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Heavy driver heads?
With all the ramifications behind cutting down shafts to accomodate a 44" or 44.5" finished driver length- are there drivers that are head heavy that are "easier" to fit into shorter lengths?

I don't want to mess with adding lead tape/rat glue/hot melt or any of that for the most part.

I just want to shaft up a driver at 44" and have it swing weight out to D2 or thereabouts. So far I know my swing/tempo likes shafts in the 70-75 gram range that are lowish torque (less than 3.0). Not sure how the Penley STEALTH 70 ranks in tip stiffness, but whatever it is- I like the kick I get with this shaft.

What head or model of driver should I be looking at to have the easiest transition to a 44" finished length?

Just looking for suggestions . . . 400cc's and up.

Thanks!
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dorfblee,

 

Now this is a first. Finding a head to match a shaft length.

 

I would consider the Bridgestone J33R 460. I've found it to be an excellent driver, and I recently discovered that it is heavier than many other heads on the market. By about 10 grams, I think (if you want, I can probably fnd this informaiton). Anyway, I'm playing it with a 70 gram shaft at 45 3/4 and think it is playing around D7 right now. I know that you are going to cut it down nearly 2 inches from that. But sounds like you're also willing to go to a slightly heavier shaft. If I were you, I'd maybe consider even moving up to a 757, which will be approximately 77 grams. Great shaft for that head, and don't think you'd notice the difference between 77 and 75 grams. But would help give a little more SW.

 

You could also do what I believe Ernie Els has done and add some lead tape around the lower part of the shaft or the hosel. Not as pretty as adding tip weights. But a lot easier to experiment with until you find your desired SW and see how it performs with your head/shaft combo.

 

Just some thoughts.

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Just thought of another idea. My last driver was an R7 TP which I like for control and accuracy, but was not the most forgiving.

 

You might consider the new R7 425 or R7 425 TP, which is supposed to be longer and more forgiving the the 400 cc models. There are also other movable weight drivers out now. You can change the swingweight significantly by loading up on the total amount of movable weights in the head. For example, the standard combination is a total of 24 grams. You could play with two 14's, a 10 and an 8, which would be 46 grams of movable weight. The additional 22 grams would have a significant impact on SW. Or you could reduce the total weight to your liking.

 

Might be worth taking a look, if you haven't yet tried these drivers.

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After MANY heads & shafts ... I have been playing the past 3 years with a 9 degree Big Bang 450 on a Penley Stealth 70 X-stiff shaft at 44 1/2 " ... swing speed 118 - 124. Plays extra long & straight. For me, anyway. Big sweet spot & mishits come back better than anything else I have played. Drawback is the sound - you'll have to live with the impact sounding like (2) milk bottles being hit together. Personally, I like the sound.

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