Shafts Buyer's Guide 2006
The fact that golfers feel they need a $300 shaft upgrade says a lot about what these ultra-high-tech models can do for your game
|Accuflex AccuLaunch Series|
(800) 721-3342 | $N/A
Designed to match any golfer, these shafts are available in over 500 fitting options within 13 models.
Features: Four weight categories within 13 different flex/weight models, all tuned for optimal launch and spin conditions within each weight and flex profile.
Advantages: Because the series comes in a wide variety of weights, flex points and spin options, players can be properly fitted for their individual swing needs. Greater distance, improved accuracy and optimized trajectory are the end result.
Benefits: Just about any golfer who desires a shaft that fits their swing.
What We Like: The same quality throughout the line, from slow-swing models to low-launch designs.
Material: Nano composite
Weight(s): 50g, 60g, 70g, 80g
Flex Point: N/A
Flexes: X, S, R, A, L
(888) 733-8988 | $N/A
An uncommon construction and blending of materials makes the SteelFiber unlike any other shaft.
Features: A unique combination of steel and graphite fiber, extreme uniformity of shape and relatively low torque ratings.
Advantages: Typically, golfers associate steel shafts with control and consistency, and graphite with light weight and increased swing speed. The combination of materials in the SteelFiber shafts are aimed at producing both the control of steel and the power of graphite.
Benefits: Golfers who desire the ultimate control and consistency of a steel shaft, with the added torsional properties and feel of graphite.
What We Like: Best steel/graphite hybrid we’ve seen yet.
Material: Graphite, Steel
Weight(s): 65g, 75g
Torque(s): 65g—4.3˚-4.6˚; 75g—3.8˚-4.0˚
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: S, R
(858) 513-1801 | $87
Same technology as the original NV, but with a more responsive tip.
Features: High-quality Micro Laminate construction that provides increased consistency. A flexier, more responsive tip section gives players with slightly lower swing speeds more optimal performance.
Advantages: Micro Laminate construction makes the NVS more consistent and more capable of efficiently transferring energy throughout the swing and into impact.
Benefits: Players who want a Tour-quality shaft but with a more flexible tip section that will allow them to optimize trajectory and distance. Players who swing more than 100 mph should opt for the NV.
What We Like: The performance.
Material: Nano carbon
Weight(s): 55g, 65g, 75g, 85g, 95g, 105g
Torque(s): 2.1˚ (105g)-4.4˚ (55g)
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R (A, L 55g only)
Aldila VS Proto
|Fujikura E300 Series|
(800) 728-6420 | $135
A company known for ultra-premium performance (and price) shafts offers a new, more affordable series that can fit almost any golfer.
Features: Available in 55g (350), 65g (360) and 75g (370) models, all of which are built with the extremely high-quality materials and processes expected from Fujikura. Other features include a relatively high kickpoint and stiff overall profile, as well as attractive ion plating.
Advantages: Range of weights and torques make the E300 Series perfect for clubfitting purposes. Fujikura’s top-quality materials provide outstanding consistency and distance.
Benefits: Golfers who want a more boring trajectory and mid torque.
What We Like: Top-notch Fujikura quality at a reasonable price.
Weight(s): 55g, 65g, 75g
Flex Point: High
Flexes: X, S, R