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Lengths of Graphite SHafts?
When you measure a fairway wood that is suppose to be say 43" where do you
measure from exactly (a finished club) on the club. Also, any tips on installing
say an Aerotech shaft that is in a finished Cleveland wood @ 43 1/4" into a Tour
Edge Exotics 13 degree 3 Wood? What are the challenges and where should the
Aerotech shaft be trimmed (tip or butt) to obtain the desired 43" finished length.
Will this make the Aerotech play "stiffer" in the new 3 wood. Also, what to do the
same with a Diamana 83 from a Driver which is @ 45". Specific details would be
greatly appreciate (proper way to proceed). Thanks for all the help.
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I use a 50 inch long flat metal ruler to measure. I've worked on my own clubs for years, more as a hobbyist, but I've learned a few things by trial and error and I've had a few of those "wish I'd measured twice before I cut once" moments.

 

With any club but the putter, the best way to measure is to sole the club on a flat surface and measure from the floor up by placing the metal rule down the length of the club. The trick here is to get the club close to the proper lie angle where the sole is as flat as possible on the floor. From that point, you'll also notice as you hold the club to the rule that if you tilt the club more upright or more flat, the length you'd read at the other end of the club can change, so you have to come up with your own method of being consistent about it.

 

With a set of irons, the easiest thing to do is work from the cut lengths of the shafts you removed.

 

Without a long metal club ruler, you might be able to get by with a metal tape measure. The sole of the Cleveland is pretty flat. If you lay the club on it's side on a flat surface, you can generally get pretty close by holding the tape measure or ruler right at the point where the sole meets the back of the club, or just 1/8th or so longer than that. Most clubs are a little convex on the sole, which makes it hard to sole them properly by just putting the club on the floor.

 

Usually, though, the final length of a club (when you're reshafting) is determined by what swingweight you want unless you're content to add lead tape or you have an adjustable sw head. If there was one thing you'd want to know, it would be how much each head weighs without the shaft, to the gram.

 

If the TE head is heavier or lighter, that's going to determine how much you might want to take off the butt end of the aerotech. I know that the Cleveland has a fairly short hosel. If the TE hosel is longer, and if the bottom of the hosel is farther from the sole, that will give you more length to work with as well.

 

Here are a couple of additional considerations.

 

1. Remember that the butt cap/end cap of the grip has about 1/8th of additional thickness to it. Some clubmakers measure to the very end of the finished grip length. Others (as Maltby recommends) only measure to the point on the grip at the butt where the grip cap meets the shaft). On one of the club rulers that Golfworks sells, there's a little graphic that shows this, but few grips have any indicator of where this point is. I grip the club right at the end of the grip, much like Nicklaus does, so I usually just go with the grip end as the measurement. If you grip down on the club a little like Sergio, then go with the raw shaft length and don't worry about the small amount of additional length the grip adds via the end cap.

 

2. You probably wouldn't tip trim the Aerotech shaft, since the TE is about as low lofted a fairway wood that you'll find. Hopefully the hosel config is such that the Aerotech will be more than 43 finished length.

 

For the Diamana, I wouldn't tip it more than an inch for a 13 degree three wood if you want to stay in the same flex range. The pulled length of the diamana will be about 43.5", maybe 1/4" shorter than that, so you'll have no problem with length going into a three wood.

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