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Heard that Brandt Snedeker and one other player whose name now escapes me but they are now playing 45 gram weight shafts. For the average player it has me wondering if we shouldn't be looking in this area as well. I play a 55 gram weight shaft because it fits me but with the SS etc of these guys maybe the average golfer should be here as well.

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That is a crazy light shaft. I wonder what the flex of it is

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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Like most things in golf it all comes down to fitting options. Lighter shafts should allow you to swing faster and gain more ball speed. For the average golfer it might help, but then again it might hurt. Personally I start to get very erratic when I'm swinging a lighter shaft. I don't have a swing that can repeatedly hit a dime in the sweet spot every time, I need something a little heavier to help keep my club in check.

 

I think you can see from the overall trend in stock driver shafts things are starting to trend towards the lighter side, but it all comes down to being fit for what fits your individual swing the best.

Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Don't run out and spend the rent money on a super light shaft and expect great results. As with all shafts it should be fit to you, or you to it. I had a 55 gram shaft last year, and switched to an 85 gram shaft and got much better results.

 

I still have that one and gamed it today. Yesterday, I went with a 60 something gram shaft and it worked ok. I have another shaft that is 75 grams. I have hit all of these one after the other and they probably average the same distance over time. Having said that, I have also swung a 55 gram shaft that was not for me and it was much shorter.

 

So, it depends on the shaft and the swing.

 

I have the following shafts

 

For TMag R9 Superdeep and R11

Talamonti PD80 85gram

Fuji Motore F1 75 grams

Aldilia Rip a 80 gram

 

For Titleist 910D3

Aldilia Voodoo SVN6 60 gram

Acer Death Stick 55 gram

Proforce V2 67 gram

 

Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Graham DeLaet was the other golfer who made the switch. I agree it is all about the fit as it has always been. One of my friends who played mini-tours and owns a very successful component company who has many long drive records set by his company plays an "A" flex shaft and swings at 108 SS. Go figure.

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Last year's fitting at the TMag lab was an eye opener - Prior to that I bought into the conventional wisdom, more loft, lighter shaft = higher loft and more distance.

 

I needed less loft and a heavier shaft than I thought - go figure.

 

Depends on the swing and the player - blanket statements just don't apply.

Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,56,60

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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I have an above average swing speed and I use a 52 gram shaft currently and am killing it. I've also used an 80 plus gram shaft in this head and killed it too. My last driver that stuck in the bag was 74 grams uncut. I don't worry much about the weight, though, just the results. Whatever I hit the straightest with a combo of length is what's going in the bag. If that ends up being 39 grams or 105 grams or any other number you want to pull out of a hat, I don't care. I'd sacrifice distance for straight.

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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