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  1. Changes in length on the butt have very little effect on the shaft's performance. But that's assuming the head weight goes unchanged. If you reduce the head weight (to adjust the swing weight for the longer playing length then the shaft will play stiffer - but how much depends on how much weight you remove from the head.
  2. There is no rule. It's completely subjective and all about how you interpret the change in feel as a change in comfort and how secure the grip feels. That applies to both size and how soft/firm the grip might feel. How secure or comfortable the grip feels can change the grip pressure - which in turn can effect the swing.
  3. I did for about 10 years after original switch to graphite shafts in my irons (95-100gm shafts). Although it more about being lazy (not wanting to reshaft the wedges) than about a particular preference. But the heavier weight in the wedges compared to my irons wasn't a problem so there was no real incentive to reshaft them either. When I finally did break down and reshaft the wedges with graphite (110 gm), I did like the feel a bit better but can't say it really had any noticeable impact on the performance.
  4. Sorry, just have to nit-pick here. "Forgiveness" is all about how the ball flight changes with the face impact location. How does the ball flight for mishits compare to the ball flight on good, center face hits Help getting the ball up in the air is a game improvement characteristics, not forgiveness. It helps the players (who need that kind of help) for all strikes, not just on mis-hits.
  5. There is a subtle difference. The further back the c.g. the less the gear effect and it's not because the rate of rotation changes. Again, c.g. location does factor into the amount of gear effect but it does not effect the rate of rotation of the head. I never said higher MOI meant more gear effect. I only said: "the MOI becomes a significantly more dominant factor in how much gear effect will be generated. " Basically in the case of comparing gear effect for different drivers that only means, forget the c.g. location, you only need to pay attenti
  6. Rate of rotation (angular acceleration) is determined by the MOI of the head, not the forward and back nature of the c.g. location. But the c.g. location is what determines the radius for the gear in the gear effect So in theory a more forward c.g. would technically contribute to less gear effect because of the smaller gear radius (If the MOI was the same). That's why irons have little to no gear effect. But the reality is that the the difference in that c.g. location among the different drivers is very small compared to the distance to the face (~4mm). So the larger differ
  7. You can do it that way but I prefer to use the tip of the shaft to both stick them in and remove them from the hot water. I'm certainly not going to stick my fingers in there But no, the hot water wont do anything to hurt the shaft or effect anything as long as you make sure it's dry by the time you apply the epoxy to glue the head onto the shaft. And the almost boiling hot water usually dries pretty fast.
  8. Can't say for sure but I didn't get the service plan and haven't had any problems updating the software. Now, that's only with respect to the minor maintenance updates. Not sure I'd expect to be able to upgrade to a newer version (if one ever comes out) without some cost.
  9. I got the PC software as part of the purchase for my Xi Tour for no added cost or fees. But you're correct about the fact that it's not updated very often.
  10. All you need to do is use some heat to soften the ferrule up. Heat a cup of water in the microwave until it starts to boil then put the ferrule onto the tip but dont push it on yet. Stick it into the hot water for about 10 seconds then push it on all the way with the hosel. Should slide on very easily. If it's getting stuck when you try it cold, it will likely not need any epoxy.
  11. Yes the main point is to counter gear effect and that is what dictates the actual radius used in the design. And assuming a half way decent swing with a bit of a off-center hit, the bulge and roll will always help, not hurt. It's only if the player needs very certain compensations for other problems with delivery that the buldge and roll may hurt. e.g. there was a time where my biggest miss was an open faced, toe side miss. In that case, more gear effect was helping to compensate for the open face aspect of the miss. That was the time when the SLDR was my favorite driver. Low MOI me
  12. If you really need the longer length that's fine. But it's a horrible idea to use longer lengths as a way to manage swing weight or to change length when switching to graphite.
  13. I've found that in the case where the weight is loose enough to rattle, the masking tape actually does a pretty good job of preventing rattles. The biggest downside to using something more permanent like silicon or epoxy is it makes it almost impossible to remove it later if you pull the shaft and want to reuse it in a different set or head. Well that's the case with epoxy, never tried silicon but I suspect it will be similar. Different heads will generally need different amounts of tip weight so it's not a great idea to assume the weight can stay in.
  14. I'd be careful with that. A cut on the ball has the potential to do a lot more damage to the screen than a little dry erase marker ink.
  15. So not the smaller diameter weights. If you call them, let us know what they have to say.
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