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Golf Clubs - Drivers - Building the World's Longest in 2000 with Tanita Scales

One of the first questions most golfers have is, "How can I get more distance with my driver", or, "Who makes the longest driver"?

Many different manufacturers claim that their driver is the longest based on tests conducted at their site, but who is really telling the truth?  The answer is .... All of them!!

Custom Clubs are an e-mail awayTitleist, Ping, Callaway, Taylor, Liquidmetal, Mizuno, and a host of others have all made claim or intimated that their drivers beat all the rest in controlled tests conducted by mechanical robots and computer.  Unfortunately, a robot has never won the U.S. Open, Masters, or even a local scramble event.  Only real people have achieved that.  This is why a firm located outside Atlanta is making a claim for the title of World's longest driver, human beings were the testers and got the results.

Controlled tests with robots are the key for getting results that favor a particular driver in any given contest because you can input or change whatever factor is needed to maximize the distance of one driver over another, or, to minimize the distance of other clubs.  The mechanical robots, drivers, and computer settings can involve any and all of the following: driver loft; driver length; type of shaft; head size, head weight, and center of gravity location; club head path; face angle; club head speed; initial ball velocity; launch angle; ball spin rate; wind conditions; ground conditions; elevation; center or off center strike on club face; the golf ball used; and whatever else the engineers can dream up.  Change one or more of these settings and the entire test can be skewed to gain the results that the manufacturer or testing firm is seeking.  In many cases the settings don't even come close to what real people do, or, they may fit a minuscule percentage of the golfing population.  But in that particular test with those settings, their club won and the claim can be made.  Golf ball testing is done in a similar fashion.

When we observe the human side, most golfers immediately think about Tiger Woods and John Daly being the longest hitters in golf and associate their make of driver as a possible contributor to their own success off the tee.  Hence, a great number of these clubs are sold and with good reason, they're a fine club, but not necessarily the miracle producer that golfers are looking for.  In the year 2000, Tiger's average driving distance was 298.0 yards and Daly's was 301.4 ranking them 1st and 2nd with Daly taking the honors for the last 5 years.  Woods and Daly effectively eliminated all the rest of the PGA Tour players and their drivers.  After watching Jason Zuback, four times World Long Drive champion and others on the long drive circuit, Daly has openly stated that he isn't in the same league with these guys.  So, bye-bye Mr. Daly, along with your driver!Custom Drivers by Bill Senko

The longest drivers on the planet are the ones used by the men on the long drive circuit, the pro's that just bomb long drives for a living.  Although the club head names may or may not be familiar to everyone, all clubs are modified and customized to maximize the potential of each individual hitters, which also occurs on the PGA Tour with custom shafting.  You will probably not find one PGA player or Long Drive circuit player using a stock shaft club that is sold to John Q. Public at a retail level.  Each one is upgraded and fit to the players' swing and feel.

Bill Senko, of Winning Golf Systems in Newnan, GA., has been making custom drivers for players at all levels since 1988.  In 1998 and 2000 he made drivers for two big hitters that made it to the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship outside of Las Vegas.  Dave Bivens of Ft. Lauderdale and Charles Hartley of Macon, GA., had to go through rigorous local and district qualifiers throughout the country just to eliminate the thousands of contestants vying for a shot in the "Big Show" and chance at the title.  Only the top 64 in the world make it, where they are bracketed and eliminations are conducted until there is only one guy that can claim the title.

Charles Hartley finished 12th in the World Finals, however, he did have the longest drive of the entire competition during the quarterfinal elimination, an incredible 415 yard blast!!  Another one of his attempts, according to the spotters marking the balls went an unbelievable 460 yards, but was out of the grid lines, OB!!  The eventual winner of the World Championship was Viktor Johansson of Sweden with a drive of 315 yards, but it was in terrible weather conditions. Two months later, Hartley won a major competition in Little Rock, Arkansas against the same tough field using his monster weapon, again in bad weather but going almost 340 yards.

Senko states, "I don't know how other club makers or long drive pro's make their drivers, but in my case nothing is done by happenstance.  It's all done mathematically, by the numbers, starting with the weight of each individual component in grams.  Tanita 1144 I'm surely not going to give my secret formulas up for anybody else to use, but, I do use a Tanita 1144-110 that I purchased from Precision Weighing Balances that I couldn't live without.  A gram is far more accurate than measuring in ounces, actually it's about the weight of a dollar bill, which is critical when you add up all of those grams and where it's distributed to achieve your total weight and balance.  The Tanita is the most accurate and consistent scale of any unit I've seen.  When I make a driver for any level player, whether it is 45", 46" or anywhere in between to over 50", the head must weigh within 1 - 2 grams of what I need at all different finished lengths or it's going to be off the mark.  I use driver heads from 187 grams up to 202 grams, shafts from 50 grams to over 100 grams, and grips from 42 - 64 grams, and they have to be in the correct combinations.  Of course, I'm looking at the head loft, shaft stiffness and torque, cc's of the head, center of gravity, ad other design characteristics that affect flight, but it starts with the weight."

Senko also says, 'Another great example is a 64 year old club professional at Normandy Shores G.C. in Miami Beach by the name of Dick McNeill who also competes in PGA Senior tournaments.  With age, Dick was starting to lose distance and putting himself at a disadvantage with younger senior PGA players.  Now, with the same head used by Charles Hartley and Viktor Johannson, an Integra, and a little softer flexed shaft but the identical length, 48 1/8" and weighted just perfectly for his swing, Dick has picked up around 20 -25 yards and is longer than he's ever been in his life.  It is mind-boggling to think about that regarding a 64 year old man and a professional his entire life!  That's the difference between just slapping some glue and components together or doing it in a very calculated and measured fashion."

All inquiries regarding a custom driver can be made by e-mail to wgsgolf@msn.com and www.scalenet.com for the Tanita 1144-110 scale.  Longer drives can be yours to.

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The Tanita 1144 Series has been discontinued and we recommend for an alternative the MyWeigh KD7000



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