Adding Heavier Driver Weight

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By Chris B

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  1. Chris B

    Chris B
    Orlando, FL

    Military

    I'm currently hitting the TSI4 Driver that comes with a 9gram weight. Has anyone done any testing by replacing the STD weight with a heavier weight...and if so, what were your results. Thanks!

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Surprise AZ

    I have played a heavier weighted driver head for quite a while now, probably the last three models of driver. I have a very slow tempo and swing and I find that I can feel where the clubhead is in the swing better than with a lightweight head. Aftermarket weights are cheap or you can first experiment with lead tape for a few rounds to see how it works out for you. It's not for everyone.
  3. James Young

    James Young
    Costa Mesa, CA

    Like Dale, I too enjoy a heavier weighted driver (and all clubs). Currently play TSR3 with +6 (14gram) weight - leaves it with a D7 swingweight. My irons are all swingweighted at D5.
    The heavier swingweight gives me more control and feel of the club through the swing. The one downside might be slightly less swing speed given the weight. But I appreciate the control and accuracy vs distance.
    Lead tape is a great way to test and play with very little long term risk.

    Enjoy the journey!
  4. James Young said:

    Like Dale, I too enjoy a heavier weighted driver (and all clubs). Currently play TSR3 with +6 (14gram) weight - leaves it with a D7 swingweight. My irons are all swingweighted at D5.
    The heavier swingweight gives me more control and feel of the club through the swing. The one downside might be slightly less swing speed given the weight. But I appreciate the control and accuracy vs distance.
    Lead tape is a great way to test and play with very little long term risk.

    Enjoy the journey!

    OMG ! D7...thats like a sledgehammer!! At least in my view...you may be a body builder or former NFL Player though...

    Regardless of what you or I prefer, you need to play what works for you!

    Cheers!
  5. James Young

    James Young
    Costa Mesa, CA

    Got to feel it in the hands.... =)
  6. James Young said:

    Like Dale, I too enjoy a heavier weighted driver (and all clubs). Currently play TSR3 with +6 (14gram) weight - leaves it with a D7 swingweight. My irons are all swingweighted at D5.
    The heavier swingweight gives me more control and feel of the club through the swing. The one downside might be slightly less swing speed given the weight. But I appreciate the control and accuracy vs distance.
    Lead tape is a great way to test and play with very little long term risk.

    Enjoy the journey!

    If you decide to go the lead tape route, there are a few considerations you need to consider.

    "Where" on the head/sole you place the lead tape may impact the direction or spin on the ball depending on how much you use of course.

    Most better players prefer the sole towards the heel for draw or toe for fade .... the farther back you place is going to launch higher slightly. These are generic reactions but you get the point...if you only add one gram of lead tape it isnt going to matter much but the more you add the more you will see these impact the performance.

    The Tour Van uses hot melt inside the head and they can place it on just about any part to mute sound slightly, as well as impact what I described above.

    Cheers!
  7. apex53

    apex53
    McKinney, TX

    Curious what the standard head weight of the TSR3 driver is? If anyone knows and can share that would be most appreciated. Thank you.
  8. apex53 said:

    Curious what the standard head weight of the TSR3 driver is? If anyone knows and can share that would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    Standard weight I have heard is D2 the last time I asked...

    I find that I prefer D3 or D3.5 (you need to add weight to the driver head to achieve this)

    Good Luck!
  9. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    The 8 g is specified as the standard weight. If ordered with a custom length, the weight to get back to D2-D3…would be adjusted at the plant. My -0.5 length came with a plus 4 weight on my TSR-2 driver.
    4-6-8-10-12-14 g are TSR-3 driver options. (-4 to +6 ).
  10. Yes, I have a weight set and I have experimented with different swing weights (by adding or subtracting weight). Everyone has their preferences but I would strongly recommend this...you never know what better feel you might find!

    Cheers!
  11. J22abe

    J22abe
    Honolulu

    I play a TSR4 45" length, +4 grams (5g front, 13g back). It's about D4.5. I like the heavier weight, I feel like I have more control and feel over where the clubhead is moving in space.

    Overall between the 130g shafts and all the extra lead tape on my clubs, plus the 50g counter weight and led tape on the bottom of my putter, I bet my bag weighs 300g more than the average setup.

    One thing to note with the TSi4 is that the weight is only in the forward position. Adding more weight will lower spin and launch. Depending on your current launch characteristics, could make the ball just fall out of the sky. Which happens to me when I have the heavy weight in the forward position on my TSR4. Alternatively adding lead tape to the back, even using a lighter weight in the front, and compensating with extra lead tape in the back, will increase launch, spin, and forgiveness of the driver.

    If you hit spinny cuts a heavier weight may help, but if you launch it low, especially with a draw your drive could nose dive on you.
  12. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Chris B said:

    I'm currently hitting the TSI4 Driver that comes with a 9gram weight. Has anyone done any testing by replacing the STD weight with a heavier weight...and if so, what were your results. Thanks!

    I’ve used a heavier head weight on my drivers because I swing a 44” club. I have a 15g weight on my 915D2 with 62g shaft. I used a 17g weight with a Bassara shaft.

    I’m most comfortable with a D2 swing weight.

    It’s a matter of feel.

    Two grams is one swingweight point.

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