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After my recent trial of the new 2021 drivers, and the trial of the “sledgehammer” that is now in my bag, it was plainly evident that I didn’t get “faster” with a lighter shaft. Robert Head, owner of Xphlexxx shafts, has been making this point with Long Drive competitors for years.

Well, this morning, as I scrolled through Facebook, I see a post by TPI:

“Less than 10% of 1200 golfers tested fastest with the lightest shaft.” Liam Mucklow from The Golf Lab

So, when you go an do your fittings this year, don’t just assume you’ll pick-up speed because you switch from a 70g shaft to a 50g one. As TPI states in the post, robots may show faster, but humans aren’t robots!!!

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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After my recent trial of the new 2021 drivers, and the trial of the “sledgehammer” that is now in my bag, it was plainly evident that I didn’t get “faster” with a lighter shaft. Robert Head, owner of Xphlexxx shafts, has been making this point with Long Drive competitors for years.
Well, this morning, as I scrolled through Facebook, I see a post by TPI:
“Less than 10% of 1200 golfers tested fastest with the lightest shaft.” Liam Mucklow from The Golf Lab
So, when you go an do your fittings this year, don’t just assume you’ll pick-up speed because you switch from a 70g shaft to a 50g one. As TPI states in the post, robots may show faster, but humans aren’t robots!!!
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Very true. So much depends on how you feel the club loading and coming through the impact zone. For plenty of players feeling is lost with lighter setups and you’ll swing slower because you’re not as confident in it.

Side note: I’ll be following along to see how that beast treats you this season!


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I have learned this (lighter shafts don't always equate to increase performance) through trial/error over many years. Spent a small fortune it seems on lighter exotic shafts, club heads only to learn that I have a certain total weight driver and/or shaft weight range which I swing efficiently with consistent swing speed and center contact. 

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Yup. It’s all about finding the weight, profile and stiffness that allows your body to sequence properly. An out of sequence swing is a slow swing

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I have found this to be true even in doing SuperSpeed work. While my light stick is most often slightly faster than my medium stick, I definitely lose the feel of the lighter club and struggle to sequence things properly for max speed.

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Another thought in many coaching circles is that a heavier shaft forces your body to engage the larger muscles, which means that there is potential for greater speed if those muscles are engaged properly (and proper sequencing isn’t sacrificed)

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In my :mizuno-small: BR-D4 Stand Bag

:ping-small: G410 LST 9* VA Nemesys 65X
:ping-small: G410 LST 14.5* Tour AD DI 7X
:srixon-small: ZU85 18* Tour AD 95X
:titelist-small: 818 H2 20* Tour AD DI 85X
 MP20 HMB 4 Tour AD 95X
:mizuno-small: JPX 919 Tour 5-9 Oban CT 115 X(-)
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46F - 54S - 59D
:mizuno-small: M Craft II
:bridgestone-small: Tour B X
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1 hour ago, PMookie said:

After my recent trial of the new 2021 drivers, and the trial of the “sledgehammer” that is now in my bag, it was plainly evident that I didn’t get “faster” with a lighter shaft. Robert Head, owner of Xphlexxx shafts, has been making this point with Long Drive competitors for years.

Well, this morning, as I scrolled through Facebook, I see a post by TPI:

“Less than 10% of 1200 golfers tested fastest with the lightest shaft.” Liam Mucklow from The Golf Lab

So, when you go an do your fittings this year, don’t just assume you’ll pick-up speed because you switch from a 70g shaft to a 50g one. As TPI states in the post, robots may show faster, but humans aren’t robots!!!

432D30EA-C5CA-47C0-B3F4-70840B2C4BFB.jpeg

Facebook is listening and watching your purchases! 😂

Amazing the data out there and how this works

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I recall this trend in the 90s. Make everything lighter. People were hitting the ball all over with no control. Then playing a 7 degree driver because the shafts had so much whip and high torque the ball launched far too high. I just remember caddying for these 35 year old guys with R flex 55 gram shafts and just hitting drop kicked hooks and fades all over.

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24 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Facebook is listening and watching your purchases! 😂

Amazing the data out there and how this works

Funny how my Google suggested  searches all include some weight component! Hahahaha! Alexa is listening for sure!

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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What's old is new again!

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43 minutes ago, bens197 said:

What's old is new again!

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I had a Goldwin Milled driver! Like this one below, but no black on it.

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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7 minutes ago, PMookie said:

I had a Goldwin Milled driver! Like this one below, but no black on it.

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Bad mamma jamma right there...

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12 minutes ago, bens197 said:

Bad mamma jamma right there...

Great driver. I wish I still had it to screw around with. Such a different feel to it.

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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18 minutes ago, PMookie said:

Great driver. I wish I still had it to screw around with. Such a different feel to it.

I'm sure you also hit the irons...I like the idea behind it for a certain demographic.  Ping did a similar move with higher swing weight irons for seniors and ladies with their G series a few years back.  

To get back on track, the message here is good.  As a Lot of guys already mentioned, find the weight that works with your mechanics.  

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  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
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Makes me think of this TXG video. Ian puts Matt through a blind test of varying swing weights and total weights. It’s a good watch if you haven’t seen it!

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#COBRACONNECT CHALLENGE 4 ALUMNUS

:cobra-small: Speedzone Driver 10.5 - Ventus Blue 6X

:cobra-small: Speedzone 5-wood - Ventus Blue 8S

:cobra-small: Speedzone 4-Hybrid - KBS Proto 85S

:cobra-small: KING Forged Tec 5-GW - PX LZ 6.5

:cobra-small: KING MIM Black 52.12 Classic, 56.10 Versatile, 60.04 Widelow - Nippon Modus 125 Wedge

:EVNROLL: ER2B

:titelist-small: Pro V1x vs :Snell: MTB-X vs :bridgestone-small: Tour B X

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