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#1 larly123

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 03:39 AM

I have a Ping G2 with the NV shaft, the shaft length is 45.75". is there a reason for ping doing this? If i shortened the shaft to 45" what affect would it have on swingweight, distance, control, etc?
Thanks for any help.



#2 Ben

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 03:57 AM

For every 1/2 you take off you'll lose 3 swingweight points. Cutting it down to 45 (I'd go 44.5") you'll gain more accuracy and probablly better distance as you'll be hitting the ball more consistently.



#3 vagabond44

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 03:58 AM

QUOTE: larly123 @ Jul 18 2005, 05:39 PM

I have a Ping G2 with the NV shaft, the shaft length is 45.75". is there a reason for ping doing this? If i shortened the shaft to 45" what affect would it have on swingweight, distance, control, etc?
Thanks for any help.

larly the simplest points are these, if you shorten it , you reduce swinweight,possibly lose distance (shorter swing arc) but should increase control.WELL THATS THE THEORY ANYWAY...just go with what feels best for you...



#4 jeanmc

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:04 AM

well...if the club becomes lighter, you would (in theory) swing it faster, creating great clubhead speed, and in effect, greater ball velocity...

all my drivers are btw 44 and 44.5...I don't even bother swinging a 45" driver if I get one...first thing I do is remove the grip, lop off an inch, and 2 layers of tape underneath... smile.gif



#5 simulacrum

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 05:03 AM

I just cut my G2 down to 44.5 and the difference is remarkable. Lots more control and confidence allowing me to give it a decent hit, I would say I have picked up both consitency and a little distance mainly from better ball striking.



#6 kerrylane

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 08:49 AM

i got my driver cut down when i purchased it ... probably added distance just cause i was getting a more consitant hit and a hell of alot more accuracy its amazing what difference 1/2 an in can make !!!



#7 DrDrift

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 09:45 AM

Is there a special way to cut down graphite shaft? DIY possible???



#8 bigALracing

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:09 PM

wrap some masking tape around it so it wont splice up. I'd wet it down too and/or wear a dusk mast, as graphite fibres is apparently bad $%#@. And chop away whichever method you desire. A band saw would be the easiest. If not available, then a hack saw should do fine.



#9 LHSgolfer

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 09:53 PM

Personally I'd take a look at your height. I've considered cutting my driver shaft down but I was told it probably would not work too well since I'm almost 6'4. I can control the standard shaft well enough not to have to get it cut.



#10 Virge666

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE: LHSgolfer @ Jul 19 2005, 11:53 AM

Personally I'd take a look at your height.  I've considered cutting my driver shaft down but I was told it probably would not work too well since I'm almost 6'4.  I can control the standard shaft well enough not to have to get it cut.


It is not so much your height - it is from your tips of your fingers to the ground

This is a good starting point - not the be all and end all. A 7 iron is only 35 inches and we all can hit that can't we...

44.5-45 inches is where most of the pro's are... Ernie is a monster and he is 44.5 according to the last Russell Report.

Enjoy...



#11 calmchaos

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 01:42 AM

i got my r7 TP cut down to 45 from a little under 46. and i got about 15-20 yards more, i got a nice little draw and much better accuracy.
when i first had my shaft put in i thought that the length would help me get distance, all it did was make the club feel like a log. at 45" the r7 feels like nothing at all.



#12 Virge666

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 03:18 AM

QUOTE: calmchaos @ Jul 20 2005, 03:42 PM

i got my r7 TP cut down to 45 from a little under 46. and i got about 15-20 yards more, i got a nice little draw and much better accuracy.
when i first had my shaft put in i thought that the length would help me get distance, all it did was make the club feel like a log. at 45" the r7 feels like nothing at all.


Damn smart move !!

I did the same thing about 2 years ago - what a difference.

Nice one !



#13 TWISTER

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 01:09 PM

Ben,
if you lose 3 swingweight points for each .500 inches trimmed from the butt what is the best way of restoring the club back to it's original swingweight if that's what where you want it to be ????

Cheers,
Twister



#14 Virge666

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 05:33 PM

QUOTE: TWISTER @ Jul 21 2005, 03:09 AM

Ben,
      if you lose 3 swingweight points for each .500 inches trimmed from the butt what is the best way of restoring the club back to it's original swingweight if that's what where you want it to be ????

Cheers,
  Twister


You can weight the head or the shaft



#15 Danz

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 08:18 PM

QUOTE: Virge666 @ Jul 21 2005, 07:33 AM


You can weight the head or the shaft

sorry to dig up an old thread, but just wondering how you add weight to the shaft. Inside the shaft or under the grip?. I thought the process was to add the weight towards the head end.

2nd question. if you lop off 1 inch on say a 60 gram shaft, wouldn't you only be losing 1-2 grams in weight?






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