How do you go about get­ting the cor­rect driver shaft weight?

It goes with­out say­ing the best op­tion is a de­cent cus­tom fit­ting ses­sion with a proper club ex­pert like Ja­son Mac­niven (and a launch mon­i­tor) to un­der­stand how you launch drives into the air. But for any golfers who in­sist on self­med­i­cat­ing there are things you can do to help.

Feel the dif­fer­ence

Mac­niven says: “Hit a light, mid and heavy­weight shaft so you can feel the dif­fer­ence and gauge how dif­fer­ent the re­sults are. If light is good for you, you’ll feel the shaft is lively and re­spon­sive. If it’s too heavy, you’re likely to feel it’s hard work get­ting the club go­ing and get the sen­sa­tion you need your best swing to get de­cent re­sults.”

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Which shaft weight gives the most con­sis­tently cen­tred strike (of­ten us­ing a shorter driver shaft can help with this), the most club/ball speed and which gives the best dis­per­sion.

Be pre­pared to give some­thing up

Golfers can gain dis­tance through a proper shaft weight fit­ting, but it might be at the ex­pense of dis­per­sion, or vice versa. The de­ci­sion has to be driven by the player, not the fit­ter, so be hon­est about what ul­ti­mately you’re try­ing to achieve.

Once you’ve found your weight, dig into bal­ance points

Po­ten­tially counter-bal­anced shafts can cre­ate more speed; they’re heav­ier at the grip end and lighter at the head, but not all golfers gain, as some lose the sen­sa­tion of where the club­head is. Mac­niven adds: “For some, the ham­mer idea, where the head is heav­ier and you get more smash (like some of the long drive guys), is bet­ter. But it’s all about un­lock­ing a golfer’s swing DNA char­ac­ter­is­tics, it’s not one size fits all.”

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