Senior Extra Long Drivers

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platgofplatgof platgof 1883WRX Points: 250Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,883
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I remember years ago a lot of seniors were playing really long drivers, some up to the max of 48". I think some of you remember the Bumble Bee. I cut a Ping Max down, and what a mistake that was. I have since kicked it back up, and added 3/4" length to 46 1/4" and added additional weight to the aft weight port. I find longer drivers for me, tend to draw more easily, and with today's light weight material, it is easier than ever to go long. If you are playing an extra long driver, I would be interested in what you are using!

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Ping GMax 10.5
Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
ERC
Garmin S20

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  • raggal62raggal62  599WRX Points: 120Handicap: 4Members Posts: 599
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    I remember trying one of the Black Rock Killer Bee drivers back then. I recall how small that (300cc) head looked on that extended shaft. I couldn't hit it well but the concept intrigued me. Been chasing the holy grail since and would also be interested in what others use.

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  • WristySwingWristySwing  399WRX Points: 217Members Posts: 399
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    A short list of longer and lighter drivers:

    Cobra Long Tom, XXIO Prime, Callaway Legacy, Taylormade Aeroburner/Superfast/Superfast 2.0, Cleveland Launcher 270/Launcher 2018/Launcher HB.

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    Driver -- empty -- PXG 0341 13.5* - HZRDUS T1100 75 -- Rogue SZ 18* - Diamana Thump 85 -- Titleist 917F2 21* - Diamana Thump 85 -- New Level 1031 5-PW - Accra 110i -- Mizuno T20 Raw 50*, 54* - Accra 123i -- Taylormade HiToe 58* ATV - Accra 123i -- Bettinardi or Scotty -- Always Lamkin grips

  • 596596 Lakeland, FL 3734WRX Points: 249Members Posts: 3,734
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    I played a 48" driver for a awhile. Until I cracked the face. I've been playing the Ping G400 Max. It would be interesting to lengthen the shaft and see what happens. I don't miss the center too often so the extra length may help to increase distance. Shortening the shaft is not always the way to go. Everyone is different.

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  • CrookedRiverGarCrookedRiverGar  6WRX Points: 13Members Posts: 6
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    I've played a Cleveland Classic 270 at 12* and it was the longest driver I've hit. A bit inconsistent but very long when hit on the screws. It measured out at 46". I've also tried an ultralite head (I think it was 170 grams) at 48" long and it also was very long but could get wild if not timed right.

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  • DavidvDavidv  920WRX Points: 178Members Posts: 920
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    I played the Cobra Long Tom when you were able to hit it square it went a long way. I find today a 46 inch shaft to be considered long. I have played the Cleveland CG Black, and the Ping G410 with 46 inch shafts. Again when hit square all is good, but just last week I played a Mizuno ST190 with a 45 inch shaft. Wow what a difference almost 100% of the time drives right in the sweet spot of the face and distance along with it. I think for me at least 45.50 inch driver shafts will be the max length and provide the best results.

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  • ptjn1201ptjn1201  1210WRX Points: 108Members Posts: 1,210
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    I started experimenting with a long driver again the last couple of months of the season. Found an Aldila Longwood in an old Cobra driver, pulled it, and stuck it in an 10.5 Adams 9015D that's playing just shy of 48". So far, it's helped. I've paired it with a 14 degree KZG SP700J at 43" as a thriver. My regular course only has two par 5s, and one isn't reachable. But for the shorter par 5 and 4 or 5 of the longer par 4s, it's given me another 10-15 yards over a standard driver. It's also helped my tempo on other shots, but that might just be the honeymoon period. I had tried the long and light and I had no feel for the clubhead. I'd catch one that would be a rocket, but far too many were low duck hooks and tops and wild slices. But with a standard weight head and a not terribly light shaft, I've been more accurate with it than with standard drivers, which I've been playing at 44.5". I'll see if it continues into the Spring, but it has potential.

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    Yamaha Inpres D201 11*, Hiskei Wave stiff
    Yamaha Inpres X D Power Spoon 15*
    Tour Edge Exotics XCG-7 19* 3H
    Bridgestone Access VP-02, 6-AW
    Inazone EZ-PZ CNC wedge 52* & 60*
    Mizuno Pro GT-201 Mallet
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  • raggal62raggal62  599WRX Points: 120Handicap: 4Members Posts: 599
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    I carry 2 drivers also. My 14 degree KZG Gemini is my fairway finder and my extended length 12 degree KZG Gemini is my bomber.

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  • ptjn1201ptjn1201  1210WRX Points: 108Members Posts: 1,210
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    I had never tried anything KZG. Finally picked up an RBT strong 3W and the SP-700J driver and they were great. Got my brother-in-law a Gemini 3W for Christmas. I've been missing out 😁

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    Yamaha Inpres D201 11*, Hiskei Wave stiff
    Yamaha Inpres X D Power Spoon 15*
    Tour Edge Exotics XCG-7 19* 3H
    Bridgestone Access VP-02, 6-AW
    Inazone EZ-PZ CNC wedge 52* & 60*
    Mizuno Pro GT-201 Mallet
  • Ri_RedneckRi_Redneck Leather for Life!!  5682WRX Points: 310Handicap: 8Members Posts: 5,682
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    I tried the long driver thing and couldn't seem to get the balance of the club to where it would give me any more CHS. Strangely, I can generate just as much CHS at 44.5" that I could at 48, PLUS hit the ball more squarely. It works for some and doesn't for others. Never hurts to try though.

    BT

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    Bag 1
    F7 9.5* - Aldila Copperhead 70TX @ 44.5
    King LTD Blk 14.5* - Aldila RIP Beta 80 S @ 43
    King LTD Blk 19* - Aldila RIP Beta 80 S @ 41.5
    Mizuno MP15 4-pw - Aldila RIP Tour 115 R
    Mizuno MP-T5 Black 52, 56 & 60 - TT Wedge

    Bag 2
    Mizuno ST180 9.5* - Diamana Kai'Li 70 X
    Mizuno GPX850 14.5* - Motore Speeder TS 7.3 S
    Mizuno GPX850 20* - Motore Speeder TS 8.3
    Mizuno MP25 4-pw - Recoil Proto 125 F4
    Mizuno MP-T5 Satin 52, 56, & 60 TT Wedge
  • Sean2Sean2  31366WRX Points: 566Members Posts: 31,366
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    I have been tempted to try it. When I had may fitting, I asked about going with a shorter driver and the fitter told me at my height, a 45.5 inch driver was like a 43.5 inch driver for most people. So I figure I have an extra couple of inches to play with. :-)

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  • C6 SnowboarderC6 Snowboarder  26WRX Points: 28Handicap: 6.6Members Posts: 26
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    I have been experimenting and playing long drivers for about 4-5 years -- 48", have five K15 Drivers with various shafts. Also have a TM M6 D Type with a couple of long shafts. I am senior at 73 and a bit over 6'3" and they fit and feel great. I have also helped a few of my playing friends make the conversion -- they also love the longer shaft once they got used to it. Shafts I currently have in the quiver and lengthened are Ping 419, ProLaunch SupoerCharged Red, ProLaunch Platinum, Tensei Orange , - others are resting on the shelf.

    BTW - I dont use off the shelf shaft extensions... I make my own out of an old graphite shaft - make a short spud for the internal fit - then use a large diameter piece over that spud to match the diameter of the Good shaft. so when you are done epoxying them together and sand the joint -- one can not tell it was lengthened.

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