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Bringing up an old thread with an update. Installed the ATX 85TX, have it at 43 5/8" without grip. I'm going to leave the current weights in the head (M1). Going to see if having a lighter, shorter driver will increase my distance while still maintaining some level of control. As a side note, chopped down my three wood (M2DF) to now play at 42.25", still have DGSL X100 tipped 2.5" installed.

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Epic Flash SubZero 9* w/ DI-7X
M5 T.I. 14* w/ DI-9TX
18* Gapr Mid w/ Modus 110gm X Proto  *or*
21*  '18 Apex UT w/DG X100
4-PW Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro w/ Modus 130X
52* Cobra MIM/ Modus 130X
58* TM Hi Toe w/ KBS Hi Rev 2.0 X
64* TM Hi Toe w/ KBS Hi Rev 2.0 X
Tru 2 Vinco 33" w/BGT Stability Shaft/Gravity Grip

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Bringing up an old thread with an update. Installed the ATX 85TX, have it at 43 5/8" without grip. I'm going to leave the current weights in the head (M1). Going to see if having a lighter, shorter d

> @Clifford said: > > @Sparky14 said: > > Not me. Even at 5'7", I cannot hit a driver under 45". Well, I can, but it is low and left all day. For some reason, at 44" I'll have a launc

Cobra F9 @ 44 1/4".

I may be testing a TM R15 14* at 42 1/2" as a 3 wood replacement. Should be fun........

 

DR: Taylormade M5 7.5* + Diamana R50x @ 46 3/4".

FW: perhaps a mini d or a 14 FW?!?

FW: Taylormade R9 Ti 18* + Diamana R80s @ 42".
HY: Taylormade Aeroburner TP 22* + White Tie HX4.
Irons: Taylormade R9 Forged 5i-PW + Quadra 100i Pro x.
Wedges: Cleveland RTX3 52*/58* + Modus 130.
Putter: SeeMore SB1 + Accra FX300.

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I bought a Hzrdus red from Ebay for my F8+ and didn’t check the length - was really hacked off when it arrived at least 1” short if not a bit more...was going to send it back and get “right stroppy” but thought I would give it a try. 6 months later it is still in the bag, my driving has improved no end in terms of dispersion and strike with no negative impact on my distance. I’m a convert!!!!

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I play my Epic sz at 44.5" with HZRDUS 6.0 Yellow 76g shaft.

Taylormade SIM2 Max 10.5° - Fuji Speeder 569 IV

Taylormade SIM2 Max 3W - Fuji Speeder 661 IV

Mizuno JPX 900 5W - Fuji Speeder 661 II

Mizuno MP20 SEL (4-PW) - DG120 S300

Mizuno S18 52°/9°

Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind 

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2

 

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I'm in the sub-44 club now... recently went from 44.25" down to 43.5" and really like it so far. I've never been good at getting a positive AoA on my driver so now I can swing it more like a 3W and get a trajectory (kinda trap draw-ish) that I can work with.

"Of all the hazards, fear is the worst" - Sam Snead
WITB: Cobra Fly-Z 9.5 ~ Ping Anser 4w ~ Ping G30 3h ~ Cobra King Forged One 4-P ~ Cobra King 50-V, 56-WL, 60-V ~ Cleveland HB 11

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> @Clifford said:

> > @Sparky14 said:

> > Not me. Even at 5'7", I cannot hit a driver under 45". Well, I can, but it is low and left all day. For some reason, at 44" I'll have a launch 3* lower than the same driver at 45.5". I just get a much more consistent swing at 45.5".

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> I am the same way. Why would this be. Low and left

>

 

_My guess_ - Because you either aren't adding weight back to the head OR not adding _nearly_ enough weight.

 

People don't realize how much weight you really have to add back to make a club playable at 44". It's usually more than you can add with aftermarket weights alone. If you're playing 44" and your headweight isn't at least 205g+ it's likely going to come in at a SW way too low, even with a tip-heavy 80g+ shaft.

 

Solution is go to the range and slowly add lead tape to the back to the head until the lefts disappear and boom, you have your ideal driver headweight for the shortened shaft.

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Usually play between 43-1/2 or 44. Current driver is 44.

Driver: Titleist Tsi3 w/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow TX 6.0 
3 Wood: Cobra King Speedzone/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70

5 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Subzero/Aldila Rogue White 70
Long Irons (4-6): Wilson D7 Forged/DG120TI
Short Irons (7-P): Wilson Staff Model Blade/DG120TI

Wedges (50/54/58): Callaway Jaws MD5 w/TI S200
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Titleist Left Dash

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Just tested an extra shaft I had laying around at 43.5" (HZRDUS Smoke)......well I'm shocked. Once you get the head weight correct, this just goes straight and plenty long. Technically, I might lose a little clubhead speed from my previous 45" but adding mass to the head may help ball speed jump? Just a thought. Either way it's middled each time and goes straight. Can't believe I've been playing this long and just realizing this.

Couple other notes....the lie angle on my driver (TM M5) is much better at the shorter length. It's 56* and at 45" the toe is way up. Now it's flat and has a better look. I'm considering moving the weights forward to kill my spin and hit ridiculously high bombs since I'm hitting center a lot. I'm scared to shorten my gamer (130 Rogue White) from 45" to 43.5" so might go somewhere in between after testing the shorter driver a bit longer.

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