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Old 05-04-08, 06:23 AM   #1
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WTF: Broke my driver shaft...now what

So this summer marks the 3rd in which i'll golf regularly. I suck hardcore but am good enough and enjoy it enough to justify buying my first set of matching clubs last year (Jack Nicklaus q4's...pretty decent for the price surprisingly). I also decided that the $10 pawned wilson steel driver had to go and after doing some research online settled on a Taylormade R580xd. It was the first nice driver i had ever owned and it made such a huge difference. Rarely hit it in the fairway, but at least now i have a chance.

The shaft was probably a bit too stiff for me and it was a 9.5 but i got it for cheap and couldn't pass it up.

So yesterday i'm at the driving range trying to impress the lady with my mad skills (or teach her a thing or two...i think i failed at both). I say "i'm gonna crush this one baby" so i take my swing and oddly it felt like it hit the ball fine, i don't think i hit the ground or anything (on that swing). I bring it down with my crushing amazingly strong force fueled by my massive arm-guads (yup...) when all the sudden my club gets very light and i see this little black thing flying down the range.

****SKIP HERE IF YOU DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT MY RAMBLING****

Club snapped right off at the very bottom of the shaft . I called the local golf shop after the pimply face in the pro-shop offered me little help. They said that to get it reshafted would cost about $110 with the purchase of a new shaft.

Just wondering how accurate this is as i'm super new to the sport and don't pretend to know the finer details...For that price i could buy a newer used driver. Thing is, i'm perfectly happy with this 580xd. Is that $110 quote mostly reflected in the price of a new shaft? In which case i'm guessing i could probably ebay something for cheaper. Again, i'm hardly a good golfer and so i don't want to justify spending much money on clubs...
Today i'm gonna have to beat my friends by hitting my 3 hybrid off the Tee...will probably help my game


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To summarize:
-Love the driver
-Always needed a softer shaft
-Could actually use a 10 or 10.5 vs the 9.5
-Don't want to spend much money (or any...but now i kinda need to)

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Old 05-04-08, 08:25 AM   #2
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As a non golfer, I can only tell you to call as sail loft and get a quote on a new mainsail for a j22. Might help you feel better about golf prices.
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You like the driver. Get it reshafted. You can't get a new one for that price, but you can get another used one that you may or may not be happy with. Going that route you are rolling the dice, but in replacing the shaft you are investing in something you already like, improving it to fit your particular needs. You may however want to call around and get another quote, even if it's not local, just to ease your mind on the price.
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You like the driver. Get it reshafted. You can't get a new one for that price, but you can get another used one that you may or may not be happy with. Going that route you are rolling the dice, but in replacing the shaft you are investing in something you already like, improving it to fit your particular needs. You may however want to call around and get another quote, even if it's not local, just to ease your mind on the price.
Let me ask you this then, and if you don't know i'd prefer that response .

How much should someone at my level spend...i mean, i'm talking golfing inn the high 90's often over 100 (if i could stop 3 putting that would be a lot different, but if i could keep the ball in the fairway i would probably stop 3 putting).

I kind of feel like buying a new shaft is like buying new wheels for a bike. You tell a non cyclist that you spent $700 on wheels and they look bewildered while it makes all the sense in the world to you.
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It seems that you have played with a $10 pawned driver and a driver that you bought yourself after research. You obviously like the driver, or this decision would not be hard. Are you going to be happy with another used driver, esp. if it is a step down from what you broke? Think about what would make you feel the best, within your budget, and go that route.
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It seems that you have played with a $10 pawned driver and a driver that you bought yourself after research. You obviously like the driver, or this decision would not be hard. Are you going to be happy with another used driver, esp. if it is a step down from what you broke? Think about what would make you feel the best, within your budget, and go that route.
Thing is that rich golfers buy and sell clubs yearly so there is a whole market of clubs out there that are about 2 years old, originally sold for $500 and can now be had for $90. I could probably upgrade for $90...or maybe not. I really have to look. I'm just wondering if that quoted price for a shaft/install is accurate.
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Forget golf, it's a time sucker. Very little exercise, most of your time is spent waiting your turn, and a source of continuous frustration. Plus you neglect your family or other responsibilities. A round of golf pretty much takes up a whole day.

I play about once a year when someone else wants me to and I rent clubs. That's enough for me.
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Forget golf, it's a time sucker. Very little exercise, most of your time is spent waiting your turn, and a source of continuous frustration. Plus you neglect your family or other responsibilities. A round of golf pretty much takes up a whole day.

I play about once a year when someone else wants me to and I rent clubs. That's enough for me.
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You think $110 is bad.. I had 2 broken turbine blades in the port cfm56 motor on my boeing 737-700 that went through the kevlar and dented the outer skin of the motor, you should've seen the repair bill on that one!
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Well, i went into the shop. They told me it would only cost about $45 with a cheaper shaft. I can dig that. I also mentioned my concern about the stiff shaft, so he looked at my swing on their fancy machine. Four swings, 87mph 93mph 92mph 92mph. I don't know why but apparently this means that i need the stiff shaft.

He also think i should be using a 10.5 though. Hmmm...
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i need the stiff shaft...
Boy howdy...
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Too easy.
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Too easy.
I take the cheap shots when I get them.

No help on the golf thing. The only kind I've played involves a scale windmill.
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I take the cheap shots when I get them.

No help on the golf thing. The only kind I've played involves a scale windmill.
I actually find that **** more frustrating
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I actually find that **** more frustrating
I find it soothing.

It's especially great when you hand an 8 y/o their own ass. PWNT!
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Let me ask you this then, and if you don't know i'd prefer that response .

How much should someone at my level spend...i mean, i'm talking golfing inn the high 90's often over 100 (if i could stop 3 putting that would be a lot different, but if i could keep the ball in the fairway i would probably stop 3 putting).

I kind of feel like buying a new shaft is like buying new wheels for a bike. You tell a non cyclist that you spent $700 on wheels and they look bewildered while it makes all the sense in the world to you.
I honestly don't know what you should spend, that's up to you. I can't tell you whether the price you were quoted was fair or not. I can tell you that if you are happy with your equipment you'll be more likely to want to play, and play time is proably the single most important factor in improving your game.
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Well, i went into the shop. They told me it would only cost about $45 with a cheaper shaft. I can dig that. I also mentioned my concern about the stiff shaft, so he looked at my swing on their fancy machine. Four swings, 87mph 93mph 92mph 92mph. I don't know why but apparently this means that i need the stiff shaft.

He also think i should be using a 10.5 though. Hmmm...
Yeah all the regular shop joes, say that stiff shaft is ideal for those swing speeds. My swing speed with the machine was similar to yours and the stiff shaft is tougher to get the nice pop out of it when you hit the ball. I also have a regular driver and I think I get more distance out of it. I would stick with a regular so that you don't leave distance on the course. The stiff shaft will reduce short dispersion though. You can convert a regular shaft to stiff by just gripping down one inch!
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I find it soothing.

It's especially great when you hand an 8 y/o their own ass. PWNT!
It's more soothing when the 8 y/o hand you your own ass.
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Huhuhuhuh....

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For some reason I thought this was about cars. *sigh*

But nooooOOOoooooOOOoo. It's about boring stuff.

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As a non golfer, I can only tell you to call as sail loft and get a quote on a new mainsail for a j22. Might help you feel better about golf prices.
Lee Sails can help you with that lil problem...cheap and excelent quality...
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Is there a warranty on the club?

I've been playing golf since I was six (26 years) and I have never seen one fall apart or break just from hitting a ball.
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I've been playing golf since I was six (26 years) and I have never seen one fall apart or break just from hitting a ball.
Hit one on slightly on the top part of the hosel = fly!
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Likely what happened.
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