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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
what is everyone packing? had a go at the titleist D's today (S aldila VS proto shafts) and was very impressed by the dodgy shaped one-great low ball flight with a carry 20 yards further than my old school 905 t (S NV 65).
post #2 of 43
Big Bertha 10* reg flex shaft
post #3 of 43
I went from a 905T to a Taylor Burner. More forgiving but maybe not as long as the 905 hit dead nuts. Higher ball flight as well (good for me). I had a YS-6 in the 905, stock Burner shaft now.
post #4 of 43
SA,

Have you seen the "What's in your bag?" thread?

I have a Cleveland HiBore "packed" in my bag. I say packed because I'm on the DL this summer. I've got my eye on the Ping G10, but it will have to wait until after I relearn how to swing a club.
post #5 of 43
Still playing the old component US Tour V12 on a Pro Launch Blue 95G. I can't kick it out of the bag for anything.

I have a few Fuji shafts that I need to find some good heads for. I don't worry as much about the driver as I worry about matching the perfect shaft to it. Makes all the difference in the world IMO. NV 65's hoist the ball way too high for me. Any head with that shaft is a balloon monster with no roll for me.
post #6 of 43
Thread Starter 
got it, ty tr.
post #7 of 43
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post
NV 65's hoist the ball way too high for me. Any head with that shaft is a balloon monster with no roll for me.
TM,
Hmmm - That's what's in my HiBore (Aldila NV-65 S 350). I've not had that problem. I've been able to control flight high or low fairly easily with this shaft/head combo. Have you tried the Harrison Striper? It's old technology now, but I'd be interested in hearing about others experience with this shaft.
post #8 of 43
I never cared for the Striper either. Very popular shaft....for hitters, I'm a swinger so not a good fit for me.
post #9 of 43
Thanks TM,

I knew I wasn't a swinger , but I never thought of myself as a hitter. Actually, I'd never heard of that classification system. The difference seems intuitively obvious, but hard to describe in words. I wonder what the technical difference is in the shafts. Torque? Kick point?
post #10 of 43
Titleist 907 D2 10.5 with Proforce V2 75g regular. Could go with stiff, but this one is workable and carries about 225 with a low-mid trajectory (flat, no wind).

FWIW, have Titleist 904f 3/5 woods with YS-6 stiff shafts, but that shaft feels flexy in the tip for a driver (fly a little high, can snap off a hook now and then)...
post #11 of 43
The YS-6 is pretty tip soft. Good for us swinger not for hitters.
post #12 of 43
Taylormade R7 TP with Fuji 757 Speeder.
post #13 of 43
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
Thanks TM,

I knew I wasn't a swinger , but I never thought of myself as a hitter. Actually, I'd never heard of that classification system. The difference seems intuitively obvious, but hard to describe in words. I wonder what the technical difference is in the shafts. Torque? Kick point?
Yes, swingers have slower, smoother tempos and generally a bit slower swing speed. Timing & feel is everything for swingers. I really like to be able to feel the loading/unloading of the shaft at impact.

Hitters are faster tempo and generally a little higher swing speed. They generally prefer a bit stiffer shaft, different torque and kick points.

Put a shaft for a hitter in my hands and I feel like I constantly have to stand on it to make it produce. That's why I like Fujis and even my ProLaunch, I can stand on it when needed, but can also just swing it with great results & feel.
post #14 of 43
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
The YS-6 is pretty tip soft. Good for us swinger not for hitters.
YS-6 is a typical swingers shaft for sure. I played one for years and still think it's one of the best feeling shafts ever. Unfortunately, it was also costing me TONS in terms of roll. I would back up most tee shots with a YS-6 even tip trimmed to a stiffer flex. Other shafts have given me 20-30 yards distance increase in the same head due to the fact that I flattened out trajectory a bit and increased roll rather than spinning it back when landing.
post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post
YS-6 is a typical swingers shaft for sure. I played one for years and still think it's one of the best feeling shafts ever.
Yep, that's why I like the YS-6 in my fairway woods. Nothing like recovering from trouble with a cut 5 wood from 190.

OTOH, in a driver, the Proforce V2 75g regular feels "boardy," but has a mid-high flex point and launches with a mid trajectory. I might pull out the 75g regular flex and try the 66g stiff, if anyone might be interested in the 75g regular.
post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post
Yes, swingers have slower, smoother tempos and generally a bit slower swing speed. Timing & feel is everything for swingers.
Thanks TM,

That explains it. No wonder I'm so confused. I'm trying to have a slower smoother tempo and a higher swing speed. Alas, I do love smashing the ball a lot more than swinging the club.
post #17 of 43
Swingers can get the swing speed up there, it's all in the hands and timing at impact. Look at the LPGA for proof.
post #18 of 43
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post
Swingers can get the swing speed up there, it's all in the hands and timing at impact. Look at the LPGA for proof.
I'm not a golf pro but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn this year, so I can tell you that I read a tip about making the "swoosh" sound from your swing come late in your swing. Making that happen might be one way to end up with a smooth and fast swing...
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Big Bertha 10* reg flex shaft
Me too, 460
post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by Dino View Post
I'm not a golf pro but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn this year, so I can tell you that I read a tip about making the "swoosh" sound from your swing come late in your swing. Making that happen might be one way to end up with a smooth and fast swing...
Dino,

A perfect drill for this is to turn the club around: swing the club holding on to the end with the head. It's much easier to hear the location of the swhoosh this way.
post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
Dino,

A perfect drill for this is to turn the club around: swing the club holding on to the end with the head. It's much easier to hear the location of the swhoosh this way.
Ah ha! That's the part that I forgot. Thanks!
post #22 of 43
905 R with a Fuji Speeder for Titleist (basically a 757) Sure works niice for me :P
post #23 of 43
Spent most of the day on the tee box of #11 at the Broadmoor (US Senior Open). I'd have to say the most popular head was the Burner but not by a big margin. Most popular shaft by far was the YS-6+. Maybe 40%.
post #24 of 43
Lots of Tour Pro's are "swingers", even with their higher swing speeds. Nick Price is without a doubt an exception, lmao.

The YS-6+ isn't as tip soft as it's predecessor, the YS-6 though.
post #25 of 43
I just tried a Nike 460 Sumo at the range the other day... not enough difference between that and my current Callaway. Shows me, it is not the arrow, but the indian.
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I just tried a Nike 460 Sumo at the range the other day... not enough difference between that and my current Callaway. Shows me, it is not the arrow, but the indian.
They sound like an empty bean can
post #27 of 43
Another surprise to me after two days at the Sr Open I've seen zero Nike drivers.

BTW any Bears at the Broadmoor Thurs-Sun stop by and say hi. I'm on hole 11 pm Thurs-Fri, am Sat-Sun.
I'm the guy with the white hat and radio.
post #28 of 43
Just hit two drivers that I liked on a recent trip. Callaway Hper steel X and the Burner with a Fuji shaft. Liked them both a lot. Hit the Callaway FT-1 Hated the sound and the driver.
post #29 of 43
Still hitting the Titleist 975 with a stiff Grafalloy shaft. I like the shaft's high kick point.
post #30 of 43
Later model Sumos have a better sound. Club makers learned about two years ago that clubs had to sound right as well as perform to sell. I hit the Sumo (sometimes). I think it's a little shorter than my previous driver but its straighter.
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