How to Shop for Graphite Golf Shafts

Once you get more involved in perfecting your game of golf, you will want to own your own clubs. There are many aspects to a golf club, and most of these aspects are easily replaceable, allowing you to tweak your golf to your preference. This includes adding graphite iron shafts, and there are various reasons to do so. 

What Are the Features of Graphite Shafts?

Graphite shafts have not been on the market as long as their predecessor, steel shafts, but both are in use and still popular today. There is often debate on whether graphite or steel shafts are better, and there are a few reasons to choose graphite. 

  • Easier to swing: A graphite shaft is lighter than steel, and is simply easier for a new golfer to swing. However, some experienced golfers even have a slow swing, so a graphite shaft is beneficial to them as well.
  • Increase in distance: Because of their light weight, graphite shafts often give golfers an average of 5 feet more when driving or taking a long stroke. It definitely depends on your stroke and how you hit the ball. Overall, graphite offers more distance control.
  • No vibrations: There is very little vibration with a graphite shaft, and because of this, if you mishit, it is not nearly as uncomfortable. 
  • Flex: Graphite shafts are also a bit more flexible, and may be easier to use, particularly for a beginner. 

What Are Some Popular Shaft Brands?

There are quite a few name brands in the game of golf, and these top brands also offer graphite shafts for replacement of their own clubs, but you can also use graphite shafts on any type of club, generally speaking. Look for trusted brands such as:

  • TaylorMade
  • Aldila 
  • Fujikura
  • Callaway
  • Matrix
  • Aerotech
  • Titleist

As you're mulling over shaft brands, you want to consider certain features that may have, such as a:

  • Parallel tip
  • Taper tip
  • The shaft's total weight
  • The age of your current clubs
  • The stiffness and flex of the shaft

Owning Your Own Clubs

Clubs are a big investment, and something that you expect to own for many years to come. However, the good news is, with add-ons and the ability to change your head or your shaft, you can change your clubs significantly as your handicap and your skill level changes, without having to completely ditch your clubs. As you're deciding on what type of iron shafts to purchase starting out, you may want to think about where your skill level is, as you decide which clubs to buy. Needed clubs in your bag include a:

  • Wedge
  • Wood
  • Driver
  • Irons
  • Putter