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How do I try a longer shaft for my driver, without buying one first?


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I use a 44.5" driver. In the past I've never had consistent contact on anything longer. However, I have undergone a complete swing rebuild with an instructor over the last two months, and my new swing is nothing like my old one. My driving accuracy is way up (10 of 12 fairways last time out), but I believe I'm losing some distance compared to what I've gained elsewhere. My current driver is 7 or 8 years old (Wishon 919 with XCaliber Superlight), so it's time for a new fitting anyway. I'd like to see if I can now handle a longer shaft, but I want to try it on the course. For me, hitting on the range isn't the same fatigue, pressure, or target issues as actually playing. Is there an easy way to try a longer club on the course without spending a bunch (or spending anything)? Or am I wrongly concerned? Will hitting at the range be sufficient? I will add that I plan to get professionally fitted at the same place I'm taking lessons (Miles of Golf, Cincinnati). 

Moose, my cat, is Siamese

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Rental as jlukes indicated or find a place locally that lets you demo used clubs. Either try a new driver or find the same model. Some of the online used places like global, 2nd swing, mikes golf outlet may allow trial periods.

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :touredgeexotics: XCG7 Beta 15*  w/Fujikura Fuel
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 915H 21* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   Sacks Parente MC 3 Stripe

Backup Putters:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W, :taylormade-small:TM-180

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As Joe said, try Shaft Shack. I’ve used their service and it was worth it! Inexpensive, and you get to try the shaft for a week in your own driver head. Great people, great service. 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 9*, Ping Tour 70X

Fairway: Ping G425 15*, Ping Tour 70X

Hybrid: Ping G425 22*, Ping Tour 80X

Irons:  Ping i230 4-GW, TT DG X100

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

Ball: Titleist 2023 AVX

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Another option is you can buy shaft extenders however they require you to remove the grip. Usually easy to do if you have an air compressor but depending how old it is it could also get damaged.

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