How To Choose The Correct Driver Shaft
How To Choose The Correct Driver Shaft

Posted on March 15, 2022

If you're new to golf, you might need help picking the right golf driver shaft that would compliment your swings. 

We often concentrate on spin rates, forgiveness, and distance when looking for a new driver. The shaft and grips, on the other hand, are often overlooked. As a result, mismatched components prevent you from achieving peak performance.

Not to worry, we've put together a shopping guide for driver shafts in this article. The goal is to assist you in deciding which choice is best for your game.

1. Shaft Length

The shaft length can be largely calculated by the height and arm length and is a matter of personal preference based on comfort. To get the accurate length, stand straight and have someone determine the distance from your wrist to the ground. This measurement is critical because it affects the club's lie angle and the player's position for each stroke.

Most of the regular shafts on the drivers measure in the 45" - 46.5" range. A few like the Cobra Long Tom Driver is fitted with the USGA maximum of 48." Longer shafts aid in generating more clubhead speed. However, controlling the clubhead becomes more difficult, increasing the likelihood of off-center blows, lowering the carry and overall distance covered.

2. Weight

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Graphite shafts are available in various weights, ranging from under 40 grams to around 90 grams, with the most popular being around 65 grams.

The weight of the shaft has a significant impact on the driver's overall weight and the launch angle and ball trajectory. Lightweight ones result in greater swing speeds, and larger distances traveled.

3. The Shaft's Torque

A shaft with a low torque value resists twisting better, whereas one with a high torque number is much more quickly twisted. According to experts, lesser torque shafts will feel "boardy," while higher torque shafts will seem "whippy." A 3.5 to 5-degree angle is usual for graphite shafts, with 3 degrees or less considered a low torque shaft.

High-speed players and those who hook the ball prefer lower torque shafts, while slower swingers and those who favor the slicing motion prefer greater torque shafts.

Individual golfers load and release the club in different ways, so pay attention to your comfort and performance when trying out different shafts.

4. Kick Point

The kick point is often referred to as the flex or bend point, the spot along the club shaft where it begins to bend most under strain. 

According to experts, a high bend point will reduce ball flight, while a low bend point will raise ball flight. So, if you tend to have a high ball flight, go for shafts with a high kick point, and vice versa.

5. Flex

Try a slightly softer flex if your shots are low and without much spin. On the other hand, try a stiffer flex if your shots are billowing. You can "tip" a gentler flex to produce a stiffer one if you're stuck between two flexes.

Remember, though, that tipping a shaft will change the bend point and is irreversible, so be sure before you make any changes.

6. Material

Another thing to consider when choosing an offset golf driver is the material it is constructed of. The two most common shafts used in golf clubs are graphite and steel shafts.

1. Steel shafts are substantially heavier than graphite shafts, but they are more durable. They're usually composed of carbon steel and weigh at least 120 grams. These shafts are ideal for golfers looking for better control of their clubs and have average swing speeds.

2. Graphite shafts are significantly lighter than steel shafts but have a shorter lifespan. These shafts weigh at least 50 grams and could benefit players who prefer faster swing speeds and more power to compensate for lack of control of their shots.

The Perfect Driver Shaft For You 

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Choosing the perfect driver puts you on the way to mastering your golf skills. Hopefully, this guide helps you better understand how to choose the best driver shaft, best suited for your skills. If you need help with your golf gear, then make sure to get in touch with us at Monark Golf!