Better Golf Shafts for Better Play

Wednesday February 21st, 2007

Golf shafts are a bit like snowflakes — no two are quite alike. The myriad of shafts pose limitless combinations of weight, flex point, overall stiffness, torque, tip stiffness, frequency, and so on.

The challenge, naturally, is finding one to maximize your potential. Begin your pursuit by attending demo days, sampling products, speaking with manufacturer reps, and being custom-fit. Read on to bone up on some new offerings available to you.

Aldila aldila.com

  • VS Proto "ByYou"


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    Quick Tip: Many players overestimate their swing speed and use shafts that are too heavy or stiff for their game. Try something lighter and softer if your swing is in a funk.


    Fujikura fujikuragolf.com

  • E150, E160 and Sakura


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  • E350, E360, E370, and E380HB (hybrid)


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  • Rombax


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  • Original OEM spec shafts


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    Quick Tip: Today's "standard" 45-inch driver shafts may be too much for you to handle. But you can always custom-order a shorter club direct from the manufacturer. The club maker will account for the shorter length by adding 10 grams or so to the head for every inch you go shorter.


  • Graphite Design gdintl.com


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  • Purple Ice Series


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    Quick tip: What works for your buddy won't necessarily be the magic shaft for you. You'd likely have different needs and wants in terms of feel and ball flight.

    Rob Sauerhaft is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and comments at golfletters@golfonline.com

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