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Been struggling last few years with the driver. Some days big slice. Some days big hook. Some days I stripe it. Seems like from 1 day to the next my driver is like box of chocolates...I never know what I'm gonna get?


Prior to this year I've generally played my driver at stock length. When fitted no one ever said "hey lets try a shorter driver shaft". Long story short, I cut my driver down to measure approx. 44.625 inches. Added weight back in so swing weight was D1.5. Only 1/2 point from the original D2. I figured close enough. What a difference! Been my my best year with driver in last several. Actually hitting it further & most importantly, straighter.


Anyone else cut down their driver from stock length this year?


What length driver do you all play?



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Driver: Cobra F9 @ 11.5 Degrees

5 Wood: Cobra F8 @ 18 Degrees

Hybrid: Cobra 3-4 OS @ 20.5 degrees

Hybrid: Cobra F9 @ 24 Degrees

Irons: Callaway Apex 19's 6-SW

Wedge: Callaway Sureout 2 @ 60 degrees

Putter: PXG Closer

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Been struggling last few years with the driver. Some days big slice. Some days big hook. Some days I stripe it. Seems like from 1 day to the next my driver is like box of chocolates...I never know wha

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I play it at 45.75 and bomb away. I hit a 5-7 yard draw and most holes that are straight/dogleg left I’m golden. If I come to a dogleg right that has trouble left, I’ll pull my P790 2 iron and hit it around 260 and play it in. Much better scoring this year doing that, than chasing a straighter ball. 

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I have been playing 44.75” for the past year.  

TaylorMade SIM 10.5*, HZRDUS Smoke Green 70g 6.5
TaylorMade SIM Max 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke Green 70g 6.5
TaylorMade SIM Max 3H 19*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 85X
Taylormade P770 4-PW, KBS Tour 120 S
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

TaylorMade Spider X
SM 4.5LS 14 Way

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I'm at 45 but I had a mini-driver as a second driver for a bit (43.75 inches). I got rid of that but am working on a 2-driver setup with my standard bomber at 45 inches but then a shorter driver at 43.50-44.00 inches using a G410 LST (adding extra weight) at 10.5 loft. This will be my high MOI, higher-lofted, higher-spinning fairway finder. This is still a work in progress; just one of my off-season projects.

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PING G410 / Ventus Blue 6x

PING G410 LST / Ventus Blue 7x

TITLEIST TS2 3W 7W / Ventus Blue 7x

MIZUNO MP20 Blades 5i-P / Modus 120 S

VOKEY SM8 50F 54D 58M / Modus 120 S

Putter TBD

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Been playing 43.5" for the last two or three years, and have dabbled with 43" as well.  I tried playing 44" and even 44.5" several times this year, didn't work so well, so back to 43.5" as a max.


Consistency is way up for me with the shorter clubs.  Which isn't saying much (LOL), I've long had directional issues with driver.  As for distance....


Had a fitting several years ago that showed me swinging a 43.25" steel shafted driver 2-3 mph faster than my 44-1/8" 90g graphite shafted Ti driver that was in the bag at the time.  Took a few years for it to sink in that I should make a serious effort in that direction, but I've been off and running with it the last few years.  Yeah.  No distance loss.


I lead tape the clubs to get them up to D5 or D6.


The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Matrix 8m3 X, 42"
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, NV105 S or DGS400

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft pending); 1-PW Golden Ram TW282 or Vibration Matched Golden Rams, RIP Tour 115 R (coin flipping for the reshaft project); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400; Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; Ram Watson Scoring System 55*, DGX 7i shaft; Ram TG-898, DGS400; Ram TG-898, NV105 S; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300; Ram 1982 Commemorative Nickel 58*, Dynamic S; Ram TW282, DGS; Ram TW276, DGS; Ram Troon Grind 58*, Dynamic S; Maltby Design 60* mid sole, DGS400; Maltby Design 60* mid sole, NV105 S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional or TaylorMade TP5

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I put a 88 gram hybrid high flight SX shaft in my old 9.5 Macgregor 380cc driver and set it at 44" (stock 45") and am hitting it a lot higher than I did before and it has become one of the easiest clubs in my bag to hit. I'm sure I must have lost distance but then probably not more than 15 yards after all this setup gives me a lot of confidence to make a good swing.


Macgregor M-38 9.5, Mondeo 5w, Heater F-35 4h, Acer XV Tour 6i-9i, G, S, Maltby LW, Bionik 105

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Started the year with a Ping G400 10* @ 43.5" and an 18g weight in the head with a KK Proto '13 in it.  Was working out really well until I cracked the head.  Biggest difference for me with that head was being able to pick up cheap OEM weights to tinker with various shafts.  Current Sim gamer is 45* and I quite like it, but I also don't have some head weights and a couple of tips to play around with.

SM 3.5 Bag:

G410 Plus 9* w/ Tensei Orange Pro 6X

TM Sim Ti 14* w/ Kai'Li 80X

Titleist TS3 19* w/ Evenflow EF T1100 6.0



Piretti Potenza II 365g 34"

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I've played tried 44-46 inch drivers in the past.  44 inch driver wasn't quite where I wanted to be distance wise.  46 inch driver was very long when hit solid, but when it was mishit, the dispersion would be awful.  45 inches seems to be the sweet spot for me.  It's a happy medium of distance and acceptable dispersion for me.

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TM Tour Issue Deep Face Ghost Proto 2 HB  w/Thump 105x

Vega VDC-01 4-PW w/Recoil Proto 125 F5

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58* Miura w/KBS Tour Black

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Fitting this week for a TSi2 came out with a 45” after seeing my most consistent miss being slightly toward the heel.  

The change brought the contact back toward the center.  

Minimal loss in CS, but imcreased ball speed got me a few more yards.  Accuracy wasn’t an issue before or after the change. 

:smilie_titty: TS1 9.0  Fubuki 45G Shaft
:smilie_ping: G410 5 & & FW Alta CB 65g
:smilie_ping: G410 4 hybrid Alta CB
:smilie_titty:T100S/T200 Jet Black Combo AMT Black R300 
Vokey SM 7 54/58

Vokey SM8 46*
TM Custom My Spider 35" 


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Just put my m2 back in the bag with a new 70g x stiff, 44.25" playing length, hit 11 of 14 fairways first round out, (one range sesh before) Never been so accurate, but also 20-30 yards shorter than normal. But it was cold and wet ect. Just need to open up the swing now with the improved accuracy. 


Not sure if its the shorter length, or the stiffer flex, likely both combined, but man the left miss is gone, strike location is more central, and it just goes straight to a slight fade. Was a nice feeling to aim up the left edge all day and watch it fade to the center. Warms the heart after major snap hook issues this year. 

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TM 2017 M2 9.5* 

Cobra Baffler 16*

Ping G30 22*

TM R-11 5-PW

Mizuno MP-T5 50* 54*

PM Grind 60* 

Ping My Day 

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I play mine at 44.5".   I also added the +8g weight to my TS3 and installed a Golfpride Tour 25 grip.  This brought the swing weight to D6.   I typically always prefer shorter and heavier.   


TS3    8.5° Driver   Project X Even Flow T1100 White 65g 6.5

TS2    15° 3 Wood   Project X HZRDUS Smoke 70g 6.5

U500   2 Iron  Project X HZRDUS Smoke HYB 90g 6.5

T100  4-9  True Temper AMT Tour White 

Vokey SM8   46.10F   50.12F  54.12D  60.14K

Scotty Cameron Special Select Del Mar

ProV1 / ProV1xAVX

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For the first time in my life I have my clubs specced out to where I feel comfortable over the ball. My irons are an inch over these days because I'm a tall guy (6' 4") and that's just where my stance/posture feels most natural. Driver is down to 44.5". I lost about 4-6 yards coming down from 45.5" but I the gains in accuracy have been well, well wroth it. Additionally, I feel much more comfortable really getting after one, so if anything I may have gained some at the very top end because I can swing hard and still find the center of the face.

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Mizuno MP Titanium 15* & 18* - Diamana Kai’li

Mizuno MP68 (raw) 3-PW - KBS Tour

Vokey SM7 (raw) 55*M & 60*L - KBS Tour

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Mid Slant

Lamkin Crossline Cord Midsize | ProV1

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it's not a popular opinion though i always like to add my 0.02 to these threads. Many of the length changes that get discussed are less than 3% of the total length in terms of change, some well less than that. Going from 45 to 44.5 is a 1% change in total length. 


I don't believe that most golfers could even notice the difference purely on the length unless they knew it had been cut beforehand. I think a lot of times it's a placebo that just leads to more confidence for a new time period


I couldn't tell you the length of my driver (Mavrik Max), i could check the Callaway site and find out but i assume it's 45 to 45.75 in that range. I don't really care which it is, it doesn't make much difference to me. I don't think you really notice until you start getting into ~1.25-1.5 inch of difference to what you are accustomed

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Callaway Mavrik Max 9 w/Hzrdus Smoke Black 80
Ping G410 LST 13 w/Ping Tour 75
Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/KBS Tour Prototype 85
Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
Titleist Vokey SM8 60 M grind

Deschamps Blade 375g

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I tried a shorter driver and it didn't work as well for me.  Not sure the issue as on paper it should be better.  I've also just choked down on my current driver which is standard TM length and I don't hit it as well.  

TM M4 
Epic 15*
Sub70 3 hybrid
Sub70 4 hybrid
Sub70 5 hybrid
Titleist T200 6-GW
54* SM8
58* SM8
PXG Operator H

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I played a 44.5" driver early in the season and will say that it was quite good.  


Now I'm back to 45/45.25" just because...

Titleist TSi2 10, Fujikura Ventus Blue Velocore 6X, 45"

Titleist TSi2 16.5, Fujikura Ventus Red Velocore 7X, 43"

TaylorMade GAPR Mid 4, KBS

Titleist T100S, KBS C-Taper S+ 5-PW

Titleist SM8, 50F, 54S, 60D, TT S400 Custom 

Scotty Cameron Phantom X12, 35", Stability Tour


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