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#1 dooboo



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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:16 PM

So, I've been using a 46" long driver up until couple of months ago, thinking that the longer driver will give me few more yards.
Even Mygolfspy lab has done an article on this topic, however, I just was somewhat 'brainwashed" with major brands marketing/ads.

Of course, I was spraying the ball all over the place, very hard to control where my ball was going.

After reading the spy lab article, I decided to cut the driver length down to 44.5", and to see how that would play. I didn't do the "swing weight" mods, just played with cut down shafts. My driver accuracy has been so much better, even the bad misses are somewhere I am able to find a ball. Since ball travels straighter, I feel like I gained few yards off the tee as well. More I swing, more confidence it brings. I was, "man, why didn't I do this?"

Then visit the sporting goods store, I still find driver that plays 46"+ off the shelf. Why in the world would the club manufacturers still do this? Why don't they promote more accuracy off the tee than 10 yards longer?
My playing buddy who plays the 46" driver, tried mind and loved it. I told him to cut it off 1 1/2" off to make it 44.5, however, he still feels that with few more practice, he can get his driver to hit accurately and longer than if he would cut it down. Something about length of the driver and doesn't want to lose the "potential" distance he could get.

do you guys think that the shorter drivers will make a come back? I know even fairways woods are getting to that 43-44" range of a drivers from few years back.

I think this game is frustrating enough, I think club manufacturers makes it even worse, in my opinion. Average golfers just want to hit longer with longer clubs...I guess.

so, I want to know what driver length you hit to get some idea what people are hitting.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

I play two drivers, one for tournament play and the other for bombing away. While I switch out the heads often, the tournament shaft I keep at 44.25" and the other I keep at 45"; those lengths change slightly when using different heads. I haven't found that I'm a whole lot more accurate, but I am hitting the center of the club face more, so my distance is more accurate. I'm only missing dead center of the face a couple times a round, opposed to only catching it 3-4 times a round at 46", and those that aren't dead center are only off enough to cost me a few yards. I have been playing those lengths for a while now; now that I pair those lengths with an accurate shaft, I'm hitting more fairways at a more consistent distance, which in turn has given me more confidence and has me playing great. As the labs article showed, the little distance given up with a shorter shaft is well worth the consistency gained.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:56 PM

Last year I was playing a 47" shaft for the 1 in 50 shots that went really far. I went down to 46" and am now a hair shorter than 45". No way I'd go back to a longer shaft, I'm even considering trimming down my 3w so I can hit that better.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:33 PM

I play 45" and it's great! On a bad day I'll choke down 0.5".
But I would never go over 45".
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#5 GolfSpy Frank

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:12 PM

I love mine and it is 45". Been having trouble lately and choke down like Steven .5" at the most. Those are my personal maximums and minimums. 45 and 44.5.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

44.0" Driver
42.5" 3 wood
41.5" 5 wood

I am much more consistent (both accuracy and distance) with the shorter lengths.


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#7 apprenti23



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Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:29 PM

45.5" driver here but im pretty good so don't have too many problems hitting fairways. Give me a club and I'll find a way to make it work. My 45.5 driver is made to my specs though so no need to change my swing to fit it. I miss fairways because of bad swings not bc my club is too long.

#8 R.P. Jacobs II

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

I play my driver @ 44.5" & I choke down 1/2" so my play length is 44"...I tried the Cobra Long Tom(48") for the hell of it & while it probably gave me 10-12 more yards, I hit 7/13 fairways vs. my ave. of 9.4/13....As I play a 5 yd draw on my driver, once I got acclimated to the length my misses were blocks right & while they weren't in the trees, they were in the heavy stuff vs my misses with my driver are usually right side fairway or the first cut...

Let's face it, as I said in another thread, the male ego is a powerful, dillusional animal....If a guy can't shoot par at least he's gonna knock the snot out of a couple of drives a round & even with evidence showing otberwise(MGS Labs, etc.), guys still insist on "longer is better"....

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

My 910 D2 is standard length - 45." Usually choke down about a half an inch at least -- sometimes more.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:38 PM

I play a 44.5 inch driver but recently got a driver at 45inches because I didnt see a huge difference in accuracy between those two.

Might as well use the the 45 than ya kno?

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:17 AM

44.5 for my driver
42.5 for the my 3 wood

My accuracy seriously goes down the longer the shaft gets due to my funky release. These are where we found the sweet spot for me.
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#12 Matt Saternus

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:04 AM

Been playing 44" or 44.5" for a number of years.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:15 AM

45" because it's what I was fit for -

Like lots of others I tried the 46" stock shaft for a while - lost one of my best attributes which is driving accuracy for what? The pomise of a few yards. Frankly I hit the 45" just as far as the 46" when they're both flushed and I flush the 45" way more frequently than the 46". The bigger difference comes on misshits - because it's easier to swing the 45" properly my misshits are playable.

Go get fit, the fitter will get you into the proper shaft length, flex, kick point, head type, swing weight, grip size, etc., etc., etc. You'll think you went out and purchased a brand new club.
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:52 AM

Then visit the sporting goods store, I still find driver that plays 46"+ off the shelf. Why in the world would the club manufacturers still do this? Why don't they promote more accuracy off the tee than 10 yards longer?


I think this game is frustrating enough, I think club manufacturers makes it even worse, in my opinion. Average golfers just want to hit longer with longer clubs...I guess.

Callaway billed the FT9 as the "Shotmaker's Driver". It supposedly gave players the ablility to "work" the ball. Well, I had one. I could work the ball with it. However, it allowed me to do it, my ablility came from good fundamentals.:D

The problem with marketing this way is that golfers are more worried about 300 yards drives than hitting the fairway. Which is OK because I make money off of those people all the time.:D

Bottom line, Distance claims sell. Accuracy claims do not sell.

To answer your question though, my Callaway Razr Fit Driver measures 46". I did hit every fairway (12) today, and was long and deep. This was not the case yesterday, but yesterday was not the drivers fault.:rolleyes:

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:27 AM

The CG Black is 46 and so far so good. My Rapture V2 is 45.75 and I hit that pretty well for along time. I find that once I use drivers less than 45 I see a drop in average distance, while anything over 46 (Hello Cleveland XL270) just kills my ball speed numbers as well as my accuracy.

45-45.5 is probably the best fit for me overall. But its hard to find stock lengths at that length these days- and I just hate cutting down and putting lead tape on the head. A slight choke down does the trick.
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