Golf equipment has evolved greatly since I started playing golf. In over 40 years, you name the piece of kit and we can trace a plethora of advancements. Before we chase the rabbit down its hole, we can discuss the merit of these changes at a later date. During my fitting a few years back, there was one piece of equipment Jeff Stephenson, the Titleist fitter, said was critical to this entire process: the shaft. He indicated that fitting the right shaft to the correct swing speed made the difference between a good set of clubs and a great one. Continue reading
As I put my clubs away for the winter, yes this is a sad day, I notice that half of my clubs have steel shafts and half are graphite. I know from earlier research that there are benefits to both but, I could not quite remember which was which. Therefore, after a bit of searching, this is what I came up:
Steel shafts are:
- heavier, therefore produce less vibration during contact;
- generally more accurate because they have less flexibility;
- cheaper to replace; and
- generally have better feel when making contact.
Graphite shafts are:
- lighter, therefore generate more club head speed – thus more distance;
- going to last as long as steel clubs if maintained properly; and
- transmit few vibrations to hands on miss hits.
There really is no right answer. For those who would like a verbal explanation, the following video sums the steel vs graphite issue up quite well.
Regardless on which shaft you decide to use, it is important that you are confident with your choice. I use graphite for my long irons (hybrids) and woods and steel for my short irons and wedges. I find this combination provides me with maximum distance and feel to score low and have fun.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!