Who is playing 44.5” driver?

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  • TheLarchTheLarch Major Winner Members Posts: 964 ✭✭
    9* Ping G30 with a 44.5* Graphite Design YS-7 Nano Reloaded shaft works pretty well for me. Surprised I don't seem more of these shafts in play.
    TaylorMade 2016 M2 HL Driver 
    TaylorMade 2016 M2 3 wood 15*
    TaylorMade RBZ 5 wood 19*
    TaylorMade RBZ hybrid 22*
    TaylorMade AeroBurner HL irons 4/AW
    Cleveland 588 56* SW
    Ping Zing 2 BeCu putter
  • PigemsPigems Members Posts: 10,884 ✭✭
    I’m in the 44.5” club, I also play a 42” 3 wood and my irons are 1/2” shorter as well. I’m only 5’9” image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
    910D2 9.5*- RIP Alpha 70x
    910f 17*- Diamana D+ 82x
    910h 20* Hybrid - S400
    712 CB 4i-Pw - S300
    SM5 51*, 55*- S300
    TVD 59* M - S300
    Studio Select NP2
  • Gtyler14Gtyler14 Members Posts: 637 ✭✭
    I’m 6’1” and I play 44 most of the time sometimes I tinker with 44.25-44.5 but I like the shorter driver because I hit the center or close to the center more often than I do with a longer driver. With a 45” I would hit the face, toe, heel, center low, there just wasn’t anything consistent so since switching to 3 years ago my driving is so much better.
    Tour issue M4 8.5 w/ Kuro Kage dual core 70TX tipped 1” 44”
    Tour issue M1 T3 14.3 Kuro Kage dual core 80TX tipped 1 42.5” or Diamana bf 80TX tipped 1
    Tour issue TM m1 3HL 17.8 fujikura p95x tipped 1 41.75”
    TM 790 UDI x100 39.75
    TM 750 tour Proto 4-pw tour issue x100
    TM MG AB 54 Tour issue x100
    TM MG AB 60 tour issue x100
    Nike method 001
    Scotty Cameron select Newport 2
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 3,852 ✭✭
    edited May 28, 2018 #35


    Man....all you guys with long drivers. Jeez.



    I’m at 43.5” for 25 years and counting.




    I played 43" -44" persimmon driver more than 3 decades ago. Can still bag them these days just have to accept a tee shot of 210 yards.
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  • Belmont148Belmont148 Members Posts: 1,487 ✭✭
    6'1", play +1/2" in irons. Woods hybrid and driver are all shortened. 44.5" in driver and I added 12g to the head. No distance loss. Actually gained because I find the middle 80-90% of the time.
    Current Bag:

    G400 SFT 10* Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60TS
    F8+ 4W- HZRDUS Black 75 Stiff
    Ping G25 3H and 4H Stock R Flex
    Ping I200 5-UW Project X LZ 5.5
    Glide Stealth 54SS and 58ES Project X LZ 5.5
    Scotty Studio Stainless Newport 2
  • jrrjrr ClubWRX Posts: 723 ClubWRX
    Have a Epic sz 10.5. had to move it up to 12.5 to hit it with some consistency. Sent it to Peoples and Will said cut it to 44.5" and hot melted it to 202g and took the lefts out of it. Consistently hit with an inch of dead center. Now down to 9* and controllable fades. I also play my irons +.5". Can't explain it it just works.
  • citizenforecitizenfore Members Posts: 323 ✭✭
    Still gaming a Nike vr str8 fit tour set at 11 degrees. Liked it with a 46” aldila voodoo shaft it came with, but was a bit wild. Changes to a 44” project x driver shaft and love it. More consistency and less wild misses. No distance loss noted and like others above probably a big t better due to more consistent strikes. I’m 6’4” and have no issues with the set up. Built an old callaway deuce warbird with a similar set up for the Sunday bag and it is also a beast.
    Modern bag:
    Nike vr str8 fit tour set at 11
    Ping rapture v2 4 wood
    Nike vr_s 3 and 4 hybrids
    Maltby mmb 5-pw
    Carnahan 52/56/60 wedge
    Rotating door of putters

    Sunday/quick nine walker:
    Callaway warbird deuce 2 wd
    Callaway warbird 4 wd
    Hogan apex pro 4-E
    Ping eye 2 W and S
    Ping cushin putter

    Classic bag:
    Palmer Chattanooga driver
    Hogan Slotline 4 wd
    Palmer Standard 85 3-pw
    Same ping eye 2 sw
    Wilson professional 600 putter
  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members Posts: 954 ✭✭
    edited May 12, 2018 #39
    I just reshafted a Ping G5 to 44.5". Seems to work well. 327gr overall weight. Stock head was 198gr. Lead tape made it 200gr. My irons are +0.5". I am 6'2"
    Callaway Hyper X 9* what's the point?

    Taylormade (original) RBZ 15* 3W

    Cleveland Launcher 3W 15*

    Synchron Vespa 19* hybrid

    Orlimar 23* 7W

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    Orlimar putter
  • evoviiiyouevoviiiyou evoviiiyou Members Posts: 1,997 ✭✭
    I play 44.75” and like about a quarter inch above my left hand for grip. Really works for me vs the longer drivers out. I also play my 3metal at 42.5” and all irons are minus 1/2” 4 degrees flat.



    If staying in the short grass is a focus of your game, it’s for sure not going to hurt anyone.



    For giggles I played my buddies 45.75” M4 with even flow 55 S and it went really far compared to my gamer, I hit zero fairways with that stick that round. Immediately answered my question if the length I was giving up worth it and the answer was absolutely not.

    Mizuno ST190 10.5/ Fuji Speeder TR 661S/ PURE Wrap BLK
    Mizuno ST190TS 15/ Fuji Speeder TR 757S/ PURE Wrap BLK
    Mizuno JPX FliHi 19/ Modus Tour 130S/ PURE Wrap WHT
    Taylor Made P790 4-PW Modus Tour 130S/ PURE Wrap BLK
    Mizuno S18 Wedges 50&56/ Modus 120S/ PURE Wrap BLK
    SeeMore M1B/ Satin Black Conti Golf/ Super Stroke Slim CC

  • VA_AstraVA_Astra ClubWRX Posts: 1,860 ✭✭
    Played 9 on my home course today, first time with new shorter driver.....I dig it!!! Much straighter and i hit to normal if not longer distances as last year.
    PXG 0811x HZRDUS HC T1100
    PXG 0841 3w HZRDUS HC Yellow
    PXG 0311 XF 3iron RIP Alpha Hybrid
    PXG 0311 4-6 PX LZ
    PXG 0311t 7-PW PX LZ
    Ping Stealth 2.0 50/54/58
    Mannkrafted WAVE
    Taylormade TP5/x
  • wrmillerwrmiller Members Posts: 1,569 ✭✭
    All of my drivers are now 44". Three woods are 43". One of the best moves I've done.
    Primary bag:
    Titleist 913 D3 8.5
    Titleist 915Fd 13.5
    Titleist 913h 17
    Mizuno MP-18 4-PW
    Scratch wedges 50, 55, and 60
    Bettinardi mid-shank putter

    Backup bag:
    Ping G400 9
    Ping G30 fw 13
    Ping G30 hybrid 19
    Ping iBlade 4-PW power spec
    Macgregor VIP wedges 51, 56, and 60
    Bettinardi mid-shank putter
  • KRW59KRW59 Hoarder Members Posts: 849 ✭✭
    I'm another 1/2" over length iron player , 44 1/2" driver player.



    Howard Jones recommends 44.5" as a starting point for fitting driver

    length , for those playing .5" over in their irons. He knows his stuff.
    Cobra King F9 10.5* / Fuji Speeder Evo IV  569-SR
    TEE EX10 Beta 16.5* / Fuji Platinum Speeder 5-SR
    TEE EX10 19* / Fuji Platinum Speeder 6-S
    TEE EX9 22* / Attas 4U 7-S.
    TEE EX9 25* / Attas 4U 7-X
    I have added about 10 grams of weight to all the fwy / hybrid
    shafts , using Sensicore inserts wrapped with lead tape.

    Cobra Forged Tec Black / 28* 6 iron thru 49.5* GW / 4.5* gapping
    Recoil 780 Es Smac wrap F3 / GW shaft internally weighted to 95 grams

    King Black Wedges / 54* versatile/ Recoil 95 F3 shaft weighted to 110 grams
    58* versatile / Recoil 110 F4 shaft weighted to 125 grams ( heat shrink tube )

    Piretti Savona 2 Elite《Murdered》or 1/1 GSS High Toe Potenza II

    Flask - Crown Black
  • Lefty431Lefty431 Members Posts: 1,070 ✭✭
    Just switched to 44.5" in my rogue sub zero... actually picked up 4 mph club head speed, and better accuracy!
    Driver: 9* Callaway Rogue sub zero w/ hzrdus yellow 6.5
    3w: 15* Callaway epic w/ aldila rogue 110 s flex
    Hybrid: 19* Mizuno Jpx 900 w/ fujikura s flex
    DI:  Adams dhy 21* w/ aldilla green S flex
    Irons: Mizuno mp 18 sc 5-pw w/ Nippon modus 3 120x
    Wedges: Vokey sm7 raw 50 F, 55 S, 60 M w/ dynamic gold black s400
    Putter: Scotty Cameron newport 3 w/ super stroke
  • Johnny TJohnny T Wait for me guys! Members Posts: 3,932 ✭✭
    Went to 44" after a fitting this winter. Also went with a heavier shaft. Definitely more consistent and picked up a bit of distance, although not really enough to matter.



    Taylormade M3 460 - Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo IV
    Titleist 917 F2 - Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo IV
    Titleist 816 H1 - Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 HB
    Titleist 716 T-MB 4-PW - Fujikura Pro 115
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50/54/58 - Fujikura Pro 115/DG 115
    Edel E-3 Torque Balanced
  • Lefty431Lefty431 Members Posts: 1,070 ✭✭
    I should add I also went heavier!
    Driver: 9* Callaway Rogue sub zero w/ hzrdus yellow 6.5
    3w: 15* Callaway epic w/ aldila rogue 110 s flex
    Hybrid: 19* Mizuno Jpx 900 w/ fujikura s flex
    DI:  Adams dhy 21* w/ aldilla green S flex
    Irons: Mizuno mp 18 sc 5-pw w/ Nippon modus 3 120x
    Wedges: Vokey sm7 raw 50 F, 55 S, 60 M w/ dynamic gold black s400
    Putter: Scotty Cameron newport 3 w/ super stroke
  • swoll crackerswoll cracker Members Posts: 393 ✭✭
    I just cut a Diamana S+ to a playing length of 44.5" for my Rogue SZ. I've been playing my drivers at 45" for a long time but thought it might be worth a shot. Early results are good. I'm getting a little more consistent ball flight. I dont think I'm giving up any distance but thats a little too early to tell. I've got a tournament next week and I'm confident enough to put the 44.5" driver into play.
    Callaway EPIC Flash SZ 9*, GD Tour AD BB
    Callaway Rogue SZ 18* Project X EvenFlo 75 
    Callaway Rogue 21* Project X EvenFlo 75 
    Callaway X2Hot Pro 23* Hybrid Fujikura Motore F1 85
    Callaway Rogue Pro 5-AW Project X LZ 95 6.0
    Callaway MD4 54* S Grind
    Callaway MD4 PM Grind 58*
    TaylorMade Spider X Copper
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members Posts: 7,239 ✭✭
    Me. It's much more controllable than 45 or 45.5.
    WITB
    Epic SZ HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.5
    LTD Kai'li 70X
    818H2 Tour Blue 85X
    P790 4i Modus 120X
    P770 5-PW KBS Tour 120 FLT
    Glide Stealth 2.0 50/10SS AMT Wedge
    Glide Stealth 2.0 54/12SS AMT Wedge
    Glide Stealth 2.0 58/12SS Modus 125 Wedge
    TP Black Copper Juno w/ PX 7.0 Wedge
    TP5X
    Sun Mountain 4.5 Bag

  • KAndyManKAndyMan JUST GOTTA SEND IT!!! Members Posts: 322 ✭✭
    Got an old Nike SQ driver i cut to 44" and painted pink (to match a driver i built for my 2 year old daughter). Winters are too long in MI.... Anyways after playing with SW for a bit i took it out one day and go figure the think is a rocket launcher. My buddies thought it was the cutest thing ever and had a few laughs till they realized they were getting outdriven by a good 20-30yds every time. After few rounds with pinky i cut down my gamer and of course it made no difference to that club and the pink Nike is still the longest/straightest driver i have. SMH And im not spending the time to repaint the thing
  • Mack83Mack83 Members Posts: 37 ✭✭
    44" for me in my 915D2. Down from 45". Much more consistent. My 45" drives were slightly long when good, but very inconsistent. 44" drives are longer on average, better ball flight and more fairways hit. Took me a little bit of an effort to correct weights to get back to desired swing weight. 17g and 19g allows me to change between D2 and D3. All is good, not going back. I did not trim tip length. Butt trimmed only. Worked for me.
  • asuntagasuntag Members Posts: 139 ✭✭
    For those playing shorter driver shafts, do you recommend going up in weight...say shaft in 70 gram range?
  • jgard320jgard320 ClubWRX Posts: 277 ClubWRX
    Rogue SZ at 44. What I lose in SS, I make up for in ball speed. I’ve played as low as 43.25, but 44 seems to be my point of diminishing returns.
  • jgard320jgard320 ClubWRX Posts: 277 ClubWRX
    asuntag wrote:
    For those playing shorter driver shafts, do you recommend going up in weight...say shaft in 70 gram range?




    Swing weight is a bigger factor for me. At 44, I had to add 13 grams to my sz head to get to d5, where I prefer to play. I prefer a 70 g shaft regardless of length.
  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,432 ClubWRX
    Picked up a new R15 and cut it to 44 1/2" , and did very well with it. I will take consistency over length any day.
    GBB Fusion HT 13.5
    F9 5-6 WD
    F9 7-8 WD
    OS 5 & 6 Hybrid
    P790 5-PW
    Glide AW, SW, LW
    TM Spider Pro Red C/S
    B330RX
  • Johnny TJohnny T Wait for me guys! Members Posts: 3,932 ✭✭
    asuntag wrote:


    For those playing shorter driver shafts, do you recommend going up in weight...say shaft in 70 gram range?






    Cant say for sure. I had tried heavier (70g) driver shafts in the past and had mixed results. When I did my fitting, the fitter early on clued in that I should be in a shorter and heavier shaft. I think the heavier shaft had something to do with my tempo...heavier to try to smooth me out. Much like jgard320 said, swingweight may be the bigger factor. I think my fitting resulted in a D4 or D5 swingweight. If you had told me that before going in, I would have said you were crazy. But now that I'm playing it I cant' see myself going away from it.
    Taylormade M3 460 - Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo IV
    Titleist 917 F2 - Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo IV
    Titleist 816 H1 - Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 HB
    Titleist 716 T-MB 4-PW - Fujikura Pro 115
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50/54/58 - Fujikura Pro 115/DG 115
    Edel E-3 Torque Balanced
  • dongn5dongn5 Members Posts: 7
    Been using a 44.5" driver basically my whole life. Got fitted for a 45" M2 with Kuro Kage XT last year but I couldn't get used to it. Ended up cutting it down to MY standard length and it felt like home again. My accuracy, solid contact and distance came back. Sometimes I'll even choke down a little more, and for some reason I get even more distance due to a better flight.
    Taylormade 2017 M2 10.5*/Oban Tour Limited 60 Stiff/44.5"
    Titleist 917F3 13.5*/Fujikura TS Pro 84 Stiff/43"
    Taylormade RBZ Tour 18*/Fujikura Speeder 757 X/41.5"
    Titleist 718 AP3 3 iron/Project X LZ 5.5 Hardstep x1
    Titleist 718 CB 4-PW/Project X LZ 5.5 Hardstep x1
    Titleist Vokey Design SM7 54-08, Project X LZ 6.0
    Titleist Vokey Design SM7 60-08, Project X LZ 6.0
    Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport 2.5/Pingman grip/33"
    Pro V1
  • QwiklapQwiklap An aspiring hacker ... Members Posts: 588 ✭✭
    Went to 44.5" a few months back. I am longer and straighter than ever.
    Cobra F9 9* w/ Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Orange V2 60TX (44.5")
    Ping G400 3W Stretch @ 12.4* w/ Ping Tour 75X (43")
    Cobra F8+ 4-5W @ 16* w/ Stock NV Green S-flex (42")
    Cobra F7 2-3h @ 19* w/ VA Composites Raijin 84 hybrid four
    Srixon U65 23* w/ Matrix Black Tie HM3 Stiff
    Srixon Z565 6-PW & Z765 AW w/ Aerotech Steelfiber i95 S-flex
    Callaway MD PM-Grind 56* & 60*
    Bettinardi Kuchar Model 2 Arm Lock
  • SuperBombinSuperBombin Members Posts: 163 ✭✭
    Playing at 44.5
  • dsmildsmil Members Posts: 569 ✭✭
    44 inch here and I haven't lost any distance on average. If you are struggling with your driver, hitting the center of the club face more often will be key for you, and shortening the shaft can help. Most golfers out there are going to gain accuracy and could maintain or even gain distance on average, because they are finding the middle of the face more often. Maybe your max drive goes down with a slight loss of swing speed, but that really isn't important.
    Cobra King LTD Dr- Matrix Black Tie 65M4 (67g)
    Cobra King LTD 3/4 - Matrix VLCT ST 82 (77g)
    TM Jetspeed Hybrid 19* - Matrix Studio 94 (96g)
    TM Jetspeed Hybrid 22* - Matrix Ozik HD Program 95 (99g)
    Cleveland 588 CB 4-PW - DG S300
    Cleveland RTX-3 54*
    Cleveland RTX-3 60*
    Evnroll ER7
  • pappaf2pappaf2 Members Posts: 3,471 ✭✭
    Been playing a 44.25"-44.5" (depending on how you measure) driver for a while and I love it. Added an NV75 and a little lead tape to get the weight up. I can't really imagine playing a longer driver again after playing with this length.
  • BballMike14BballMike14 Members Posts: 90 ✭✭
    I started playing 44.5 last season - new standard for me. I was in a R11/Rogue Silver 70 last year - added 7g of weight.



    This year I'm in an M2 with Black Mamba 60, tipped 1", and 7g additional weight. Very happy so far!
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