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    This past weekend I tried a driver that was backweighted - it was a demo driver from a company called "Tour Lock Pro." I seemed to have a noticeably tighter dispersion on the 8 to 10 drives I hit. They said it raises the balance point of the club, which helps accuracy, decreases spin, increases MOI, etc...(and does just about everything we want to improve our driving performance). Does anyone have any experience with back weighting to raise the balance point of a driver? Is there any science behind this or just the latest gimic...I know nothing about this, or this company, so any feedback would be great!

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    What is backweighting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natep View Post
    What is backweighting?

    Putting weight in the butt end of the club under the grip cap. Lot's of old farts used to do it but what do they know.

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    The new Ping G20 series driver has a high balance point, back weighted shaft design matched to a heavier, by a few grams, head. Doesn't feel heavier. Club head speed is increased. (I have measured 3-4 mph average increase with several mid handicappers.)

    Best part is ball goes far and straight. Of course some of that is due to the new head design, but if Ping implemented backweighting you can be sure there is some real science behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quigss View Post
    This past weekend I tried a driver that was backweighted - it was a demo driver from a company called "Tour Lock Pro." I seemed to have a noticeably tighter dispersion on the 8 to 10 drives I hit. They said it raises the balance point of the club, which helps accuracy, decreases spin, increases MOI, etc...(and does just about everything we want to improve our driving performance). Does anyone have any experience with back weighting to raise the balance point of a driver?
    It can be used for all clubs including the putter. The weight can be placed at different heights in the shaft and can influence things like dynamic loft and clubpath. But as with all clubfitting parameters it completely depends on the sensitivity off the golfer for these parameters if and how it works for each individual golfer.

    I have seen people with 6 degree inside clubpath go to 0 with as litle/much as 12grm placed 5 inch below the grip cap but I have also seen others with almost no response with 30grm placed at the same place. Seen others go from fade with 12 grm@5inch to draw with 12grm@10. All data measured/confirmed with the Trackman.

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    Well said, Frans.

    The 1st rule of backweighting is there are no rules of backweighting.
    "Enlisted men are stupid, but extremely cunning and sly and bear considerable watching." ~ US Army Officer's Guide, 1894

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    It sounds interesting. Is this similar to the popularity of the nunchuk shaft?
    Moving the hands towards the target....is death.

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    Nicklaus used to have the weights on the grip ends of his clubs right?

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    I read through a review on the Nunchuck shaft and the tester said: "The Nunchuk seems to make bad swings into playable ones and the in-between swings into better then average golf shots." This was my experience with the demo backweighted driver.

    This is interesting to me because I'm about an 8-10 handicap index and I typically hit 2, 3 or 4 bad drives per round that cost me at least one stroke, if not more. If I can get those to be more playable, then those good rounds could get down to the mid 70's. I know its usually "the Indian and not the arrow", but I'd be very interested in this for $50 instead of a new $250 shaft.

    Thanks for the comments and any more insights that may be out there.

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    I also read somewhere that Nicklaus had weight added in the grip area...can anyone confirm or expand on this?

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