Are You Looking to “Upgrade” Your Golf Shaft?
What do you really need in a golf shaft?
Needless to say, when it comes to golf shafts, I’ve been around the block, so to speak.
Not that way- get your mind out of the gutter!
I’ve spent a lot of money- too much if you ask my wife!- believing I was chasing some holy grail golf shaft. The truth is, it was a fool’s errand.
How do you find the right golf shaft? You have to ask yourself: what do you really need from it?
Sure, you can buy a shaft for $400 and it’ll perform very well, as well as (maybe) make you the envy of your friends… but that isn’t always the case.
From all my experiences, not just in golf but life as well, you don’t always “get what you pay for” when you drop a lot of cash on a commodity.
Yes, you read that right: a golf shaft is a commodity.
It has a job in the overall design of a golf club: present the clubface squarely to the ball.
You control most of that, though; the golf shaft just helps.
Believe me, buying a golf shaft can be confusing. And frustrating.
Everyone wants to play better golf, but there are too many people out there claiming the shaft is the most important part of the golf club… the “engine” of the club if you will.
Well, club fitting guru Tom Wishon believes otherwise.
He states that the shaft is the “transmission”. You are the engine, the shaft transmits the power/energy you create to the club head.
Makes a ton of sense, right? Ever see a golf club swing itself? I thought not…
Take a moment to reflect on this little nugget: price isn’t the only factor when choosing a golf shaft.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Just like every other aspect of life- be it cars, peas, suits, shoes, or whatever- you always have options. If you have a budget, stick to it. You don’t need to break the bank to play a high level of golf.
By the way, I made a video. I call it “Epic Shaft Battle”. It’s the first in a series of “battles” between two shafts. If you’re interested, you can check it out here if you like.
About the Author
Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!