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.

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