The shaft is the engine of the club. One major goal all club fitters encounter is to properly fit their students with the correct shafts. This article will discuss the keys toward determining the proper shafts for the Golf Channel viewers. Shaft technology is constantly improving. Consumer shaft options are enormous. New shaft companies are in the market on a monthly basis. Current shaft manufacturers offer a wide array of shafts for drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, and putters.
During the swing, the shaft bends in three directions:
With the shaft bending in three directions, how can one consistently return the clubface to a square position while maximizing the potentials for distance and accuracy? The answer may be in properly fitted shafts.
In order to determine the proper shaft for each golfer, proceed to the following steps:
The majority of golfers will experience the following ball flights ' (Right handed)
Shaft too stiff - Low and to the right = fades, slices, push slices.
Shafts too flexible ' High and to the left = draws, hook, pull hooks.
General guide for shaft stiffness (Based on driver club head speed):
If you hook the ball too much, try a stiffer shaft.
If you slice the ball too much, try a more flexible shaft.
Lower kick point shafts will produce higher ball flights = excellent for the following golfers:
Higher kick point shafts will produce lower ball flights = excellent for the following golfers:
To determine the proper length, have your local PGA Golf professional take a look at your posture at setup and your ability to hit the sweetspot / centeredeness consistently.
Longer shafts = Offers more distance, but sacrifices accuracy and consistency.
Shorter shafts = Offers less distance, and more accuracy and consistency.
Putting = Too many putter shafts are designed too long. This may sacrifice the golfers abilities to line up properly and produce an improper path.
Graphite shafted irons ' Manufacturers typically design these shafts 1 longer than standard steel shafts.
Changing length = For every change, the lie angle will also change 1 degree.
Ex: Adding 1 to standard lie angles will produce a 2 degree upright lie angle.
Graphite or Steel?
Look at any PGA or LPGA tour event and you will see the majority of players with steel shafted irons and graphite shafted metal woods. Why, Steel offers more consistency and graphite has the potential for increased distance.
Benefits of graphite shafts:
Benefits of steel shafts:
An experienced club fitter can offer a variety of different shaft manufacturers once the specifications have been determined. This is a great experience for any golfer to demo similar shaft flexes, kick points, weights, lengths to determine the optimal launch angles, spin rates, carry and overall distance, and consistency between different brands. Several fitting facilities offer this technology with cross profiling between manufacturers.
By Bruce Martin