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Background: A while back I got my driver shortened and to keep the swingweight the same, the shop added weight to the head with what I think was lead powder.  Last week most of it fell out and now there's something rattling around in there.  I hit it into my net, and even though it looked like it was launching a little low on video, I still seemed to swing it fine and contact felt good.

Problem: So I went to the range and after I had hit my wedges and 6/7 irons fairly well, I jumped to the driver and made what felt like good contact only to see that the ball got ZERO height.  Absolutely none.  Maybe 15 feet only because the range takes a dip right after the hitting area.  After this happened several times, I got curious and hit my 5 wood.  It's not the best I ever hit that club, but when I felt like I made good contact, the ball flight and distance were exactly like I expected.  Normally I'd assume it's the indian, not the arrow, but I can't help but wonder if the weight falling out of the head has anything to do with this since it didn't happen with any other club.  I plan on getting the driver weight fixed, but the shop that did it closed down and the other one around here is further and only open while I'm at work.  Any input on this would be appreciated!

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OK, to get back to your OP, how do you know "most of it fell out"? I can understand feeling weird with something "rattling" in the club, but my original question stands. I've had that situation myself.

Your clubfitter did you exactly right in increasing the swingweight for the shortening of the club. I did the same thing, only home grown without adding weight, I didn't find out about that until later. I swatted the ball all over the lot, Had absolutely no feel for the club head!

I'd take the club back to whoever did the work and tell them what's going on!

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I'm positive that your driver was shortened by being tip trimmed instead of butt trimmed, that makes the shaft play a lot stiffer and lowers ball flight quite a bit if it was more than an inch trimmed. If that is the case and the shop also added powder in the shaft or clubhead then I'd go to a different shop if I were you. Tip trimming to shorten it instead of butt trimming and adding powder in clubhead/shaft instead of adding lead tape on the head is just bad club repair.

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you simply do not have enough upward trajectory on your clubhead as it makes contact with the ball,the plane or trajectory of your clubhead + loft of club + deg's for open face at impact -  deg's for closed face at impact = ball trajectory, you have to be hitting the ball with a slight downward clubhead swing plane , which is caused by playing the ball back too far toward your right foot, causing you to hit on the down stroke , instead of the upstroke, spray some shaving cream on the club path around the ball and you will see, the clubhead will cut through the cream showing your path, if you think it's the club being too light causing it put some lead tape on the back of the clubhead it's cheap

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