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cutting down driver shaft ...change swing weight?


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#1 msdamailman

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:04 AM

please help, i just picked up my new cobra s9-1 M speed driver from my pro shop which has a 45.5 inch aldila 50g shaft. i keep reading that a shorter shaft can help with control and accuracy so i am considering having it cut down to 45 or even 44.75. my question is should i have my pro shop do it or send it back to acushnet so they can get the proper swing weight for the shorter length? will .5 inches shorter even require a swing weight change?


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:48 AM

Cutting a .5" will lower the swing weight about 3 points.  If you can live with a little lead tape just have your pro shop or whoever cut it to desired length and bring the weight back up with some lead tape.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:52 AM

Where exactly is the best place for the lead tape, after the cut is made?
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:54 AM

Cutting the shaft down 1/2 inch, all things else staying the same will essentially decrease the swing weight 3 points (D3 to a D0). A 3/4 inch cut down would decrease it roughly 4.5 points. If it's a new club you may want to check with the Manufactures warranty before preceeding locally.

Some people aren't as effected by swing weight changes as others. My self, a 2 point change is very noticeable and will affect my swing. When I cut down my shafts, I usually pull the head and add tip weights to get some of the swingweight back. I'll also use lead tape. Others will use hot melt inside the head to get the weight up.  You could also try a lighter grip on club as well.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:57 AM

Well if you decide not to use tip weights, where exactly would the lead tape go, and how much of it for a half inch to get back to d3 swing weight?


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:11 AM

You would need about 2.5 gr of weight at the head to get about 1 sw point back. I don't think lead tape would be much of an option to get all of it back. That's about 13 inches of tape. As far as where the tape goes, it's not really that important, but on a driver I put it on the sole towards the back of the head. Lot of discussions on lead tape on this board if you do a quick search.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:20 AM

Actually, after I got my driver down to 44.75, I didn't put on any lead tape, I even choke down about half inch when I drive.

It just give me very precise shot, never sliced since.

IMO, u should try both ways with or without the tape, to see what 's best for u.


please post back, cuz I would like to know if the tape affects the distance.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:20 AM

stg113 gave you all the pertinent info on the technical aspects of shortening. I'm not certain D3 to D0 will make that much difference in feel. I've got a number of different drivers and they are all within that range and when I switch from one to another it's not something I notice. -1/2" is not that much of a change. I'd play with it choking down to where you think the length should be before I'd commence with surgery.

But basically your options are lead tape, tip weights, hot melt or putting weight down the shaft (not necessarily recommended).

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:50 AM

There are no warranty issues with cutting a driver down 1/2".  If you pull the head, you will have warranty issues.  Cut the club from the butt end and try it.  If it feels too light, add lead tape.  Use a high density lead tape.  You will only need 2 to 3 strips about 2" long.  After you are comfortable with the weight of the club with the lead tape, leave it there or have someone add hotmelt.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:03 AM

how do you add tip weights? not really into using lead tape. if i sent the driver back to the manufacturer how do you think they would add swing weight? also the club face is 1 degree closed so would one be able to pull the club head, add swing weight, and return the club head to its original position so the face is still 1 degree closed?


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:20 AM

You pull the head, add the weight to the tip of the shaft, epoxy the head.  The face angle is built into the head and will not change.  There is a small black plug on the sole of your driver.  That is where the hot melt is added.  No need to pull the head.   I don't remember seeing tip weights in any Cobra drivers.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:23 AM

Tip weights are inserted into the end of the shaft. I'm sure someone has a picture of one. Think of it as a lead or brass plug that fits into the hollow portion of the shaft tip.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:15 AM

thanks to everyone who gave a reply to my post! this info definitely helps!

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:14 AM

Before performing surgery, you might want to experiment.  Mark off 1/2" at the butt end of the grip, grab some impact labels and head to the driving range.  After warming up, hit some balls at standard length with impact label and again choking up 1/2" with a fresh impact label.  Compare ball flight, shot dispersion and grouping of impacts on the labels.  If you like the results at the shorter length, then cut away.

As already posted, reducing the driver length will reduce the SW ~3 points.  If the lighter feel is bothersome, you can always add weight (~6gm) at the head end.  For many, it's not worth the trouble.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:14 AM

if you havent hit it yet, take it back and order one with a heavier shaft at the length you want


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 01:00 PM

View Postprestiege, on Nov 11 2009, 06:14 PM, said:

if you havent hit it yet, take it back and order one with a heavier shaft at the length you want

How much can I cut  the (new) shaft if I replace the original shaft with 30-50g heavier shaft?
E: (current shaft is 55g, the club is 45,75" long, and I want to keep swingweight where it is now.)
Right now I'm looking for control so I'd like to cut down as much as I can.

Edited by DaCheap1, 11 November 2009 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:13 PM

View PostDaCheap1, on Nov 11 2009, 01:00 PM, said:

View Postprestiege, on Nov 11 2009, 06:14 PM, said:

if you havent hit it yet, take it back and order one with a heavier shaft at the length you want

How much can I cut the (new) shaft if I replace the original shaft with 30-50g heavier shaft?
E: (current shaft is 55g, the club is 45,75" long, and I want to keep swingweight where it is now.)
Right now I'm looking for control so I'd like to cut down as much as I can.


About 9 gms change in shaft weight equals 1 swing weight point.  If you put a steel shaft in there, you could lop off about 1.5".




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