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Please help me narrow the field
There are so many shaft options and I just don't have the access, budget or time available to experiment with all the shafts I'd love to try. I'm hoping you fellows can help me pinpoint or at least narrow down some likely suitable choices. All price ranges are open, but if I go with a $200 to $300 shaft (Speeder, Z-Com, Accra, Diamana, etc.) I'll feel obligated to make it work so I'm hesitant to select a premium shaft without some assurance that it would fit my needs, if I go that route I'll call Joe Kwok directly to see if I can ship him my driver to perform the work. I'm committed to sticking with my Launcher Comp head, so please let me know if you guys would stick with a .350 tip shaft or if I should not worry about fitting a .335 with a shim.
I want a mid to low kick shaft that will minimize spin, I prefer a smoother feel with a tight kick at impact and I would also like to stay within the low 60 gram to low 70 gram weight range.

My game:

- roughly 12-15 hdcp - I only get to play 15-20 full rounds per summer here in Michigan but I hit the range and sneak in evening 9 holers as often as possible. I'm 6'6 tall and I play my irons 1-1/2 inches longer than standard (current set Mizuno MX-23's w/stiff Nippon 950 steel and they are perfect for my level of proficiency, easily the best set of irons I've owned)

- current driver - 9.5 Cleveland Launcher Comp with stock S flex graphite at 45 inches finished length. This combo performs pretty well for me with carry averaging in the 240-250 range and 10-15 feet of roll, but when I try to hit it really hard a low left hook is likely as well as an occasional really high push right. I just feel like I should be able to get a little more distance and feel out of this very forgiving clubhead with the right shaft.

- my driving - Unfortunately I don't know my launch angle/spin rate/ball speed with this current setup. My SS is pretty consistently around 105, I can swing it a bit faster but I generally don't during actual play. I've always been a good driver for my handicap (accurate) and felt comfortable hitting drivers (more so than FW woods). My swing/tempo is quite smooth with no violent transition or exagerrated lag. My usual drive shot shape is a draw and that's how I'd like to keep it. I play on primarily open public courses with non-penal rough conditions, so my primary goal in experimenting with a shaft upgrade is to try and max-out my distance potential as opposed to being overly concerned with control. I know fitters are quite concerned with carry distance but I like to have some roll on my drives. I'm inclined to try a longer than standard length driver (45.5 to 46 inches) because I'm tall, comfortable hitting longer clubs, the longest driver I've played is 45 inches and my misses tend to be low toward the toe on the clubface.

I really have no preconceived shaft preferences other than what I listed, I hear so much good stuff about the premium shafts from really good players but I've never had the chance to play any of them for more than a few swings on a demo range. If you guys think I'd be better suited with a less expensive Prolaunch, Accuflex, Aldila, UST or Penley shaft by all means let me know your opinion.

Sorry this is so long but thanks to all who took the time to read it.

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G15 2,4,5,6 HY Recoil 95
G15 7-LW CFS
Karsten TR B60

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where are you from in Michigan ?

 

I live in Northville, MI.

 

Shaftnut, I live in Warren at present but I play almost exclusively over on your side of town, all my golfing buddies are on the west side. I first started playing in the mid 90's when I lived in Livonia and I've played hundreds of rounds at Whispering Willows and Fox Creek. Northville is a great town, the wife and I will be moving within the next 2 years and I've talked her into finding a place in that general area (she thinks its because the schools are pretty good :) ).

Rapture V1 10.5 BB
Rapture V1 14
G15 2,4,5,6 HY Recoil 95
G15 7-LW CFS
Karsten TR B60

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where are you from in Michigan ?

 

I live in Northville, MI.

 

Shaftnut, I live in Warren at present but I play almost exclusively over on your side of town, all my golfing buddies are on the west side. I first started playing in the mid 90's when I lived in Livonia and I've played hundreds of rounds at Whispering Willows and Fox Creek. Northville is a great town, the wife and I will be moving within the next 2 years and I've talked her into finding a place in that general area (she thinks its because the schools are pretty good :) ).

 

 

 

WOW to funny, I grew up playing golf at Whispering Willows ! and I know Fox Creek on 7 mile very well.

I live about 1.5 miles from Whispering Willows now.

 

By the way, if you want to try out some Accra's I have a shop full of them.

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