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Ever Considered Cutting Down Your Driver?

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Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:24 AM
I've never cut down my driver before. I was a little weary about cutting it down last week since I've been hitting it pretty good. I took the chance anyway because I wanted more control. Only took 1/2 inch off and had it regripped. Hit it a few times at the range. Felt different. Seemed to go well. Yesterday was the first time on the golf course with it. I am so HAPPY I cut it down. I found that although the ultra big bomb drive might not be there anymore, I hit my driver consistently solid and more straight. I bet if I were to average out my drives distance it would be a longer average as well.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:31 AM
That sounds interesting, Johnny, but would you not get the same results by choking up?
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:05 AM
I had one cut down to 44" and really liked it. Like you mentioned the big bombs have gone, but on average it was less than a 10 yard difference because quality of strike went up. It is very common for pros to play short drivers, too. I believe Dustin Johnson uses a 44" driver and he's got no problem with length
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:34 AM
QUOTED  That sounds interesting, Johnny, but would you not get the same results by choking up?

I think because it changed the weight of the club a little. Also my choking up grip is slightly different from my standard grip because of how the grip is smaller as you chock down.

QUOTED  I had one cut down to 44" and really liked it. Like you mentioned the big bombs have gone, but on average it was less than a 10 yard difference because quality of strike went up. It is very common for pros to play short drivers, too. I believe Dustin Johnson uses a 44" driver and he's got no problem with length

Exactly what I have found. The quality of my strike has gone up.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:58 AM
I started trying shorter driver shafts about 2-years ago & never looked back. After gradually cutting down 1/2" at a time, I found 44" to be my sweet spot. I got a little nutty & chopped one down to 43", which I believe is the length of Rickey Fowler's driver, but it was too drastic, like a huge-headed 3-wood & I couldn't get used to it. I can definitely say the 44" shaft has really helped me to find more fairways & I don't notice much of a distance loss. I can confirm your hunch Johnny, I definitely make better & more consistent contact, therefore increasing my average overall distance.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:05 PM
I play with a Ping Tour 80 driver shaft that is a little heavier than a standard shaft. They trim the tip by an inch on drivers and the standard length is 45.25" so ordered for the driver it is only 44.25". I have noticed the extra weight works better for me and with the shorter shaft I have more control and am hitting more fairways. I only lost like 5 yards or so after I made the switch but with finding the fairway instead of the treeline I feel like I am better off and won't be going back to the longer shaft.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:13 PM
Works horrendously for me. I've tried 44" and 44.5" drivers many times, I can't hit them consistently at all. Strange thing is, my launch angle drops by around 2* just by shortening the driver 1". Something in my head/body just can't do it. I'm ok at 45", best at 45.5", and can even hit 46" and 46.5" pretty consistently.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:33 PM
you lose weight but gain stiffness when you make the shaft shorter which is something to remember
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00 PM
I actually ordered an extra 3 wood shaft and slid my driver head on it. Loved it ever since - as a bonus, I can hit it off the deck with a high degree of confidence too. Definitely have more control and as a result am hitting more fairways ever since the old shaft swap.
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Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:15 PM
Johnny always good to hear feedback--I think with our work together on swinging a tad bit slower (think more lag) and not having your arms race past along with cutting down the length of your driver this might be the golden ticket for you.
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