Re: Golfers of RedsZone (aka War Stories from the Rough)
If you're not hitting many greens, but are still at a 2.3, I doubt your putter is much the issue as you'd have to have a stellar short game. The right equipment makes a big difference though, but it's more the fitting than the "quality". I've become pretty well read on the different equipment specs and have a decent handle on things, and it's helped me to learn to reshaft my own clubs and know where to buy things inexpensively online.
For example, after reading a lot of people's experience with drivers, I thought a different setup would work well for me. I always used a 10.5* driver with a mid to high launching shaft. I never seemed to get that higher launch that would optimize distance given my swing speed. I followed what others had done and went to a 12* driver, but a low spinning shaft (Aldila Voo Doo SVS6). I bought the head and shaft separately and saved a lot of money doing it. I had also previously experimented with different club lengths with my driver as most come these days entirely too long for the vast majority of golfers. I play a 44.5" driver and have even considered going down to 44".
This driver setup has totally changed my game. Without changing my swing, I added 15 yards distance and the higher loft has led to more control. I hit a nice somewhat high ball flight without a lot of spin. The ball never balloons on me like it used to. But it was all a result of getting the right combination of launch angle, club length, shaft flex, torque, and spin profile to fit my swing and swing speed. And this shaft felt so great, I went and got one for my fairways woods (just a little heavier) and now hit them much better. That shaft just works for me.
Just by looking at that picture, your driver looks pretty long. If you hit it consistently straight, then no need to consider a change. But if you don't, you may be surprised what a difference cutting it down would make. If you look at the majority of tour pros, they play their drivers much shorter than standard. Very few are going to play drivers over 45" in length and most off the rack drivers these days are coming at 45.5" or even 45.75". Tiger has used as short as a 43" driver but played with a 43.5" most of his career (although current rumor is he's playing with a 44.75"), and I've read the average length for drivers on tour is 44.5". There's a reason few tour pros play drivers over 45"...because they can't control them well enough. Interestingly enough, Rory McIlroy is one of the few plays a longer driver. I've read it's either 45" or 45.5". Fowler is the other guy who plays longer shafts than most.
You may want to consider this. You won't lose much distance, and some people even gain distance as they can take a more aggressive swing because they have so much more control of the club. If you decide to look into this, just make sure you keep the swing weight where you like it, which is just a matter of adding a small amount of weight to the clubhead.
One of the other equipment changes I made a few years back that made a big difference was going to KBS shafts on my irons. They feel so much smoother than the Rifles or Dynamic Golds that come with most off the rack clubs. I couldn't believe how much better they felt. It led to a little higher ball flight for me, but it did so without additional spin netting me a few more yards for each club. Being a flat plane swinger myself with my misses (up until recently at least) all being left, I had my clubs bent 1* flat, which made a difference as well.
Getting the right fit will make a difference, even without changing your swing.
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Last edited by MWM; 06-19-2012 at 06:05 PM.