How to Choose Shafts for Golf Clubs

By Patrick Cameron
New shafts can eliminate some of the wrinkles in your game.
New shafts can eliminate some of the wrinkles in your game.

Perhaps your golf game isn't what you had hoped it would be. Whether you're a low-handicap player or a beginner just trying to hit better shots, new shafts on your clubs can make a difference. Of course, new shafts won't cure all of your problems. But, having properly fitted shafts can increase range and help straighten out some of the errant shots you make.

Dress for success. When trying out prospective shafts, wear what you would wear for a round of golf, including spikes and a glove, if that's what you'd normally wear to play. This will help simulate what it's like to use these shafts in real play.

Choose a shaft-fitting location. Golf stores generally offer an indoor facility for testing out the different flexes and materials that comprise modern day golf shafts. Pro shops and other select retailers will have facilities where you can hit outside. An outside location is preferable, but either will work.

Tell the fitter about your game and how you are feeling. It's best to be open with the person fitting your shafts, so that they know how you are swinging the club the day you go in to get fitted. The more information you can provide, the better the shaft fitter can do his job.

Swing as if you were playing a hard hole at your normal course. A shaft fitter has seen it all and isn't impressed that you can swing the club at 120 miles per hour. Overswinging can come back to haunt you later, when you have your new shafts and you go back to swinging like you normally do. Instead, swing normal, and know that you're doing something good for your golf game.

Choose shaft flex based on how you want to hit certain clubs. You may not go at a fairway wood with the same vigor as your driver. For this reason, you need to alter the shaft flex depending on the club and how you use it. Don't be afraid to vary the brands for your shafts as well.

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