Advertisement
Advertisement
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Gerald

choking down or shorter shaft

7 posts in this topic

Recently I (we) got the advise to choke down on the grip of a too long driver, I've been testing out ..... trying this, thus, etc. not with a few balls, but with many full buckets of balls.

If I choke down let's say 1 inch on a 45 inch driver ..... I gain contol ..... period, also without really loosing distance or maybe only a few yards, maybe I find the sweetspot more often and hit it with better results.

Problem is choking down feels odd and also the the grip becomes thinner, which is leading to some other problems....... although in my case ..... is promoting a slight draw...... still it feels strange !!!

Wouldn't it be better to shorthen the shaft .... so that the grip feels normal again ?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

I think the general advice on choking up on the driver was just to get a feel for the difference and to show everyone that you will gain accuracy. Yes the grip will taper down some and it may feel weird to have a little club overhanging your hand, but at least you get the feel for it before you commit and cut your shaft down. It will probably change the swingweight a little, but for most of us, we probably won't be able to tell as long as your cutting it from the grip end.

I think I'm going to cut soon (my stock = 46.25") and if I'm still not happy, swap out the shaft. I keep flip floppin'
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are more concerned about control off your driver, I think cutting your shaft is a great idea.... once you're comfortable and confident with that driver, you can then widen your stance and give er hell on those wide open fairways when you need to gain back some of that distance. Make sure you don't cut it too much though .. cutting your shaft starts altering your kick point and eventually will just mess up the entire club if you cut too much off. IMO don't cut more than an inch ... inch and a half at most.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Recently I (we) got the advise to choke down on the grip of a too long driver, I've been testing out ..... trying this, thus, etc. not with a few balls, but with many full buckets of balls.

I think you answered your own question. A shorter shaft works for you, you've proven that. The grip being thinner bothers you (same here). So get the club shortened. I've done it to almost all my drivers and fairway woods. A decent clubmaker or shop can do this in about 10 minutes and shouldn't charge you much for it -- maybe $20 (or UK equivalent) and the cost of a new grip. It's dead easy to do.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cutting it down is a good idea. Make sure a good clubfitter does it and I would make sure you get the swing weight back to a at least D0. Depending on the weight of the head and overall weight of the club a half inch is equal to approximately 3 swingweights.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are a few different options:

1. Cut the shaft
2. Add more grip tape to the middle of the grip.
3. Buy a larger grip.

As many others have mentioned, adding weight or cutting the shaft will change the swingweight, total weight, and shaft stiffness or frequency.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Robs has hit it with #3. Put a larger grip on the driver and don't cut the shaft. This allows you to grip lower now. But later as you gain skill you can go back to a longer club. Grips are cheaper
than shafts.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    Leupold Golf
    Snell Golf
    Talamore Golf Resort
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • Thank you! Got out for a few holes so it was a good day in spite of work!
    • 2/25: Played two rounds today with dad at a different course than usual. Shot 96 and 93. A few nice strings of pars and made several amazing putts (). Mostly bogeys other than that but managed a couple of absolute blow-up holes in each round that helped to guarantee 90+ scores from an otherwise very nice day of golf. I could complain about "sand-traps" sans-a-single-spec-of-sand with 10-foot wide puddles in them, or mushy fairways, or waiting 5-minutes for the 4-some in front of you on every shot, but there wasn't a notes field on the scorecard.  Practice is paying off, though. Hit my drives farther than ever, draws when I wanted them, and the fade didn't let me down when I needed it. 3/4 "flighted" shots are the new go-to approach of choice all the way out to 160+ with my 3-iron, and (n)GIRs have jumped up considerably. I've rambled on about my short-game improvements before, but it continues. Holed a pitch shot from about 10 yards and stopped 2 others 6 inches from the pin. Gotta play some more rounds from the front so I get used to stringing pars together. Realized today that I don't just get nervous about it, I also get cocky. Weird combination. 
    • I really like the travel of the sweetspot on the backswing. Kinda Nicklaus-esque.   They just stall a bit and it happens after impact. Can see how the belt loops are rotating all the way to impact.
    • At the top level the men may still be much better than the women at putting. Paige McKenzie once talked about how she played against some college guys who destroyed her on putting and she thought she was pretty good relative to her peers. I expect the best pro women ballstrikers have to work even less on putting to compete successfully than the guys where every edge is crucial just to get a card and make cuts. I love to watch Rory and DJ crank it out there. But I also get a kick out of Jim Furyk and Mo Martin's precision oriented play. It's all good. If they want to make accuracy more important for PGA players, all they have to do is grow the average event rough up a bit more so there's more of a penalty on every errant shot on the loss of spin and swing/ball speed reduction. Those are real issues for the sport...at least for facilities that don't cater to higher income golfers.
    • I have the Zepp 2 Golf (the round sensor).    Ive read the manual multiple times, and have approximately 500 ball strikes.    As I'm new to golf I can't seriously vouch for its accuracy, but I will say this: it's helping me improve my golf swing.    The 3D swing analysis is a great tool as is the swing comparison capability. In my opinion once you learn about what the tool measures and how it can be quite effective it    However, I do have a question: In the daily swings window, what does the red "P" next to the specific swing data mean?   Please and Thanks for any input.    V/R,  Chris
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Catcher20
      Catcher20
      (27 years old)
    2. JD15
      JD15
      (52 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon