Of the three-club components-grip, shaft and club head-the most dynamic is the shaft. The shaft industry is rapidly cultivating technological breakthroughs that have indeed enhanced play. This technological advancement however, brings us descriptive jargon that can be difficult for the lay golfer to understand. You almost need to be an engineer to understand the buzzwords to describe today’s generation of golf shafts. Let us learn the lingo.
The variables of shaft design include flex, kick point, torque and weight.
Flex refers to how much the shaft bends during the swing. The most common labels are L(ladies),A(senior)R(regular),S(stiff). Typically, the slower the swing, the more flexible the shaft, while the harder swings need a stiffer flex.
Kick point is the position on the shaft where maximum flexing occurs when you hit the ball. Manufacturers typically offer low, mid and high kick points. A low kick point means the shaft flexes closest to the club head; a high kick point shaft flexes nearer to the grip. Kick point location influences ball trajectory and club head feel. A low kick point will hit the ball higher than a shaft with a high kick point.
Torque is the amount of rotational twisting that occurs during the swing and when the club head strikes the ball. Lower torque shafts resist twisting and result in straighter and more solid shots.
Weight is directly related to club head speed, golfers with average strength benefit from lightweight shafts, which allow you to generate more club head speed resulting in greater distance.
And so, the golf shaft industry moves on, always innovating. Tuning in to the latest technology may take some brainpower, but it may give back power, accuracy, feel, and consistency to your game.
A Better Cub has the expertise to recommend and fit you for the proper shaft.