Who uses a heavy driver?

golfinguru11golfinguru11 Bay AreaMembers Posts: 222 ✭✭✭

A few years ago I added some lead tape to a Callaway FT-5, loved the feel, haven’t looked back since. These days buying heavier weight screws on eBay is standard when purchasing a new driver (just did it with the epic flash)

For those of you who also do this, why do you do it?

Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx 
Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
Miura CB LH 4-PW - Nippon Modus3 125 s
Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - DG S300
Odyssey stroke lab 7s/ Bettinardi BB2

Lead tape enthusiast


  • mogc60mogc60 Members Posts: 992 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 21, 2019 4:06am #2

    I can’t say I like a heavy driver but I add weight to basically every driver I use. I like the feel of head weight in the driver. Helps with tempo and the transition area in my swing. If the driver is too light or the balance is off I completely lose feel for the club and the ball goes sideways. I also use a driver at 44” or 44 1/4”. Adding weight is usually necessary and my normal driver headweight is 208-210 grams.

    CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH SZ 9 EV BLACK 75 6.5 44 1/4”

  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 4,202 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Use to, when the length of the driver was under 44". a heavier driver comes with the heavier shaft ( S-400 or X-100 ).
    The heavier driver feels funny with length ove 45".

  • KevCannonKevCannon ClubWRX Posts: 267 ClubWRX

    Agree that play length of driver is a big factor. I play 44 - 44.5” as through trial and error that it definitely my sweet spot. I am 5’9” and have shortish arms so I don’t know what I was thinking years ago trying to game a 45.5” stock driver. Anyways, due to shorter shaft length I will add weight to most driver heads, currently play rogue sub zero. I replaced front 2 gram weight with 8 gram, and have roughly 2-3 grams of lead tape in the middle/front of sole and that gave me the feel of the club head back. Lead tape has been there for 2 years and have not messed with it since, rogue sz is paired with GD tour AD TP 7x.

    Callaway Rogue sub zero 9 degree w/ GD tour AD TP 7x 
    Callaway Epic flash sub zero 15 degree w/ GD tour AD TP 7x 
    Titleist 818 H2 19 degree w/ GD tour AD IZ hybrid 95x
    Callaway X Forged 4-9, Apex MB pitching wedge w/ Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM7 50-F, Callaway MD4 54-S, 58-X w/ Project X 6.0
    Toulon San Diego putter
    Srixon Z Star XV ball
  • ian-500ian-500 Members Posts: 818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I recently checked the swing weight of my driver.....E2!!!!

    Ping Rapture 12.5* + PWR75 ts.
    Ping G400 no.2 17* + Oban Kiyoshi White x.
    Titleist VG3 Forged '18 4i - PW + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Titleist Vokey Forged 50 + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Callaway PM19 54/58 + KBS Hi-Rev 115 2.0s.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,603 ClubWRX

    My Fusion has a heavier 12 gram plug, stock is 6 grams, and I cut it to 45". Tried 6 and 16, and 12 works best for me.

    GBB Fusion HT 13.5 might change
    F9 5-6 WD
    F9 7-8 WD
    OS 5 & 6 Hybrid
    CF16 6-PW
    Glide AW, SW, LW
    TM Spider Pro Red C/S
  • golfinguru11golfinguru11 Bay AreaMembers Posts: 222 ✭✭✭

    @ian-500 said:
    I recently checked the swing weight of my driver.....E2!!!!

    This is what I like to hear

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx 
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
    Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
    Miura CB LH 4-PW - Nippon Modus3 125 s
    Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - DG S300
    Odyssey stroke lab 7s/ Bettinardi BB2

    Lead tape enthusiast
  • Jwoz09Jwoz09 Members Posts: 221 ✭✭✭

    Playing 44.25 driver @ d5

  • BookerBooker Members Posts: 764 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Until it broke a few weeks ago I was playing a long hosel superfast at 45.25. Matrix Ozik tp7hd, 211 head weight.

  • jvincentjvincent Members Posts: 740 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @golfinguru11 said:
    For those of you who also do this, why do you do it?

    I think my current gamer is around D6.

    Why? I am simply much more consistent with a heavier club. When it gets too light I lose a feel for where the clubhead is and get really erratic.

    Cobra F9 9* : Tour AD TP 7-S
    Cobra LTD set at 16* : Tour AD TP 8-S
    Cobra 3U set at 19.5* : Nippon Modus3 130-S
    Wishon 565MC 4-PW : Nippon Modus3 130-S
    Cleveland RTX3 50, 54, 58 : Nippon Modus3 130-S
    Piretti Potenza 370g : Breakthrough Technology Stability Shaft - 34"

  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Members Posts: 368 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't know the exact swing weight of my driver but it feels in the D6 range and I love it. Had a Tensei Pro Orange which is an awful shaft for the price and felt like a feather before. I hit the heavier feeling club so much better, just more smooth and consistent and I know where the clubhead is at.

    TaylorMade M5 9 deg - Fujikura Speeder Evolution I 757 TX
    Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5
    Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90x
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 4-PW - TT DG X7
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Jet Black - 50.12 F, 54.10 S, 58.12 D - TT DG S400
    Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 1.5
  • From_Parts_UnknownFrom_Parts_Unknown Members Posts: 1,903 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I use a yellow Momentus driver all the time to loosen up. It's definitely the heaviest driver I've swung.

  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers Posts: 12,503 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 4, 2019 2:15am #13

    12 years ago I was a 95g X shaft guy and my driver was 44.75"
    Today I play a 53g X shaft at 46.25" and it swingweights out at E0
    Extra weights or lead tape .. whatever floats your boat
    I am a HUGE fan of heavier swingweights right thru the set

    Post edited by cardoustie on
    Ping G400 LST 11.5* Aldila RIP Phenom 50tx
    Ping G400 3w 13.9* Aldila NVS 75x
    Callaway GBB 5w 17.5* NVS 85x
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* Catalyst 70s
    Callaway Apex 5h 26* Mitsu KK 80s
    Ping Blueprints 6i-PW DG xp115 x100 p-spec org dot
    Vokey sm2 TVD M grinds 50*, 54* & 60* DG s400 Onyx
    Scotty X7m
  • LowDimeLowDime Members Posts: 157 ✭✭✭

    i have a 98gram x flex in a titleist 913d3 head that is still kicking most options out. Just due to the feeling of it being so easy to swing. I just got a Rogue Sub zero with a Veylix Mansion and my order some heavy weights to play with. Unsure though.

  • jah7838jah7838 Members Posts: 1,069 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My M3 has an extra 5g weight in it to bring the total to ~204g. I have an Attas Elements MK 7s playing at 45”, and swing weights out to about D6 or D7. Can’t remember exactly because it’s been a while since I’ve measured it.

    All of my irons are around the same SW. I grip down a bit on all my clubs, and the heavier SW helps with my tempo.

    Driver: 9.5* M3 Attas Elements MK 7s
    Fairway: Cobra F6 Baffler set to 16* with Nventix Nunchuk
    Hybrids: 19* Adams XTD Super Hybrid Black Tie 95g S / 18.5* RBZ Stage 2 S300, 23* Adams Super 9031 S300
    Irons: 5-PW Fly Z+ DGTI S400
    Wedges: 50*& 54* TM Milled Grind Standard Bounce, 58* Mid RTX 4. All wedges have DGTI S400
    Putter: Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish
  • MitchellMitchell Members Posts: 5,536 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    44.5", R510TP w/ Fuji 661 TS @ d5, play heavy swingweights throughout set and keeps tempo/timing more consistent.

    Taylormade r510tp 10.5* Fuji Evolution TS 661 
    Taylormade 300 tour 15* Fuji Evolution TS 869
    Titleist 962b 2-pw s400
    Vokey sm7 raw M 54* s400
    Vokey sm7 raw M 60* s400
    Cameron 1995 Laguna
  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Members Posts: 368 ✭✭✭✭

    Interesting find today when I got my driver re-gripped. Swing weight measured D8. Really surprised but I love the feel of it and have been hitting it so well. New grip dropped it down to D6 which I feel better about but hoping it doesn't affect my driving or the old type grip is going back on.

    TaylorMade M5 9 deg - Fujikura Speeder Evolution I 757 TX
    Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5
    Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90x
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 4-PW - TT DG X7
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Jet Black - 50.12 F, 54.10 S, 58.12 D - TT DG S400
    Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 1.5
  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members Posts: 2,311 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I love a heavier feeling club off the tee... I usually just go heavier shaft but might try to get a heavier head next time around.

    Current Bag (Rebuilding as of 5/6/19)
    Driver: Adams Fast 12 LS with Matrix Black Tie (to be replaced)
    3W: Adams Fast 12 with Excalibur (to be replaced)
    Hybrid: Bridgestone j40 with Excalibur (to be replaced)
    4-9: Taylor Made Oversize (to be replaced)
    PW: Mizuon HMP with DG120 Stiff (5/6)
    50 degree Vokey with DG120 Stiff (5/6)
    56 and 60 degree Cleveland Wedges (to be replaced)
    Odyssey Tank #7 (only club I'm keeping this season)

  • searoksearok Members Posts: 69 ✭✭

    I put a third weight (9 grams) in my 2017 M1 with LZ handcrafted. I play it at 45 " so it was a little lite. Now feel is much better and I'm getting better results.

  • juggernaut0629juggernaut0629 Members Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    D8.5 in driver. Keeps smooth & in sync. 44.5-45.25" playing length whichever I like the time, but always D8.5.

    Ping G LST 9*
    Callaway Epic 3w & 5w Diamana Thump
    X2 Hot #4 Hybrid Matrix White Tie
    Ping ie1 5 - GW Nippon SPO
    Cleveland RTX-3 54* 58*
  • geochitowngeochitown Members Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Driver experiment success today
    43” driver build at D6

    Lead Tape lovingly applied - Driver through GW
    TEE XCG7 Beta +1* to 11.5* - Testing at 43" w/ Matrix 7M3 stiff/Driver stand-in TEE EX9 Long 13* - Accra Tour Z ST 75 M4 untipped at 42.5" 
    OR TEE XCG7 Beta 4W 16.5* - Matrix 8M2 /5W 18* - Matrix 8M2 stiff tipped 2" at 41.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 19* H - Fujikura Fit-on Red Stiff - 85 g at 39.25"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 22*H - Diamana Thump T93 Stiff untipped at 38.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 25*H - Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft stiff 38.25"
    Maxfli Revolution Black 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43,48) at -1/2" length DGS300U
    Vokey SM4 52-08F
    Cleveland TA588 57-10 (bent to 56*, so 9* bounce)
    Vokey SM5 60-07S  
    SC Futura X5r 33' flownecked by Bastain-cerakote sniper gray-silver dots-white flange sight line-SS Flatso 2.0
  • mwink822mwink822 Members Posts: 2,682 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I suppose I'm in the category of folks that use a "heavy driver". My 917 has the 18g neutral weight in it and two two inch strips of lead tape on the sole. I have also gone back to my Aldila Rogue Silver 80 in this as my ball flight is just better with this than it is with my Kai'li 70X. Both shafts give a playing length of 44.25". With the heavier weight, my swing doesn't get as out of whack in terms of tempo. Whenever I go to a lighter setup, I start spraying it like Ron Jeremy...it's not pretty.

    Titleist 917D3 9.5* Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX
    Titleist 917F2 18* (turned down to 17.25*) Diamana S+ 80X
    4 - 718 Titleist AP3 Project X 6.0
    4-P 718 Titleist AP2 Project X 6.0
    White Satin Mizuno MP T7 51-08 Modus 3 105X
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 55-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 59-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
    Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback 1
  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My gamer weighs 369 grams @ 45". My wife's Cobra I assembled is 320 grams @ 44.25".

    Cleveland Launcher 460 Titanium 10.5* driver

    Cobra MAX 16.5* 3 wood

    Cobra Bio Cell 19* hybrid

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    OLD Northwestern heel shaft putter
  • Teed426Teed426 Forum Member Pennsylvania Members Posts: 25 ✭✭
    edited Aug 3, 2019 1:56am #24

    Just checked my SW after tinkering with a hand me down, Beat to crap, RBZ head. I put the Aldila RIP alpha 70 x-stiff in it, and decided to play it long to see if I could add distance without losing too much control...That experiment failed and I can’t keep it on the planet (probably due to lack of play, but at any rate, a club length I probably had no business playing).
    In its original configuration, (46.75 overall length maybe?) it tipped the scale around E4-E5. I took it down to 44.5 and taped it to **** to get it back in the D5 range...feels much better, and can actually feel the head better than when it was in the mid E’s...can’t wait to play a round with it.

  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders ClubWRX Posts: 1,739 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have two drivers finally after trying just about everything. First of all for me, total weight of driver has to be a least 330g. My go to, straight driver is 343g and is 46” with midsize grip, swing weight d6. My long driver but more erratic is 45.75 and is 331 grams with midsize grip. I am 67 with 90 mph, light drivers go nowhere and can’t feel anything.

    Heavy drivers rule.

    2019bag Big Bertha Fusion 10.5 Fuji evo 661 Stiff, Mizuno st190 5 atmos red 6 regular,  Epic flash 7 Fujikura xlr8 Regular, Rogue 11 fairway wood with Wishon s2s 85 gram black regular, Epic Flash Hybrid 6,  Mizuno 919 fli hi 6/7 kbs tour 90 regular, 8/9, PW Cobra F-max one length smacwrap 780 regular, Pw/Gw Mizuno  919 forged gold dynamic 95 regular, Mizuno s18 56 wedge gold dynamic regular, Toulon Austin, Ball Bridgestone b rx
  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Admiration is the state furthest from understanding. Members Posts: 20,089 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Heavy is the way...

    Titleist 915D3 9.5
    Titleist 917Fd @ 14.25
    Mizuno Clk 19, 22
    Titleist 716mb 4-Pw
    Vokey SM7 52, 58
    Bettinardi Studio Stock 8
    Titleist ProV1

  • drbonesvtdrbonesvt ClubWRX Posts: 8,190 ClubWRX

    Sledge hammers are bad @$$

    M5 9* MRC PRO-W 70TX 
    M5 15* MRC PRO-O 80TX 
    Titleist 2i 19.5* T-MB AD DI 105x (Tipped 2.5”)  Sans 2i R15 5w Fit on Pro 95XX (tipped 2.5”)
    Titleist MB 716 3-PW (48* PW) Tour Issue X100s (HSx1)
    54* Wedge Works V grind & 60* Wedge Works M grind - Tour Issue S400
    Bettinardi BB8 Trisole or Toulon San Diego
    Zcords ,all woods & 2i hot melted, Ping Hoofer 
  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members Posts: 2,337 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I've played my driver around D8 for about 8 years now. I have tinkered a little going a touch lighter but this is normally the range.

    Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX || Titleist 915D3 8.5* Diamana Kai'li 80x
    Callaway XHot 3Deep Pro 14.5* Fujikura Motore VC 8.3 Tour Spec X || Nike SQ2 13* Diamana Blueboard 83x
    Nike Tour Issue SQ2 17* Diamana Blueboard 103x || SQ2 15* Diamana Blueboard 93x
    PING Anser 20* Aldila Rogue Black 110MSI 105h Tour-X || Taylormade V-Steel 21* Project X Rifle Satin 6.5
    Mizuno MP-H4 3i 21* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-H4 4i 24* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-59 4i-PW 24*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Mild Raw 8620 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey  SM6 58* Oil Can Low Bounce K-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx1
    Vokey Special 62* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx2
    Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bullseye shaft

    WITB Thread
  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,548 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Right now, I'm playing a driver at D5 with steel shaft. Haven't measured total weight, but I expect it's up there a bit...

    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver: Adams Fast 12 LS 9.5* set to 10.5*, Xcaliber T6+, TS, 44.25", D6
    3w: Cobra King LTD, set to 15.5*, Motore F1 85 X, 42.5", D5
    3h:  TM Stage 2 Tour, DGS400, set std (18.5*)
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Mizuno Pro 52*, DGS300
    SW:  Scratch 8620 58*, DGS400
    Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 35"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Urethane/Professional, or 50 Elite, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV, Snell MTB Black... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    I've proven once again that anything over 44.5" or even 44.25" is a horrible fit for my tee game
  • gsrjcgsrjc TOC Members Posts: 1,518 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Callaway Epic SZ 9 degree 75 gram Devotion 7 with D6 swing weight at 45.25”

  • ode1ode1 Members Posts: 2,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Right now ~ 208g head weight, 85g shaft (before trimming), and 78g grip with quite a bit of build up to reduce the taper. Total weight right around 376g @ 44.5" playing length. This is down quite a bit for me after experimenting with a super OS grip (jumbomax mid), heavier head (~216g) @ 43.75"( bad boy was a sledgehammer).

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