Last month I made a trip down to Carl’s Golfland for a driver fitting with a TaylorMade rep. It went well and I found something that I was consistently hitting well. I was fully prepared to buy a brand new M6 with the shaft I had hit the best. The rep said with my swing speed there is no way I can play a stock shaft off the shelf. Unfortunately (for them), they never put the recommendations in my account, even after I sent several messages.
One of my golf buddies runs a little business called STUD GOLF, doing club repairs and sales here in Saginaw. After talking to him about driver heads (which don’t change much over a few years), I decided to try replacing the shaft in my TaylorMade M2. After all, the shaft is what really matters, even though almost everyone gets geeked out by the newest driver heads on the market. Looking through TaylorMade’s customization options, I found what I thought was the shaft I had hit so well. It’s the Aldila ROGUE Silver 110 M.S.I 60 in a stiff flex and it turned out that Don had one in his shop. It even had the correct TaylorMade tip already on it, so it was an easy swap.
After using it for a week and then choking down on it to test for even more consistency, I was blown away. So then I had the shaft shortened by a half inch. One other change I made from the club fitting was to adjust the M2 down from 10.5° to 9.75°, which is producing a better launch angle. This also slightly opens the face, which helps eliminate some of the hook misses (I rarely slice anymore). I’m bombing this thing well over 300 yards!
Over the last decade or so golf club manufacturers are changing everything so amateurs can hit it longer; everyone wants more distance. They keep lengthening driver shafts because it allows people to generate more club speed and hit it longer. The price you pay is consistency though. Length off the tee doesn’t do any good if it’s in the trees or in a pond. The pros on tour don’t even play drivers as long as what is being sold to amateurs. The pros are willing to give up some distance for accuracy to hit more fairways.
If you’re a little wild with a driver try choking down a half or full inch next time you play. The results may surprise you.