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What is the "ideal" driver shaft length according to height?

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#1 Tinymoon



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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:06 PM

should have posted this as a new thread instead of replying earlier.

I cut my burner from a 46" to a 44.5" and I'm 5'7". The guy at Golf Galaxy recommended 44" for my height and my 6'2" uncle suggested it also because he's using a 44.5" right now. Are there any websites that give suggested driver shaft lengths according to the person's height? I know I can choke down 0.5" but cutting it down really feels better and makes a difference (I added lead tape to keep the swing weight the same too). Do you guys think I should go down to 44"? Anyone play a shaft shorter than 44.5"? If so, how tall are you? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:06 PM

I didn't know there was a driver length for diff. heights. I was always told to swing the longest you can control. For me that's 44".


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Posted 04 June 2008 - 03:20 PM

Agree that you should swing what you can control, but if you want guidelines...

1. Its not about you height, its your wrist to floor measurement.  Assuming its about average for your height, 44" is fine.  Wishon would probably recommend 43.5", GS might recommend 45"

2.  I'm ~5'8".  I've played a 43.5" driver up to 46" driver.  Anything over 45" is too long.  You just can't get in a good posture.  43.5" seems just a tad short.  You really must pay attention to your set-up or you end up reaching.  I'm playing 45" right now, mainly to keep my swingweight up, but I'd be happy with 44.5" and not lose any distance.
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 04:05 PM

Thanks for the reply guys. Ya, I would say my wrist to floor measurement is about average. I was fitted as a black dot (standard) for ping clubs.


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Posted 04 June 2008 - 09:00 PM

Oh c'mon now-

Driver length determined by height? wrist to floor? why not just guess?

Driver length has to do with with your angle of attack, and your desired shaft weight/head weight combination. -which is all about either swinging the club or finding a good fit- but never found according to height. Both angle of attack and shaft weight are the base parts of your swing and your desired objectives.

Why do you think many women on the LPGA often use longer drivers than PGA players?

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:09 AM

Static (non-moving) mesurements were and ar used by folks that are not personally fitting a player. Are they better then none? Some say yes (those that use them) and some say no (those that do not use them).

Idealy the best test for length is for you to hit various length clubs while your swing and ball reaction is measured. Anything less is simply that, less.


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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:58 AM

Take some tape and cover the grip from butt to tip. Mark the tape in 1/2" increments. Go out to the range and hit balls from the various lengths marked. You'll soon know what's comfortable for you. Don't worry too much , at first, about distance. But just the feel of control. After deciding which is best length for you ,check the SW and adjust that also if you feel the need. The distance will be there due to your confidence and comfort.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:30 AM

There is only recommendations, and those are subjective at best. I for one am in the boat that to short is better than to long.

Im 5'11" and i prefer to be between 44 and 44.5
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