2008 Shaft Buyer's Guide

The engine of every club is the shaft, and now is the time to get your engine running at top speed. Today?s shafts are, without question, better than ever.

One of the best ways to get your golf gear back into tip-top shape is to consider a new shaft upgrade. Sounds simple enough, right? If you’re among the many confused, heed the following. Choosing the right shaft is a matter of first determining what you need. Do you want more distance? More control? Both? The variations of shafts available are crafted to meet specific demands, and it looks like no demands are too great. To find the right shaft, it’s imperative you read up on the details and carefully consider the info and specs presented to you. Flex, which used to dominate shaft-buying decisions, has become somewhat arbitrary when considering varying flex points, torque ratings, weights and load profiles. Speaking of which, some shafts are designed to flex more at lower speeds, while others flex less at higher speeds. Some are fine-tuned for drivers, others for woods, hybrids and irons, and so on. The key is first to determine the right weight and length for your swing type and clubhead and then deciding what type of action you want the shaft to perform.

Understanding Our Charts
Key Features: The primary design elements that make the shaft noteworthy, as well as what the shaft was specifically designed to do during the golf swing.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. A quick description of what impressed us in our review and testing.
Who It’s For: What type of player benefits most from this product.
Material: What the shaft is made of, as well as distinguishing manufacturing processes.
Weight: The variance in shaft weights offered in a particular shaft model.
Torque: The rating of twistability in each shaft. More torque generally equates with more forgiveness.
Flex Point: Location on the shaft of maximum shaft bend. High flex points promote a low trajectory; low flex points promote a high trajectory.
Flexes: The full line of flexes available.



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