Beginner's Golf Shaft Guide | Tips & Tricks | Golf Monthly

how to get the perfect golf shaft for

many of you that question hasn't been

answered and you really do need to

answer it to get the best performance

from your golf clubs so no point

spending 300 400 pounds on a driver if

you've got a terrible shaft because

you're going to get really sub optimal

performance and the best way of course

to get the perfect shaft is to speak to

an expert whether that be your club pro

or whether that be a retail specialist

and driving range or whether that be a

national fitting Center like lots of the

brands have those type of people will

have the equipment and the knowledge to

really guide you down the right path to

the perfect shaft choice and what you

want to make sure is that whoever you

speak to they've got a launch monitor

with reliable numbers and you need to

know crabbit speed you need to know spin

you need to know sort of peak height and

flight and all that sort of stuff if

they haven't got that on their side

you've really got to be skeptical about

what they're actually offering you in

terms of provable data so let's start by

looking at driver because that's

obviously a very important club in the

bag that a lot of golfers will be fitted

for and if you haven't been fitted

that's probably the one that you're

actually most interested in getting

fitted for to see can you get some extra

yards and next time you play against

your mates and can you get a bit more

control a few more fairways I'd

certainly like few more fairways in my

game when you choose your driver shaft

and when you're advised on your driver

shaft you'll probably start with weight

and flex because that's the most common

sort of thing to look at the to go hand

in hand quite a lot so you might hear

them discuss simile but they can differ

you can get sort of stiff and light and

you can't get regular heavy but in

general they're quite similar and if

we're talking generalizations then we

should really say that faster swinging

players so your Tour Pros your low

handicap golfers and we'll fav a firmer

shaft heavier shafts you know X flexes

stiff flexes and that's because they

create more club head speed they create

more spin in general and they need to

control those things because if they

don't control them they're going to see

shots fly up in the air too high they're

going to you know drop out the sky

they're not going to get that beautiful

rainbow flight that's going to give them

that distance that better players tend

to be known for and at the other end of

the scale you'll get slower swinging

players and beginners older players

perhaps and that don't create that same

raw edge speed and

those sort of players can generally find

more benefits from lightweight shafts

and if they just gives them a little bit

more launch a little bit more speed and

they can help them optimize their ball

flight so rather than falling out the

sky with short carries they get a little

bit more carry and a bit more roll

because of that so that can really help

their games again those players don't

tend to generate too much spin so a

lighter shot can help them just get a

bit more spin and a bit more optimal

performance and if we move onto fairway

woods and high which is very much a

similar story in terms of spin control

power so you're fitting expert whoever

you choose to speak to they should be

able to advise you something that I'd

certainly advise from my previous

experience is where possible match up

the shafts in your fairway wood and your

driver in a fairway wood they will be

slightly heavier and because of that's

how they are in fairway woods but if you

can generate that same feel you'll find

a lot more control and confidence on the

golf course because you're not suddenly

going from one field will you driver to

a completely different feeling a fairway

wood it can be very disconcerting if you

have that experience so definitely where

possible see if you can match up the

brands and the profiles in a fitting

let's look at irons now because with

irons it's a little bit of a different

club you've got to think about control

distance trajectory a bit more than you

do with driver because you're trying to

hit a very specific number rather than

just get it down there and sort of get

it straight and again there are some

generalizations that we can look to to

help narrow down your options if you're

a slower swing player like we said

before and perhaps you're a lady golf or

perhaps you're a golfer that and you

know your prime golfing years and behind

you shall we say and you might want to

favor a lighter shaft and whether that's

a light steel or even a graphite because

graphite shafts in irons

they still exist they're still very

beneficial for a certain you know sort

of group of players so if you're sort of

looking at your game and being honest

with yourself and you say oh I would

like a bit more distance and I would

like to hit the ball a bit higher then

ask your fitter

can I try some graphite shafts you know

I'd like to see the differences equally

the other end of the spectrum if you're

swinging the club probably more than 80

90 mile-an-hour with a driver

you've been playing golf for a few years

and you're only getting better and

you'll probably want to look at steel

because it

give you that bit more control if

distance isn't that important to you

within the Stila graph right there is

still the same characteristics we spoke

about for drivers so you've got to think

about weight profile you've got to think

about spin because although spin isn't

as important equally you don't want not

enough because your ball won't hold the

Greens you don't want too much because

it'll bring up in the air so your feet

are about to guide you through this

process they'll also look at things like

shaft length which we haven't really

discussed in irons that's quite

important because you know I'm six foot

one I shouldn't be using the same irons

or somebody that's five foot four and

we'll have completely different sort of

dynamic impact lengths and angles and so

just think about that as well your

fitter should look at that but if they

don't just make sure they check your

shaft length it's obviously an important

factor and finally let's talk about

wedges and there is a truth we should

probably tell you wedges that the shaft

is less important than the driver less

important than ions and the reason

behind those because there's less swing

speed involved now if there's less swing

speed there's less spin you know there's

less the club twisting and sort of

manipulating and therefore the shot

doesn't quite play as big a role

especially with your lob wedge where

you're just making short swings so you

may just find a wedge flex actually for

you offers all the feel you need all the

performance you need however you can

spare certainly with your gap wedges

we're you having a full swing look at

you know your normal shaft options like

you have a lion Tiger Woods is a great

example he's got an X 100 extra stiff

shafts in his irons and then he has a s

400 stiff shaft in his wedges and

because he doesn't swing them quite as

fast on those delicate pitch shots so

think about that um personally for me

I'd say it's feel based try a range see

what you like the feel of you can use a

launch monitor as well to make sure

you've got the good gaps because you

there's no point having the shaft that

creates a horrible gap that doesn't

match with what you want so that's

definitely important but for me it's

definitely a field decision hopefully

we've covered some of the basics here

that all just help guide you the next

time you purchase the Golf Club will go

for a fitting

if you have got any really spoke

questions about you personally your

shots in general comment below let us

know and we'll try and answer them all

and help you to better golf because

that's what we all want so hopefully

this has been of use until next time is

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