Why Too Many Golfers Are Using the Wrong Golf Shafts

Most golfers underestimate the importance of selecting the correct club shaft in their golf equipment, and the effect doing so has over their performance. In equipment circles, there is a common cliche that the shaft is “the engine” of the club.  That’s why it’s crucial that golfers use shafts that enhance their performance and work with their swing tendencies, offering the right flex, length, weight, and bend profile needed to maximize performance.

There are many reasons a shaft might not match up with a player’s specific needs, especially if the club was bought “off the shelf”. Choosing the shaft that works for you can be especially challenging seeing as “flex” has a different definition from brand to brand. It can be confusing to navigate the many options to nail down what you need.

Custom fitting through True Spec Golf takes the guesswork out of finding the shaft and club that’s right for you, improving both your distance and accuracy without compromising feel. By using the latest technology and tools to measure and account for a player’s swing and power, custom club fitting solves the question of whether or not you’re using the right golf club shafts to help you play your best game.

Incorrect flex

The most common place golfers go wrong is in the amount of flex the they have in their golf club’s shaft. Many factors go in to how much flex your club should have, such as your swing speed, angle of release, and focus on achieving distance. But finding the club shaft that feels good to you involves some trial and error.

A golfer using a shaft that is too flexible may experience a ball flight that is too high, a ball that spins too much, or a shot pattern that has inconsistent dispersion.  On the contrary, a golfer using a shaft that is too stiff will experience ball flight trajectory that is too low, golf balls that do not spin as much as desired, and/or a lack of distance potential.  Ultimately golfers want something in the middle, a club shaft offering impressive distance on their drives, giving them control over where the ball goes directionally, while optimizing ball flight and accuracy.

Poorly matched weight and length

When it comes to other important specs of a golf shaft, flexibility and weight work together to contribute to the end result; a shot that flies long and straight, landing on target. Some shafts can be lighter in weight, which once again biases a higher ball flight and produces more spin.  Shafts that are heavier tend to do the opposite, lowering ball flight and spin rates. When considering the length of the club, improper length can, many times, lead to shots that are not struck in the center of the clubface. It is crucial to consider weight and length during the fitting process to ensure proper trajectory, spin, accuracy, and clean contact.

Knowing your game

When it comes down to it, sometimes a player doesn’t know what he or she needs in a golf shaft. Knowing what shaft best fits a player, all boils down to understanding what a player’s tendencies and patterns are pertaining to ball flight and swing characteristics.  Unfortunately, new game analytic tools have proven that few players really have a solid grasp on their own tendencies.

Custom club fitting through True Spec helps those unsure of what they need, by diagnosing their needs using expert advice and technology to determine the club shafts that will strike the right balance between distance and control, and feel.

If you’re looking to play your best game of golf ever, look to True Spec to help you get there. Find the True Spec location nearest you and discover how custom club fitting can take the guesswork out of playing a round of golf.