Golf Shaft - Selection Guide

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The golf equipment you have in your bag can be the difference between your success and failure in the game. As a player, you have to make sure that these equipment works in your favor. And to make things a little more complicated, there are different parts of a golf club that you need to put a curious mindset to. In this article, we are going to talk about the one that helps deliver the force from your swing motion to the clubhead – the shaft.

Here are the things you should know or things that should guide you on which one to buy or upgrade to.


When shopping for golf shafts, you will encounter two basic types; graphite and steel. When you are upgrading, simply go for the same type as the one you have on your existing clubs. When buying fresh or contemplating about switching from one type to another, you have to know the difference first. In general, graphite shafts are lighter and allow golfers more choices while steel shafts are heavier but more durable. In depth comparison between these types will be covered an upcoming article.

Flex and Bend Point

Those L, R, S, XS you hear associated with shafts basically represents their flex rating. You’ll also encounter Low, Mid and High which refers to a shaft’s bend point. Do these things matter? Yes! These affect power delivery and ball trajectory. Depending on your swing strength, you will want to work with a shaft that transitions the power generated smoothly through the clubhead. Bend point has direct influence to ball trajectory. It is important that you try them out so you know which ratings work perfectly with your swing.


During a swing, a shaft twist. The amount by which a shaft twist is represented by a torque rating. This matter because torque has direct influence to the shaft’s feel. Basically, if you are looking for that softer feel, aim for a shaft with higher torque. That is to say that if you wanted a stiffer feel go pick a shaft with lower torque.


Length is as important as the components already mentioned. Ideally, you want to play with a club with length that perfectly fits your most comfortable swing posture for optimal outcome. Too long or too short can make your swing posture suffer, resulting in unwanted results on the course. The sales person attending to you should be able to guide you about the length that matches your characteristic. If not, find a golf shop that can assist you in this area.

Playing with the right golf equipment is just a matter of knowing and selecting the right one. Remember that it should fit and work in your favor. Check the shaft thoroughly before making a decision.

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