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Driver shaft question

Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:33 pm
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:33 pm
Got fitted after heart surgery 3 years ago.

Now I’m striking the ball pretty centered, but the flight is high.

The shaft I have is Aldila ascent red 50.

Kick is a bit up the shaft. Maybe I’m swinging better and the kick needs to a little further down the shaft.

My swing speed with a driver is low 80s.

What might be some good shaft options to try?

I also am thinking about 43.75 length if I go with a new shaft.
Posted by dek81572
Bossier City
Member since Apr 2012
933 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:45 pm to
I would go get fitted again, a driver shaft is definitely a piece of equipment that can help your game. What is your current driver length? Do you want a shorter shaft to help with accuracy? You will lose distance with a shorter shaft. The new Taylor Made Qi10 max and the Ping 430 max 10k can help offset the accuracy problem if you don't want to give up length with your driver shaft being shorter.

Any of the Premium Fujikura Ventus shafts with Velocore in them are good, Black is low launch, blue is mid launch and red is high launch. The Tour AD shafts are good too, there are too many of them to name which one is better than the rest. Those are some of the most popular shafts out there but there is a ton more you can test.
This post was edited on 6/12/24 at 3:54 pm
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:56 pm to
quote:

Do you want a shorter shaft to help with accuracy?


I hit most fairways, but my misses can be putrid.

I thought maybe swinging a shorter shaft might lead to square contact more often.

Today I hit 10/14 fairways so not bad.

Two bad misses. One with just poor contact, the other a yank(pull).

The well struck ones looked high. The contact felt good.

Strangely, I teed off on a par5 and got a birdie. Literally killed a bird flying in front of me. The ball kept going, cleared a pond and was in fairway so I just played it.

I walked over and looked at the carcass of the bird. I think I knocked it head clean off.
Posted by TaderSalad
mudbug territory
Member since Jul 2014
24785 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 4:04 pm to
Do you have an adjustable driver? If so, have you dropped the loft?

If you were fit for that shaft, then I’d stick with it and try to lower loft. You may also be flipping your wrists.


In no particular order, I’d do the following first:
1.) tee the ball low
2.) drop some loft
3.) get an adjustment lesson
4.) tip the shaft a bit
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 5:03 pm to
quote:

Do you have an adjustable driver?


Yes, it is adjustable.

The shaft was “pured”.

Does that even matter?
This post was edited on 6/12/24 at 5:06 pm
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 5:42 pm to
My 2 cents,

With your swing speed I would be careful buying tip stiff shafts like the ones with Velacore.

There is a reason you were fitted into the shaft that you are playing now.

I would try either of these three shafts.

Hzdrus Red - 5.5 flex, mid spin shaft. Really good shaft.

The original Ventus Red shaft - before the TR Velacore ( probably on ebay or second swing) mid spin characteristic.

VA Composite BadAzz 60 shaft - another mid spin shaft that's pretty smooth. ( Dallas Golf for 95.00)
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 5:47 pm to
IF I lower the loft, it will open the face.

Should I just close it a little at address if I lower the loft?
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 6:07 pm to
Lowering the loft will open the face.


Sometimes not a good thing if you fight a slice, but not always.

And if you have a controlled fade, just aim a little more left.

Other things to consider is tee height and ball type.

Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 6:25 pm to
quote:

Other things to consider is tee height and ball type.


I use a TM Tour Response golf ball.

I tee it where about half the ball is above the top.

The flight is not straight up, but it just seems to have a higher apex than optimal.
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 6:35 pm to
quote:

but it just seems to have a higher apex than optimal.



That mean the Accent shaft is doing what it was designed to do.

To achieve what fits your eye and expectations, you will have to try different shafts that won't cost you distance like the ones that I mentioned.

The Riptide shaft could be another option that doesn't break the bank.

Your best bet is going to a fitter and check your numbers.
Posted by TaderSalad
mudbug territory
Member since Jul 2014
24785 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 6:59 pm to
quote:

The shaft was “pured”.


I’m sure puring makes a difference for someone like Tiger, but for the rest of us, the difference will be negligible. I’ve played a lot of shafts, both pured and not, and I can’t tell a difference.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 7:06 pm to
quote:

I’ve played a lot of shafts, both pured and not, and I can’t tell a difference.


Thanks.

I probably should work on my swing and not fret over equipment.
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 7:15 pm to
I agree.

I believe Puring is snake oil.

I'm not even sure if high end graphite shafts of today even have a spline.
Posted by PureBlood
The Motherland
Member since Oct 2021
4127 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 6:33 am to
quote:

I believe Puring is snake oil.



I've done a bunch of research on pure/spine alignment in shafts and from I gather, the human body isn't capable of replicating the same exact loading of the shaft repeatedly enough to notice if the shaft is "pure" or not in the modern era of shafts.
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 7:41 am to
I agree.

Just another way of generating extra revenue for the fitter/ clubfitter.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 11:04 am to
I tried lowering the tee height. It helped.

Also placing my hands two inches from end of club really helped center the contact and lower the flight. “Choking up.”
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 1:18 pm to
Don't be afraid to try a little lead tape on the bottom either.
Posted by BMoney
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
16317 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 2:54 pm to
quote:

Now I’m striking the ball pretty centered, but the flight is high.


Define "high."

Pretty ball speed dependent, but generally high is better than low in order to optimize carry. Probably worth getting fitted again, rather than listening to me and the other slapdicks here.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/21/24 at 6:25 pm to
I reduced the loft to 9 from 10.5.

Hit maybe 5 shots after my round with the new setting today.

Flight looked better.
I’ll play tomorrow with the 9 degree setting.
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