Alright, dear readers, my book, “The Truth About Golf Shafts” has been on the market for a little while now, so I’d like to offer a supplement to it. We’re out to find the “perfect” golf shaft!
The thing about it is, there is no real perfect golf shaft. Just like there’s no “perfect” club head, grip, or assembly specs. Not a universal “perfect”, anyway.
So what makes a golf shaft “perfect”?
Here’s a simple truth: what makes for a perfect golf shaft isn’t the price.
Price has absolutely nothing to do with how well it performs. Sorry, but it’s true. There are just so many out there, at so many price points. Granted, we can look at some “house” brands, like something as obvious as Aldila’s Value line, or Apollo’s Acculite series, to see that there are low-cost options that may not be for everyone. But it’d be disingenuous not to say that there will be a specific set of golfers that may actually be perfect fits for those shafts.
We can flip that script, though, and look at a high-end shaft like some offered by Mitsubishi-Rayon that has a torque rating less than 3* and a weight in the 90 gram area and see that even that can be a “nope, not for me” kind of shaft. But again, we can find options for lesser-skilled golfers, as well.
So what are you supposed to do, the golfer with budget constraints?
Well, outside of getting a proper fitting by a local clubfitter, you can go out and do it yourself. The thing is, you need to be honest about your game. Part of that comes from figuring out your swing tempo.
That’s pretty important. Yes, knowing your swing speed (and how it affects flex) is nice, but not enough people talk about how your transition impacts the shaft choice you make.
You see, having- and knowing for a fact- you have a 90mph swing is nice, but that only gets you so far. If you have a 90mph swing and an aggressive tempo, you might actually find yourself a better fit by jumping up a flex. No, it may not “optimize” your launch conditions… but it will “feel” better to you.
The converse is also true. If your swing speed is 90mph and you have a smooth tempo, you might actually “feel” that a shaft a flex lighter than what your swing speed dictates is better. It should go without saying that if your swing tempo is “moderate”, or somewhere in the middle, your options are a little more open.
So you see, the price of the golf shaft is only relevant to your personal limitations.
If you have an infinite budget, spend to your heart’s desire. If it’s not so infinite, you’ll have to do some searching (try checking here) but there’s most definitely options.