Take a single golfer. No two shafts will perform the same for him or her. Shafts are as different as the players that swing them, not only in terms of weight and length, but also in materials, construction, flexibility, stability, and the sort of feedback they provide.
You put good time, attention, and money into the selection of clubs you choose. Do the same for golf shafts for your drivers. Here are 4 things to take into account when choosing.
Measurements; Height and Arm Length
Measurement is the most straightforward component of club fitting as it will not change throughout the life of an adult golfer. Once you know what your measurements are, you can choose clubs that are appropriately sized for you.
However, even though this is not a dynamic condition, it’s still critically important to get fitted so you know your measurements ahead of time – playing with shafts that are too long or too short will encourage you to develop bad habits and can exacerbate or even cause shot errors.
Swing Speed and Tempo
After measurement, your swing speed (how fast you swing the club) and tempo (the dynamics of how you swing it) are the next most important factors to weigh.
Stronger players with fast swing speeds tend to prefer shafts that are stiffer, with higher kick points and lower torque ratings than those with slower swing speeds.
For them, extra flexibility is a crutch and in some cases can make it seem as though the clubhead is lagging behind the shaft. Also, some players with faster swing speeds complain that shafts that are too flexible allow the clubhead to contact the ball in a slightly open or closed configuration, interfering with the desired shot shape.
For players with slower swing speeds, however, playing with a slightly more flexible golf shaft can be beneficial. The more flexible a shaft, the better it will store (and the better it can potentially unload) energy, making it sort of like a “spring” that can add yards to a shot.
These are, however, generalities – but they can still help you narrow down your list of options in driver shafts.
Ball Flight/Shot Shape
While a shaft itself cannot really be said to produce a draw or fade bias (that is more a product of the clubhead and the person swinging it) there are shaft features that can help you improve your accuracy and shot shape.
For instance, if you’re consistently hitting slices, it might benefit you to look into playing with a shaft designed with a more flexible rating and higher torque rating. A more flexible shaft will give the clubhead more time (in small fractions of a second) to “catch up,” and square the clubhead before the moment of impact.
The only way to know this for sure is to work with a fitter or at least review the records of a launch monitor.
Some shafts are designed for sensitivity, and some players desire this feature. Sensitivity can, after all, give you some indication of how perfectly your clubhead struck the ball (as can sound, which is another dimension of sensitivity).
This is also a personal thing and not something for which you can entirely rely on a fitter. At a certain point, you will have to play around with a few different driver shafts and see which performs best in your hands.
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