Shaft Length effects distance

Shaft Length effects distance

Post by Michael Krau » Fri, 24 Apr 1998 04:00:00


I was told that I should use clubs that are a half inch shorter than
standard length. My question is, since each club in a set is 1/2 inch
shorter than the previous wont my 5 iron play like a 6 iron if I make it
1/2 shorter than standard? I dont see how its possible to hit a 1/2
shorter 5 iron as far as a standard length 5 iron.

MIKE

 
 
 

Shaft Length effects distance

Post by Bruce Marti » Fri, 24 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Mike,

I was fitted for clubs and told I needed to add 1/2" to the shaft, the
reason being with a standard length shaft I was making contact with the
bottom of the face of the club. By adding 1/2" I now hit the middle of the
face (every so often) and get better ball flight. The loft of the club will
remain the same so the launch angle so also remain (about) the same but
since the contact should occur in the center, you should get at least the
same if not more distance.

Bruce

Quote:

> I was told that I should use clubs that are a half inch shorter than
> standard length. My question is, since each club in a set is 1/2 inch
> shorter than the previous wont my 5 iron play like a 6 iron if I make it
> 1/2 shorter than standard? I dont see how its possible to hit a 1/2
> shorter 5 iron as far as a standard length 5 iron.

> MIKE


 
 
 

Shaft Length effects distance

Post by JoeCartpat » Fri, 24 Apr 1998 04:00:00

The main objective of an iron shot is accuracy, not distance. You don't say
who told you to get shorter clubs, but I assume it was a pro or a clubfitter
who knows what they are doing ( as opposed to a fellow hacker). If that
assessment is accurate, you WILL hit the ball more solidly with a properly
fitted set of clubs - and that translates into more distance AND accuracy.
If you lose some distance, but gain accuracy -so what? Just hit one more
club.
If you are not convinced, get a second opinion from a qualified source.

Quote:

>I was told that I should use clubs that are a half inch shorter than
>standard length. My question is, since each club in a set is 1/2 inch
>shorter than the previous wont my 5 iron play like a 6 iron if I make it
>1/2 shorter than standard? I dont see how its possible to hit a 1/2
>shorter 5 iron as far as a standard length 5 iron.

>MIKE


 
 
 

Shaft Length effects distance

Post by \ » Fri, 24 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I was told that I should use clubs that are a half inch shorter than
> standard length. My question is, since each club in a set is 1/2 inch
> shorter than the previous wont my 5 iron play like a 6 iron if I make it
> 1/2 shorter than standard? I dont see how its possible to hit a 1/2
> shorter 5 iron as far as a standard length 5 iron.

> MIKE

Unless you're shorter than about 5'4", I wouldn't listen to anyone who
told you to get shorter clubs.

If anything, a short player should consider LONGER shafts (flatter
lies).  Short arms is something of a hinderance in creating a wide arc,
which is one of the key components to generating distance.

Randy

 
 
 

Shaft Length effects distance

Post by brian ter » Fri, 24 Apr 1998 04:00:00

First off, I would check the credentials of whoever told you that you
need shorter clubs THEN get a second opinion. As for 1/2 inch making a
difference in distance - it would be practically unnoticable. That
difference in clublength would MAYBE drop your swing speed 1 mph.

B Terry