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.


Accra AXIV
Key Feature: The AXIV line is built with a Tetra-Axial (4-axis) weave that’s made especially to resist deformation upon impact with the ball. Though lesser known than some, Accra makes extremely high-quality shafts that are worth a look, particularly if you ‘re interested in increasing your driving accuracy.
What We Like: Another excellent product from a manufacturer that has always made solid driver shafts. The 4-axis design is terrific for keeping the ball in play.
Who It’s For: Those looking for another option for their driver that the guys in their regular foursome might not have. Anyone who wants a shaft that helps negate harsh feelings at impact, or those that put a greater emphasis on accuracy.
Material: High-modulus composite
Weight: 60g, 65g, 70g, 75g, 80g
Torque: 2.2-3.5
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R, A, L
Aerotech SteelFiber
Key Feature: A unique combination of steel and graphite fiber, extreme uniformity of shape and relatively low torque ratings. An uncommon construction and blending of materials make the SteelFiber unlike any other we’ve ever seen, and we’re betting you’ll say the same.
What We Like: Combining graphite and steel in a hybrid form is innovative, and it produces a unique feel. The fact that there’s an option for players who prefer steel but want some of the attributes of graphite. The feel—it’s pretty unusual and it’s very, very good.
Who It’s For: Golfers who desire the ultimate control and consistency of a steel shaft, with the added torsional properties of graphite and a unique and pleasing feel.
Material: Graphite, steel
Weight: 65g, 75g
Torque: 3.8-4.6
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: S, R

Aldila DVS
Key Feature: Similar to the VS Proto, the DVS is built with Micro Laminate Technology and carbon nanotubes. Of course, Aldila’s proprietary A65 Performance Resin System also contributes to the impressive consistency and overall performance of the DVS design.
What We Like: Carbon nanotubes are expensive for a reason—they help provide extreme strength and resiliency. The use of these pricey materials, as well as Aldila’s Micro Laminate Technology, makes the DVS a truly premium-quality composite golf shaft.
Who It’s For: Better players who like the stability and strength of the VS Proto but want some added flexibility and snap as the clubhead approaches impact.
Material: Nano carbon
Weight: 63g, 71g, 84g, 91g
Torque: 1.8-3.3
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R
Aldila NVS
Key Feature: High-quality Micro Laminate construction that provides increased consistency and improved performance. A more flexible and responsive tip section gives players with slightly lower swing speeds more optimal launch conditions.
What We Like: A slightly more tip-flexible shaft that still provides consistency and a good feel. All of those low-torque stiff-tip models the guys on Tour use just aren’t right for everyone.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want an exceptionally high-quality composite shaft that’s easier to load than the typical tip-stiff model. Anyone who wants a Tour-quality product that promotes a more optimal trajectory and spin rate for less aggressive swingers.
Material: Nano carbon
Weight: 55g, 65g, 75g, 85g, 95g, 105g • Torque: 2.1-4.4
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R, A, L


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