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Getting fitted for a 45 inch driver when you play 44 inches


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In the asking around and reading and viewing I've done, I find that if a person wants to buy an OEM driver, almost nobody is equipped to fit them less that 45 inches.  So I'm wondering if it makes much sense for me to get fitted at 45, then order it at 44 (hopefully with added weight), or no, the fit won't translate well to the shorter length. 

 

I am an experienced, well-equipped amateur clubmaker so I can do any mods myself if I need to, but that's secondary.  The main question is will the fit for a 45" driver still be good when I make it, or get it made, 44"?  In  my own builds and modified OEMs, I would say yes, pretty much. 

 

If you play less than 45 inches and have been fitted at 45 or more, what has been your experience after cutting it down?  Did the fitting hold up?

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I was in Orlando and did the PGA Superstore driver fitting so take that for what it is. Either way I ended up buying a 45.25” driver after the fitting. I had to have it shipped to RI and I wanted them to take an inch off so it would play at 44.25”. They did the work and I took it straight to the course and pulled the crap out of it all day. Went to a club guy and he added I think 12 grams of hot melt to the head and straightened my drives right away. So in my experience 1” off made a huge difference.

 

 

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As an "experienced clubmaker" I'm puzzled why you're even asking this?

 

Because I'm not a club FITTER.

 

Jeesh.  Thanks for the welcome to the site.

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Sorry for the rude welcome you received. Don't let that be a reflection of the kind of people and responses you will usually get. Welcome to the site and we are glad to have you here.

 

 

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I like to do my own clubwork as well. I know that there is a thread here somewhere where guys where discussing cutting down their drivers and the experiences that had with that. I am tall so cutting them down hasn't been in my mind yet, but stick around someone will give some help with the question only he best way to do it so that the weight is correct.

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Up until this year I did a lot of tinkering on my own clubs and never played a driver longer than 44.5”. This year is the first time in probably 20 years that I'm using a full length club.

 

My last short driver was a 913D3 with a Diamana white that I just cut to length. The overall weight was light but I'd still throw bombs. My misses were giant snap hooks but that was more of a swing flaw than an issue with the club. Swing weight was definitely less but it was what I felt was comfortable; I made that work for me. What did you have in mind for a shaft and driver combo?

 

 

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My understanding is that the swing weight will be affected by butt trimming down to 44”. This would be a good question for the guys over at TXG. Can probably add a bit more insight than most of us.

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Just recently I trimmed 1/2 inch off my new G400 shaft ( to 44 3/4 ) and added weight to keep same swing weight. Very satisfied so far with results. Previous to this year never had a driver over 44.

 

 

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Seems kind of like a 2 part question here.

 

1.  What length do you actually need?  If you are going to get fit then a good fitter is going to be able to tell you what length works best for your driver.  Same with swing weight.

 

2.  What changes will happen when you cut a 45" driver down to 44"?  If you butt trim the shaft the flex shouldn't change to any noticeable degree.  If you tip trim 1" it will play stiffer to flex.  In general cutting 1" from the butt will lose around 6 swing weight points.  To add that weight back in you would need to add around 12 grams to the head.  Those are all ball park numbers though, it could vary based on where the balance point of the shaft is.

 

If it's more of a "just hit a bunch of clubs at a local big box" type of fitting and you just want to cut it down to 44" and see what happens then I say go for it.  Just be aware of the changes that may happen and be prepared to add in club weight if it doesn't feel good.  

 

Another option would be to buy a 2nd shaft for whatever driver you get.  Leave the stock at 45", make the new one to 44" and see which performs best for you.

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... Hopefully wherever you are fitted they have heavier weights for the club you are hitting. Still, you can choke down 1" to get a better representation as to how it will play for you in the fitting, even if they do not have heavier weights. 

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... Hopefully wherever you are fitted they have heavier weights for the club you are hitting. Still, you can choke down 1" to get a better representation as to how it will play for you in the fitting, even if they do not have heavier weights. 

 

This is basically what I've done, off of your recommendation a few months ago. Combined with a helluva club in the G400 Max, the results have been great!

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... Glad to hear it YK. Now lets get that index down to single digits!  :)

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