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Aspects of a Golf Shaft

 

A piece of equipment often overlooked by golfers is the golf shaft, an integral part of the club that can greatly make a difference, positive or negative.  It is standard these days for drivers, woods and rescue clubs to be fitted with graphite shafts directly from the factory.  As compared to steel golf shafts, the lighter weight of a graphite shaft offers golfers the ability to generate greater club head speed for more distance.  Graphite shafts also transmit fewer vibrations when the ball is struck, providing better feel.  When looking for a new shaft, it is important to remember the main performance characterstics:

  • Weight
  • Shaft flex
  • Kick point
  • Torque

Reducing weight can help a player increase their swing speed, increasing distance.  Conversely, skilled golfers that have higher swing speeds and better club head control may prefer the feel of a heavier golf shaft.  In order to tailor to individual golfers' needs, graphite golf shafts are manufactured in various weights.

Correct golf shaft stiffness is crucial to selecting the right shaft for you.  The faster your swing, the stiffer the shaft should be.  Slower swings can benefit from the added flex of a less stiff shaft, helping to gain distance.  Golf shafts generally come in Ladies (L), Senior (A), Regular (R), Stiff (S) and Extra Stiff (X). Remember, if the flex of your shaft is not right for your swing, it will result in a loss of distance, and cause the club head to be misaligned at impact with the golf ball, resulting in inaccurate shots.  The shaft’s flex is crucial in maximizing both distance and accuracy.

Graphite shafts are also built with various kick points, described as high, medium and low.  The higher the kick point, the closer to the grip or top of the shaft.  The lower the kick point, the closer to the club head or bottom tip of the  shaft.  The kick point is the point on a shaft that flexes the greatest.  A high shaft kick point will result in a lower trajectory compared to a low tip point, which would promote higher golf ball flight.

Torque is defined as the amount of rotational twisting that occurs at the tip of the shaft, measured by degrees of twist.  The lower the torque, the more resistant the golf shaft will be to twisting.  Thanks to the construction of graphite shafts, they can be made to have a much wider band of torque levels allowing the shaft to be better customized to various golf swings.  Torque will deliver the club head to the ball on a rotational axis, so, similar to flex, it is important to choose a shaft that has an appropriate amount of torque for your swing.  Higher swing speeds and faster tempo swings require lower torque in a golf shaft, while slower more fluid swings can benefit from using a shaft with slightly higher degrees of torque.

With any golf shaft, quality of manufacturing is key.  A well-built shaft will offer more consistent performance in a game where every shot counts! right?

Selecting the right graphite shaft is important to perfecting the delivery of your club head to the ball, improving your game.  Make sure you are not losing out on performance by overlooking the shaft you are playing with.  Visiting a professional club fitter to help match the right shaft for your swing, could very well translate to immediate gains.

Aldila Graphite Golf Shaft VooDoo

Comments

I would like to know the specs 0n the phenom 65 regular shaft since I'm considering putting it a r11s driver--help--please-- thanks
Posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2012 1:07 PM by ted wright
I have a Aldila low torque 4.0, low flex point regular shaft. I would like to use it with a fair way 3 wood head. What would be the trim specs for this? 
Also my swing speed with a driver is average at 85 MPH. Would this shaft be useful to me? 
Thanks.
Posted @ Friday, September 21, 2012 3:52 AM by Richard
what's the difference between 65 and 72 in shaft?
Posted @ Sunday, February 03, 2013 8:18 AM by steve lloren
I HAVE A CALLAWAY 3W RAZR X BLACK WITH MANUFACTUROR SHAFT.THE SHAFT FEELS LIGHT COMPARED TO MY CAL 3 HYBRID WHICH USE WELL. I WAS TOLD TO GET A ALDILA VS PROTO TO REPLACE THE 3W SHAFT AS THIS WOULD SQUARE THE FACE UP BETTER WITH THE LOWER TORQUE. IS THIS THE CASE.
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 8:23 AM by DAVE CROSS
I am 73 years old, height 160 cms, weight 65 kgs. Slightly shorter arms than the normal. I am a regular golfer playing five days a week. I have a King Cobra graphite shaft set of 1997 vintage.The weight of the shafts is 65 gms. Lately I have been experiencing pain in my right shoulder joint after the round. I would like to know which type and weight of the shafts I should use.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:34 AM by J S Bhatnagar
I'll be visiting your site again to gather some more valuable information. You truly did a good job. 
Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 8:31 AM by essays for sale
I am a 60 year and playing with a regular flex shaft that says it's 50 grams, has low kick & 4.5 Torque. But then it says it's for swing speed of 11-140. No way Jose am I close to that - I have to believe I'm in the 90's - getting a shaft that has my swing speed in the 90-100 swing speed will help me with distance?
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 3:17 PM by Rick Smith
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Posted @ Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:32 PM by Bob Shelton
Where could I buy an Aldila Ex DII Reg Flex Driver shaft?
Posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:53 PM by Gary Yaeck
I m looking to buy a driver shaft but I don t know what is best for my swing, I have a speed swing 90-100 so I looking more distance and control, what can yours recomend me? 
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 2:44 PM by SERGIO Guzman
I am looking to replace my 13 degree Ping G15 driver with the new Titelist D2 driver. I have a low boring ball flight that slowly climbs with distance. My club head speed is 100-115. I'm trying to gain a little more distance, which shaft should I select? 
 
Posted @ Sunday, December 01, 2013 8:57 PM by Tom Walker
Thanks for everything guys!
Posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:52 AM by Martin Baum
whats the difference between the tm rip phenom 60 and the regular rip phenom 60?? i currently have the tm version in my r11s and love it. got fit for the titleist d2 and they recommended that. but i want to put it in my covert head
Posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 6:36 PM by kevin d.
i have a set of Cobra S2 Irons, with Aldila 60 lite weight 370 shafts, I would like to replace the current shafts with a 50 gram Aldila S3 Shaft , where can I purchase such shaft and will the S2 heads require adjustments? 
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Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 4:12 AM by jlukeadan
I have a Aldila VS Proto By You Shaft 65-S 350. Does the 350 mean the shaft tip is 350 as I need to replace the adaptor
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