2011 Buyer's Guide Shafts

Is the shaft really the engine of the club?

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Let’s clear up this misconception right now, shall we? The engine of any club isn’t the shaft. It’s you. You’re the driving force behind the golf club’s movement. And how well you go about choosing the right shaft can affect how well you transfer the energy of your body into the golf ball. This year, the ongoing surge of technology in shaft design has shown little slowdown, with new models promising more distance and control than before. So choose wisely, and always make your decisions based on what’s best for your swing, not that of a fellow competitor.

Key Features: Short for “Dynamically Matched,” Accra’s DyMatch shafts use the latest in cannon, robot and human testing to create three distinct series of shafts that match from driver through hybrid. That means all your woods will have the same torque, tip deflection and flex profile.
What We Like: Having all your shafts perform the same way is the key to becoming more consistent with all your woods. Simple as that.
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Series 1: 45-75g; Series 2: 65-85g; Series 3: 75-98g. Each series has a unique set of torques, launch profiles and flexes.
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Key Features: Optimum flex and torque characteristics provide good feel and ballflight. The Beta has a slightly softer tip flex than the original RIP for a slightly higher launch and more spin, while the Gamma has a higher balance point.
What We Like: The hoop strength (the shaft’s cross-sectional stability) is increased for more stability near the clubhead, which leads to more shot control.
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Beta 60 comes in 62, 64 and 66g; Beta 70 in 74 and 76g; Gamma 60 in 69 and 71g; and Gamma 70 in 78, 79 and 81g.
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