How to Pick The Right Golf Shaft

There are a few things that you should be aware of before selecting a golf shaft, and this is true regardless of whether you are replacing an old or broken golf club or purchasing a new one. The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of golf shafts you like to use, and then you can move on to the flex, kick point, torque rating, and length of the shaft. Before placing an order, you need to give careful consideration to each of these various aspects of golf club shafts, because the performance of your club can be affected by each of these aspects individually. Continue reading this guide to learn everything you need to know about selecting the best golf shaft for your game.

Here’s how to choose the right golf shaft

Types of golf shafts

Steel and graphite are the two primary materials used in the construction of golf shafts. graphite. Most of the time, your club was initially put together with either of these particular types of shafts, but in the event that you make the decision that you would like to alter your You should be familiar with the differences that exist between the various types of shafts. There are some more recent options that combine the two materials into a single product, which is referred to as multi-material. shafts.

– Steel shafts

Steel shafts are significantly more robust, in addition to being much heavier. graphite substitutes are, on average, less expensive than their graphite equivalents. They are frequently produced. carbon steel, but stainless steel is also used occasionally, and the temperatures start at 120. grams.

The use of steel irons as torque will be beneficial to a large number of players. or the lateral twisting that happens in all graphite shafts but not steel, which doesn’t happen. Therefore, Steel shafts are superior to graphite in terms of both control and emphasis placed on accuracy. distance, which means that you’ll need a faster swing speed to generate the same amount of force. comparable to the length of a graphite shaft

There are also steel shafts. recommended for players with average swing speeds who feel like they could benefit from more when it comes to playing the game.

– Graphite shafts

Graphite shafts are significantly lighter, but they are also less durable and more expensive. costly in comparison to shafts made of steel, and weighing between 50 and 85 grams – roughly equivalent to only about one-half the weight of a steel shaft! These lightweight shafts contribute to the provision of a greater swing speed, which in turn results in an increase in power. However, because of the flex that is generated during the swing, it results in a loss of control.

As a consequence of this, graphite shafts are an excellent option for any golfer. In particular, they are well suited for female golfers and senior golfers, both of whom may have trouble producing a swing speed that is fast enough to make effective use of a steel shaft.

This particular type of shaft typically comes with a comprehensive range, including a number of different flexes and colors, both of which are designed to attract amateurs. experts and amateurs alike

– Multi-material shafts

Multi-material shafts are a new product that was recently introduced to the market. which are utilized on the irons as well as the drivers. Steel is used in the construction of this kind of shaft. and graphite into a single shaft, combining the benefits of both materials to provide players with the optimal combination for their game. accommodate all manners of play.

In most cases, the shaft is created by using a steel shaft that is tipped with graphite. While the graphite tip ensures that the golf ball can travel the distance without experiencing any unwanted vibrations, the steel shaft gives the player increased control over the path the ball takes through the air.

Steel shaft all put together and ready to go | Image courtesy of optimarc / Shutterstock

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Shaft technology

– What golf shaft flex is right for me?

Simply put, the flex of a golf club shaft is what determines its ability to bend during a swing, which in turn affects both the distance and the direction of the shot. As a result, ensuring that your golf clubs have the appropriate flex is very important.

The kind of swing you have will determine which flex rating you go with for your driver. For instance, those who are just starting out and have less power in their swings typically use a shaft that has more flexibility so that the ball can be propelled further. On the other hand, if a player has a fast and powerful swing, they will need a shaft that is more rigid and has less flex to accommodate their swing.

There is a diverse selection of different categories of flex ratings are as follows:

  • Extra stiff (XS)
  • Stiff (S)
  • Firm (F)
  • Regular (R)
  • Senior (S) (S)
  • Amateur (A) (A)
  • Ladies (L) (L)

It is worth bearing in mind that different shaft manufacturers vary in their specifications of flex – for example, one manufacturer’s “regular flex” might be another’s “firm flex”. Furthermore, all shafts, no matter how stiff, exhibit flex in one way or another.

– Golf Shaft Flex Chart

Even though getting fitted for a specific shaft is the best way to find the right shaft, this chart will give you some general guidelines that can help get you started in the right place:

Carry Distance Swing Speed Flex
Under 200 yards Under 75 mph Ladies or Senior
200 to 240 yards 75 to 95 mph Regular
240 to 275 yards 95 to 110 mph Stiff
Over 275 yards Over 110 mph Stiff or Extra Stiff

– What is the kick point on a golf shaft?

The shaft kick-point – also known as flex-point – is the point where the shaft bends and affects the trajectory of the shot. Although the effect is only small, it is still measurable.

For clarity, a shaft with a high kick-point will often give a low shot trajectory and create the feel of a “one-piece”. On the other hand, a low kick-point will usually give a high shot trajectory and a feeling of the shaft tip whipping the clubhead through.

– What is shaft torque?

Every shaft has a torque rating, which is measured in degrees, in order to determine how much the shaft will twist during a swing. Put simply, the higher the rating, the more the shaft is prone to twisting.

It is the torque that also determines how the shaft feels to every player, which means that the higher the rating, the softer the shaft will feel. A shaft with a 3-degree torque will feel much stiffer than a 5-degree torque, for example.

Every shaft – whether it be graphite or steel – has a certain amount of torque. You won’t be able to get rid of torque completely, but it is worth remembering that the lower the torque, the lower the trajectory will be.

Golf club shaft length

Once the shaft is installed onto your golf club, you must determine the right length for you. But how important is shaft length, we hear you say? Well, the importance of length, according to research, is extreme. For instance, ball impact that is 0.5 inches off-centre equates to a 7 percent loss of carry distance, and an impact that is 1 inch off-centre equates to a 14 percent loss of carry distance. So, the key to choosing the right shaft is finding the correct length that provides a repeating, solid hit each time.

– How to measure the length of a golf club shaft?

In order to determine the length of your club, stand tall and get someone to measure from the crease where your wrist and hand meet to the floor. Do this with both hands and take an average of the two measurements.

The following lists what length of shafts you should consider for certain heights. If the crease where your wrist and hand meet to the floor is:

  • 29 to 32 inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 37 inches
  • 33 to 34 inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 37 1/2 inches
  • 35 to 36 inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 38 inches
  • 37 to 38 inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 38 1/2 inches
  • 39 to 40 inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 39 inches
  • 41 or more inches = irons should be based on a 5-iron of 39 1/2 inches

How to know if you have picked the wrong shaft?

If you have picked the wrong shaft, you will immediately know. When you go to swing the club, you will find that the ball won’t go as far as it should, and you may hit the ball off-centre. You may also find that the club may feel “dead” if the shaft is too heavy or stiff, or alternatively it can feel too soft and weak – both can significantly impact your game. Therefore, if you don’t know what to do, don’t guess, because you may end up with the wrong shaft for you and it can be costly to rectify if you have to buy more shafts or new golf equipment.

If you don’t know, don’t guess – get custom fitted

Custom fitting – which was once reserved only for Tour players and the best amateurs – is now available to any golfer who’s willing to spend the time and money to get a properly fitted set of clubs.

With today’s technology and vast number of products to examine, an experienced club fitter can help anyone find the right club shaft for their golf club. Custom fitting can be done with woods, irons, wedges and even putters from most manufacturers, and professional fitters will work with you to decide the custom fit lie angles, face angles, lofts, lengths, swing weights and other options.

Custom fitting may well increase the cost of your set of clubs, but the benefits in terms of performance (and not changing clubs so often) are definitely worth the extra money. This is seen by our team in this YouTube video, demonstrating with a golf driver:

Get in touch with our PGA professional fitter today on 0844 324 6766, or talk to a member of staff in store, to book a custom fitting.

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