Driver Shaft Length: Everything You Need to Know

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Driver Shaft Length 101

Are you a golf enthusiast strongly interested in improving your game? Alternatively, are you trying to find the right Golf club set for your game?

If you fall into either category or you belong to a combination of both, then you need to know that the shaft of the Golf Club sets plays a very pivotal role in your game.

The shaft of your Golf Club sets is the very first point of contact between you and your clubs when you attempt to hit the ball. It is very important that you bring the ball to a place that will not go below or over the target line you have in mind.

The quality of your Golf Club set will depend on the quality of your shafts. A strong and well-built shaft is not only perfect for your game, but it also lasts long and is quite durable. This is extremely important especially when you’re playing your favorite sport.

But, it is only in recent times that Golf enthusiasts and experts have come to understand the importance of the shafts. Like any other piece of your Golf Club set, the shaft also has to be customized by your skill level.

Regardless of your skill level, you must pay attention to the shaft length of your clubs. Not all shafts are the same the same length.

There is always a game plan for each specific level of skill and the shaft length varies accordingly.

What is the Ideal Shaft Length?

Driver shaft length refers to the shaft portion of your golf club between the grip and the clubface. Your shaft can directly affect clubhead speed, launch angle, and shot accuracy.

The ideal length of the driver’s shaft depends with your height, arm length, and grip size. Since shaft length can also affect distance and accuracy, it’s one of the most important aspects of fitting for a new driver.

Of course, the perfect driver shaft is different for each golfer. It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the ball at the range or in competition—you want your driver shaft to be the proper one for you. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to value its full potential.

But how do you actually determine the proper shaft length? Here’s a quick checklist to help you pick a driver that’s ideal for you.

Get custom fitted. The most effective way to obtain your proper driver shaft length is by visiting your local golf pro. Before you start hitting balls, a golf pro might ask you to do some number crunching. You’ll have to measure your height, hand length, and arm length, and also do some simple calculations to determine your preferred driver length.

Distance vs. Accuracy

Before we do this, we need to discuss distance versus accuracy. When talking about driver shaft length, the distance is what you measure, but the accuracy is how accurate that measurement is.

There are different ways to measure the distance of a driver shaft, which is part of the reason that you see so many different tolerances.

Surface to Surface:

Indicates the length of the shaft from the mouth of the head to the end of the grip.

What this means is that if a manufacturer states Surface to Surface in the specs, this tells you the distance from one end of the club head to the other. Since it’s not accurate, it’s usually the most used method for measuring driver shafts.

Shaft Tip to Shaft Tip:

Indicates the length of the shaft from the tip of the grip to the tip of the head.

This is a much more accurate measurement, since you’re not measuring from a rounded body to a rounded body. The more accurate the measurement, the fewer clubs you’re going to go through in a season.

What Happens When You Cut Down a Driver

A driver shaft is the backbone of your putter. If the shaft is bent or too long or too short, it doesn’t matter how perfect the putter head is – you’re not going to be able to start the ball on the ideal path to the cup.

In this post, we’ll show you how to measure your driver shaft length and how to cut the shaft to the ideal length.

How to Measure the Length of Your Driver Shaft

Measure the total length of your putter, from the butt to the top of your grip. To do this, stand the putter up vertically, bottom end on the ground, and measure the length from the hollow in the grip up through the butt to the top of the grip. Measure from the top of your grip to your wrist.

You then need to determine the correct length for your putter. The best way is to check out your local pro shop. If you need to shorten the shaft, they should be able to provide you with a handle shim that is precisely the right size.

FAQs

The stiff, wooden shaft is a critical component of the golf club that many people overlook regularly and never think about until it breaks.

For the casual player, a club shaft can be replaced at any time without great consideration. However, for the competitive golfer, a damaged piece of equipment can ruin their entire round, and also take a toll on their scores.

To help protect against shaft failure and to reduce the risk of damage, you can have your driver fitted with a new golf shaft. Whether you have broken your shaft or you are looking to replace it with a superior model altogether, there are several reasons why having the shaft lengthened may be a good idea.

WHAT You Need to Know about the Shaft

No matter if you play for fun or for sport, you have surely spent enough time in golf stores to notice that there are many different shaft models for sale.

For instance, they are available as graphite and titanium, they can be polished or painted, and they come in different lengths.

There are also different types such as standard flex or stiff shaft, and both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The important thing in choosing a shaft is to find one that suits your golfing skills, game and style.

Should I shorten my driver shaft?

Golfers generally have a standard set of measurements taken by their local pro shop technicians when they purchase a new set of clubs. They may just alter and make changes to these lengths once they start to play and pick up golf.

The main reason for having these standard lengths is to make it easier for golfers. Golfers need to learn the game before they actually get to modify the club settings.

During this learning curve, it becomes difficult to tweak the club length if it’s shorter or longer than the standard measurements.

But there are some golfers that actually seek to shorten their driver shaft length. They want to hit shorter shots and drive the ball off the tee with power.

Shortening the driver shaft length will definitely help the golfer hit the ball deeper into the pocket.

But there are also some who want to change the length of the shaft to the opposite side.

You’ve seen it before. You hit a few bad drives that travel very high once in a while. This is a clear indication that the standard length of the club is too long for you.

But can you actually safely shorten your driver shaft? And how? Let’s take a closer look at the considerations that you will need to take into account before shortening your driver shaft length.

Does a longer shaft mean more distance?

The general idea is that increasing the club-head speed, which in this case equates to increasing the driver shaft length will result in a ball speed of higher velocity. Higher ball velocity means more distance.

However, if you look back at how the ball velocity is influenced by driver shaft length in the past, you will see that it is not that simple. Let’s take a look at the data from the table below. We should take into consideration that the coefficient of restitution (COR), launch angle and ball speed measurements may vary by golf ball type or ball condition.

We see that the data compiled in the table shows a slight decrease in ball velocity for longer shafted drivers.

What’s the reason?

I have come to two possible conclusions:

{1}. The ball-speed loss is caused by the increased head-wind resistance on longer drivers, which increases the swing weight slightly. The increased swing weight is factored into the in-swing weight transference from the descending point to the ball-impact zone and the propelling energy lost ends up as wind resistance without hitting the ball.
{2}. The comparatively smaller face area on a longer driver, which is also facing a higher launch angle, increases the accuracy requirements of the hitting zone and restricts the top players’ strong tendency to release the club-head at the ball-impact zone.

How long is Bubba Watson’s and Rickie Fowler’s driver shaft?

Asking how long the driver shaft is can be answered best by asking a couple other questions first.

Who is the driver shaft made for?

What is the purpose of their clubs?

How old is the person using it?

These questions are important because there are different shaft sizes for different drivers, especially for more older players, and the younger people, especially the shorter people. It is best to understand what driver shaft length you need before you go to the golf store to buy one. I will get into the different types of shafts and how to match the right shaft to the person’s needs later in this article, but first I want to tell you more about the average golf club.

Every standard driver shaft is about 46-48” long. The smaller length should be used for a person under 5’10 and the longer ones should be used for a person over 6’1. The average length is just a general guide. The player will ultimately know which length fits them the best.

Just about every club is about the same basic design. The driver is basically just a square shape club with a grip to hold it. The shaft is the thing that makes it a driver, the shaft is responsible for most of the clubs power and to have the power it takes a stiff shaft.

Is there a limit for your driver length?

You know, in golf, you can always hit a longer ball. As the club’s shaft becomes longer, there is a point known as the PGA limits on how long you can make your club. But then again, a longer club gives you a better swing and makes it easier.

If you consider the longest flying balls that you have seen, you will see that their overall length is what generates their momentum. So yes, you can always generate more speed and hit that one further just by clubbing more of the ball.

With that said, a golf club’s length is exactly what makes golf a fun game for the players. At least, you know you scope more of the field and have a wide range to hit from when using a longer club.

Since you don’t want to get that “just missed” the ball out of your head, making your club cover more area is a great way to increase your misses.

Final Thoughts on Driver Shaft Length

If you’ve been playing one of the popular sports on the market such as golf, basketball, or football, you’d have come across the need for getting the perfect length for your stick.

But the market is flooded with club varieties that often make it hard to get the perfect length. The size of your golf sticks will also be influenced by your level of skill.

Either way, to get the perfect length for your golf sticks, you’ll need to measure your driver shaft length.

The best way to get this measurement is to make an appointment with your local pro shop where you can get the right measurement for your driver shaft length.

Then all you need to do is to purchase a driver shaft with this measurement. And of course, this will be coupled with other features that you need for your golf club.

Now I know that most golf enthusiasts are looking for a cheaper shortcut to get their driver shaft length. So I’ve shared with you a method that works just fine.

Measure the length of the handle (the part you grip in your hand), and compare it to the handle length of a driver shaft that’s the same brand.

The best way to get this measurement is to measure the handle of your existing golf club and match it with the handle of your desired driver.