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43 inch driver?

Postby morepractice » Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:49 pm

Hello,

Im planning to experiment on a 43 inch driver. But is it better to cut the 45inch shaft to 43 inch? or can i just install a 3 wood shaft on it? May i know the pros and cons of these two options?

Additionally, Im comfortable with the swing weight of 1-inch-grip-down/44 inch shaft. If i will put lead tapes in the head of the 43 inch driver, how heavy should i put to feel the same with a 44inch driver?

Thank you very much for any input about these... Im just desperate about having straight drives more than long drives...

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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby dokol » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:30 pm

For every inch cut from butt you decrease swingweight by 6 points. For every 2 grams added to head add one point. If you decide to use 3 wood shaft which is usually heavier than current driver shaft, your guide is for every 9 gram heavier shaft add 1 sw point.

Now do the measurements and the math and figure out what you think is more feasible for you.
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby parteeboy » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:36 pm

Why not just get a strong 3 wood at 13*? It will achieve the same thing but cost less.
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby Shambles » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:18 am

parteeboy wrote:Why not just get a strong 3 wood at 13*? It will achieve the same thing but cost less.


That 13* 3 wood at 43 inches used to be called a weak lofted 2 wood. :) I think I still have my old persimmon 12* 2 wood somewhere in the house though the shaft has probably rusted beyond trust and needs replacement. :D


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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby emartino » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:03 am

My .02 - interestingly, a 43.5 inch driver is what Tom Wishon recommends for a person in the range of 5'6" to 5'10" with a wrist to floor measurement in the 35" plus or minus range (with shoes on). google 12 equipment myths. they had this study where 5 groups (24+, 18+, 12+ 6+, 0+ handicappers) used 3 driver lengths (45, 44, 43). According to the study, across ALL the groups the grand total ave yardage that that you lose by going from 45 to 43 inches is 1.3 yards! 1.3 yards . But the shot dispersion ranges from +/- 6 yards for the 0 hcap, to +/- 10 yards for the 24 hacp when using the 45 inch vs the 43 inch drivers. Convinced me to experiment with a cut down to 44". Stiffness increase is perfectly manageable (from about 250 to 262 cpm).
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby migraine_boy » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:46 pm

emartino wrote:My .02 - interestingly, a 43.5 inch driver is what Tom Wishon recommends for a person in the range of 5'6" to 5'10" with a wrist to floor measurement in the 35" plus or minus range (with shoes on). google 12 equipment myths. they had this study where 5 groups (24+, 18+, 12+ 6+, 0+ handicappers) used 3 driver lengths (45, 44, 43). According to the study, across ALL the groups the grand total ave yardage that that you lose by going from 45 to 43 inches is 1.3 yards! 1.3 yards . But the shot dispersion ranges from +/- 6 yards for the 0 hcap, to +/- 10 yards for the 24 hacp when using the 45 inch vs the 43 inch drivers. Convinced me to experiment with a cut down to 44". Stiffness increase is perfectly manageable (from about 250 to 262 cpm).


I'm currently playing a 45 1/4" driver and when I choke the club (about an inch), I get a much tighter dispersion.

Question is, if I do cut my driver to about 44", how am I going to maintain the swingweight? Tungsten powder? :)
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby pcapiz » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:52 pm

If you have better results choking down on your driver whay cut it??? Save time, money and effort :D. I have a new driver which is 45.5" I like the swing weight, I like the feel and same observation choke down= straighter and better contact so all thats left is to spine the shaft and change to a bigger grip.
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby morepractice » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:04 pm

Thanks for all the inputs..

But ill try to experiment first by cutting the shaft of my old driver. then if everything is good, ill try it to my new one..

I hope that still more inputs would come in to educate and convince me more until i cut my new driver.. :)
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby dokol » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:57 pm

migraine_boy wrote:
I'm currently playing a 45 1/4" driver and when I choke the club (about an inch), I get a much tighter dispersion.

Question is, if I do cut my driver to about 44", how am I going to maintain the swingweight? Tungsten powder? :)


You will need approximately 12 grams of head weight to maintain swing weight, so lead tapes....but i dont know how the driver would look like after 12 grams of lead?:) i think changing to heavier shafts plus using lighter grips and one or two lead tapes might be gud enough. Steel driver shafts at around 95 grams might be enough to maintain sw at 43 inches but the added total weight might be too much. Club head speed and distance will decrease with increasing total weight so it may not work out for you.

I tried using a tm360 driver head and a nspro 950 steel shaft for a three wood and manage to make it at 43.5 inches at d1 sw. Dispersion was so good but the distance loss was too much at 30 yards iirc, decide to abandon it coz it would just b the same as my three wood distance.
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby pcapiz » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:14 pm

dokol wrote:
migraine_boy wrote:
I'm currently playing a 45 1/4" driver and when I choke the club (about an inch), I get a much tighter dispersion.

Question is, if I do cut my driver to about 44", how am I going to maintain the swingweight? Tungsten powder? :)


You will need approximately 12 grams of head weight to maintain swing weight, so lead tapes....but i dont know how the driver would look like after 12 grams of lead?:) i think changing to heavier shafts plus using lighter grips and one or two lead tapes might be gud enough. Steel driver shafts at around 95 grams might be enough to maintain sw at 43 inches but the added total weight might be too much. Club head speed and distance will decrease with increasing total weight so it may not work out for you.

I tried using a tm360 driver head and a nspro 950 steel shaft for a three wood and manage to make it at 43.5 inches at d1 sw. Dispersion was so good but the distance loss was too much at 30 yards iirc, decide to abandon it coz it would just b the same as my three wood distance.


I think Doc saved you a lot of time and effort here so just choke your club
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Re: 43 inch driver?

Postby parteeboy » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:52 pm

pcapiz wrote:
dokol wrote:
migraine_boy wrote:
I'm currently playing a 45 1/4" driver and when I choke the club (about an inch), I get a much tighter dispersion.

Question is, if I do cut my driver to about 44", how am I going to maintain the swingweight? Tungsten powder? :)


You will need approximately 12 grams of head weight to maintain swing weight, so lead tapes....but i dont know how the driver would look like after 12 grams of lead?:) i think changing to heavier shafts plus using lighter grips and one or two lead tapes might be gud enough. Steel driver shafts at around 95 grams might be enough to maintain sw at 43 inches but the added total weight might be too much. Club head speed and distance will decrease with increasing total weight so it may not work out for you.

I tried using a tm360 driver head and a nspro 950 steel shaft for a three wood and manage to make it at 43.5 inches at d1 sw. Dispersion was so good but the distance loss was too much at 30 yards iirc, decide to abandon it coz it would just b the same as my three wood distance.


I think Doc saved you a lot of time and effort here so just choke your club


Or get a strong 3-wood for those tight fairways. Cheaper solution plus new toy. :D
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