DUFFERS….. Don’t get the SHAFT!

DUFFER: “I’d move Heaven and Earth to break 100 on this course.”

CADDIE: “Try Heaven! You’ve already moved most of the Earth.”

WARNING! Duffers and golfers of all levels, if the shoe fits:

See the picture above! It is a sample of the lie or myth that most manufactures use to entice golfers into thinking that the shaft in a golf club has much to do with improving your distance and control.

After many years of trial and error with various shafts on clubs from many manufactures, I have come to one conclusion: Unless you have unlimited funds and unlimited amounts of time, you may never find a set of clubs that actually suits your own swing, and here is why:

The way a shaft performs for any golfer is a product of how well its weight, torque, balance point (weight distribution) and overall flex design matches the strength and swing characteristics of each golfer. Just think what it would cost and how long it would take to find your fit? You surely aren’t going to get those specifics from your local golf shop or online. It is almost an impossible task, because for the most part, the only one that really cares is you. Most club fitters are interested in one thing, how to increase their bottom line! That accounts for all the instructions and advertisements you find just to confuse the issue to get you to spend your money on golf clubs you really don’t need.

Most weekend duffers need to practice their golf swings instead of worrying about what shaft is best for them!

Fact is: It’s the way you swing a club, and how fast you swing it that really matters.  Sure, steel to fiberglass normally increases distance, and so can the length of a club. Other than that, all the hype about various styles and types of shafts means little if you never learn how to swing a club properly to maximize your strengths.

This is the wisdom I picked off on-line from a well known Golf expert:

There has never been an agreed standard in the golf industry for how still an L,A,R,S or X flex is or should be!  In fact, there is no uniform manner of even measuring the stiffness of shafts in the golf industry! Each company is free to define their own methods of measurement and parameters for how stiff each of their flexes are to be. As a result, the R flex from one company may have the same stiffness as the S flex from another company, or the A flex from yet a different shaft maker.

How a shaft performs for any golfer is a product of how well its weight, torque, balance point (weight distribution) and overall flex design matches the strength and swing characteristics of each golfer. For more than 90% of all golfers, the proper shaft design specifications can be created in a shaft that sells for $30 just as well as they can in a shaft that sells for ten times that amount. The secret to finding the right shaft for YOUR strength and swing requires working with a very experienced custom clubmaker who has studied shaft technology and shaft fitting in depth. Not all custom Clubmakers possess the depth of knowledge required to accurately fit the shaft to all types of golfers.

Fitting the clubheads and the assembly specifications of golf clubs to golfers is far easier than fitting the shaft, primarily because there are recognised standards for measuring all of the specifications of clubheads and the assembled club. But not so with shafts. There has never been an agreed standard in the golf equipment industry for how stiff an L, A, R, S or X flex is or should be. In fact, there is no uniform manner of even measuring the stiffness of shafts in the golf industry! Each company is free to define their own methods of measurement and parameters for how stiff each of their flexes are to be. As a result, the R flex from one company may have the same stiffness as the S flex from another company, or the A flex from yet a different shaft maker.

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