LD Setup for Metal Play

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robbie91robbie91  3117WRX Points: 146Members Posts: 3,117 Titanium Tees
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I've been watching Brooke Henderson smash a 48" driver all weekend on the golf channel and I'm getting to the point where I'd like to try one myself. The problem is that I'm not sure what the heck I need to get. I currently use a 10* driver with a Diamana S+ 65X shaft. Swing speed is around 108-112, pretty much mid launch mid spin sort of numbers. What kind of loft and shaft combo should I be looking at? I'm willing to spend a bit of money but since this is an experiment I don't want to drop crazy cash.

TaylorMade M5 10.5* // Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 60X
TaylorMade M6 15* // Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 75X
Titleist 915 3H // Diamana S+ 80X 
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PING Glide 3.0 Eye 2 56* // Steel Fiber FC 115 F4
PING Glide 3.0 Eye 2 60* // Steel Fiber FC 115 F4
Byron Morgan DH89 


  • mcputtermcputter  1038WRX Points: 223Handicap: 0.9Members Posts: 1,038 Platinum Tees
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    Brooke Henderson chokes down 3" on that 48" driver. Probably would be better off trying to optimize your numbers with a standard length driver.

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  • HubijerkHubijerk  837WRX Points: 139Members Posts: 837 Golden Tee
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    I built a long diver for one particular tournament that is held at a pretty open course with very few out of bounds holes. I figured I could pull my 3w as it's not a long course and I didn't need it. I built a 6 degree 48" driver and what I found during practice rounds was that it was too drastic a difference between the driver and the rest of the set to be comfortable in a game situation.

    On the range I could make adjustments and get in a groove and bomb that long driver a mile. But on course, going from hitting some irons, a wedge, putting, then going to the longest, flattest club I've ever played on the next tee then back again was **** for my consistency.

    There was a benefit though, when I would practice with the long driver I did see my driving improve with my gamer. It felt much shorter and easier to hit and as I'm swinging that long driver as hard as I can on the range my clubhead speed goes up a few mph. The long driver makes me smooth out and complete my swing sequence as mistakes in balance and timing, etc. are magnified. It also really makes you focus on rotating that core to get the speed up. It's impossible to muscle a 48" driver head whipping through at 130 mph or so.

    You can give Robert a call at House Of Forged, they specialize in long drive shafts but he usually has some heads and can build you something cheap. I got a Mutant Brute 2.0 from him with one of his shafts and I'm pleased with it.

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