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How to Compare Golf Club Shafts

by Britt Barclay

    Selecting the correct shaft is just as important as selecting the right model of golf club. Key things to take into account when looking at a shaft are the length, flex, kick-point, material, and weight. Choose the club that feels best and performs well, even if its not the most popular or expensive model.

    Testing and Comparing Shafts

    Items you will need

    • Access to demo clubs

    Step 1

    Decide on the general type of shaft you are looking for. The most common irons are graphite and steel, though multimaterial, nanofuse, and titanium shafts are also available. The most common driver choice is graphite, however multimaterial, nanofuse and titanium shafts are also used.

    Step 2

    Go to a store or golf course where you can demo clubs. Attain a wide variety of shafts on clubs that are as similar as possible to reduce the number of variables, then head to the range to try them out. A lighter, more flexible shaft allows for longer shots, while stiffer, heavier shafts reduce distance but make it easier to hit the ball straight. Shafts with a higher kickpoint will result in a shot with a lower trajectory.

    Step 3

    After warming up, hit five to 10 balls with each shaft. Narrow the selection by removing any shafts you didn't like and continue.

    Step 4

    Continue to hit with each club and narrow down the candidates until you feel you have found the correct shaft.

    Tips

    • A stiff flex from one maker will not be the same flex as a stiff shaft from another maker.
    • A virtual driving range can be especially helpful by tracking the flight and distance of the ball and thus making shafts easier to compare.
    • Getting custom fitted for clubs is a good way to get an expert's advice or a second opinion if you are at all unsure.

    About the Author

    Christian Barclay is currently an undergraduate in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University of Ohio. He has research experience in the field of chemical engineering and interned this previous summer at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo, Egypt. He has written for Demand Studios since May 2009 and has been published on eHow.com and Golflink.com.

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