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5 factors to help you find the right driver shaft for your swing

By: Andrew Tursky

A look at Rickie Fowler's fairway wood shaft, which measures 42 inches with 0.5 inches of tipping.

Fitting a golfer into the exact right shaft for them over the internet is a tall, if not impossible, task. All driver swings are different, and there are so many options on the current market. Shafts are made with different flexes, lengths, weights, kick points and torque properties, and shafts can also be tipped to change their performance and feel.

Frankly, finding the correct shaft for your driver is like navigating a minefield. That’s why it’s best to get fit into a driver shaft under the supervision of a professional fitter. Being that we don’t live in a perfect world, however, the reality is that many golfers will skip the step of getting fit and purchase aftermarket shafts without consultation.

Golfers buy certain shafts for various reasons. Some want to play the popular shaft on Tour, or the one Tiger Woods uses, or maybe they just heard from a buddy that a certain shaft is awesome. The problem is that buying a shaft because someone else uses it is like buying a size 44-long jacket because that’s what Tiger wears. It can be counterproductive to your game to purchase a shaft that isn’t right for you.

So, in this article, I wanted to help golfers with a few general rules and guidelines for fitting themselves into the right driver shaft. Of course, I can’t make any particular recommendations since I’ve never seen you swing. Hopefully, though, the information here can help you get into the right wheelhouse.

Along with Tim Briand, Executive Vice President of GOLF.com’s sister company True Spec Golf, I’ve compiled some things to consider when buying a new driver shaft.

1. Flex

Generally speaking, a driver shaft that’s too stiff will cause shots to launch too low, with too little spin and low peak heights. A shaft that’s too weak, on the other hand, may cause shots to spin too much, fly too high, and widen dispersion patterns.

Your clubhead speed is a factor in what flex is right for you, but as Briand explains, ball flight and performance are king. Slow swing speeds will generally require softer-flex shafts, while high swing speeds need stiffer shafts; due to variations in swing patterns, however, swing speed is only one portion of finding the right shaft.

Briand’s recommendation is to use your current driver shaft as a baseline. If your shots tend to be low and with little spin, try a slightly softer flex. If your shots are ballooning, try a stiffer flex. If you’re caught between two flexes, you can “tip” a softer flex to make it stiffer in the tip section. To accomplish this, a club builder will cut a portion of the top-end of the shaft to make it play stiffer; this is what many refer to as “tipping” the shaft.

Remember, though, that tipping a shaft will change the bend point, and it’s also irreversible, so make sure you know the purpose behind tipping your shaft.

2. Weight

The weight of a shaft has a similar correlation to performance as flex. The heavier a shaft is, the more likely it is that your golf ball will fly low and with less spin. If it’s lighter, the ball will tend to fly higher and spin more.

As Briand explains, the weight of a shaft has less impact on swing speed than golfers think, but that lighter shafts could increase the rate of closure. That means if your golf ball is starting left and/or hooking, it might be time to look at heavier shaft options.

3. Length

Of course, the length of your driver shaft will significantly change how the golf club feels, but length affects strike point, too. As Briand says, a longer shaft will cause a less consistent strike on the face, and the golfer will tend to hit the ball closer to the heel. A shorter shaft, on the other hand, will cause a more consistent strike pattern, but impact location will tend to be on the toe.

A golfer’s physical size, arm length, swing speed, consistency, ball flight and feel preferences are all important aspects that go into finding the right driver shaft for you. Without going through a professional fitting, trial and error can help you determine a comfortable and effective length for you.

4. Kick point

According to Briand, a high bend point will lower ball flight and a low bend point will raise ball flight. So, if you tend to have a ball flight that’s too high, look for shafts that have a high kick point, and vice versa. It’s important to note that variations in length and shaft tipping will impact the designed bend point of a shaft.

5. Torque

A low torque measurement means that a shaft has greater resistance to twisting, while a high torque measurement means it will twist more easily. Briand says that torque “plays more into feel than anything else.” The lower torque shafts will have a “boardy” feel, while the higher torque shafts will have a “whippy” feel.

Generally, high-speed players and those who hook the ball will gravitate toward low torque shafts, while slower swingers and slicers will lean toward higher torque shafts. It’s important to remember, however, that different golfers load and release the club very differently, so when trying out different shafts be aware of your feels and look closely at performance. If dispersion and ball speed are off, or the shaft just feels wrong, it’s probably because the shaft isn’t a right fit for you. Don’t force it.

Here’s an even more in-depth look at torque and what it means.

To hear more gear insights from Jonathan Wall and True Spec’s Tim Briand, subscribe and listen each week to GOLF’s Fully Equipped podcast: iTunes | SoundCloud | Spotify | Stitcher

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Andrew Tursky is the Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.

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Driver Length and Composition

Robert Barber Jr. of Phoenix took the time to write a long, well-thought-out letter on the issue of driver length and accuracy. I excerpt here, for while Robert recommends against length in drivers he has no such bias in letters. Good stuff, though:

__     I must admit that I get a little perverse pleasure reading about the trouble professional golfers such as Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim have with the driver. Last I heard, Phil was sounding like a hacker, using a draw-bias driver to hit a cut off the tee---and Kim is choking up his 44 and 1/2 inch driver to 42 inches and taking a three quarter swing to keep the ball in play. __

__For Phil: How about using a fade biased driver, teeing it up from the right edge of the tee box and hitting it up the right side or middle--and letting the club do the fading. >

__And for Anthony Kim and Phil and Bubba and John Daly, etc: Ever hear of STEEL shafts?   If you've got to go through all that just to keep the ball in the fairway--and you're already willing to give up some distance----why not eat some humble pie and go back to the old 43-inch steel shaft, and settle for 285 yards, but in the fairway?    >

Now, generally, almost all drivers have a perceptable "draw bias" that is annoying to look at at address, being that it screams "hook."   This draw bias is because club makers know that with 45 and 46 inch shafts, many if not most golfers can't turn the club over through impact and get the face square. I don't have that problem, and I get sick of hitting straight drives that drift left because of the closed face.  >

Most men are shorter than 6 feet tall and miss the look and feel of the old clubs.  I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering if the long-shafted graphite craze is just an expensive con by clubmakers and that we'd all be much happier if we played from the middle tees and used a 42 or 43 inch steel shafted driver and saved some money and strokes doing it. >

Anyway, in one of my wife's bags was an old Hollis Stacy driver, steel shafted.  I decided to use it one day when we were out playing our short course on the longest par 4, which was 360 yards.   The shaft felt manageable, the face set up square with no "draw bias" and instantly, I felt confident.  I hit a nice, high ball that started down the right side and drew back into the middle of the fairway, 240 yards, maybe as much as 250 yards.  Now doesn't that tell you something?  If I could hit an old, ladies steel-shafted wood driver that far and well, do really long hitters such as Kim and Mickelson, not to mention bombers such as Daly or Bubba Watson, really need to fight with long, graphite shafts as opposed to shorter, sturdier, more accurate steel-shafted drivers?    If I were Phil Mickelson playing the 2009 British Open----what do I have to lose by putting a steel shafted 43-inch driver in my bag?  __

We asked Mike Johnson, Golf World's equipment editor, to comment on reader Barber's letter:

__I agree with half of Mr. Barber's point. Players would benefit by going shorter. We did a test at the Hot List this year that pretty much proved that point and we're publishing the results in the Feb. issue. But I think players can accomplish that by going shorter in graphite. Steel in a driver is a full 40 grams heavier than most graphite driver shafts, more in some instances. That's giving up way too much in distance. Graphite is fine, it's the length that's hurting. __

I also like his comments about playing the back tees and how people insist on going back when they don't have the game for it. It reminds me of when someone complained to Pete Dye that his courses were too hard and Dye simply replied, "I can't help you if you insist on playing from the wrong set of tees."

__Oh, and Phil did use a fade-biased driver. And he won the AT&T and Masters with it in back-to-back weeks in 2006. __

I'll add one comment. As Bob Toski said a long time ago, "Golf is a game of how near, not how far." Robert, I think he'd be in your camp on this one.

Sours: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/driver-length-and-composition
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The Quest for a More Accurate Driver

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Everyone wants to find out how to have a more accurate driver (including me). After a comprehensive overview of my stats last year I came to the conclusion that if I want to get to the next level as a golfer, I am going to have to hit more greens, and that all starts with how I position myself off the tee with my driver.

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to keep my driver in play more, and to become more accurate. One thing I came across that I am going to explore in this article was playing with a significantly shorter shaft.

I found a few studies that showed promising results, and wanted to find out if making this change to my equipment could help me in my quest for more accuracy.

I never kid myself about equipment changes, and want to make sure that I am being realistic with all of you. My ability to hit quality golf shots mostly has to do with my swing. I consider making changes to your golf clubs a refinement. If you can’t make quality golf swings, it’s going to be very difficult to keep the ball in play no matter what kinds of clubs you are playing.

That being said, I want to do everything I can to give myself the best chance for success. So I went to my friends at Pete’s Golf Shop to find out if using a driver with a shorter shaft could actually make a difference.

Related Article: Find out why swing speed is not enough to choose a stiff vs regular flex shaft.

Can I squeeze a little bit more with my equipment?

I’ve written a few articles about the benefits of getting fit for the right golf clubs, and I believe it’s an extremely important topic when you are talking about game improvement. You do not want to be playing clubs that are wrong for your swing. It makes a difficult game infinitely harder.

The more research I’ve done on the topic, and through my own experience with equipment changes, I can confidently tell you that while playing the right equipment is a refinement, it can make a noticeable difference on the golf course.

I’ve been going through my bag piece-by-piece over the last 18 months, and trying to sort out if each club is correct for me. I’ve gotten new wedges with the right lie angles and bounces for my swing. I’ve also replaced my irons with PXGs after seeing eye-popping results through testing.

Performance matters to me, and I view this as an investment in my game. The last set of irons I had were in my bag for over 10 years, so this is not something I do often.

As a result of the changes I made, I have more control over my golf ball on the course. I’ve added some distance with my irons while maintaining control, and more importantly I have the psychological benefit of feeling confident over the ball, knowing that my clubs are not working against me any more (my old irons turned out to have a completely wrong lie angle).

I said it before, but it’s worth mentioning one more time. I still have to put a good swing on the ball! I believe the benefits I have seen with equipment changes have been making my bad shots not as bad, and my best shots a little bit better.

Like I said, it’s a refinement.

Is shorter better?

The question I’ve had in the back of my head is what can I do to make my driver just a bit more accurate. A lot of the research I have done has centered on shaft length.

This article from My Golf Spy got me thinking about it initially.

Over the years manufacturers have increased the length of driver shafts considerably. The reason they have done this is to play the distance game. Consumers are demanding clubs that will help them hit the ball farther, and the club companies are more than happy to give them what they want.

All things being equal, having a longer driver shaft will enable you to swing faster and hit the ball farther. It’s a simple law of physics that can’t be denied.

There are no standards in the golf industry for just about anything, so each manufacturer will have a different length shaft on their clubs. What used to be in the 42-44” region has now gotten as long as 46.”

The interesting thing is that many professional golfers still play shafts in the 44” region. I recently had a conversation with a former touring pro, and I was talking to him about what I could do to be more accurate with my driver. The conversation was mostly focused on swing technique, but without me even mentioning shaft length he interjected and said, “you have to get a shaft that is 44″ or shorter.”

You’re about to find out why…

Longer is not necessarily longer

All things being equal, a longer shaft should enable you to hit the golf ball further.

However, in golf all things are never equal.

If you can’t consistently hit the ball on the center of the clubface, especially with the driver, you will not hit the ball as far or as accurately. There is ample evidence to suggest that having too long of a driver shaft will prevent you from doing that.

Having a longer shaft might be actually making it harder for you to hit the sweet spot, and it is affecting your ability to hit the ball where you are aimed. I’m going to refer to two different tests here that were done with a mix of golfers.

The first is by Tom Wishon, who is considered by many to be one of the leading authorities on club fitting in the world. In his book 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game he suggests that almost no golfer should be playing a driver shaft longer than 44 inches. Simply put, he believes the longest length shaft a golfer should play “is the longest length that a golfer can hit SOLID AND ON-CENTER the highest percentage of the time.”

Again, we are talking about strike efficiency, or the ability to hit the ball on the center of the clubface. When you don’t do that with the driver, your distance and accuracy are affected greatly.

Check out this study Wishon did with 50 golfers with varying handicap levels:

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As the driver length got shorter most of the golfers actually gained distance, with the exception of the last group of low single-digit handicaps. Overall, the change in distance was almost negligible, and it clearly showed that a longer driver shaft does not do much to increase your distance. It actually might make you hit the ball not as far in most cases.

What was more interesting was the misdirection of the player’s shots, or how accurate they were on average. There was a tremendous drop in the dispersion of their shots as the driver shaft was shortened. This was the part that I was most interested in since my main goal was to become more accurate.

My Golf Spy did a similar test, and the results were almost exactly the same. They tested drivers with 45.75” shafts versus 43.75.” The distance the players hit the ball was also negligible between the two shaft lengths, with an average of less than 1.4 yards.

More importantly that test showed a 28% increase in accuracy with the shorter shaft.

Every golfer is different, and this doesn’t conclusively say that all golfers would benefit from a shorter shaft, but it certainly is enough to raise your eyebrows (and mine).

Time for a change

The current driver I have is a Callaway Razr Fit Tour that has a 45.75” Project X 6.5 shaft. About a year ago I had done a fitting at Pete’s Golf shop with Kirk Oguri. I ran the idea by him of shortening my shaft to make a more accurate driver, but he didn’t think it was a good idea to cut it down because it would affect the weight too much. This is something you have to consider if you decide you want to go this route.

We tried to look for the same Project X shaft that was made in 44”, but not surprisingly it didn’t seem to exist. So I put it on the back burner for a while because I wasn’t prepared to build a new driver from scratch at that point.

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to make the change since the golf season was approaching. I booked a session with Woody Lashen, the co-owner of Pete’s Golf Shop in Long Island, NY. Woody has collaborated with me on numerous articles, and I’m lucky to have Pete’s Golf shop near me because they have been recognized as some of the best club fitters in the industry for a long time.

As I stated earlier, every golfer is different, and it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that shortening my driver shaft would work for my swing.

Any experienced club fitter takes into account multiple variables when they are evaluating a client, and then matches a shaft and a driver head to their particular swing. It would take a whole book to explain all of those variables, so for sake of this article we will keep it simple.

Woody picked a 44” shaft and a few driver heads that he felt best suited me. We experimented with a few different versions of each shaft and driver head until we zoned in on the best combination.

Here’s what we found out

Across the board the results were pretty similar. The shorter shaft only resulted in me losing about 1 – 1.5 mph in my swing speed, which was not a tremendous amount.

Here’s the kicker: I didn’t lose any distance, and with some drivers I actually gained distance. More importantly the dispersion of my shots was much tighter than with my Callaway that had the 45.75” shaft.

So the results from the Wishon and My Golf Spy tests did hold true with me. I was able to consistently strike the ball more efficiently with the shorter shaft. This resulted in shots that were less off the target line, which was my number one priority by doing this test.

Not losing any distance, and gaining it in some cases was just icing on the cake!

This whole exercise was only possible because I worked with an expert who was using state of the art launch monitors that could track everything. We didn’t have to try out 20 different clubs and shafts because Woody was able to process all of his knowledge and select the 3 to 4 that he already knew fit my swing profile.

This is why working with an expert club fitter is worth it if you really want to make sure you are playing the right clubs. Most golfers assume club fitting is for pros, but if you have a conversation with any experienced fitter they will tell you that higher-handicap golfers are actually the ones who have seen the most performance gains in their experience.

So what club won?

This was not a formal club test because players will have different results with different manufacturers, but it is worth noting that two products performed significantly better for me than the rest. These are the kinds of things you find out during a session (rather than just watching TV commercials!).

The driver head was from Parsons Xtreme Golf, which has been taking the golf industry by storm lately. The feedback off the clubface was absolutely excellent for me, and more importantly it offered me the best combination of accuracy and distance. I was hitting drivers farther with the PXG than my Callaway with the longer shaft. We simply couldn’t ignore the performance gain when evaluating which club head was the right one for me.

Additionally, the ACCRA Tour Z was the shaft that worked out best. It’s one of the premium models out there, and it lived up to its reputation. The folks at ACCRA were even nice to put my website name on the shaft for me, so that was a nice touch…

This is just the beginning

Getting the right equipment during a club fitting session is the first step, but ultimately the proof is what is going to happen on the course. Luckily I have a solution for that too.

I have been tracking my stats with GAME GOLF over the last year, and have detailed information on how my Callaway performed during my rounds on the course. I know my average distances, how many fairways I hit, and more importantly how off line my bad drives were.

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Over the next few months I will see how the PXG driver performs with the ACCRA shaft versus my old setup. My hope is that my fairway percentage goes up, but more importantly that my shots that miss the fairway aren’t that far off.

If I’m going to use my driver more during a round I need to make sure I’m not stuck behind trees or out of bounds.

What can you take away from this whole thing, and find a more accurate driver?

Here’s a couple of takeaways to wrap things up:

  • You may not know it, but the shaft on your driver might be way too long for you. There is ample evidence to suggest that using a shorter shaft could actually help you hit the ball farther, but more importantly keep it in play more.
  • You would never know if that was true or not until you met with an experienced club fitter who was able to evaluate your swing and match you with the right driver for you. Every golf swing is unique, and not all golf clubs perform the same. There’s an optimal combination of the two for every player.
  • The real proof is on the golf course. All of the equipment changes in the world will not fix your swing. Getting things right with equipment is a refinement, and it could help lower your scores, but most of that burden will always fall on the player’s shoulders.

I hope this opens your eyes up to a few things about equipment. There are no standards in the golf industry, and if you are serious about improving your performance on the golf course it might be worth it to take things a step further.

Bonus Content – if you want to learn how to maximize your driver distance please check out my complete guide here.

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Is a Shorter Length Driver Better for Your Game? // Driver Length Distance \u0026 Accuracy Test

Jimmy Walker moves to shorter driver at Kapalua and finds comfort

KAPALUA, Hawaii – At this week’s SBS Tournament of Champions, Jimmy Walker has a new driver in the bag. It’s just a little harder to locate among the rest of his clubs.

The reason? Well, Walker may have landed his first major championship in 2016, but he wasn’t very pleased with his driving accuracy stats. He hit only 48 percent of his fairways, ranking 183rd on Tour. So at home in Texas a few weeks ago, he came up with an idea: He summoned a neighbor, and off they went to the garage, taking a saw, duct-taping a grip and hacking off two inches from the 44-inch Titleist 917D2 driver with which Walker had won the PGA at Baltusrol in July.

Once the club was shortened to 42 inches, Walker built up the end of the shaft with a little extra tape, threw a new grip on, and proceeded with his experiment, figuring that a shorter, 42-inch driver (most of today’s standard drivers are 44 and 45 inches) would give him better control of his golf ball.

Two things to note: One, the experiment worked nicely on Thursday, as Walker shot 8-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the SBS Tournament of Champions. (Sidenote: Kapalua’s Plantation Course is wide open, one of the most friendly driving courses on the Tour, so don’t take too much stock in Walker hitting 11 of 15 fairways; that tied him for 16th among 32 players.)

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Secondly, Titleist’s tour team actually built Walker a driver that was more technically sound than the one in which he simply hacked off the end of the shaft and in doing so altered its design properties and balance. His new “gamer” 917D2 driver (with an Aldila Rogue 125 80X shaft) has a swing weight of D-1 and is tipped one and a half inches.

“I just feel like I’ve got more control,” Walker said. “I feel like the golf swing is better at that length for me, and that’s where I’ve always struggled, the longer the club got. So that’s the thinking.

“More fairways is what I’m looking for.”

At first glance, watching Walker hit off the tee offers an odd look, with Walker appearing to be swinging a borrowed junior club. He’s getting used to it.

In order to have the rest of his bag follow suit behind his new driver length, Walker also shortened his Titleist 3-wood to 41.5 inches. Walker said he tested his new driver on a launch monitor, and his numbers haven’t changed a whole lot.

Does he figure to lose some distance? Maybe. Tough to tell with this week’s course being so wet, but Walker estimates the possibility at “5-20 yards.” He said that won’t cause him sleepless nights. He can afford it, having averaged 301.3 yards (ranking 24th) last season.

If he hits more fairways, Walker will be pleased. He said the experiment is one he plans to see through, the better test being next week’s Sony Open at Waialae.

“I didn’t bring anything else,” Walker said. “So this is the only club I’ve got with me.”

Sours: https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2017/01/06/pga-tour-jimmy-walker-uses-shorter-driver-at-kapalua/

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If you’re thinking about using a shorter length driver, you’ll want to weigh several options. For example, how far do you currently hit a 45-inch driver and how much distance will you lose? Consider that both Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler — who are using shorter length shafts in their drivers now — can move the ball pretty well. You should also consider that Rickie Fowler is 5’9″ in height.

What about your misses with a driver? Are they miss-hits off the toe or the heel? If so, a shorter length driver may actually increase your distance by helping you find the sweet spot more often.

Now, you can’t just go out and cut down the shaft on an existing driver without changing it. Chances are that the swing weight and overall weight will change depending on how much shaft is cut. And the kick point will be altered, too. However, if you’re not removing too much shaft, the change may be too little to notice.

Don’t just go to the garage and take a hacksaw to a graphite shaft. Jimmy Walker probably had access to a bandsaw and to additional shafts that he could experiment with. The best way to make this change is to talk to someone who really knows clubs…this doesn’t always mean your PGA professional. The guys who build clubs for a living are the experts when it comes to this type of change.

Once you decide on the shaft-length you’ll be using, order a new shaft made for that length with the correct weight and kick-point. Adjustable heads and shaft sleeves will make the next step  easier.

Once you get the shaft, attach it and hit it. If you want to experiment first, adjustable clubheads make it possible to try a 3-wood shaft on a driver head. However, this isn’t an ideally weighted shaft and it may not give you the best feel: 3-wood shafts can outweigh a driver shaft by 10 to 20 grams. Remember that a 3-wood shaft is typically heavier than a driver shaft for good reason: with a 3-wood, you’re hitting off the turf with a slightly downward motion. With a driver, you’re hitting off a tee with an upward motion.

Personally, I’m always hoping to learn more about shafts and trends in the club market. It’s fun to find out what new materials are available and what the latest clubhead designs are all about.

— Billy

FYI: Years ago, drivers came standard with 43-inch shafts. Jack Nicklaus reportedly used a 42.5-inch shaft in his driver.

From PGATour.com:

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker sat down with PGA TOUR stats guru Mark Broadie at the end of 2016 and asked where he could improve on his major winning season. The most obvious answers were driving accuracy and putting.

And the reigning PGA Champion decided to take some drastic action with the longest club in his bag…by cutting it down to 42 inches. With the shorter stick, Walker hit 11 of 15 fairways or 73.3 percent Thursday on the way to his field-leading 8-under-par 65.

Granted, Kapalua’s Plantation course has wide fairways. But the Texas resident has hit just 52 percent or less of his fairways over the last five seasons. He hit 48 percent last year to rank 183rd on TOUR. And in his two events of the new season prior to Maui he ranked 279th at just 42.86 percent.

“Last year I didn’t drive it as well as I would have liked to have. So I just kind of got to thinking. It was just kind of an experiment. I decided to cut one down and threw some tape on it and I liked it.

“It looks weird and sometimes it feels a little weird on the golf course, but I’ve been playing with it for about three weeks at home. I’ve since had Titleist make me a new one at that length and I’ve been enjoying hitting it.”

Walker admitted that he has lost a little speed on the ball but countered that the spin rates remain great. He has given up between 5-20 yards of distance but gained more accuracy.

“I just feel like I’ve got more control. I feel like the golf swing is better at that length for me and that’s where I’ve always struggled, the longer the club got. So that’s the thinking. More fairways is what I’m looking for.”


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"90% of driver shafts are too long"

“Longer driver shafts can create more clubhead speed, resulting in additional ball speed and overall distance gains,” says Custom Lab Golf founder Gavin Hay. “That’s why manufacturers have continually increased their standard spec driver shaft lengths over the years. They want their drivers to outperform other brands on raw distance.”

If longer shafts mean longer drives, isn’t this good news for us? Probably not, says Hay. “If a driver shaft is too long for the player, they can struggle to find the middle consistently. Off-centre hits not only drastically reduce ball speed and distance, but have a big impact on accuracy.”

Related: Best Drivers for Beginners and High Handicappers

So why do manufacturers sell shafts that are holding us back?

“The golf industry will generally go with whatever has worked well in testing,” says clubfitter and club builder Derek Murray of ForeGolf. “Under robot testing, you may find that if you take a longer shaft and hit it out of the screws, it could go five or eight yards further. So hit one right out of the middle with a long shaft and it will go far. But hit one out of the toe and you’ll lose eight or nine miles per hour in ball speed, which will end up costing you distance.”

Is it possible, then, that a shorter shaft may actually help you hit the ball further?

“We’ve seen a good number of players lose zero clubhead speed when testing a shaft that is an inch shorter than their current driver shaft, and they have found the centre of the clubface more consistently,” says Hay. “This improvement in strike generates higher ball speed, which is what creates distance.”

Related: Callaway's 2021 Epic woods revealed and tested

If you’re not as good with a driver in your hands as the best players on the planet, why would you expect to be able to hit a driver with a longer shaft than they can?

“I very rarely build drivers that are 46 inches long,” says Murray, a former tour fitter who finds the vast majority of his clients are better off with a shaft that’s shorter than the manufacturer standard. “On tour I very rarely built drivers that were over 45 inches long.”

And Wishon agrees. “There’s a very good reason the average driver length on the PGA Tour is 44.5 inches and not 45.5 or 46.5.”

Use data and feel to pick your driver shaft length

Sours: https://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/features/equipment-features/2020/june/driver-shaft-length/

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