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Maybe a storey about my friend Bert will help you understand the importance of choosing the right shaft. Read Bert's Story ...........Sometimes you just a different set of clubs?

      Unlike in the past when all shafts were made of steel, the options today are endless. When there were only steel shafts the flex & length were the only considerations you had to make. Today there are hundreds of choices of graphite shafts and while steel shafts aren't as diverse as the graphite there are still several options. I am not going to get into the details, but choosing the correct shaft for you is the most important part of the club.
     When selecting a shaft consider: the weight, where it is weighted, length, flex, flex point, torque, color, and paint finish, not to mention cost. I always thought that most male golfers are using shafts to stiff and heavy due to their ego. Just because "that's what the pros use" doesn't mean it will work for you. You're not a pro.
      It is best to get fitted for the right clubs. You could have the same club head speed as someone else but not need the same shaft. How you load your swing will make a big difference, too. If you have a smooth swing you might need a more flexible shaft than someone that swings fast from the top.
      If you really want to have the optimum shaft, you may not want to buy clubs right off the rack with the shafts they come with as these shafts are usually not for a specific player. With all the technology that is available today it is easier to get the right shaft for you. If you are only a recreational golfer or high handicapper it may not make enough difference in your game to spend the time and money to get fitted.


Shaft Terminology
>      First there is flex: the amount of bend it has such as x, s, r, m, a, l, as labeled on the shaft. This is usually the same but may differ per brand.
>      Flex point must also be taken in to consideration. Generally the higher the flex point the lower the ball flight. The Lower the flex point the higher the ball flight.
>      Torque is the amount of twist in a shaft. The higher the torque the easier it is to twist. Usually the faster you swing the lower the torque you need. Usually the higher the torque the higher the ball will go.
>      Shaft weight can be a crucial measurement. They can vary from 124 grams for regular steel to lite weight shafts of 45 grams for some graphite shafts.
>      Butt diameter refers to the grip end of the shaft. The butt size will have an effect on the size of your grip.
>      The tip diameter is the end where the club head goes. The tips can be parallel or tapered, but unless you are going to make you own clubs you don't need to know this.
>      The length of shaft refers to the length before cutting and trimming. This is the raw size of the shaft.
>      You can cut most shafts at both ends. Read the Manufacture's Suggestion to determine which end to cut to make the shaft stiffer or less stiff which will make the ball flight higher or lower.
>      Ball flight is the trajectory of the flight of the ball, either high low, or mid. Typically the faster you swing the higher your trajectory will be. The slower you swing the lower your trajectory will be.
>      Tip parallel is where the shaft maintains the same diameter and can suggest where to cut the shaft for the tip.
>      Again this is not you concern unless you re-shaft your club or are putting together your own clubs. Finally if you get fitted for your clubs these are several of the things they will consider.


............ Scotty@GolfFix4U.com
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