Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Which type of shaft is right for your game?TOTAL PERFORMANCE
Question is, did I like the composite shafts, even though they clearly weren't fit for me and I had a few troubles? I'll go out on a limb here and say, as a matter of fact, I did like the graphite shafts. And if time and money weren't an issue, I might even consider them in my next set. The myth about graphite not being consistent and durable isn't true. The shafts I tried all felt and performed according to how they should. Also, with some of the best players in the world using composite shafts (it's even more common on the Champions and LPGA Tours), I don't see the trend of more players using graphite shafts in their irons going away.
|THE TOSS UP
Project X Steel Shafts
(Tested in 4-PW irons)
Properties: Designed to produce a penetrating ballflight with the optimal trajectory for more distance and control.
Project X Graphite Shafts
(Tested in 4-PW irons)
Properties: Designed to produce a boring trajectory, the reinforced tip section helps maintain a standard swing weight.
So, will I make the switch and play the all-composite set? No. They weren't the right shafts for me. But I have to say, I liked how the longer irons felt, and it made the transition to my hybrids, woods and driver that much easier. So, I'm considering dropping the steel in my 4-5 irons and opting for composite shafts that resemble my hybrids. (I'll get stiffer shafts in them, by the way.) The key is to have an open mind. There's no need to have either steel or composite—you can have both. There are some better players out there who prefer the flex and spin that come with composite in their wedges—it's really a matter of personal preference and deciding what type of shafts suit you best.
The moral of the story? There's no wrong or right answer—yet, at least. Steel is a great option, and so is graphite if that's what you're looking for. As for some of the myths about composite shafts being inferior to steel—I don't believe those misconceptions hold up anymore. Composite shafts in irons can, in fact, be advantageous, as long as they fit you and your style of play.
Steel vs. composite? It's up to you to decide. Just know that composite shafts are the real deal now, and steel shafts have never been better. Sure, it makes the buying process a little more complicated, but hey, have fun trying and testing new shafts. You might learn something. I sure did.
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