The Golf Shaft Mystery

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					by: Jason Carter

The Shaft Mystery

During this modern era of golf club technology, the big mystery among golfers is what golf shaft
will maximize their efforts. If the average player tries to sift through all the mumbo jumbo
techno shaft lingo his head just might explode. And determining the right shaft for me can be
extremely confusing.

There are just so many shafts that are available to golfers that can really benefit the player that it
is critical that club fitters have a good grasp of what the player needs says Tom Erwin, co-
founder of (

Most shaft companies are now offering over 100 different types of shaft and in turn, most
consumers are clueless of what engine they need to run their golf clubs.

As experienced clubfitters, we use what weve learned through hands-on assembly and customer
feedback to provide each customer with a proven solution. Shaft selection is the key ingredient to
crafting the perfect performance weapon says Travis Carter Co-Founder of
He further stated, This problem is easily solved by answering 4 basic questions

The first answer needed is what material should the golfer play, steel or graphite? Graphite is
generally lighter than steel, therefore, the average player will hit a graphite shaft a little further
than a steel shaft. Graphite also has a much greater shock dampening effect, which is very
helpful for those players who have nagging injuries that sometimes prevent them from playing.
Alternatively, steel shafts are heavier than most graphite shafts so distance may be sacrificed.
What is lost in distance though is gained in accuracy. Steel shafts differ from graphite as they do
not experience torque or the lateral twisting found in all graphite shafts. Most players would
benefit by having steel shafts in their irons, because accuracy has a greater emphasis than
distance, where as graphite shafts are very helpful in getting greater distances from todays
oversize titanium drivers.

The second question to answer is shaft flex. A common fitting flaw is the belief that stiffer shafts
will be more accurate because the shaft will not torque as much as a more flexible shaft. (torque
is the twisting of a shaft because of a miss hit shot). However, with todays technology many
manufactures make a softer flex shaft without sacrificing torque. Players can determine what flex
they need by simply knowing what club they hit from certain yardages.

The third question to answer is determining what kick point would best benefit that player. Most
golfers would love to hit the ball a little higher. A lower kick point would achieve a higher ball
flight. Alternatively, if the player tends to have a rather steep outside-inside swing, a mid to high
kick point shaft would help them keep the ball flight lower.

The final question to answer is, what length should the golf club be?. Most graphite wood shafts
come 45-46 and once installed, the overall golf club will be over 47. So determining the
appropriate length for that golfer is critical. With titanium drivers, a lot of folks subscribe to the
as long as you can control it mentality. However, it is critical that the irons be cut at a length that
is suitable to that particular players height & distance from their hands to the floor. With todays
technology and vast amount of products to examine, an experienced club fitter can truly solve the
shaft mystery.

This article was posted on March 28, 2005

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