IRON SHAFTS

Golf Asia - - GOLFING GEARGUIDE -

Pbuy ing are renowned for cus­tom fit­ting and no mat­ter which iron model you

in 2018, you’ll be fit­ted into one of 20 shaft weights. Just like drivers, iron shafts vary mas­sively in weight from 65g to 130g, and there’s dif­fer­ent bal­ance points (where weight is po­si­tioned within the shaft) to be con­sid­ered, too, which means there’s so much choice out there, it’s easy to make the wrong de­ci­sion.

Mac­niven reck­ons he’s seen some play­ers (and not al­ways the best ones, ei­ther) who are so weight sen­si­tive that just a 2-3g change in shaft weight al­ters their shot out­come. Equally, there are golfers who can’t feel a 15g dif­fer­ence, prov­ing how im­por­tant shaft weight has be­come. So while Dy­namic Gold shafts were once seen as the hall­mark of a pre­mium iron, it’s highly un­likely their 125g weight is the per­fect fit for many club golfers to­day.

If you do want to go down the cus­tom route, Mac­niven reck­ons it’s vi­tally im­por­tant to strike up a good line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a fit­ter. Give as much feed­back as you can, and try to give like/dis­like answers when try­ing dif­fer­ent op­tions. Within a few steps a de­cent fit­ter will un­lock your best set-up. Quiz them on th­ese three points (What weight shaft do I need? Where is the weight po­si­tioned? How stiff is the tip?) and you’ll walk away with a great set of irons.

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