Some guys will use up to 48-inch USGA-measured (50-inches the way the LDA measures) shaft lengths, but I like a 46.5-inch USGA-measured shaft for a good blend of maximum club length and the ability to hit the sweet spot consistently.
When my speed is in “long drive shape”, I use as light of shaft as I can find in XX or XXX flex range, for example something like a Fujikura Flywire Graphite Shaft.
For regular golf, this is what I presently have in my golf bag.
For my primary playing driver, I have a 44.75" Ping G LS TEC driver.
As a backup driver, I have a 43.5” Wishon Golf 919 F/D 11-degree (actual 10) with X-Flex Wishon Golf S2S Black 85graphite shaft tipped 1 inch at D4 swing weight.
The grip is the 50 gram Wishon Golf V-Series Black/Red ribbed grip with 6 wraps of buildup tape. I like having bigger grips to get more of my hands on the club, minimize the amount of shock my hands are absorbing, and to mitigate the possibility of getting blisters.
I play it at a shorter length to help ensure good contact for both distance and accuracy. Since it’s only 200cc, I feel comfortable using it from the tee as well as from the fairway per chance I need more running distance than I could get out of my regular fairway wood.
It has very little vertical roll on the club face to help with consistent launch angles. Interestingly, due to vertical gear effect this also helps hit the ball higher with more spin when hit lower on the face from the fairway…and with less spin when hit higher on the face. This makes it a great tee shot and fairway club for me.
It also has a High COR variable thickness face for maximum distance and forgiveness.
For a fairway wood, I use a 43” Wishon Golf 949MC 18.0-degree fairway wood model from 2014 that is actually 14.5 degrees with X-Flex Wishon Golf S2S Black 85graphite shaft tipped 1 inch at D4 swing weight.
The grip is the 50 gram Wishon Golf V-Series Black/Red ribbed grip with 6 wraps of buildup tape.
This fairway wood also has the high COR face for maximum height and distance and Tom’s graduated roll technology for more consistent launch angles.
My hybrid is a 39.75” Wishon Golf 785 HF 17-degree (actual is 16.0 degrees) 2-Hybrid with Wishon Golf S2S Black S-Flex graphite shaft tipped 1 inch and D2.5-3.
The grip is again the 50 gram Wishon Golf V-Series Black/Red ribbed grip with 6 wraps of buildup tape.
Similar to the fairway wood, the hybrid also has a high COR face for distance and graduated roll technology.
Irons & Wedges
Many of those who have been following me over the years know I’m a fan of single length irons.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with Tom Wishon on our own set of single length irons called Sterling Irons®.
In my personal set, I have a 4-iron through sand wedge. Each club uses a 115 gram (raw weight) Wishon Golf S2S Stepless Steel S-flex shaft . They are all 36 5/8" long, D4 swing weight, and 3-degrees upright. The SW is bent from 55 to 57 degrees and the GW is bent from 50 to 51 degrees.
The grips are also the 50 gram Wishon Golf V-Series Black/Red ribbed grip with 6 wraps of buildup tape.
Here’s a photo of the very first set of the final prototypes (5-GW) we made that I use.
I’ve been using the same putter since I got fit for it in the Adams Golf tour department in November of 2011.
It’s a Yes! Putter Victoria-II C-Groove Mallet Putter – 34.5-inches, 2-degrees upright, and 1-degree loft with a Yes! oversize grip.
The mallet head and shaft bend work well for me because I like to see the putter moving more or less straight through impact immediately on either side of the ball. The mallet head and counter weight give the putter overall more weight. It’s bent and cut to fit my stroke with the 1-degree of loft helping me get the ball rolling right away versus a normal 3-degrees. I have large hands and the oversize grip helps me get more of my hands on the grip.
The ball I use is the Snell Golf MY TOUR BALL.
Dean Snell co-designed/designed the Titleist ProV1 and was recruited by Taylormade to start their entire golf ball line. When it comes to balls, to say he knows what he’s talking is to say the least.
In 2015, he took his skills and started his own company. This ball plays similar to the Titleist ProV1x and I’m very happy to play this ball and support his small business.
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For those of you interested in how far I hit my clubs, that’s a little difficult to say because my maximum driver club head speed during my career has ranged from 105 mph to around 140 mph depending on how much or how little I’m working on my speed.
However, I can tell you that it more or less correlates with what is in this chart I created for you:
As you can see, club head speed plays a huge factor in how far you hit the ball, which is one reason why swing speed training is so important if you want more distance.