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Pro's and cons of going to a heavier driver shaft


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I was playing a Macgregor Eye o Matic 8.5* M 38 driver with a GD ys-6 X stiff and its a great driver when I'm hitting it well, but Dicks Sporting Goods was having a sale and I picked up a Eye o Matic M 42 which is 420 cc's and 9* same GD X shaft looking for some extra forgiveness. Took it to the range today to hit both side by side and got similar looking trajectories but the 9 was shorter by about 10 yards (I'm sure because of more spin on the 9)

 

I also seemed to get an annoying miss out to the left. I normally hit the ball left to right and take the left side of the course out of play. I HATE seeing a pull or a draw with the drvier as I'm usually aiming at the left edge of the fairway. This would be a low flying hook where I felt the whole tip of the shaft load up and the ball would take off out to the left. My normal miss with the M 38 was a high leaky fade(not quite a slice but close)

 

All and all I think the M 42 is going to take over the spot in the bag due to the added forgiveness of the bigger head and I had kinda figured that I was going to have to reshaft it due to the fact that the launch angle of the 8.5* was 14-15* and the spin rate was around 3000-3200 with a 95-100 mph swingspeed and I get better results being a swinger but I have a hitter mentality

 

I was thinking of reshafting with Bimatrix since I absolutely LOVE the ones I have in my hybrids but I'm worried that the 78 gram shaft is going to be a distance killer coming from the 63 gram YS-6.

 

what are the pros and cons of going heavy? And are there other shaft options to bring the spin rate down without going up to 75-80 grams

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Depends on your timing....sometimes a heavier stouter shaft nets out faster swing speed as your timing and lag improves with the extra heft. 75-80 is common for driver shafts....esp for better players. If you go to 90g+, perhaps you might see some distance loss but even that is not absolute.

 

The Bimatrx will drop spin down quite a bit from the YS6. The steel tip is alot stouter and will not add as much dynamic loft at impact. Spin is impacted primarily by effective loft and angle of attack.

 

Be aware the Bimatrx is fairly tip heavy as well so swingweight will move up a couple points. Being that you like the shaft already, it's a sound decision despite it not being among the new crop of hyped shafts.

 

Good luck :idhitit:

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thanks guys

 

I'm pretty positive my 3 wood is getting the Pink Bimatrix treatment because its just done wonders for my 21 and 24 hybrids in terms of control and accuracy, however I'm still a bit concerned that I'm going to completely flatline my ballflight if I put that beast in my driver. I know that the Rxi Bimatrix's that I have in my hybrids are low launch but the trajectory went from sky high with the stock graphite to a nice mid-low ballflight and the new bimatrix is a mid launching shaft but my ballflight is as close to the low side of mid low as I want to get. Are there any other options to take some spin off the driver without being monsterously heavy and cratering my ballfilight.

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