HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR IDEAL IRON SHAFT WEIGHT?

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Where do As­cend­ing Mass shafts fit in?

As­cend­ing mass shafts turn orig­i­nal shaft think­ing from a few years ago on its head. The long iron shafts are lighter (where they used to be heav­ier) to help max­imise speed and launch, while the shorter iron shafts are heav­ier to more closely match your wedges. Ja­son says: “You need to try them as they’re like Mar­mite; they can work for golfers who like the feel.”

How do I de­cide be­tween graphite or steel?

Be­cause graphite and steel iron shafts can now be made to sim­i­lar weights, it gen­er­ally comes down to dis­per­sion. Graphite has more torque (twist) which can help some golfers square the face at im­pact.

If I use a light shaft in my driver, should I play light­weight iron shafts?

Not nec­es­sar­ily. It’s im­por­tant to treat both driver and iron shafts as in­di­vid­u­als. For in­stance, PGA Tour win­ner Gary Wood­land has a 55g dif­fer­ence be­tween his driver and iron shafts, whereas Matt Kuchar is closer to 30g. Never as­sume, go through the fit­ting process – data doesn’t lie.

What should I do if I’m caught be­tween reg­u­lar and stiff flexes.

Mac­niven says: “Go for the softer flex be­cause it’s eas­ier to shift. Look at it like an en­gine – if you’re con­stantly driv­ing on the red line, the en­gine is go­ing to blow at some time. It’s the same for a golf swing. You don’t want to feel like you have to swing at 110% ev­ery time to get a de­cent re­sult.”

As you age you lose club speed each year.

Golfers are get­ting older, and once you get over 60 you typ­i­cally lose about 0.5mph of club speed per year. That’s with­out tak­ing into ac­count whether you’ve kept up your fit­ness or had in­juries. So if you haven’t been fit­ted for five years you could eas­ily have dropped 2.5mph of speed, which is hugely sig­nif­i­cant.

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