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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?

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Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx 
Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
Mizuno MP-54 (4,5) MP-20 (6-PW) - Nippon Modus 125 s
Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - Nippon Modus 125 wedge
Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball 

Lefty, Lead tape enthusiast
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  • mogc60mogc60 Members  1018WRX Points: 492Posts: 1,018 Platinum Tees
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    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.

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    CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH SZ 9 EV BLACK 75 6.5 44 1/4”
    CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH SZ 15 MATRIX HD9 STRONG 41.5”
    WILSON FG5 TOUR 17* RIP PHENOM 100 S
    SRIXON Z FORGED 3-PW CATALYST 100 6.5
    CLEVELAND RTX4 50* CATALYST 100 6.0
    CLEVELAND RTX4 54* CATALYST 100 6.0
    CLEVELAND RTX4 58* MODUS 120X
    SEEMORE mFGP20 PLATINUM 38”
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  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members  4370WRX Points: 386Posts: 4,370 Titanium Tees
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    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".

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  • KevCannonKevCannon ClubWRX  449WRX Points: 189Handicap: 1.8Posts: 449 ClubWRX
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    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.

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    Callaway Epic flash sub zero 9 degree w/ Fujikura Ventus Blue 6x
    Callaway Epic flash sub zero 15 degree  w/ Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Blue 70tx
    Callaway Apex hybrid 18 degree  w/ GD tour AD IZ 85x
    Callaway X Forged 4 - PW  w/ Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM7 50-F, 54-S, Callaway MD4 58-X  w/ Project X 6.0
    Toulon San Diego putter
    Srixon Z Star XV ball
  • ian-500ian-500 Members  1086WRX Points: 291Handicap: 12Posts: 1,086 Platinum Tees
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    I recently checked the swing weight of my driver.....E2!!!!

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    DR: Callaway Rogue SZ 9° + Diamana W60x.
    FW: in the making.
    HY: Callaway Apex19 4h 23° + Tour AD IZ 95x.
    Irons: Taylormade R9 Forged 5i-PW + Quadra 100i Pro x.
    Wedges: iCleveland RTX3 52/58
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX  2088WRX Points: 307Handicap: 17Posts: 2,088 ClubWRX
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    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.

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    Callaway OS 5 & 6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-PW
    Ping Glide 50* AW
    SM7 56 F & 58* D
    Toulon Columbus
    Truvis/B RX
    Garmin S20
    Clubs this week

  • golfinguru11golfinguru11 Nor CalMembers  333WRX Points: 227Handicap: 1.8Posts: 333 Greens
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    On -, @ian-500 said:

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

    This is what I like to hear

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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx 
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
    Mizuno MP-54 (4,5) MP-20 (6-PW) - Nippon Modus 125 s
    Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - Nippon Modus 125 wedge
    Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball 

    Lefty, Lead tape enthusiast
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  • Jwoz09Jwoz09 Members  262WRX Points: 89Posts: 262 Greens
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    Playing 44.25 driver @ d5

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

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    On -, @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.

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    Cobra SZ 9* : Tour AD TP 7-S
    Cobra F9 Tour 4W : Tour AD TP 8-S
    Cobra 3U set at 18* : Nippon Modus3 120-S
    Srixon Z785 4-PW : Nippon Modus3 120-S
    Cleveland RTX3 50, 54, 58 : Nippon 115-S Wedge
    Piretti Potenza 370g : Breakthrough Technology Stability Shaft - 34"

  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Members  726WRX Points: 225Handicap: 3Posts: 726 Golden Tee
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    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.

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    Titleist TS3 8.5 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX
    Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5
    Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90 X
    Titleist T200 4-5, T100 6-PW - Project X 6.5
    Titleist Vokey SM8 50.12 F, 54.14F, 58.10 S - PX 6.5
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  • From_Parts_UnknownFrom_Parts_Unknown Members  1945WRX Points: 307Posts: 1,945 Platinum Tees
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    I use a yellow Momentus driver all the time to loosen up. It's definitely the heaviest driver I've swung.

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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers  13923WRX Points: 2,743Handicap: 0.9 >< 3.8Posts: 13,923 Titanium Tees
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    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

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    Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard Ion 73x
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* Kuro Kage 80s
    Callaway Apex 5h 26* Kuro Kage 90s
    Callaway Apex UT 30* AD DI 105x
    Mizuno 919t 6-PW UST Recoil 110s
    Vokey SM2 50-54tvd-59tvd-64 s400
    Titleist Scotty X7M

  • LowDimeLowDime Members  191WRX Points: 96Handicap: 13Posts: 191 Fairways
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    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.

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  • jah7838jah7838 Members  1321WRX Points: 228Posts: 1,321 Platinum Tees
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    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.

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    WITB
    Driver: 9.5* M3 Aldila Tour Green 65s or Evenflow White t1100 65s 
    Fairway: Cobra F9 Tour 3 wood set to 15* with Aldila 2kxv Blue 7s or Cobra F6 Baffler set to 16.5* with Proforce V2 7f4
    Hybrids: 19* Adams XTD Super Hybrid VTS 100s or 20* Adams Super Pro with AD DI 95s , 23* Adams Super 9031 S300 (swap with 4 iron on occasion, but the hybrid is usually in the bag)
    Irons: 4 (DG Pro s300), 5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro DGTI S400
    Wedges: 48* bent to 49* Hogan TK wedge, RTX 4 52* bent to 53* Mid, and New Level Golf 58*. All wedges have DGTI S400
    Putter: Toulon Las Vegas or Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish
  • MitchellMitchell Members  5695WRX Points: 542Posts: 5,695 Titanium Tees
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    44.5", R510TP w/ Fuji 661 TS @ d5, play heavy swingweights throughout set and keeps tempo/timing more consistent.

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    Titleist 910d3 9.5* (d4 surefit) Motore Speeder 7.2s
    Titleist 915f 16.5* (c2 surefit) Motore Speeder ts 8.2s
    Titleist 818h1 19* (a2 surefit) Motore Speeder ts  hb 8.8s
    Titleist 962b 3-pw s300
    Vokey sm8 raw S 54* s300
    Vokey sm8 raw M 60* s300
    Ping Zing2 BeCu 
  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Members  726WRX Points: 225Handicap: 3Posts: 726 Golden Tee
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    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.

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    Titleist TS3 8.5 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX
    Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5
    Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90 X
    Titleist T200 4-5, T100 6-PW - Project X 6.5
    Titleist Vokey SM8 50.12 F, 54.14F, 58.10 S - PX 6.5
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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3190WRX Points: 819Handicap: 6Posts: 3,190 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • searoksearok Members  81WRX Points: 76Posts: 81 Fairways
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    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.

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  • juggernaut0629juggernaut0629 Members  1067WRX Points: 116Posts: 1,067 Platinum Tees
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    D8.5 in driver. Keeps smooth & in sync. 44.5-45.25" playing length whichever I like the time, but always D8.5.

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    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  2311WRX Points: 347Handicap: 14Posts: 2,311 Platinum Tees
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    Driver experiment success today
    43” driver build at D6

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    Lead Tape lovingly applied - Driver through GW
    TEE XCG7 Beta +1* to 11.5* - Testing at 43" w/ Matrix 7M3 stiff/Driver stand-in Wishon 919THI 13* Matrix 7M3 at 42.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 4W 16.5* - Matrix 8M2 /5W 18* - Matrix 8M2 stiff tipped 2" at 41.75"
    OR 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"
    Wishon 560MC's 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length KBS Tour 105 Stiff
    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
    OR Bastain Milled BM-007 Prototype 371g at 33"
  • mwink822mwink822 Members  2699WRX Points: 157Posts: 2,699 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    Titleist TS4 8.5* Diamana D+ LTD 70 X
    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
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  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members  1214WRX Points: 239Posts: 1,214 Platinum Tees
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    My gamer weighs 369 grams @ 45". My wife's Cobra I assembled is 320 grams @ 44.25".

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    Cleveland Launcher 330 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

    Ray Cook putter
  • Teed426Teed426 Forum Member Pennsylvania Members  29WRX Points: 33Handicap: 19 Posts: 29 Bunkers
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    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.

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  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders ClubWRX  1769WRX Points: 166Posts: 1,769 Platinum Tees
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    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.

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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 MaineMembers  20366WRX Points: 937Posts: 20,366 Titanium Tees
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    Heavy is the way...

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  • drbonesvtdrbonesvt ClubWRX  8366WRX Points: 332Handicap: WIPPosts: 8,366 ClubWRX
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    Sledge hammers are bad ****$

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    SIM 8* Kuro Kage XD 70TX tipped 1.25" 
    SIM 15* ADDI 90x tipped 2"
    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 620 3-PW (48* PW) Tour Issue X100s (HSx1) -1* Weak loft Titlest 620MB specs
    54* Wedge Works V grind & 60* Wedge Works M grind - Tour Issue S400 (64* Lie angle) 
    Piretti Potenza Sight Dot 365g |Bettinardi BB8 Trisole bare 348g | or Toulon San Diego Sight Line  - 68* Lie angle 2* of loft 
    All woods & 2i hot melted, tour issue zcord .580 Ping Hoofer 
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  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members  3716WRX Points: 1,733Handicap: 1.7Posts: 3,716 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70XX || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Titleist 915FD 15* Kuro Kage 80XTS || Taylormade RSI UDI 16* Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 9.8 Tour-Spec X
    Titleist 915FD 18* Kuro Kage 90XTS || Titleist 818H1 18.25* Diamana Kai'li s103x Prototype 
    Callaway X-Forged UT 20* Kuro Kage XT 100TX Hybrid
    Callaway X-Forged UT 23* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 DPC 5i-7i 27*- 35* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 CB 8i-PW 39*- 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 Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Special 61* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Scotty Cameron Newport Tour Red Dot

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  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Minnesota, USAMembers  7353WRX Points: 1,415Handicap: 7Posts: 7,353 Titanium Tees
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    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...

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    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila ProtoPype 80x, 43.5"
    3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 42"
    3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
    SW:  Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300
    Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Professional, or 50 Elite... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    Sometimes carry 1-SW Golden Ram Tour Grinds w/Dynamic S or 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5
    Also sometimes swap in old school woods at top of bag, various Golden Ram, MacGregor, or Orlimar persimmons
  • gsrjcgsrjc TOC Members  1902WRX Points: 609Posts: 1,902 Platinum Tees
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    Callaway Epic SZ 9 degree 75 gram Devotion 7 with D6 swing weight at 45.25”

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  • ode1ode1 Members  3142WRX Points: 258Posts: 3,142 Titanium Tees
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    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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