2014 Buyer's Guide Shafts

We have several shafts in this roundup for you to choose from. Check 'em out.

By Bobby Hinds, PGA

Here, I'm using one of my favorite training aids, the Orange Whip. It's a great tool for tempo-timing, and it helps you make longer, more patient swings, especially as the body coils to the top of the backswing and initiates the downswing.
If you look at the photo above at the top of my swing, the goal is to feel as though you've loaded your weight into the inner side of your right leg. The sensation should feel as though your right foot is pressing into the ground. As you then start the downswing, the key is not to lift the weight out of your right leg; rather, you should literally bump it over to your left leg. This is done by a slight bump of the hips as you begin to rotate the body toward the target. The left leg should feel as though it's plugged into the ground and stays firm as you move through the downswing.

Often, I see students do just the opposite. They take the club back with weight on the forward (left) leg and slide it over to the right leg on the downswing. That's a recipe for the dreaded reverse-pivot, folks! Instead, let your weight move (I don't use exact weight percentages since everyone's swing is a little different) and load up that right leg. Then, bump those hips on the downswing and keep that left foot plugged in the ground.

If you want to instantly change how your clubs perform, consider getting some new shafts. Notice we used the word "shafts" in the plural sense to hint that upgrading your shafts isn't just for drivers anymore. The driver is a good starting point, but having a new set of shafts in your woods and irons can dramatically help you perform better. Then, again, maybe you're in the market for new clubs altogether and you need a primer on what shafts we think are worthy of your consideration. Either way, get yourself fit for shafts that fit your swing speed and tempo. Do that first, then work on choosing shafts based on what type of trajectory and feel they help create. We have several shafts in this roundup for you to choose from. Check 'em out.

Shafts | Woods
Tour Blue & Green
Key Features: The new Tour Green & Blue from Aldila are both designed to maximize the power you have inherent in your golf swing—they make the best of what you give them, helping you hit longer drives with a mid-height trajectory. The Blue has much of the same technology as the Green, only with a softer tip section for a higher ballflight.
Specs: Both models come in a variety of flexes and weights, and also in hybrid shaft versions.
Claymore Series
Key Features: Although they're lightweight, the Claymore Series shafts incorporate a lot of the same design features that are found in heavier, stiffer long-drive shafts, meaning despite being lightweight, they're still remarkably stable and have minimal distortion through the stroke.
Specs: Available in three weight models (MX48, MX60 and LD), each in a variety of flexes for different swing speeds.
Motore Speeder 757
Key Features: The Motore Speeder 757 (also 661, 569 and 474) feature Triax Core Technology, "which is Triax three-directional woven graphite material on the inside layer of the shaft (vs. closer to the core), enhancing its contribution to increased speed and stability." In simple English, it means the Motore Speeder 757 is a premium shaft for a powerful, consistent low to mid-spin/mid- to high launch.
Specs: Available in four models in a wide variety of flexes and weights.

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