Choosing a Shaft for Your Golf Club

Golf like any other game can be enjoyed more if chooses to play with right equipment. Shaft should be looked as the most important component in the game of golf. Most of the times people do give importance to the club head but they forget that one can take the best clubhead made, fit it with wrong shaft and try as one might, one won’t be able to hit the ball consistently. Shafts specifications are very important to people who love to play the game and are more able to compensate for the inadequacies of a piece of equipments, so it is immeasurable more important for the average golfer to have club setup the right way.


Steel is best known to be the cheapest material for shafts and because of its high level of performance. But here one thing is important to mention that before 1940s most of the golfers were in the idea of using hockey, until in forties the trend was shifted steel. Golfer sees little need to change, particularly with irons. Still the overwhelming choice for shafts is steel; these are available in many flexes. These are available in regular and light weights with various kick points.


Graphite shafts are light shafts designed to lower the over all weight of the club, making it easier to create more clubhead speed. These are also called composite, boron-graphite or carbon fiber shafts. As golfer look for maximum distances off the tee, graphite shafts are today more frequently used for fairway woods and especially metal headed drivers than for iron. Different varieties of flexes and kick points are also available in the market, but there prices as considerably high and that is the reason that most of the golfers feel hesitate to switch on to graphite equipment.


Titanium is also emerging as one of the new equipment range coming up these days. One of the major advantages is that titanium has the strength of steel but is lighter; hence one can tend to get a light weight shaft. Because of their construction, the range of the specifications of titanium shafts is limited and the major disadvantage is its higher price.


Kick point is that part of the shaft which bends the most during the swing. In recent innovation in shaft design is the positioning of the kick point or flex point. Ideally the kick point should compliment the flex of the shaft whether high, low or mid kick point. The lower the kick point, the more length one gain, and more accuracy one sacrifices. The higher the kick point the more accuracy you gain and the more length you sacrifice.

The players who are able to generate more clubhead speed prefer to have high kick point to lower the vibration near the clubhead, whereas the players who are not able to generate high speed use these kick points to generate more clubhead speed. The swinger who generate clubhead speed throughout the downswing, usually prefer to have low kick point.

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