Jump to content

7 posts / 1039 viewsLast Reply

Recommended Posts

In the never ending attempt to improve my golf game I find myself going down the rabbit hole. My current idea is this: I tend to hit heavier drivers better. In the last 5 years I have hit 3 different drivers: 

1. Ping G25 - Head Weight 205 g + Shaft Weight 53 g = 258 g (Graphite Regular Flex) 

2. Ping G410 Plus - Head Weight 206 g + Shaft Weight 63 g = 269 g (Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 60 Stiff Flex) 

3. Cleveland Launcher HB - Head Weight 206 g + Shaft Weight 55 g = 261 g (Graphite Regular Flex) 

Out of these three drivers I hit #2 by far the best. By the best I mean straighter and longer. It is so forgiving. The other two drivers I tend to vary right and left. With the Ping G25 I hit it erratically left and right. With the Cleveland I could not square the club face hitting a ton of slices. 

So is it that the Ping G410 Plus is an easier driver to hit than the other two? Is it the fact that it is the heaviest of all of the drivers (shaft + head)? Is it that it is the only driver I tried in a stiff flex vs a regular flex? I imagine it is a combination of all of the above. I choke up on all of the drivers so I do know for sure that I need a shorter driver. I am just trying to put some of this data together into a trend. I will eventually go for a fitting but I do want to be armed with some data before I go in. 

Any thoughts or opinions from your experience would be awesome. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to hide this ad? Register for free today!

The head weight is inconsequential since you're only talking about 1g differences. I have heard that the G410 is very forgiving so that could play a big part in it. The other big part is the 10g heavier shaft you use with it. Weight, in my experience is the most important spec in a shaft, and will have the biggest influence on your game. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes I think the shaft being heavier and stiffer would be a good reason why you hit it better, certainly helped me

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just butt cut my Ping G25 from 45.75 (Ping standard) to 43.5. It doesn't feel all that different to me right now as far as weight and stiffness. I popped on a new grip after cutting it down. I realize it may be a bit stiffer but I think I could ok with a slightly stiffer shaft anyway. I can't really tell too much with the weight either. If I need to I will put some lead tape on the head if I am losing the weight of the head when I hit it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be interesting to know what the swing weight of each club is too. 

You can get a pretty good idea of it by a couple of measurements. You just need a scale (in grams) and a tape measure to measure the balance point. See this website for exact instructions: https://www.hirekogolf.com/golf-club-swingweight-calculator

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

On 6/5/2019 at 12:44 PM, Grass Destruction said:

It would be interesting to know what the swing weight of each club is too. 

You can get a pretty good idea of it by a couple of measurements. You just need a scale (in grams) and a tape measure to measure the balance point. See this website for exact instructions: https://www.hirekogolf.com/golf-club-swingweight-calculator

 

 

Agree, it could be a combination of the total weight, swing weight of the club (assume they all have the same grips as different weighted grips can have a big affect on swing weight) and of course shaft stiffness that is working best with your swing tempo for hitting longer straighter shots with #2.  unfortunately every one is different, some really are affected by swing weight and some are not, same for shaft stiffness and total club weight.  some folks will actually hit it further with shorter shafts in their drivers because they make better contact, more confident and therefore swing the club faster as well but others make great contact no matter the club length and get more distance with long shafts...........you really just need to experiment for yourself to see what works best for you and ignore what everyone else says works great for them because they don't have your swing.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shaft weight is much more important to the way a club performs than many people think. For me it is one of the most critical aspects of a good fitting. Irons and woods.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2019 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
  • Posts

    • Last Monday I experienced a very slow front 9, taking at least 2 1/2 hours. 3 riders and 1 walking, and we, a twosome, waited at every shot, except the tee, where they all teed off before we could get close enough to ask to play through. The walker wasn't very good, often hitting his drive 100-150 yards. They all played from the blues, and the walker would tee off last. The riders would take off, often leaving the walker behind to fend for himself. Finally, after a couple of holes, one of the carts would hang back, help look for a ball, etc. When they reached the green, the walker would often park his clubs on the wrong side, and after holing out, would retrieve his clubs and have to walk back across the green to get to the next tee. Did I mention the walker also moved in slow motion? Conserving energy, maybe? At the 10th, a par 5, while we're waiting to take our approach shots to the green, the walker holes out, shake hands, and heads back to the clubhouse. After that, we never came close to catching them again. Finished in 4 hours total.  
    • I break 90 now and then, and I think I am starting to notice the commonalities. 1. Don't go OB.  Just don't.  If it's a reasonable likelihood, think about club choice.  I often play a 310 yard hole with OB all the way down the right, and it's the first hole.  It's also a little downhill.  A bad 5 wood gets me within a 9 iron or less, a good one a sand wedge, or even lob wedge.  I don't need driver on that hole.  Without the OB, I think I'd play driver, but first tee, there's just no real benefit. 2.  When driver is the club, hit it.  Closer is better.  But see #1. 3.  Get out of the sand in one.  To anywhere.  Green is better, out is critical. 4.  If I'm within 10 feet of the green, I need to be thinking up and down.  Won't always happen, but those are important shots.  And where I get a lot of my pars, "almost" GIRs. 5.  I agree with not trying the hero shot, but not wimping out, either.  Know what you can do, and go for it. 6.  Three putts are bad, but don't beat yourself up over a three putt from 50 feet.  (Actually don't beat yourself up over anything, let it go, and move on.) 7.  I have found in my best rounds, I block out a lot of the noise.  Take a breath before each shot.  Focus.  Not every second, but in the time around the shots. 8.  If something feels wrong, back off.  The grass grabs on the backswing, stop!  It should not happen a lot, but once your head is unhappy, bad things are in store. 9.  Be aggressive, but not stupid.  If you can carry 220 on your best shot, and you need 210, don't do it.  I think you need to have a 80 or maybe even 90 percent probability of success.  The two shots that failure is likely to cause eat into your margin pretty quickly.      
    • Nope. That is troll-level phrasing there.
    • Touche.  On the "no" voter thing.  But like I said... feeding the sharks.  I'm trying to find a middle ground for you guys but it seems like human lives come in second place to your need for total accuracy and fear of inconvenience.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Edsland
      Edsland
      (65 years old)
    2. KingHack82
      KingHack82
      (37 years old)
    3. snowbeast
      snowbeast
      (32 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...