steel vs graphite...

steel vs graphite...

Post by Tony Edwar » Fri, 30 Oct 1998 04:00:00


I bought a used set of clubs a while back.  Admittedly, I have not
really been hitting the driver.  However, all clubs EXCEPT the
driver are steel shafted.  The driver is graphite.

I recently pulled the driver out and had extreme trouble w/ it
(usually use the 3 wood off the tee).  Hooking it a ton (3W
straight to a slight fade).  My question:

Is my trouble primarily from the lack of loft on the club or the
graphite shaft?  If I buy a new set, should I stick w/ steel (which
I'm inclined to do anyway, since it would be cheaper)?

thanks,

--

Tony Edwards
MicroPlanet, Inc.
http://www.microplanet.com

 
 
 

steel vs graphite...

Post by Dan Driscol » Sat, 31 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Tony,

Try slowing down your swing with the driver before you do anything else.
I doubt the low loft is causing you to hook, especially if you fade a 3
wood. The driver shaft may be a little too soft for your swing.

BTW, most pros use steel shafted irons and graphite shafted drivers. It
is not an unusual combination. Preference for fairway wood shafts
varies. I have graphite in my driver and 13* 3W, steel in my 16* 3W and
5W.

Quote:

> I bought a used set of clubs a while back.  Admittedly, I have not
> really been hitting the driver.  However, all clubs EXCEPT the
> driver are steel shafted.  The driver is graphite.

> I recently pulled the driver out and had extreme trouble w/ it
> (usually use the 3 wood off the tee).  Hooking it a ton (3W
> straight to a slight fade).  My question:

> Is my trouble primarily from the lack of loft on the club or the
> graphite shaft?  If I buy a new set, should I stick w/ steel (which
> I'm inclined to do anyway, since it would be cheaper)?

> thanks,

> --

> Tony Edwards
> MicroPlanet, Inc.
> http://www.microplanet.com


 
 
 

steel vs graphite...

Post by Frank Tan » Sat, 31 Oct 1998 04:00:00

The first thing that I'd do would be to check the shaft flex between the
steel clubs and the graphite driver.  That might explain it all.

ftaok


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Quote:
>I bought a used set of clubs a while back.  Admittedly, I have not
>really been hitting the driver.  However, all clubs EXCEPT the
>driver are steel shafted.  The driver is graphite.

>I recently pulled the driver out and had extreme trouble w/ it
>(usually use the 3 wood off the tee).  Hooking it a ton (3W
>straight to a slight fade).  My question:

>Is my trouble primarily from the lack of loft on the club or the
>graphite shaft?  If I buy a new set, should I stick w/ steel (which
>I'm inclined to do anyway, since it would be cheaper)?

>thanks,

>--

>Tony Edwards
>MicroPlanet, Inc.
>http://www.microplanet.com


 
 
 

steel vs graphite...

Post by JoePe » Sun, 01 Nov 1998 04:00:00

I would hazard that your graphite shaft driver isn't matched well to the rest
of set. Check the flex and just because it might say something S for stiff and
your irons have a similar marking, it won't mean both have the same flex. Take
it to a pro or a clubmaker and have him check vs your set.

Another issue is graphite weighs less than steel. If you happen to a
lightweight graphite shaft, it could be enough to throw off your swing weight
enough so that your typical swing is a bit much for this driver.