5 Questions on Shaft Fitting
Q: What parameters are important when it comes to shaft fitting?
A: All of them. Atop the list are length, flex and weight. Focus on these three things and let the fitter handle the rest.
Q: What exactly is tip-trimming?
A: Put simply, most shafts are cut at the grip end when assembled. To cut at the tip (clubhead end) end, and depending on how much you cut, you can actually stiffen the club shaft by one, sometimes two flexes. It also lowers the trajectory, too.
Q: Are lighter shafts weaker than heavier ones?
A: Nope. Shafts are made to withstand a lot of force. Even the light ones.
Q: Is it true that I can gain distance by using a longer shaft?
A: Yes. A longer shaft means you’ll have a wider arc. The wider the arc, the faster the clubhead will travel, relative to the ball that is. But, a longer shaft sometimes correlates to a loss in accuracy.
Q: What is counterbalancing? Will it help me hit it longer?
A: Some say yes, others say no. It’s up to the individual. And as for counterbalancing, what it does is make the head and shaft feel lighter, making it appear as though you can swing it faster. As for whether it really does, that’s up to you.
Q: Why haven’t graphite shafts in irons caught on?
A: We’ve wondered that too. Graphite shafted irons can help you hit the ball further, without a doubt. They also absorb a lot more shock than does steel. Our guess? It’s a matter of price and durability. Graphite shafts cost more to make. And two, they aren’t as tough as steel, meaning they can crack and break with too much abuse (especially from the shock of hitting the turf).
Q: What is the difference in tip diameters?
A: Most shafts are either .335 or .350 mm in diameter. Better players tend to prefer the feel and responsiveness of a .335 tip, but in our opinion, we couldn’t tell one from the other. Also, some heads are made for .350 shafts (which claim to have lower torque), meaning if you do have a.335 shaft diameter, a shim needs to be added into the hosel to accommodate the smaller sized shaft.