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Lengthen driver shaft... how to?


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#1 Osito2199

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 05:23 PM

How does one lengthen a driver a shaft? Is it something that I can do myself or should a clubmaker do it? Is the process reversible (assuming I dont like it once its done)?

I have an R5 that I want to extend to around 45.5" or 45.75".

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 06:06 PM

You can put an extention in the butt of the shaft.  You can get one at Golfsmith or GolfGalaxy.  Just epoxy it in the end of the shaft and cut it to length.  If you don't like it, just cut it off.  It is really easy to do.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 12:45 AM

Make sure it's a graphite one (not steel) or else it can mess up your swingweight.
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 04:47 PM

sounds simple enough

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 06:24 PM

It will make no difference what the extension is made of, you will add 3 SW points for every 1/2" you lengthen the club.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:11 AM

Here is the best way to extend graphite shaft to minimize the weight balance of the shaft, so you won't mess up the swing weight to far but yet strong enough.

You need to use an old graphite shafts on the inner part and the outer part. Try to pick the inner diameter and outer diameter as tight as possible. Make sure you use a full strength epoxy.  I think pictures will tell you more on how i do it.

Good luck!  

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

quick question... Will lenthening the shaft by a .5" or .75" drastically effect shaft flex? I have a stiff Prolaunch in my R5. I love the feel of the shaft, but would prefer a slightly longer length. Would .5" soften it too much?

Thanks

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 01:12 PM

Shouldn't effect flex much...only effect on flex would be the increased swight weight. (minimal)
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 05:45 PM

Actually the swingweight change does not impact flex here - only swingweight changes made by adding weight to the head will actually soften the shaft flex.

Lengthening the club by 1/2 an inch will not have a noticable impact on playing flex, however the longer the club the more flexible the shaft will feel in the same flex.

The rule of thumb that we use when fitting long driver is one full flex for every 1 1/2" you extend the club. This is a "feel" issue only though - as the actual club flex does not soften by this much, the longer shaft simply has more action and feel to it.

Think of a yardstick. At 36" it feels pretty whippy. At 30" it will feel stiffer. You did not change the flex of the stick as you would have by tipping a shaft that is stiffer in the butt than in the tip, but by shortening the length of the stick it felt stiffer.

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