2009 Shafts Buyer's Guide

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Shafts might just be the most misunderstood piece of golf equipment.

For starters, there’s a lot to consider, including their length, weight, flex and torque. For another, many golfers question why they need to buy a shaft when “off-the-rack” clubs already have them. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

First, a shaft is considered the engine of every club, and if you’re playing with one that doesn’t match your swing’s DNA, you could potentially lose valuable distance, accuracy and shot shape.

Also, while stock shafts are labeled as a specific flex, independent tests confirm that a shaft’s stiffness isn’t always what it says it is.

If you want to be a complete player, it’s vital you find the right match.

To choose the right shaft, first determine what you need. Do you want to hit the ball farther or improve your shot shape, or both?

Once you have an answer, consider the shaft’s specifications.

Determine the right weight and length for your swing type and clubhead, and then decide how you want the shaft to perform. To ensure a good fit, we recommend consulting a professional clubfitter.


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