2011 Buyer's Guide Shafts

Is the shaft really the engine of the club?

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Ust Mamiya
Key Features: Like the MP5 shaft for woods, this uses Micro-Ply layers for improved feel without sacrificing performance—this time, in a shaft made for irons.
What We Like: Its low torque-to-weight ratio helps optimize distance and accuracy, while generating power and feel.
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Available in 54, 65, 68 and 71g in various flexes.
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Does Flex Matter Anymore?

It wasn’t long ago that most golfers thought about only one, maybe two parameters of a golf shaft: length and flex. This, by the way, typically meant that better players used both stiffer and longer shafts than the rest of us. Flex and length still remain important, but nowadays, there are a bunch of other things shaft companies make consumers think about. Stuff like torque, load and bend profile, tip flex, midsection flex, resistance to deformation, and on and on.

But what about flex? Well, flex doesn’t correlate to playing ability anymore. Today, clubfitters know that it’s not just how much a shaft flexes, its when, where and how it should flex. For some golfers, regardless of skill, more flex can help. For others, less flex can help. The key is determining a goflers tempo, swing length and swing tendencies, then determine what flex is right for that type of player.

So in case you’re thinking that the key to getting better is to get a stiffer shaft, now you know that’s not the case. Stick with what’s right for your swing. You’ll thank us for it.


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