Pinemeadow Golf Blog
8Apr/110

Understanding Golf Shafts

The technical aspects of golf can sometimes be difficult to understand. Many of us have spent a lot of time researching the club heads themselves, neglecting the shafts. Understanding the technical specifications of a shaft is nearly, if not equally important in choosing a club that will play in your favor. We have designed our standard Pinemeadow shafts to suit and play just right for the general golfing population, but in some cases a shaft with a different torque, weight or flex point is ideal. We make these shafts available in the form of 'shaft upgrades' on our site.

Here are a few pointers and definitions to help you understand different shaft specifications:

1. Weight
2. Torque
3. Flex point

The raw weight of each shaft is measured in grams. Graphite shafts vary from 62-85 grams, which may not seem like much. The difference is indistinguishable to some golfers when holding two clubs with differently weighted shafts. However, this difference is enough to largely affect your swing.

The purpose of a lighter shaft is to allow you to increase your swing speed, resulting in longer drives. Though, with a lighter shaft and a quicker swing speed, any golfer runs the risk of losing control of his or her swing, thereby affecting accuracy. It is important to remember this dynamic when trying to find a shaft that suits your game.

A golf shaft's torque rating is a measurement in degrees of its propensity to twist during your swing. The higher the torque rating on a graphite shaft, the more twist or torsion the shaft will exhibit during a swing. The term torque is only referenced on graphite shafts which are meant to bend and twist. The torque rating is meant to give you an idea of how much torsion you can expect from a given shaft.

The majority of players don't need to worry about torque because we can't (or shouldn't) swing hard enough for it to really have an impact on our shots. If you have an aggressive yet controlled swing, it would make sense to look into clubs with a lower torque rating because the shaft will be less prone to twist, resulting in greater consistency.

If you are like most of the golfing population, a shaft with higher torque rating is great. It gives you a softer feel and absorbs much of the vibration of the impact.

Flex point, kick point, or bend point is the fulcrum at which the greatest amount of bend is perceived when the shaft is pulled down from the back swing.

Flex point plays the biggest roll in ball flight. The higher the flex point on a shaft, the lower the ball trajectory on most shots, and inversely, the lower the flex point, the higher the trajectory. This is a good general rule for flex point, but it is important to keep in mind that every golfer's swing is unique, and flex point may affect your shot trajectory differently.

The best way to see how shaft weight, torque rating, and flex point statistics will apply to your game, is to try out different shafts with the above in mind. Click here to check out all available shafts on PinemeadowGolf.com, and good luck!

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Posted by tommy

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