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Scott Rushing
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Shaft weight

Ok shaft tech gurus, pros and cons of lighter or heavier shafts?  I'm thinking for the driver.  Don I think you tend to play heavier shafts in your driver than me.  I tend to have weights in the 60s and I think you were more in the 70-80gram weight? 

I think I understand it helps with tighter dispersion, but do you throw off the swing weight some?   Get a lighter grip?   I have a Fujikura 370 Fit On shaft I might try to put a tip on for either my cobra or the Callaway, just curious since it's like 10 grams heavier how it might feel.

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What about your fairway woods

What about your fairway woods?  I have this extra shaft that I pulled out of another club, but it was a driver.  thinking about cutting it down and putting it in a 3W where I cracked the shaft in.  Currently niether the shaft nor the 3w head in the cracked on are being used so I was thinking I might do it just to have a swingable club and see what it does....

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Going to a heavier driver

Going to a heavier driver shaft is a fine idea if you intend to play the club at a less than standard length.  Your Cobra was probably 46" to start; suppose you want to play the driver at 44.5", but cutting down the original shaft would make for an unplayable swing weight.  Going with a shaft that is 10-15 grams heavier would allow you to play the club at a shorter length while maintaining a desired swing weight without having to add weight to the head.

If you're going to put a driver shaft in a fairway wood make sure that you tip trim the shaft according to manufacturer's specs for play in fairway clubs.

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Thanks Sco.  I pulled my

Thanks Sco.  I pulled my driver shaft (46" cobra stock shaft) and replaced it with a 45.25" Aldila, and love it.  I like the feel of it.  I think the weight of the new one was 65 grams before it was shortened and the old one was 60. So the new one might be a few grams more.

The idea of the weigth changes and how that makes the club feel or play is new territory for me in terms of my understanding of gofl gear and my preferences.  I'm trying to start to think about it more so I can try and learn what it is I really like.  I noticed my hybrids are like a 4.0 torque shaft, which seems pretty "bendy".  I'm thinking the reason I didn't like the TM 4 SLDR hybrid I bought is probably related to the weight (75g) and the torque.  Hard hooks every time I hit it. 

Anyway, any tidbits you guys have on how these things play together, let me know.  I can swing it and know it I like it but don't always know why..

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DON
You are correct Scott. I play

You are correct Scott. I play shafts that weight 75 grams or so in my drivers. 85 grams or so in my woods. Two reasons for this. One is that a 75 gram driver shaft will have a lower torque value compated the the exact same model that is only 65 grams. Same for fairway wood shafts. the heavier shaft will have a lower torque rating. IF you want to go with a shorter driver, then going with a heavier shaft will bring the swing weight back up to where it was with the lighter shaft. This is why the OEM's are going with lighter shafts in today's drivers, because they are making the drivers longer. The lighter shaft allows them to go longer and not increase the swing weight too high.

The heavier shaft also helps to Smooth out your swing a little, which can be an advantage for faster swing golfers with a fast tempo. As for clubhead speed, I see ZERO difference between shaft weights. I've measured my speed with shafts from 55 to 78 grams and got NO difference. I've tested dozens of other golfers and got the same results.

I have TWO favorite shafts for my fairway woods. One is the 85 gram Graffloy ProLaunch Blue FW. This is NOT the same shaft as the ProLaunch Blue, but the Fairway Wood version instead. The FW in the name stands for it being the Fairway Wood model of the shaft. It's heavier, weights more, has lower torque, and a different bend point compated to the driver shaft. The other fairway wood shaft that I like is the EPIC 87 grams shaft with the same FW in the name. Both are good shafts that give me a nice high launch angle and great distance with my woods. all  in a LOW torque shaft. Some golfers play a driver shaft that has been Tipped in their driver, but I perfer to play a shaft that was DESIGNED just for use in a fairway wood. There are a few others out there, but these two are the ones I have used and came recommend very highly.

Don

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