Don’t just get the shaft ………….. Get fit for the right one!
We here this all the time, a customer come to us and says they wanted to reshaft a club, so they went to the big box store and got shafted. No, real fitting just “thats a good one try it” and “it will look great with this grip”. That sint what getting a custom shaft is about, that is what we call “Getting the shaft!”
Look at the charts below, there are numerous shafts to choose from, and thats’s just the beginning! One may look nicer than the other, but you can’t hit it, or it is wrong for you, or could be wrong for the club too! How can that be! Well, there are 13 different factors you need to take into consideration to determine what the best shaft is for you, not only swing speed which is what a big box store will tell you. The wrong torque on a shaft alone can give you launch angles that are rediculous and hurt your game. Don’t be fooled by advertising, experience the difference True custom fitting makes.
We recently reshafted a club that was the exact scenario, the customer told us the same story we have heard a thousand times, he couldnt hit the ball as well after they put in his shiny new shaft and when he went back to them, “sorry we did what you asked us to do”. He asked to hae a spin rate of over 8000 on a driver, not only did he loose distance, when his ball landed he swore it went backwards, it almost did.
Not to mention the trajectory was straight to the moon, sky ball shots, and his launch angle was nearly 19 degrees with an 8.5 degree driver. We were astounded that was close to the worse we have seen. The worst was a “Custom” installation that the shaft was cut 1 inch past the parallel tip section, that was done by a shop reported as “Top 100” by you know who. When it broke, we fixed it and got it covered under warranty, that the big box store wouldn’t honor.
Graphite or Steel shafts? How do I choose whats best for me?
Steel shafts have long been the standard for Golf clubs in the 80’s Graphite shafts became a viable option for shafting a club. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration to decide whats best for you. SOme of the most important things to consider include : Health issues, do you have any limitations due to injuries or increasing age, arthritis, joint replacements, frequency of play, these are some of the most important reasons to consider switching to Graphite shafts. Will I loose performance by using Graphite shafts? No, these arent your Grandfathers graphite shafts, todays shaft technology can provide you with the same performance characteristics as the top Tour rated shafts.
In fact we have shafts that are Graphite, from UST/Mamiya’s Tour SPX program, and also Accra Premium Golf Shafts that technically outperform Steel shafts, and in our opinion rival the best in the industry and surpass there performance in many levels. Yet still provide the feel a Tour player demands. There is no reason to shy away from the Graphite shafts we represent, for performance concerns. Best of all, with our Dynamic Frequency Fitting system, you can compare shafts side by side with the same iron head at the exact frequency in the exact weight, platform and flex profile that best matches your full shaft loading profile in steel shafts!
Benefits of Steel Shafts
The main benefit of the steel-shafted club is it imparts more vibrations up the shaft to the player’s hands. Skilled players often desire this feedback. However, remember with todays technology we have many options in Graphite that perform as well as steel and also give you the feedback a skilled and demanding player loves.
A skilled player can often tell what they may have done wrong or right by the feel of the swing and impact; more so than a beginner. The steel-shafted club is typically heavier than the graphite club. However, again with todays technology KBS leads the forefront with light weight steel shafts that can deliver power and performance as well. Players with a high swing speed may find that this fits their swing tempo better and allows them more control of there shot. Players who tend to swing too fast also will benefit from heavier clubs as it tnds to give a more stable feel. Steel-shafted clubs are also typically less expensive than graphite clubs.
Disadvantages of Steel Shafts
Mishit shots are apt to leave one’s hands stinging due to the vibrations imparted through the shaft. The heavier weight will slightly reduce swing speed, resulting in a difference of up to 4 miles per hour that translates into a loss of about 10 yards. Steel- shafted clubs are more likely to irritate chronic hand, arm or shoulder problems than a graphite club, due to the weight, rigidity, and transference of vibration and shock through the shaft especially in mis-hit shots.
Benefits of Graphite Shafts
Graphite shafts are lighter than steel shafts, resulting in an increase in swing speed and distance. This is particularly beneficial to players with slow swing tempos. Most golfers can realize an increase of at least 5 yards for each club. Graphite shafts are easier to swing for someone who has hand, arm or shoulder problems. Vibrations are muffled on mishits and less painful.
Disadvantages of Graphite Shafts
Graphite shafts for the most part are less rigid than steel shafts and tend to have more whip and flexibility, although higher end graphite shafts have much more stable platforms than in the past. Though this can be an advantage for a player with a well-grooved swing, it also can exaggerate the problems of a poor swing and may affect accuracy, when improperly fit. Graphite shafts are more expensive, typically adding 15 percent to 20 percent to the cost of a set of irons.
The choice comes down to what feels best for you and the skill level you have in your game. It is no longer true that steel shafts are more durable than graphite shafts. Either set will last a lifetime if your equipment is treated properly. Graphite shafts get the edge in the “last set of clubs I’ll ever own” department because they tend to be easier to use for elderly golfers. Take time in deciding on your personal preference. Try a lot of clubs, as often as you need. then come see us and we will show you what true quality in construction is. True quality clubs are an investment in your future, you can have a pain free future with the right set of clubs, or you can be in the 3 month trade up club. The choice is yours, custom fitting is the only choice to break the cycle of frustration and begin lowering your handicap.
Further benefits of Graphite Shafts
You have been shopping for a new set of golf clubs and might have noticed those with graphite shafts are more expensive than those with steel shafts. While the extra amount might not be in your budget, consider how graphite shafts might be better for your game. They reduce aggrivation to joints, ligaments, tendons and muscle, by reducing or eliminating shock and vibration to the hands, wrists, elbow and shoulder. They perform as well as steel from a technical aspect in the competition and tour levels, and they can make up for the natural deterioration of swing speed from aging when fitted properly. Plus they typically have really cool graphics instead of just a label!
Graphite shafts are considerably lighter than steel shafts so they are easier to swing faster and have your golf ball go farther. Combine a graphite shaft with a titanium club head and you’ll swing even easier that! There light weight allows the average golfer to have a faster downward acceleration and typically allows them to gain 4-7 MPH in there swing speed.
Because of how a graphite shaft is constructed, when you hit a ball with one, it’s as if the shot is muffled even though the ball travels at least as far as one hit with a steel shaft. Consequently, you will feel less vibration from the shot, particularly if you hit the ball slightly off-center.
Just like steel shafts, you have a choice of five flexes, and they are dependent on how you strike the ball. Flex is how much a shaft will bend when you swing the club. The greater the flex, the more the shaft will bend. There are ladies, seniors, regular, stiff and extra stiff shafts. If you hit your drives fewer than 200 yards, you probably should choose a ladies shaft. But if you hit it 250 to 275 yards, you should think about ordering stiff shafts. Steel and graphite have the same flexes.
Mix And Match
Most golfers find graphite shafts make a difference in the longer clubs such as the driver or long hybrids. But for clubs that require less length but more accuracy, they often opt for steel shafts. If the cost of an entire set of clubs with graphite shafts is a problem financially, there are good reasons why you might have some clubs with steel shafts.
What are the flexs and why do they matter ?
Golf club shafts are available in five flexes and may be made of steel or graphite. There are 13 different aspects of your swing that determine your flex, Clubhead speed alone that the big box stores use WILL NOT GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE FLEX RATING, it will give you a flex rating good enough to buy the WRONG set of clubs. We typically see the average golfer fit at a big box store to have the flex recomended for them at least 1 flex difference and typically off by a flex and a half, with the extreme being off by two full flexs. Add in the inaccuracy of the flex consistancy of off the shelf clubs and you have a recipe for frustration and disaster.
Designated as “X” on the flex scale, extra stiff shafts are recommended for golfers who routinely drive the ball 260 yards or more, according to most flex charts. However as we have stated previously there is a lot more to determining the shaft rating than swing speed alone, wrist cock and release incorporated with the transition point and how each golfer unloads the shaft is critical to determining the actual flex required. There are 13 points we take into account when determining a customers full shaft loading potential. You can not fit on club hed speed alone that is a recipe for disaster and clubs that are improperly fit to you.
For example we have a customer that has an iron head swing speed of 94 MPH however he has a very methodic transition into his downward stroke, and his transition of unloading his wrists is gradual so this factor alone takes his actual full shaft loading profile from a 7.5 to an actual shaft load of 6.4 using the full shaft load approach. When he came to us, his clubs were rated at a 7.5 on the FM Precision flex charts, using those clubs he always felt as if he was hitting rocks and it hurt his game. His dispersion was all over the place and typically hit to the right. Why? The shaft was too stiff for him and the head was in front of the striking plane, which left his shots pushing right because the shaft was improperly fit for him. Where was he fit? A big box store on a launch monitor that they only took his club head speed into account. Club Head speed alone is not an accurate method of fitting, but it is the only way most Pro shops and big box stores are capable of fitting a customer and it is wrong.
Extra stiff shafts are available in both Graphite and Steel as are all shafts
Designated as “S” on the flex chart, stiff shafts are recommended for golfers who regularly drive the ball 240 to 260 yards and have a swing speed 84 to 93 mph. Stiff shafts are appropriate for men with single-digit handicaps as well as some with handicaps 10 to 15 who have high clubhead speed. Stiff flex is available in graphite or steel.
The most common flex, regular, is designated as “R” on the flex chart and is recommended for golfers who regularly drive the ball 210 to 240 yards and have a swing speed between 75 and 84 mph. Steel and graphite shafts are available in regular flex, which is appropriate for men with mid to high handicaps.
Designated as “A” on the flex chart, shafts with senior flex are recommended for golfers who regularly drive the ball between 180 and 210 yards, and have a swing speed of between 60 and 75 mph. Older male golfers and some women with unusually high swing speeds should use this flex, which is also referred to as “A-Flex.” Clubs with senior flex are usually made of graphite.
Recommended for the slowest swinging golfers, the ladies flex is designated as “L” on the flex chart. Golfers who routinely drive the ball less than 180 yards and have a swing speed of 60 mph or less should use the ladies flex. This flex is an appropriate choice for slow-swinging older male golfers and women, who generate less clubhead speed than men. Ladies flex is most commonly available on graphite shafts.