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  1. How the player reacts to the feel (both stiffness and particularly shaft weight and swing weight) has the potential to play a much bigger role in the actual launch/spin than the designed or published stiffness profile. That's part of the subjective nature of shaft/club fitting. And if someone sensitive to the feel of the shaft fits into a certain type of profile, they tend to do best sticking with similar profiles. Of course, there is more to feel than the published launch characteristics - which tend to focus more on the tip stiffness than the butt/mid stiffness. So it's only
  2. Aggressive transitions load the shaft more (and faster) than smoother transitions so in general stiffer shafts tend to feel better for the aggressive players. But there is no ideal amount of loading nor is there any one concept of what a good feel is for the player - it's all really very subjective. You can have aggressive players that want/need to feel more loading or smooth transition players that want to feel less. That makes it a very rough generalization at best. There will always be plenty of exceptions so you should never treat that (or any other shaft marketing 'advice') as anyt
  3. If the low launch, stiffer profile of the i-series steelfibers are a good fit for you, I doubt you'll find anything better. Most of the PGA tour pros who were playing the steelfibers went back to steel shafts. The one pga tour player I'm aware of that is playing the MMT's is Abraham Ancer - so I'd hardly call that any kind of trend (not that I'd ever advise an am to play anything just because a tour player is using it). It's a more of a low-mid to mid launch profile so isn't really an apples to apples comparison with the steelfibers anyway. More comparable to the Recoils. Of course the
  4. head weight does effect the stiffness feel of the shaft but 9 gm change amounts to at most a 1/2" of tipping to compensate, not even close to a full flex. And that's only if you're sensitive enough to feel the difference (many would not be). If your experimentation hasn't resulted in any noticeable change in stiffness feel from the shaft, then no need to change anything.
  5. It's possible and there is an easy way to test to find out if it's the shaft weight or swing weight (as opposed to the significantly softer shaft stiffness of the modus). Get some lead tape (high density would be easier) and go to the range. Take one of the mid irons (7i or 8i is my preference but it doesn't really matter which one). Do these two different tests. 1) add 10-15 gm of lead tape to the shaft. Wrap it around about 4-5" below the bottom of the grip. Test. Add another 10 gm to the same place and repeat the test. Look for signs of improvement in the
  6. If the lighter weight steel options didn't work out, I'd suggest just staying with the heavier shafts. I kept the heavier steel DG's in my wedges for almost 10 years after switching to 95 gm graphite shafts in my irons (due to arthritis). Another possibility to help gain back some of the feel on those touch shots with the lighter shafts in the wedges is to increase the swing weight. So play around with some lead tape on the heads.
  7. TM weights that are designed to be movable use the same wrench as the shaft /. hosel adjustment screw. TM weight that are not designed to be moved by the player typically use a Torx t-25 security bit.
  8. Actually, the 45" driver has only been around for about 20 years. However, that's a much better way to look at it than the following post you made. It's not about whether one has to make compensations or not, I personally don't even think compensation is a good word for it since it tends to imply adjusting for something that's less than ideal. it's really all about whether the amount of bend at the waist/hips is too much to allow the player to maintain his mechanics through the swing with reasonable effort. So at the shorter end of the set, it can be as much about
  9. Exotic materials are all about better strength to weight ratios. Feel comes from what the designers do with the material. Better strength to weight ratios allow more flexibility for the designers to tweak the stiffness profile but the feel still comes from the end result for the stiffness profile. The low launch and spin comes entirely from the longitudinal stiffness. It's not a hard and fast rule but the tip is the weakest part of the shaft so increases in longitudinal stiffness will generally also increase the torsional stiffness somewhat. So the pattern is fairly
  10. Somewhat. The theory is clear but the effect on the subjective aspects of feel can be a bit cloudy - largely because it's very difficult to isolate it from other changes in the shaft - weight and the longitudinal stiffness. UST is the only one I know of to do a study looking at various torques in the context of other aspects of the shaft being the same. That was with the VTS line of shafts - same weight and general longitudinal stiffness profile but 3 different torque values (red, silver, and black). If memory serves they did find that torque did matter to feel and that when the player w
  11. Just get some lead tape. Head weight should always be adjusted by feel on the range after any shaft change, never by value alone.
  12. For a softer profile shaft (closer to the RCH), use the NVS. The new version is here although you could likely still find an original round someplace if authenticity is important (not that most people now a day would notice the difference). https://www.golfworks.com/aldila-nxt-gen-nvs-5565-graphite-wood-shaft/p/al0079/ Probably going to want to drop down a flex for a bore though installation. Edit: P.S. pretty sure the vs-proto was a later release - around 2000.
  13. Grip weight changes don't really matter. The downside to increasing swing weight by using length (instead of just adding more weight to the head) is that it can potentially be harder to control. Unfortunately, being taller doesn't make it any easier for you than for a shorter player, it all comes down to athletic ability not size. So as I mentioned earlier, just keep an eye out on the face impact consistency and consistency of the results with the longer length.
  14. Because it already started out so long, that length change of the driver will have minimal effect on the actual swing plane. But who knows what it will do to your thought process so never hurts to try. The mind plays a big part in the swing so sometimes just believing it will help can add some benefit. Get some foot powder spray and keep an eye on the face impact consistency and location. Just realize that by adding that much length and not doing anything to reduce the head weight it will also increase the swing weight significantly. As I mentioned before, if you haven't been fit for
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