No raising of the rim in basketball. Makes for unfair advantage for taller players as Red Auerbach argued many times. Have you seen it change as other venues have?
Developed poker skill. I'd like to use my marked cards against experts. Don't think it's allowed. Point, skill takes precedence, even with the ball strike in any sport. Separates the two.
For the 1/2 swings, you may easing up on your swing instead of going full speed with a shorter backswing. That is the key to partial shots, don't slow the downswing down. The chips can certainly work, but there are other times you want the partial shot.
Not that easy to get an accurate measurement, but it does seem to be closer to 37 7/8". I bought the mizuno set new so they should be at the stock length.
Yes, I regripped them myself. It's very possible likely the grips weren't slid on there as tight as possible (even though I made point of trying to do so), or that there is extra material on the end of the Pure grips.
As far as the radials, I have a set of 9i - 3i. In addition, a spare 5i and 7i I picked up separately. The mizunos are longer throughout the set and were when I first brought them home (before I re-gripped them).
It seems odd the Hogan 5i and 7i from the full set match the length of the spare 5i and 7i. It would mean that both were cut down the same length or the specs I found on the web are inaccurate. The clubs I have do not match.