forefrazier, on 16 November 2016 - 10:47 AM, said:
I do have one question that is not meant to try and be negative or debunk any theory of longer is better for us tall folks. Why is it that we do not see any tour pros using much more than +1" if it would indeed be a better way? After all they have pretty much unlimited access to the best of the best when it comes to any and all things golf equipment, instruction, fitness instruction, etc???
I have always found myself looking to WITB and hoping to see the clubs specs of folks like Chris Wood, Stuart Cink, Robert Karlsson, and they all seem to sport around +1" or less. Craig Smith from the UK is the tallest current pro golfer at 6'-8" tall but have not found any info on his club specs.
I think it goes back to using what you grew up with and/or have become accustomed to, they make it work! The clubs themselves have some limitations, head weight, that are definitely dictating the use of shorter clubs. Club builders heads literally go into overload when they see the swingweight scale go into the E's and sometimes F's. There really are not that many really tall pro's, go to an event and you'll see the norm is about 5' 10". There are a few here and there but overall the tall (6' 3" and taller) pro golfer is about as common as what a distribution height chart shows, not very many. Plus nobody is length fitting tall people with disregard for club limitations. This is why the title of the thread states 'no chart or preconceived ideas'.
I'm simply stating there is known distance between ones shoulder and the ground. Tall people have much higher shoulders and the smaller increase in arm length doesn't make up for the larger increase in shoulder height. You have to make a choice as to either add length to the clubs or in some manner get your hands down to the club. Personally I think tall people are not being given enough length. +1" just doesn't come close.
Stewart Cink is interesting, a few years back he was playing 5* up and playing terrible. He went to longer clubs and 1* or 2*'s up and started playing better.
There used to be a great article on the Titleist website about Karlsson's clubs, think they put him in something like +1 1/4" or + 1 1/2" long and he instantly started playing better. He does play a 37" putter and definitely is not standing too tall when he putts which is quite telling of the real length he likely needs.