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SLDR Mini Driver: Replacing Fujikura Speeder 57 with green Aldila NV 65


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Hello, I recently purchased a used TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver (12-degrees of loft) and while I LOVE both the head *and* the concept behind this club, I haven't really bonded with the stock shaft which is a Fujikura Speeder 57 regular shaft. Among other things, the diameter on the stock shaft is very big compared to my other fairway woods and it just feels unnaturally oversized at address.

I also recently purchased an uncut New-Old Stock green Aldila NV 65 shaft on eBay after I bought some older Cleveland Launcher 2005-2006 fairway woods that were equipped with these shafts. I hit both of these fairway woods (a 15-degree 3 wood and a 19-degree 5 wood) very consistently, so I'd like to get the Aldila NV 65 cut down to size and installed on the SLDR Mini Driver.

I have two questions:

1) How much should I expect to pay to get the new shaft installed? I need the old shaft removed, then the new NV 65 shaft needs to get tip trimmed one inch, then butt trimmed to 43.5" (which is standard for the SLDR Mini Driver). I can manage the grip install myself, so that work doesn't need to be done by a big shop or a smaller club builder.

2) Should I be worried about changing the swing weight? Normally, I don't get too worked up about swing weights, but FWIW the two fairway woods I hit really well with this shaft are D1 and D1.5, respectively.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Edited by BoomerGolfAnon
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Yesterday I dropped off my SLDR Mini and my Aldila Green NV shaft at Puetz Golf in Bellevue. They're doing the swap (which includes trimming the shaft) for $20, plus $8 for the undersized Winn Dri-Tac grip. I'm not adding any counterweights, either. I'm only giving up 5-7 grams with the lighter grip, so I won't sweat the details.

Their competitors down the street (Pro Golf Discount) wanted $35 because I "didn't buy the shaft from them"...as if they're going to carry a 15-year old NOS Aldila Green NV 65 shaft! Sorry guys, you've lost my business on this transaction.

Puetz will have the club ready tomorrow, but I'll have to wait for a week (or more) to try it out IRL. The Seattle area is currently getting pounded by heavy snow, and even driving ranges are closed down.

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