Was this driver shaft cut and adjusted correctly?
Got a question that I might get many different answers for, but I'm putting my driving game under a microscope with trying to figure out how much of the problem is the user and how much the equipment. Don't laugh too much about the equipment I'm asking about because the driver would be considered a fossil today.
So I purchased a Taylormade R11 TP in 2012 from my buddy after he used it for a season. It was shafted with a Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 60gram X-Flex. Back then I swung hard with an abrupt transition and driver was always the most inconsistent and inaccurate club in my bag. So I probably shouldn't have been playing it. But the price was right. After shortly purchasing it, I said I wanted to cut an inch of the shaft in hopes of improving my accuracy. My buddy has worked in the clubmaking industry and has been certified by numerous OEMs. He cut it down for me and said, with shortening it, we need to change the heel weight to 10g and the toe side would be 1gram. I trusted him.
About three years ago, I underwent golf lessons, smoothed out my tempo and realized that the Ahina would probably not be a good fit with a changed swing. I purchased a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 70 gram x5ct S-Flex because in the past my driver flight has been low. So I was looking to maximize trajectory and improve accuracy with a heavier shaft. I cut it to the same length as the Ahina so no adjustment to the head, I thought, was necessary.
Since then, it is still my weakest club. Through this league season, I might have had 6 weeks where I was happy with it, but coincidentally, it was after I was starting to search for a new shaft and throw the Kai'li on the trash pile.
I'd love to get fitted (haven't been in 10 years) and purchase a new driver, but I am a golfing dad of one-year-twin girls. So yeah, I'm a golfer on a tight budget. Could someone tell me if the adjustments made to shaft and head weight to this club have been correct and what the change in head weights does? For swing background, I was hitting a consistent draw with my irons this season while the good swings with the driver were a small fade. Sadly, the miss tended to be a push cut shot because of the draw swing I would have with my irons.
Full disclosure: I am 15-handicap who started shooting in the mid-to-low 80s this season despite using the driver maybe three times per 18 on my home course (the track yardage isn't long enough where I need to be hitting driver a lot). I know it's my driver that is keeping me from breaking 80 and reaching other goals because I can never play aggressive on short holes if I want to.
Thanks to all who chime in.
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