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What are peeps experiences of adding shaft extenders in terms of feel and performance afterwards ?

Those that have reshafted + 1/2-1in or more, how have you found the process of swing weighting or achieving a similar MOI feel to them. Have you drilled out the hosels to achieve lower swing weights ?

In general have longer clubs made any significant improvement to your game ? It is said that longer clubs are harder to hit accurately, does this seem to be the case or have improvements in posture etc countered any ill effects ?

Just about to start an experiment, so would be interested to get some feedback.

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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 29, 2010, 08:17:23 »
Had mine extended by 1/2'' on the recommendation of Niceshot following a Trackman session - very pleased with the results - notice no difference at all in feel.
Shaft will be I believe slightly softer being 1/2'' longer, but nothing that noticeable.......
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #2 on: Sep 29, 2010, 23:46:37 »
Interesting. Do you know what Mark did to them to compensate for the extension, in terms of adjusting swing weight, drop in flex etc ? When I discussed this with a top end club fitter he suggested I do a complete reshaft to avoid compromising performance.

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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 30, 2010, 00:00:13 »
Interesting. Do you know what Mark did to them to compensate for the extension, in terms of adjusting swing weight, drop in flex etc ? When I discussed this with a top end club fitter he suggested I do a complete reshaft to avoid compromising performance.

I had mine done at AGT in St. Andrew's by a top end club fitter.  No mention of compromised performance performance; he seemed perfectly happy to load a tip weight into the hosel to maintain the swing weight. 

I'm not sure the flex changes by extending the butt end of a shaft.  If it does it won't be a dramatic change.

I "know" from reading posts from experienced clubfitters that shortening a shaft by lopping the butt end has no effect on flex; clipping the tip does though.  I have no idea why that should be; wasn't covered in Higher Physics when I was at school ...
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 03, 2010, 21:59:39 »
Cheers for feedback GB  :thumbup1:

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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 03, 2010, 22:27:50 »
I had mine done at AGT in St. Andrew's by a top end club fitter.  No mention of compromised performance performance; he seemed perfectly happy to load a tip weight into the hosel to maintain the swing weight. 

I'm not sure the flex changes by extending the butt end of a shaft.  If it does it won't be a dramatic change.

I "know" from reading posts from experienced clubfitters that shortening a shaft by lopping the butt end has no effect on flex; clipping the tip does though.  I have no idea why that should be; wasn't covered in Higher Physics when I was at school ...

Why did he have to add weight to the head?
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 03, 2010, 22:49:17 »
I'd forgotten about this thread, but since it's resurrected, I confess I'm not sure AGT did weight the clubs.  What I do know is they extended them and added thicker grips (well regripped with more tape wraps at any rate).

I've had a few of the heads work loose and had to be refitted, and noticed they've been tip weighted, but I don't know that AGT did that, or if they were like that when I got them from Keve who got them on ebay (and the trail goes cold at that point).

Or it could be a Mizuno thing.  Keve's also had a loose head on his 6I about the same time mine went, and his hosel/shaft were identical to mine - there's a plug in the shaft with a raised "bar" that doesn't fit the whole width of the plug, and fits into a slot in whatever's in the hosel; there's definitely something in there but it's difficult to see exactly what.
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 04, 2010, 08:28:03 »
Those are Mizuno tip weights so looks like AGT didn't do anything there.
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 04, 2010, 11:11:08 »
I'd forgotten about this thread, but since it's resurrected, I confess I'm not sure AGT did weight the clubs.  What I do know is they extended them and added thicker grips (well regripped with more tape wraps at any rate).

I've had a few of the heads work loose and had to be refitted, and noticed they've been tip weighted, but I don't know that AGT did that, or if they were like that when I got them from Keve who got them on ebay (and the trail goes cold at that point).

Or it could be a Mizuno thing.  Keve's also had a loose head on his 6I about the same time mine went, and his hosel/shaft were identical to mine - there's a plug in the shaft with a raised "bar" that doesn't fit the whole width of the plug, and fits into a slot in whatever's in the hosel; there's definitely something in there but it's difficult to see exactly what.

Mizuno have some nice tip weights that don't fill the entire tip and allow air / epoxy to move up the shaft slightly when you insert the shaft to the hosel, helps prevent getting trapped air in the hosel. I suspect the groove you have found in the bottom of the hosel is simply left over epoxy from either side of the "bar" - this can be fairly easily removed if you heat it and then use either a wood drill (so it won't damage the hosel) or an abrasive grinding tip.
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 04, 2010, 12:55:08 »
Interesting. Do you know what Mark did to them to compensate for the extension, in terms of adjusting swing weight, drop in flex etc ? When I discussed this with a top end club fitter he suggested I do a complete reshaft to avoid compromising performance.

Been away and only picked this up......sorry..didn't do anything else to change the swingweight - suppose just accepted that they been a bit different......to be honest unless you have such a repeatable swing and are a Pro, then would it make that much difference?
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Re: Lengthening your iron shafts, what are your experiences ?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 04, 2010, 13:16:01 »
Interesting. Do you know what Mark did to them to compensate for the extension, in terms of adjusting swing weight, drop in flex etc ? When I discussed this with a top end club fitter he suggested I do a complete reshaft to avoid compromising performance.

IIRC the SWs were already quite light so lengthing them actually helped.

Lengthening will in general reduce cpm but as length is increased overall flex stays the same
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