Monday, July 23, 2012

Golf Clubs, Should I Buy Steel Shafts or Graphite Shafts?

When buying golf clubs is there a big difference between Steel shafted golf clubs and Graphite shafted clubs, and if so what are they. If you are new to the game of golf or have a low handicap, these are the questions you will be asking yourself before buying a new set of golf clubs.

Golf sets usually comprise of 8 irons, 4 iron right down to your Sand Wedge and 3-4 Woods. The woods will be fitted with graphite shafts as standard, as the shafts are much longer than shafts fitted to the irons, this will reduce the weight of the club and reduce the vibration through the shaft on impact when striking the ball.

Keypoints to look out for.

    Steel shafts are usually at least 10% cheaper than graphite shafts
    Steel shafts are more durable than shafts made from graphite. Although that said graphite composites have improved so much over the years, this gap is narrowing.

Feel and Distance

Graphite shafts are lighter than steel so the swing speed can be increased, thus adding extra yards to your shot, so for more yardage do you buy the graphite? Well this depends on your swing speed.

Golfers who have a fast swing speed do not need any more speed that might be generated by using graphite shafts, as they will lose feel and control during the swing due to the extra flexibility of the shaft. Steel shafted clubs will give the golfer much more feel and control through the swing and on impact with the ball. So if you have a fast swing speed and distance is not the main priority and you want more control over your shots, then steel is the better option.

Golfers who have a slower swing speed and yardage is one of the main factors should contemplate buying graphite shafts.

Graphite shafts are very popular amongst the senior golf players of today. As we get older are swing speed decreases we may not be as physically strong as we used to be, we may not be able to make a full back swing due to back or shoulder problems.

So if you have a slow swing speed and your back swing is only goes back half or three quarters, graphite would benefit your game. Another benefit graphite shafts have over steel shafts is vibration on miss hit shots, the vibration is not transmitted up the shaft to your hands as much if you use graphite.

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