin Watts Golf can bomb me.

 



I know plenty of people that can "bomb me" that know nothing about golf clubs except for how to swing them. a2_wink.gif
post #24 of 47

I can almost understand paying $125 for a fitting to an individual/small shop who really knows what they are doing and has the proper equipment. I have a little problem with paying $85-100 to a big box sports or golf exclusive retailer for a fitting if I am buying clubs; not so much if the fitting is stand alone and can be applied to a club purchase within a reasonable time.

 

Forgive my ignorance, but of all the shafts available to achieve a torque, stiffness, and launch, can a $500 shaft be justified over a $250-300 shaft? If the person selling me that shaft is making 30-40%, my b/s monitor would be going crazy if they told me out of all the shafts available, the only one to meet my numbers was $500. Couldn't the difference in the absolute perfect $500 shaft and the next best $250 shaft be less than a yard of distance or dispersion?

 

Yes, this is partly cynical, but also ignorant/curious seeking knowledge.

post #25 of 47

I have a buddy who is a pretty serious golfer.  He got custom fitted at a custom fitter shop.  He ended up with a nike covert 2.0 tour with a Motore speeder shaft.  I think he was into it around $750 all said and done....I about choked. 

 

  Having said that, if your going to someone who has a very, VERY, extensive shaft selection for multiple heads then it may be worth it.  But most big golf stores have fitting carts where you can try at least 3-5 different shafts in any given head.  And one of those is probably going to be pretty close...

  Demo days can be a good way also.  Usually they have a big selection of shafts, and usually your outside on a range where you can really see what the club is doing...

 

  Good Luck.

post #26 of 47
I am so glad that companies offer 800.00 shafts so that at least once, a man may experience the very best pinnacle of what is humanly and technically possible to experience. It is even more incredibly amazing when it works out without an experienced fitting partner in your corner.
post #27 of 47
Thread Starter 

Did the fitting today; it was definitely a good experience. Got half off the fitting since I ended up purchasing the driver. 

 

The driver that worked the best for me was the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha with an X-stiff Fujikura Speeder VC 6.2 Tour Spec shaft. Average clubhead speed was 110.2, average carry 275.2, average total 293.0. Spin rate 2573 rpm. Here is my dispersion (Big Bertha Alpha in yellow). 

 

 

I found out that I come in with a slightly open face and negative angle of attack, which is causing a slight push on all my shots. 

 

As for the price, it's right around what I expected. I'm in the $500+ range. 

post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post
 

Did the fitting today; it was definitely a good experience. Got half off the fitting since I ended up purchasing the driver. 

 

The driver that worked the best for me was the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha with an X-stiff Fujikura Speeder VC 6.2 Tour Spec shaft. Average clubhead speed was 110.2, average carry 275.2, average total 293.0. Spin rate 2573 rpm. Here is my dispersion (Big Bertha Alpha in yellow). 

 

 

I found out that I come in with a slightly open face and negative angle of attack, which is causing a slight push on all my shots. 

 

As for the price, it's right around what I expected. I'm in the $500+ range. 


Nice distance and dispersion pattern. How much is the "+"? Was it right around $500?

 

If so, that seems pretty reasonable. Nice shaft too.

post #29 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 


Nice distance and dispersion pattern. How much is the "+"? Was it right around $500?

 

If so, that seems pretty reasonable. Nice shaft too.

Thanks!
 

If I break down the price, the shaft cost $275, the head cost $400, the grip cost $14, and the fitting cost $75. So yeah, $764 plus taxes. Not cheap! :bugout:

post #30 of 47
It's worth $700-ish I think because of the shaft (xhot head) but it cost $zero. ;)

Thank you tst (Mike and Erik) and Callaway Performance Center. (Garrett, Chad and @virtuoso :)
post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post

Thanks!

 
If I break down the price, the shaft cost $275, the head cost $400, the grip cost $14, and the fitting cost $75. So yeah, $764 plus taxes. Not cheap! g2_eek.gif

It's worth it if you gained 30 yards with better dispersion. I assume the R9 readings were your old driver?

In any case, it's a great dispersion for that distance. Scratch golf is in your future!a2_wink.gif
post #32 of 47

$532

 

Taylormade SLDR TP 430 cc, Fujikura 7.2 Tour Spec shaft

 

LOFT UP!! 

post #33 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post

$532

Taylormade SLDR TP 430 cc, Fujikura 7.2 Tour Spec shaft

LOFT UP!! 
That's a good price for all that.
post #34 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lihu View Post

It's worth it if you gained 30 yards with better dispersion. I assume the R9 readings were your old driver?

In any case, it's a great dispersion for that distance. Scratch golf is in your future!a2_wink.gif
Yes, the R9 was my last driver.
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post


Yes, the R9 was my last driver.


Wow, did you gain 50 yards on average?

 

That seems pretty significant.

 

I think I'll do what @billchao suggested. Get fitted.

post #36 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lihu View Post


Wow, did you gain 50 yards on average?

That seems pretty significant.

I think I'll do what @billchao
suggested. Get fitted.
With my R9, the carry distance I got was the same as my total distance, because the spin rate was around 4500 rpm. If the fairways were wet I would actually get backspin on my drives. I lowered that rate by about 2000 rpm with my fitted club, while also gaining significant carry distance. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the distances I get out of this new driver on hard fairways.

I would definitely recommend getting professionally fit - it may not be cheap but it's worth it if you're a golf nut like most of us on this site. b2_tongue.gif
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