I would like to hear your opinion on how to create these long clubs pratically. I'm 6'7 and play +3 inch clubs, made my strike much more consistent. However, they are made that long by inserting another shaft into the existing shaft and cutting it. Do you recommend buying uncut shafts, plug it into existing heads and cut it to the preferred length? Does every iron have a specific uncut shaft or are all the same? And if uncut version is not long enough, then plug in another shaft in but? Seems crazy to some but my +3 inches does not feel long enough on shorter irons especially... thanks for any input!<br />
Thanks for the reply! Sounds like it would be easier for me to go with .370 then, but I guess that is specific for each iron head? If buying new clubs, is there an idea of targeting Heads for .370?<br />
So to get the tallest clubs possible, I either go with parallel tips or buy for instance 8 2-iron shafts that are tapered. That would essentially be similar to paralllell shafts cause the weight would be smaller for each club if I shorten that 2iron to appropriate length for every iron? Also thinking about using that tapered 2-iron shaft as a single length club, which would be similar to someone else using a standard 7 iron length for entire set, given that I want clubs that are in the 3-4 inch longer range..
Really wish I came across this thread when it was going. Being 6'6" and not getting to play much anymore, remembering the manipulations from playing irons that are too short makes for frustrating golf. All I want to do after reading this is build irons. It makes sense. I have a video from back in the fall that shows me with a lot of waist bend and a hunch in my back. I was hitting a 4 iron and someone said it looked like I was using a kid's club.
This topic has set off light bulbs in my head. I'm 6'2" with a 37" WTF with golf shoes on, by no means "giant" but definitely above average. I realize that I have had these ideas bouncing around in my head for a while, but never really could put it all together until reading Rybo's posts. Now it is like a moment of clarity and I believe 100% that taller golfers should be using significantly longer clubs. I think there's a stigma around anything that's over +1/2" in length because 90%+ of golfers are 5'10" or below and could never understand unless they go try to play with Junior clubs for a whole season.
What really struck home is when I thought of a player like Rory Mcilroy. Undoubtedly, he's a fantastic ball striker and one of the best drivers of the golf ball the game has ever seen. He's 5'9" and has used anywhere from a 45-45.5" driver. I did a little different calculation of my own, and it's by no means an exact science but I think it highlights the general point all the same. Rory Mcilroy is 69 inches tall in total and uses a 45-45.5" driver. That means his driver length is roughly 65% of his total height. I am 74 inches tall, and a driver that is 65% of my height would be ~48" long! Now, I'm not advocating jumping right to 48" drivers, but I think it puts it into perspective that angles and type of swing Rory is able to achieve when his swing planes are influenced by a certain length of club relative to his frame.
There are numerous other functional swings in the professional game, so I'm not trying to pull Rory Mcilroy out as a lone example. But when you have the epitome of ball striking who is 5 inches shorter than you using the same length clubs as you do, it does make you scratch your head...
As a side story, I also remember years ago hitting my buddy's irons that were built +1.5" long. He's 6'6" or 6'7", so I didn't really think twice about why he had such long clubs compared to mine. I remember sitting on the range hitting his 5-iron which would have been 39.5" long, and I was absolutely striping it. It was genuinely the first time that I felt like Rory, having a nice tall posture, and really being able to take almost a "baseball" swing at the ball. I was hitting perfect shots, dead out of the middle, could work it any way I wanted. It was pretty crazy. Then I handed him his iron back in a "well, that was fun" moment, and went back to hitting my irons that immediately felt off and more difficult to use. As though I had to take time to "adjust" back to them.
Unfortunately, as others have said, it's not just a black and white thing to lengthen your clubs. However, I am excited to experiment with it and will have to report back as to where I end up. I'm thinking of going lighter in the shafts, like with a Steelfiber 110X or Recoil 110X, in hopes that while swing weight will go up with added length, the overall heft or feel of the club will still be in balance. I'm also going to just jump right in with a 47" driver and dial it back as needed.
I have just come across this thread whilst researching a new build for my irons - perfect timing for someone that's 6'6" with a 39" WTF.
Question for the OP, or anyone else that may be qualified to respond - how did you manage the swing weight progression throughout the set? I am looking to build to pretty much the same as the specs in your original post (in terms of length) however I am getting a progression of 1 SW point for every club (see attached).
Now I always knew that by adding so much length that they would SW high, but I assumed there would be 2 - 3 SW points between the longest and shortest clubs - not 1 SW point PER CLUB!
Any knowledge would be greatly appreciated!
6'2" long legs, short arms, and a wide chest.
+2" and 3° flat.
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