If you have been reading my recent posts you should know that I am getting one of the new TPT shaffs for a driver. As part of the shaff deal I set up a driver shaft fitting for the TPT line of shafts with my local Club Champion store. I had an 1-1/2 hour appointment last Wednesday, April 11th. To get ready for my shaft fitting I hit the driving range on Monday and Tuesday of that week to try to get my swing back into reasonable shape as I didn't want to have a fitting with a really rustly swing. As it turns out, my range sessions were less than ideal in terms of how fast I was swing the clubs. Monday wasn't too bad, but I must admit that I was not getting the expected swing speed did I am used to with my woods. Tuesday was even worse as my Swing Speed Radar unit was showing that my swing speed with my driver was only around 88 to 92 MPN, well short of my usual 98 to 100 MPH. Why I can't say, but I'm sure the lack of range time was a factor. This brings me to my Trackman session on Wednesday at Club Champion. After warming up with an 8 iron, we started out with me hitting my driver, a Cleveland Launcher 460 Comp. Needless to say I was NOT very happy to see that the Trackman was showing my driver swings at only 85 on average. Nothing close to what is has been in the past. With my driver that has a 78 gram Stiff flex shaft, i averaged 84.9 MPH. What was interesting was that when I hit the TPT shafts, which are all well under that weight. I averaged When I hit the TPT 17 lkp mt shaft which weights 55 grams in the new Ping g400 MAX head, I got an average of only 83.3.With the 15 lkp LT shaft weighing 65 grams, I got 84.3. With the 65 gram 15 LPK MT shaft I got 83.8 MPH. When I hit the TPT 16 LKP MT shaft that weighs only 61 grams in the same Ping head my speed was 84.0 MPH. While a lot of golfers may be surprised by this data and contrary to what most of us are beign told by the golf club makers, it is EXACTLY what I was expecting to get. For the past 12 years I have been measuring my club head speed with different weight shafts in a driver, I have ALWAYS gotten the same speed with a heavy shaft as I do with the lighter ones. So the next time some golf club reps tells you that their driver with the ultra light shaft will give my higher swing speeds and therefore Longer drives, Take it with a grain of salt, and do your own testing on a good launch monitor like I just did.
END OF PART ONE.