48 Inch Drivers And YOU
A Little Background Info…
Yay DJ at the Masters – superb performance! There was also a lot of buzz before the tournament about Bryson considering playing a 48 inch driver, and I “think” Phil played a 47-1/2 inch driver there – with not exciting results.
So – you know me if you read my posts here – I have not created a professionally fit driver longer than 44-1/2 inches long for years. But I thought this week why not share some specs about what a 48 inch long driver might “look” like.
The picture in this post shows a 48 inch driver that I mocked up, and a Wishon 919 THI driver that I have played in the past. Here are some comparison data…
- The 48 inch driver I show has a 200 gram head that I had on hand. Most of the drivers I build have total head weights a lot heavier.
- With a 65 gram shaft and standard grip, the total weight of this “48 inches” is 316 grams. My shorter driver weights about 330 grams – the difference mostly from some added head weight in my 919, and also a small counterweight in the butt end of the shaft.
- The whole club MOI of my personally fit driver is 2830 kg-cm^2. The measured whole club MOI of the “48 incher” is 3215 kg-cm^2. Even though the weight of the longer driver is lighter, it feels a lot heavier to swing.
- Usually the “best fit” whole club MOI of the drivers I create – for men with swing speeds between about 80 to 110 mph – is between 2800 and 2900. To optimize center club contact.
My belief is that, for most mortal golfers, it will be very difficult to hit a 48 inch driver in the center of the face consistently. And center contact is what is is all about for great driver performance. However, who knows – there might be some golfers out there who could hit a driver well at this length.
So – again more for fun and for the experiment than anything else – I have a 55 gram Aldila S flex driver shaft on order – and I will build out a 48 inch driver to have in my fitting center. Yep I will hit it some and report some results – and anyone in the East Tennessee area who wants to experiment with this demo club – come and see me.
I will have plenty of Dr. Scholls foot powder spray to use for some fun testing! And if you cannot hit the center of the face, or even come close – well, the driver head I am using in this club is expendable…..
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