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    Posted: 01 February 2011 at 4:01pm
 
I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct place, this is the first time I am posting on the forum. I will appreciate any advice.
 
I am trying to get my clubs customs fitted, specifically the shafts but here in Cape Town, South Africa not a lot to chose from other that our big retailer that has  Flight Scope and "sales men", some who know more/less than others about club fitting.
 
I have been working on RST swing for a few months now and am at the point where I need to start looking at my clubs to get them to fit my swing rather than the other way around. I play with Taylormade R7's with graphite shafts and I think shafts are too long for me so have been gripping about an inch or so down the shaft.  I am pretty sure I have good setup now and find if I don't grip down club head doesn't lie flat on the ground and toe is in the air.
 
Went to retailer today and the first thing he did was measure wrist to ground measurement on chart on the wall which shows I should have 1/2" longer shaft! I must have very short arms as I am only 5'7"!! I have heard Chuck saying a few times on videos that you can't just measure these to determine shaft length. He then got me to swing 5 iron on Flight  Scope to see club head speed which averages about 85-87mph. He then got me to swing my club holding full length with tape on bottom of club. This showed impact on ground exactly in the middle of club, does this in fact mean that longer shaft is correct length? I then questioned how this can be, am I in a different position at impact to setup with hands in slightly higher position or is it something to do with shaft I have that is a little too flexible. "Sales man" said that shaft flex'es in two planes, one perpendicular to club face and the other parralel to face. If too flexible at impact shaft flex effectively results in slightly increased lie angle and posibly explains why at impact my club is perfectly level with ground.
 
So what to do. My options seem to be shorten tip of graphite shaft to make it a little stiffer and then either put plug on butt end to keep shaft length the same or not to make it shorter. This is cheapest option!! Alternatively put in lightweight steel shafts but again how long?
 
How would RST club fitter go about determining correct shaft lenght for a player? From good setup position so that club lies flat and then get correct shaft flex so that bottom impact on ground is in the middle on club. Is correct shaft flex determined only by club head speed or are there other factors?
 
I could go on for ages with more questions but this is more than enough already. Answers to any/all of the above questions will be appreciated.
 
Craig
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There are so many things that go into this and without seeing your swing it's hard to say what all is happening here. Playing a longer than standard shaft at your height either means you have T-Rex arms or he's fitting your overly flat swing plane. That would be my first guess.
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Chuck,
 
If possibe could you look at my swings posted in group 1 forum. There are two posted today, one from late last week with two swings, one with a graphite shafted R7 (1/2" long but you will see I grip down quite a bit) and another with 4 iron steel shaft which I put a standard 6 iron shaft in. THe other video was swing from today with 4 iron. I defintely feel more comfortable with shorter shaft and I think I will go for shorter shafts in my set, just not sure if I should just shorten graphite to be same as my 4 iron or if I put new steel shafts two clubs short in all my irons.
 
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