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When is too much for backweighting?

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by IrishGolfer, May 29, 2009.

  1. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    So I got my super light ported Limey wedges back from my club making friend. He was going to play around with lead tape on the head, but in the end he decided to compensate for overall static weight by simply backweighting.

    So I had a 400g wedge that I wanted to be ~450g. He just bunged 50g in the handle. Swinging it feels nice, no longer feels too light, but am I kidding myself? I thought I needed the weight in the head to cope with tough greenside lies / bunkers.

    I had a quick play at the range last night. Feels really nice over a good tight lie. Jury still out on shots from rough and bunkers. It says 5 degrees on 60 degree one. The flange looks massive!

    Anyone any thoughts?
     
  2. BrandonM7

    BrandonM7 Well-Known Member

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    You still have a 300-something gram head swinging on the end of a pretty long stick - that's plenty of angular momentum to rip right on through some grass. It's all perception as far as heft goes, and that backweight gave it to you -- assuming you'll let it. If your head is convinced that the clubhead needs to be heavier to do the job, that may be enough to screw you up. Just believe that it'll work and it'll work. I actually play my wedges 1/2" long because that gives them a greater pendulum feel and they feel like they'll swing through the ball (and whatever junk may be surrounding it) better, but again that's just perception. My standard-length graphite-shafted wedges can do it just as well if I let them -- in fact, probably a little better because I can more easily swing them fast.
     
  3. Pa Jayhawk

    Pa Jayhawk Well-Known Member

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    I have played 20g in my FW's and 30g in my driver for over a year now and they work for me and feel great.

    If I were to backweight my wedges, which I am considering, I would likely go 40-50g.
     
  4. Rockford John

    Rockford John New Member

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    What is the least amount of weight that will make difference in backweighting; driver , fw. woods, irons and putter?
     
  5. RickinMA

    RickinMA Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I think it depends on the individual. Some people like 20-30g, others like it a bit higher. Some don’t like it at all.
    I think it’s a feel thing that is hard to guess or give general rules of thumb
     
  6. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah I think you gotta play around with it. I am in the camp that did not like back weighting. It threw my feel for the club head all off. But like most things in golf, your mileage may vary.
     

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