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On Spec: Swing weight is overrated

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A deep dive into one of the most talked about but truly misunderstood aspects of club building: swing weight. What it really means, and why it isn’t the end all be all for a set of clubs.

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  1. Rich

    May 22, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Swing weight is a huge deal for me. Too low and I find myself coming over the top. Too high and I can’t feel or control the club.

    D2 in my irons (4I – GW), D6 in my SW and LW. All are single length (Wishon Sterling). Also D2 in the hybrid. D5 in the driver and 3W.

    In the irons I’ve gone as far as D5 in one direction–too heavy and hard to control–to C9–counterweighted with Boccieri Secret grips. Couldn’t feel them at the top. D2 is right for me.

    I’m interested in switching to graphite shafts in the irons for both lighter weight and less vibrations, but I’m not going to switch from Wishon Sterlings. I don’t know how they’ll react to getting the swing weight right and I may not be able to do it.

  2. Skip

    May 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    This guy just lost all credibility. Dismissing a feel characteristic in a feel game. smh. It’s not the difference between being able to hit the ball or not, but a club “feeling” better is a big deal.

  3. Mf

    May 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Anybody who dismisses any part of how anything is measured, ever, should just quit now and go away

  4. Steve

    May 20, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Admittedly, I have not listened to the audio, but I do know one thing: my transition from steel iron shafts with 105+ gram weight to graphite with one-third less total gram weight in the shafts is the most difficult (and regrettable) equipment adjustment I have ever made. If that is not what this podcast is about, then I’ll crawl back to my cave. In short, swing and total weight are a big deal and always have been — at least to my knowledge and experience.

  5. Get-outta-here

    May 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    So if golf is a game of feel and swing weight is a measurement of how the club FEELS in your hand, then how is swing weight overrated??? Swing weight also plays a big role in keeping a person in tempo. I agree with Alex above. Prob not even worth wasting the time to listen to this.

  6. Alex

    May 20, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Funny thing for me swing weight is the MOST important thing. Especially in woods, on more than one occasion i have gotten drivers in the D6 range and could not hit a ball with it and then changing out the weight to a more manageable D2ish would be night and day difference.

    • TC

      May 20, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with Alex and after spending 40 years fitting, to me swing weight balance is absolutely the most important factor in making good clean contact and I couldn’t disagree more with this editorial it is absolutely wrong. When I fit anyone I warm them up with their clubs and adjust the swing weight balance on their clubs and they always get at least 10 yards more and pure strikes as opposed to they don’t have a clue where their head is at the upper transition and cant close nearly as well. I hate to disagree with Ryaqn Barath but this one we couldn’t be farther apart on and I really think he needs to go back and do some more research because swing weight is the most important aspect in club fitting and I agree 110% with Alex’s comment, swing weight balance is a very personal thing but it must be correct or you are loosing major distance and control

  7. Bruingolf04

    May 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Would love a “TLDR” or perhaps “TLDL” on these audio posts. Don’t always have time to weed through listening. Interesting subjects, poor execution on keeping people engaged.

  8. Mike

    May 20, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Because it takes hours (or days) to transcribe audio for you. The ROI isn’t there.

    • Golf101

      May 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Days? Phones have a talk to text feature and even if they didn’t it wouldn’t take days lmao.

  9. Rob

    May 20, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I agree about the transcript

  10. Scratchscorer

    May 20, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Maybe I am in the minority but I come here to read about golf. If I wanted to watch or merely listen I could go on YouTube or find a podcast. I don’t get why the conversation can’t be transcribed so I can read it at my own pace.

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