Shaft Fitting

Short, Powerful Backswing: So What’s The Best Shaft for Me?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Clubfitting, Shaft Fitting | 17 comments

Tweet Short backswings with strong acceleration do require more overall stiffness and/or more tip stiffness to prevent a sudden, forceful swing move from over bending the shaft at the start of the downswing. When choosing the right shaft, the weight of the shaft, the overall flex and the bend profile are the most important elements, with torque being much less important.  The reason is because you just do not see higher torque with any shafts that are designed in a stiffer overall flex with more tip stiffness. The shaft companies know that players who need to use stiffer overall flex shafts...

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Tip Soft Shaft: What Does it Mean for Your Swing?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Shaft Fitting | 42 comments

Tweet What is meant by a “tip soft” shaft?  A shaft can be designed with any variation in its stiffness over its whole length.  So a tip soft shaft is one that is designed to be more flexible in the tip area of the shaft.  Likewise there can be any number of variations in how stiff the tip section of a shaft is designed.  The reason this is done is to help golfers with different swing characteristics find the right shaft that matches best to how they swing. Most typically, golfers who unhinge the wrist cock early in the downswing are better fit with tip soft shafts, while golfers who...

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Golf Shaft Fitting: How Does ‘Transition’ Affect Shaft Selection?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in New News, Shaft Fitting | 13 comments

Tweet Occasionally, we receive questions about golf shaft fitting, so we will do our best to answer them.  Here is a question regarding ‘transition:’  What role does ‘transition’ play on the golf shaft and what kind of tips can you provide in finding the right shaft? Because the difference in how forceful the golfer starts the downswing can be of high importance to finding the right overall stiffness in the shaft along with the right shaft weight and right headweight feel as well. Typically if you have two golfers with the same clubhead speed, the one with a much...

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How Much Does Shaft Torque Affect Performance?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Shaft Fitting | 27 comments

Tweet Shaft torque affects performance a little bit, but not nearly as much as does the shaft’s weight, overall stiffness design and bend profile design. And here’s why. The term “torque” is used to convey the relative, comparative amount that a shaft is designed to resist twisting in response to a specific force. If the Rules of Golf were to allow clubheads to be designed so that the shaft would attach directly in line with the clubhead’s center of gravity, shaft torque would be a non-issue. The reason is because what causes a shaft to twist is, 1) the downswing force of the...

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Should I Use Graphite Shafts for Hybrids and Steel Shafts for Irons?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Hybrid Fitting, Iron Fitting, Shaft Fitting | 12 comments

Tweet Absolutely, and it is done all the time by tons of golfers. Industry statistics say that over 90% of all hybrids are sold with a graphite shaft, while only 30% of all irons are sold with graphite shafts. These trends most definitely say graphite is by the shaft of choice in hybrids while steel is the material of choice for iron shafts. But is that right? Since few hybrids are even offered by companies with steel shafts, if they were, would that make hybrids a better match to a set of steel shaft irons and thus offer a golfer a higher level of shotmaking consistency from hybrid to...

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Will Wedge Shafts Improve My Game?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Shaft Fitting, Wedge Fitting | 34 comments

Tweet It’s been a number of years ago since a few of the shaft companies began to offer shafts specifically designed for wedges. Anyone remember the name “Spinner” as an example of a wedge specific shaft? The concept behind most wedge specific shafts is to try to use the shaft as a way to increase the backspin on a wedge shot. The idea involves designing the shaft with a little softer flex than what would be normal when an iron shaft is tip trimmed its normal amount for use in a wedge. The belief is if the wedge shaft is a little more flexible, it will cause the dynamic loft of...

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