Worth their weight in gold
Shaft weight has become more important than flex in the modern game... and this is why
Shafts aren’t the first thing most club golfers think of when trotting off to buy a new driver or set of irons. But in 2018, brands now offer a wider selection of shaft weights (stock models) than ever before. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying a driver or set of irons, shafts are neatly categorised into weight categories, but have you ever thought how much difference shaft weight makes, or which might suit you?
With 31g of difference between the latest shafts (stock models only, not including upgrade options) in Callaway and Ping’s newest drivers and irons (which is huge when it comes to maximising speed), we wanted to find out why shaft weight has become so important, and help you make a more informed buying decision.
We asked master clubfitter Jason Macniven (who’s worked for Callaway and Taylormade as a club fitting expert), who owns Golf Principles in Basingstoke England. He offers custom fitting on all major brands, under one roof. He fits thousands of golfers a year, and has an intricate knowledge of the latest shafts. There’s no-one better to explain how different weight (and flexes) can affect your clubs.