Shaft material is more significant than club head material in terms
of relative performance impact.
Golf clubs have either steel or graphite shafts.
Steel Shaft Clubs - weigh more, last longer,
and may also give more control for fast swings.
Graphite Shaft Clubs – lighter, more
costly, used for long distance shots or for slower swingers. Graphite
shafts reduce the shock at impact so are kinder to joints and
also allow for longer shafts for good distance [not so good for
Graphite shafts weigh from 50 grams to 85 grams, while steel shafts
generally start at 120 grams. Most golf clubs are available with
both steel and graphite shafts.
New Scandium shaft technology provides shock protection.
The flexibility of a shaft is referred to as flex, or bend.
Low flex shafts – give more control
for powerful swingers
Higher flex shafts – used by beginners
and those with less powerful swings.
The average swing speed is from 65 miles per hour for the beginner
up to over 100 miles per hour for powerful swingers.
Common shaft flexes are Men's Regular, Stiff, Extra Stiff, Senior,
and Ladies. Graphite shaft flex is termed Firm and Extra Firm instead
Correct flex is important for your Woods and longer Irons. Short
irons, wedges and putters is not so important.
Flex measurements also include a "kick-point" , especially
with graphite shafts. Lower kick-point shafts help get the ball
up in the air, an advantage for less skilled golfers.
Comparing Steel and Graphite Shafts
Find out which Shaft Flex is right for you Graphite vs Steel? Presented
by The Golf Institute of America. [4:04]
Shaft length also affects the flight of the ball. It also allows
for people of different heights.
Length of the golf club is as measured from the butt end of the
grip down the back side of the club down to where the club meets
A longer golf club will hit further given the same swing speed
— so length can be a good thing. However, since the swing
arc is longer, it often is also harder to keep under control —
so length can be a bad thing.
The standard length of a steel shafted Driver for a man is 43 inches.
Graphite shafted drivers are 1 inch longer than steel shafted clubs
because graphite shafts weigh less than steel shafts allowing us
to produce a longer club with the same swing weight.
Grips should be correct in size to fit the hand, and absorbent.
Grips tend to oxidize, harden, get slick, and LOSE THEIR GRIP over
time. The best grip are usually the grips that lose their grip the
Coefficient of Restitution
When buying golf clubs make sure they are endorsed by the USGA.
Some hollowed out titanium clubs, have a higher coefficient of restitution
than permitted by the USGA. These clubs are designed to impart a
greater force on the golf ball. The maximum permitted USGA coefficient
of restitution greater is 0.83.