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jmshaffer

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Hi,

 

First post. I recently purchased a GBB II driver 415 cc's. I played for years with the original GBB and loved it. I switched to a 460 cc club for about a month and just didn't feel comfortable looking at it. Back to the reason I'm posting:

 

The club I bought came with a "Firm" shaft. I don't know what this really means but was told that it falls between regular and stiff. My driver swing speed falls between that at 95 to 105 MPH. I can hit the ball well if I just slow down a bit, but if I swing regular speed, I tend to pull hook the ball. I do not do this with my five wood and stiff shaft which I blast long and straight. I also don't do that with irons. Besides, I'd rather swing at a speed that feels comfy to me.

 

What I believe is happening is that my hands are whipping through impact with the head trailing too much and as my hands are turning over through the hitting zone, my club is finally getting to the ball closed. I've never had this issue in the past and I'm hoping someone agrees and recommends a stiff shaft...hehe.

 

I also puchased a Mizuno F-50 3 wood reg flex with the Exsar FS2 shaft and am experiencing poor results with it as well. As mentioned w/ driver, pull hook off tee, but on deck I'm hitting thin a lot, so I'm wondering if I'm on the upswing as the head reaches the ball. My old 3 wood was also a stiff shaft. I'm just afraid of reshafting because of the potential expense, but I've been told that the shaft plays the most important role in the club...so here I am.

 

I like the weights of both clubs, so I don't think I'd want to change much there, but if one of you experts can lead me in the right direction. Also, is the "Firm" shaft just a lot of bullocks or is it really between reg and stiff. I'd like to ask your recommendations if I should switch to a stiff shaft and also what would be a good brand. I'd like to have a higher launch too if possible. My loft on driver is 9 degrees and launch of mizuno 3 wood is 15 degress. Thanks for all your info in advance. :yahoo:

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callaway calls their stiff flex a firm...i'd definetely recommend a shaft upgrade for you...you dont have to go to an expensive shaft to experience better performance...the shaft on your 3wood sounds like it's a little light for you...try to get fitted with a local club fitter in your area...

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What about different grip thicknesses. It could all just be a slight hand rotation timing issue too. I'm gonna take some measurements of my 5 wood grip with a micrometer and see what kind of diff. I find. I may start there first and I am very interested still in upgrading shafts. I wish I knew what kick point and tipping and all that stuff means, but I don't.

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After relying on my short game to pull me outta the rough for the thousandth time, I had enough. I started testing drivers. Due to my suspicions that my shaft was the problem, I hit a few drivers I was interested in buying. First the Call. FT3 in stiff. I did not like it. To make a long story short, I picked up a callaway 460X, 11 degrees loft, R fujikura shaft and freakin bombed the ball, high, long and straight. The larger cc of the club 415 vs. 460 made me slow my tempo just a little so I could feel the head better and I just pounded the ball. Thanks for your help on here, I read a lot and post very little. Bonus too: I didn't know Callaway was offering a free club w/ that purchase...so I got myself a 3H Heavenwood. Not too shabby for 3 bills. Thanks again for all the expert advice on here. If it wasn't for a triple bogey on the 16 hcp hole yesterday,(tough pin) I would have shot my first round in the 70s. Took an 81 and smiled!

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