Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Shafts Buyer's Guide 2007
The engine of every club is the shaft, and now is the time to get your engine running at top speed. Today?s shafts are, without question, better than ever.
One of the best ways to get your golf gear back into tip-top shape is to consider a new shaft upgrade. Sounds simple enough, right? If you’re among the many confused, heed the following. Choosing the right shaft is a matter of first determining what you need. Is it more distance that you want? More control? Both? The variations of shafts available are crafted to meet specific demands, and it looks like no demands are too great. To find the right shaft, it’s imperative you read up on the details and carefully consider the info and specs presented to you. Flex, which used to dominate shaft-buying decisions, has become somewhat arbitrary when considering varying flex points, torque ratings, weights and load profiles. Speaking of which, some shafts are designed to flex more at lower speeds, while others flex less at higher speeds. Some are fine-tuned for drivers, others for woods, hybrids and irons, and so on. The key is first determining the right weight and length for your swing and then deciding what type of action you want the shaft to perform. For instance, if you want a high launch, you’d look for a shaft with a low kickpoint. More forgiveness? Try a shaft with more torque. Whichever shaft you choose, always do so with a certified clubfitter. They’ll help you find the right shaft that will make a huge impact on your game.
Trust us, new shafts are about more than just fancy paint jobs that look cool in your brand-new driver. The top models for ’07 feature some impressive technology, ranging from nanotechnology to the fusion of new materials to form shafts that promise longer and straighter golf shots. But for us, no matter how cool the new stuff is, we believe the right shaft may not always be the most popular or expensive, but the one that best fits your specific swing. So, before you spend a lot of money on several shafts that may or may not be a proper fit, start your shaft-buying process with a visit to your local clubfitter. It not only will save you money, but a clubfitter can prescribe the right shaft specs so you can make a better decision on what kind of shaft you want in your driver, woods, hybrids and irons. Follow these steps, and you’ll reap the rewards of a new shaft.
Understanding Our Charts
Features: The primary design elements that make the shaft noteworthy, as well as what the shaft was specifically designed to do during the golf swing.
Advantages: How the primary design elements are meant to elevate the shaft’s performance and how it can help make a positive impact on your swing.
Benefits: A general recommendation as to which skill level or player type would best be served by the shaft model featured.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. A quick description of what impressed us in our review and testing.
Material: What the shaft is made of, as well as distinguishing manufacturing processes.
Weight: The variance in shaft weights offered in a particular shaft model.
Torque: The rating of twistability in each shaft. More torque generally equates with more forgiveness.
Flex Point: Location on the shaft of maximum shaft bend. High flex points promote a low trajectory, low flex points promote a high trajectory.
Flexes: The full line of flexes available.
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