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    Hi all, a couple of weeks ago, my darling wife came to me with a driver in hand. I quickly owned up to any thing, which was unfortunate because she just wanted to know why it was behind the curtain in the office. Any way, I had bought a Wilson Staff driver when I first started playing, it cost me about $50 bucks new. I took it out to the club for a hit and quickly realised why it was priced so. It has a mens flex written on it but my lord, maybe for a hobbit, truly, calling it a limp noodle would be kind. I pulled the shaft and put the rather nice looking club head aside in the "one day pile". So I was out at the club yesterday and it was time for the lost and found bin to be rationalised. In it was a steel shaft with the the remnants of a wooden hosel and part of the binding. I took it home ,pulled the bits off it and buffed it up. It's perfect not a speck of corrosion anywhere even in side. It stands as a testament to old time quality. So as you've guessed I looked at the two and wondered. Has any one tried a old shaft with a modern head. A butt extension of 1/2"and it equals my r7 length, dry fit spot on D0 , all up weight 618 gms on my home made and calibrated swing weight tester. The shaft has a gently firm bend then the last third is where the kick and flex is. It is quite a surprise the shaft only weighs 124gms. Any one ever have a fit like this work? I am not expecting miracles so I am looking for a good shaft with .335 tip and a genuine regular flex with a good reputation, if anyone wants to sell one.

    Regards golfshooter.

  • #2
    Re: Mix and match

    The thing to check here is tip size and amount of parallel tip (ie how much insertion into the hosel can you get before the shaft starts getting bigger).

    Five thousandths are the maximum OK for fit - beaded epoxy can be used to take up the slack. Anything more than that and you risk a flying head.

    125g is pretty standard for a steel shaft.

    618g seems like a ton of weight, given the modern driver is ~310 - 200g for the head, 50 for the grip and 60 for the shaft.

    If the tip is OK for the hosel, then there's no reason NOT to shaft it up and give it a try. The bonus is, steel shafts don't need ferrules (they're purely aesthetic on steel shafts).

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    • #3
      Re: Mix and match

      The shaft is parallel for 10 inches, it's no problem,and the shaft goes into the head 1 1/2". The only problem is the original builder put a small crimp in the shaft about 2 inches from the tip. I am told that's what they often did in the day but it was covered with a large chunk of bake-a-lite(sorry, best I could do). I am able to cover it with a ferrule I just don't know if that will hold, other wise I chop off a 1/2" and add a small butt extension. I am of the opinion that very few things are done for nothing, we tend to learn something. But is this genuine a waste of time? My limited experience has seen no one using a 460 head on a steel shaft. I will eventually will come across an up to date shaft and fit it. I am still curious though.
      golfshooter

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      • #4
        Re: Mix and match

        Make sure you bury the crimp in the hosel if you can - otherwise it adds to the shear point a hosel creates.

        Even if you only tip it 3/4", as long as the driver is more than 44", I say leave it be and try it out.

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        • #5
          Re: Mix and match

          I tipped it 1/2" and it's fine. All up weight is 399gms and my r7, 342 with a 1 and 4 weight fitted. Sounds like the r7 is one of the heavier drivers.
          golfshooter

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          • #6
            Re: Mix and match

            I haven't had a hit out for around 6 weeks because the golf course went under water. Finally got to and I am astonished, although the weight is very noticeable I really was not prepared for the results. I am not a long driver, maybe 220 meters, but no bull, this was hitting the same trajectory and distance as the R7. In fact , I really enjoyed it over the R7. some went a little further. It was tiring though. Wilson are generally known as a pretty cheap and nasty club, there was nothing wrong with this head it sounded solid with just a "chink" noise (a result of the extra weight I assume) and the ball just rocketed off and the miss hits not a huge problem. There was another bloke there and I was a little embarrassed pulling the club out. After a little while I asked him if he would try it. He commented on the weight but the result amazed him,He had just paid $300 for a cleveland that was hitting a similar distance. What's the go here, are we forking over good money for the latest high tech composite material advanced wind tunnel tested you beaut super light driver when mister average can combine a 40 year old steel shaft with a known cheapy head on a hunch and get these results??

            golfshooter
            Last edited by golfshooter; 02-04-2011, 01:17 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: Mix and match

              Originally posted by golfshooter View Post
              I haven't had a hit out for around 6 weeks because the golf course went under water. Finally got to and I am astonished, although the weight is very noticeable I really was not prepared for the results. I am not a long driver, maybe 220 meters, but no bull, this was hitting the same trajectory and distance as the R7. In fact , I really enjoyed it over the R7. some went a little further. It was tiring though. Wilson are generally known as a pretty cheap and nasty club, there was nothing wrong with this head it sounded solid with just a "chink" noise (a result of the extra weight I assume) and the ball just rocketed off and the miss hits not a huge problem. There was another bloke there and I was a little embarrassed pulling the club out. After a little while I asked him if he would try it. He commented on the weight but the result amazed him,He had just paid $300 for a cleveland that was hitting a similar distance. What's the go here, are we forking over good money for the latest high tech composite material advanced wind tunnel tested you beaut super light driver when mister average can combine a 40 year old steel shaft with a known cheapy head on a hunch and get these results??

              golfshooter
              In a word, yes.

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              • #8
                Re: Mix and match

                LOL, well here's another , I broke the head off a Adams Speedline driver some time ago. the other night I had this brainwave and decided to marry it to a broken optima 2 iron, I've never even used a 2 iron. I cut 3 inches off the prolaunch graphalloy's tip as it was damaged , 6 inches off the butt ,damned thing goes 200 metres!!

                golfshooter
                Last edited by golfshooter; 02-04-2011, 03:45 AM.

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                • #9
                  Re: Mix and match

                  Whatever happened to the expensive Hogan clubs you were bragging about?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mix and match

                    If you are talking to me,I have never even seen a hogan club

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