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Old Jan 9, 2017, 08:45 AM   #1
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I am looking into getting a new driver, since my R1 seems to have lost some pop. What am I looking at for cost on a custom fit driver? Assuming an off the rack is about $500, how much more for one to be fitted?
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I am looking into getting a new driver, since my R1 seems to have lost some pop. What am I looking at for cost on a custom fit driver? Assuming an off the rack is about $500, how much more for one to be fitted?
Depends where you go obviously, but $100 at places like Modern or TXG. I would personally recommend going with Ian Fraser at TXG. His knowledge, expertise, and overall demeanour (personable, service level, etc.) is 2nd to none in my experience.
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Depends where you go obviously, but $100 at places like Modern or TXG. I would personally recommend going with Ian Fraser at TXG. His knowledge, expertise, and overall demeanour (personable, service level, etc.) is 2nd to none in my experience.
Totally agree. And right now if you get a fitting with one of TXG's trainee's the fitting is free.
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I am looking into getting a new driver, since my R1 seems to have lost some pop. What am I looking at for cost on a custom fit driver? Assuming an off the rack is about $500, how much more for one to be fitted?
It all depends on the shaft you end up wanting. Some exotics can get pretty spendy. Wherever you go, be realistic and up front about a budget so you can focus on club/shaft combos you can pull the trigger on.
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I'd say it depends on your budget and expectations.

MG and TXG are at the top of my list, was cut previously at MG but will be getting irons at TXG this spring. They produce the most options to try and configurations with shafts.

Golftown have their fitters, which sounds like hit or miss depending on the ship, but I've yet to use them.
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Custom fit drivers don't have to cost more. The biggest factor is how good of a shaft do you want to invest in. With your budget we could easily fit you into a great club.

I would be glad to help - but I am out in Hampton, so about 45 min east. Appointments are required and please visit my site for additional info on what a True Length Technology fit driver will do for you.
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Depends where you go obviously, but $100 at places like Modern or TXG. I would personally recommend going with Ian Fraser at TXG. His knowledge, expertise, and overall demeanour (personable, service level, etc.) is 2nd to none in my experience.
Ian? As in Ian, formally of MG?

He's started a new fitting place?
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Ian? As in Ian, formally of MG?

He's started a new fitting place?
Same guy. Yep! He posted on here, but it got squashed quick.
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Same guy. Yep! He posted on here, but it got squashed quick.
How long has his new place been open?

I have no need to go there right now but it's good to see another golf business in the GTA.
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TXG officially opened in November and are located within our facility. They have their own separate space, hitting area, and build shop. They've done an amazing job in how they set up their space. Stop by anytime and say hi!

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be honest with yourself.
Weirfan threw up an interesting chart in another thread. Unless your swing is well over a hundred mph, the gain from a exotic shaft fitting isn't worth 2 bills.
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be honest with yourself.
Weirfan threw up an interesting chart in another thread. Unless your swing is well over a hundred mph, the gain from a exotic shaft fitting isn't worth 2 bills.
Thats where the fitting comes in, I'd think they would give me an accurate SS.

I am sure my SS is down a couple from a few years ago, but I am more concerned with keeping it in the middle over an extra few yards at this point.

These are from 2013, so if i was in the 108-115 range I would be ecstatic!
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Thats where the fitting comes in, I'd think they would give me an accurate SS.

I am sure my SS is down a couple from a few years ago, but I am more concerned with keeping it in the middle over an extra few yards at this point.

These are from 2013, so if i was in the 108-115 range I would be ecstatic!
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Your smash factor seems to be a bit low. Not sure what that means WRT a fitting but just and observation.
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Your smash factor seems to be a bit low. Not sure what that means WRT a fitting but just and observation.
Yeah, i noticed that too. And combined with the lack of ball speed on the second shot, despite of higher club speed, may indicate off center hits, which are "punished" more with R series TM drivers .
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Your smash factor seems to be a bit low. Not sure what that means WRT a fitting but just and observation.
That's something I worked on over the last few years. I need to get onto a Flight Scope or Trackman again to see where I am sitting.
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be honest with yourself.
, the gain from a exotic shaft fitting isn't worth 2 bills.
Also, just because a shaft costs more doesn't necessarily mean its a good or better shaft. There have been some shafts in the past that cost $20 odd dollars to produce tagged with sticker prices 10+ times that.

several of the best shafts I have ever used never cost more than $50 USD
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Also, just because a shaft costs more doesn't necessarily mean its a good or better shaft. There have been some shafts in the past that cost $20 odd dollars to produce tagged with sticker prices 10+ times that.

several of the best shafts I have ever used never cost more than $50 USD
$$$ =/= better shaft for a given person. I am of firm belief that spending more doesn't make you better. Find what is best for yuo and get that, cheap or expensive. That's why I want to do this, i have no idea whats best for me.


Does the direction the shaft is put in matter? As in is there a front and back? That always worried me when adjusting the loft on my head.
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$$$ =/= better shaft for a given person. I am of firm belief that spending more doesn't make you better. Find what is best for yuo and get that, cheap or expensive. That's why I want to do this, i have no idea whats best for me.


Does the direction the shaft is put in matter? As in is there a front and back? That always worried me when adjusting the loft on my head.
Part of the PURE process is shaft alignment. If you go get fit by a guy like Ian, you will learn a ton about your equipment. If you're into that, then the $100 is really a drop in the bucket.
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I am of firm belief that spending more doesn't make you better. Find what is best for yuo and get that, cheap or expensive.

Agree, there might be a shaft with a profile that suits you costing $50 versus a similarly specked and profiled shaft costing $250. This is what I was getting at and has been my experience when I did lots of shaft testing in the past

There used to be a great resource called shaft profiles that one could go to to compare the different shaft zone profiles in different flexes , sadly the fellow that maintained it moved on.

Does the direction the shaft is put in matter? As in is there a front and back? That always worried me when adjusting the loft on my head.

this can be debated till the cows come home. My experience ( and that of others I know is that quite often shafts shafts can have a different stiffness profile depending on their orientation. There have been studies on shaft alignment and performance. Some have found that alignment can have an impact.
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$$$ =/= better shaft for a given person. I am of firm belief that spending more doesn't make you better. Find what is best for yuo and get that, cheap or expensive. That's why I want to do this, i have no idea whats best for me.


Does the direction the shaft is put in matter? As in is there a front and back? That always worried me when adjusting the loft on my head.
yes some definite value to be had from an optimum alignment. Though I FLO my graphite shafted woods, I don't bother with the steel shafted clubs.
Tim Hewitt(My Ostrich) was the gentleman that offered the extensive shaft profiles.

For your own edification visit Tutlemans site and read up on spine alignment.
https://www.tutelman.com/golf/shafts...outSpines4.php

with the adjustable hosels, the shaft's FLO should be set up and coincide with the Neutral setting. That way closing or opening the face via the hosel will minimize the deviation.
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yes some definite value to be had from an optimum alignment. Though I FLO my graphite shafted woods, I don't bother with the steel shafted clubs.
Tim Hewitt(My Ostrich) was the gentleman that offered the extensive shaft profiles.

For your own edification visit Tutlemans site and read up on spine alignment.
https://www.tutelman.com/golf/shafts...outSpines4.php

with the adjustable hosels, the shaft's FLO should be set up and coincide with the Neutral setting. That way closing or opening the face via the hosel will minimize the deviation.
I too FlO all graphite shafts.
I've used a bearing spine finder for over 10 years with steel shafts , aligning NBP to target nd measuring frequency in that orientation .

Yes Tim was the fellow who maintained shaft profiles.com, with input from other clubbuilders who preformed shaft zone profiling, was a great resource . Tim is also one of the few who did actual double blind testing of dispertion and shaft alignment.
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If you believe what Titleist states, Pure doesn't improve performance.
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If you believe what Titleist states, Pure doesn't improve performance.
Oh Boy, this will be interesting...
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I'm pretty sure there's a few independent research groups that have proven FLO Spine and Pure all do nothing really to effect performance.

I know I've read it.

I'm still unsure the difference between them all

I do know that a lot of Tour players don't even know what it is or use it.

Tour vans do not have any of these processes.

A coworker of mine personally knowns brooke and brittney Henderson. They don't use FLO pure spine etc. They didn't even know what it was.
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If you believe what Titleist states, Pure doesn't improve performance.
It does if you're dealing with a crappy shaft. If the frequency one way is 250 cpm and 260 the other way for example you are dealing with one full flex difference. And the only way to find out is to have it measured in a frequency meter. A bad shaft will wobble significantly when twanged.
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