The shafts of your irons definitely can be too flexible. So can the shafts of hybrids, fairway metals and drivers. Yet the very shafts that are too flexible for you might be too stiff for another player. The flexibility of the shafts you should be playing is linked to your swing speed. If your swing speed is fast -- pros blast the club through the hitting area at more than 100 mph -- a normal shaft will be too whippy for you. Moreover, your control will be erratic and you will be prone to nasty duck hooks.
Choosing the right graphite golf shaft might be among the most complicated tasks you will undertake. The reason is simple -- there are more variables and options to choose from than you can shake a shaft at. Although it's possible to do it yourself, it could take you months if not years to find the best shaft. Yet, it's a crucial decision if you want to play your best. As "Golf Magazine" notes, "Choosing the right shaft is crucial to lowering your scores as well as giving you the feel and control you desire." The articles goes on to state, "You can make the process easier by working with a qualified club fitter or professional." "Golf Tips Magazine" is even more blunt -- "leave the details to someone knowledgeable and simply get fitted by a professional club fitter."
All graphite shafts are made from layers of carbon fiber. That's where the similarity ends: Graphite shafts differ in weight, length, flexibility, and other factors such as torque. Although graphite is generally softer than steel, technological advances have allowed golf designers to make graphite shafts in every flex, including extra-stiff. The differences in graphite shafts should enable you to find one that fits you to a tee. The large number of choices, however, makes it hard to sort through the different possibilities. A good club fitter can help you find the best graphite shaft for you.
While it may seem that the head of a club is the key to an effective shot because of its direct impact with the ball, it's the shaft connected to the head that's considered "the most important component," according to PGA pro Mike Fischer. Graphite shafts are mostly used for drivers, but some golfers also use them for irons.