Choosing the best golf shaft is essential for getting the most distance and accuracy from each shot on the course.
Match your flex to your swing speed. The higher the swing speed, the stiffer the shaft flex should be. Select from regular, firm, stiff, ladies or seniors flex constructed from graphite or steel. Graphite golf shafts are lighter than steel shafts, resulting in an increase in swing speed and distance. A steel-shafted club imparts more vibrations up the shaft to your hands. Skilled players with a high swing speed often desire this feedback.
Find golf shafts from top brands like Aldila, GolfWorks, Grafalloy, Royal Precision, True Temper and UST.
Decide if you need a taper tip or parallel tip.
Taper-tip shafts get smaller where the shaft fits into the hosel. They're manufactured with constant weights and to the proper length for each club.
Parallel-tip shafts have a constant diameter and are the same for each iron. They need to be trimmed to fit the length for each club, resulting in heavier shafts in the long irons and less weight in the short irons.
Play with the lightest shaft and softest flex that you can control. Find the shaft that helps you generate the fastest clubhead speed while allowing you to hit the sweet spot most often.
If you're a new or average player, you might benefit from golf shafts that assist you in launching the ball higher. Start shorter for control and go to a longer shaft as your swing develops.
If you're a more advanced player with a strong swing, you need shafts with a stronger tip section and higher bend point, bringing your ball flight down.
While there is no one golf shaft that fits everyone, there is certainly one that is best for you. Visit your Golf Galaxy store for a professional Shaft Fitting. Our skilled Certified Club Technicians will then help you replace your golf shafts in the full service Club Tech Workshop.
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