I have been struggling getting a relatively newer driver to have the feel of a six year old driver I have. I visited a local golf shop yesterday and they checked the balance of the head of the driver against the spine of the shaft. I guess I realized this, but each graphite shaft has a spine where it is bonded. As it was explained to me, the shaft when loaded say at the top of your backswing, will try to move to the neutral setting where the spine of the shaft is verticle. The driver and shaft that I like the feel, has a perfectly spine neutral fitting - no wobble in the head when tested. The more recent driver was not constructed with the spine in balance with the head and it wobbles considerably when tested. I am interested in ordering a new Rogue driver but would want to assure that it is spine neutral. Does anyone know if Callaway balances their drivers this way or not? If not, I figure I will have to replace the shaft once I would receive the driver.
If you are really concerned with a spine, go to a filament wound shaft. Todays shafts have very little spine to them compared to 10 years ago. Don't believe everything you hear at the local golf shop.
You could have the adapter pulled and aligned with the spine, then you have to decide how to orient it? Away from the target to promote consistency or on top to minimize shaft droop at impact. Add into the equation that the shaft rotates as you swing and it becomes mind boggling. Some shafts have have 2 spines, 180° apart, thus a hard plane and a soft plane. There is also the term "flo" and shaft puring which refer to other ways of determining which orientation works the best. Google if you want more info, note that most of the results will be from years ago.
You can remove your shaft, spine it and put it back in if you like the shaft. Nothing wrong with the shaft, just the way it was installed. It would be too time consuming to mass produce clubs and align the spine.
I spine all my shafts before installing them. Some, mostly older shafts, have a very serious spine.
New shafts seem to have much less of a spine.
If you search for diy spine finder or something like that it's easy to do. Really just a few bearings in a tube.
Insert one end, bend the other. It will sort of snap around the spine and you will get the best bend position.
Of course the labels and grip might be misaligned now.
As a couple people have metioned, centering the spine on shafts used to be a thing. With new construction methods it has become basically unnessicary.
As far as having shafts pure'd and all that, there's an article you should google from Titleist R&D group. They basically proved that it added absolutely no performance gains at all. That said, golf is so much about whats in your head. If you think it helps: do it.
If I'm buying factory clubs I don't care if they're spined. However, if I'm having clubs custom shafted, then I would want them spined. Probably not going to make a difference, but if they're custom, you might as well go all the way.
I'm not going to take my CF16 shafts out and spine them. But if I do I might was well check. Only takes a minute to do, even if the new ones or any research says it's not necessary.
The newer ones I've checked didn't have one until it was bent pretty far. Then it snapped into the easier bend spot. Was it more of a bend that I'd generate from a swing? Maybe.
I should make a video so y'all can see it.
That is my feeling as well. I have gotten a custom shaft and had it spined. It may be psychological, but I am hitting the ball with more consistency with the new, custom shaft spined. Rob.