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    Does shaft weight really matter?

    Being rather new to the game and about as consistent as Audi's emission testing procedures I decided to try out a my friends driver shaft tonight and what a difference I found.

    Now my question to you ladies and gents of much more knowledge is "does shaft weight play much of a role, or is it all in my head?"

    Context: current driver is the 2014 big bertha with stiff 50g Fukubi shaft and my shots go high and right a lot of he time (tried different club head and loft settings)

    Borrowed my friends shaft from his Epic (I was worried about marking his lovely new club) so just borrowed his stiff 75g Adila rogue shaft and my high right shot quickly turned into a bullet of a shot leaving me in play on the fairway (something of a novelty to me)

    Now should I be running away with his shaft (oh er missus) or should I be spending monies wisely on lessons to try and fix my problems rather than buying new kit?

    Any advice greatly accepted.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sidsidgwick View Post
    Being rather new to the game and about as consistent as Audi's emission testing procedures I decided to try out a my friends driver shaft tonight and what a difference I found.

    Now my question to you ladies and gents of much more knowledge is "does shaft weight play much of a role, or is it all in my head?"

    Context: current driver is the 2014 big bertha with stiff 50g Fukubi shaft and my shots go high and right a lot of he time (tried different club head and loft settings)

    Borrowed my friends shaft from his Epic (I was worried about marking his lovely new club) so just borrowed his stiff 75g Adila rogue shaft and my high right shot quickly turned into a bullet of a shot leaving me in play on the fairway (something of a novelty to me)

    Now should I be running away with his shaft (oh er missus) or should I be spending monies wisely on lessons to try and fix my problems rather than buying new kit?

    Any advice greatly accepted.

    Thanks.
    Interesting post. Why not speak to your pro and get him to look at your swing with the lighter shaft? He may suggest it is too light for your action and that a heavier option would help or he may simply say your swing itself is out and fix that. Of course you could simply bite the bullet (perhaps avoid delaying the inevitable) and go and try some new clubs with different, heavier shafts

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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Being relatively new we will forgive your obvious error in posting this. New clubs ALWAYS improve your golf 😁. It's a fact.

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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Haha my initial thought was surely a new club will automatically be the answer, I better purchase a new putter to sort my short game out too

    Interesting response Homer-think I'll go and speak to him this week and see what he suggests.

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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    You have answered your own question - shafts can make a huge difference.

    However, you should get the underlying numbers from a launch monitor to appreciate what's really happening
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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Although flex matters, current thinking is that weight is as much, if not more ,of and influence.
    A heavy regular flex shaft will react differently to a light one, even of the same type.
    Aldila used to make a shaft - the NV. It was available in weights from about 50-105 grams.
    As you get heavier shafts they tend to get stiffer but, for example in this NV, a 60g stiff shaft will feel massively different to a 105g stiff.
    Which weight and flex is all part of the fitting process and relates to your swing.
    Not just swing speed but tempo and transition from backswing to down swing...
    And it's a minefield - if you find a shaft that works - stick with it!
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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    I've seen a countless amount of blind testing stats and they almost always conclude that shaft weight is more important than shaft flex

    in fact, if you can be bothered to search. mark Crossfield and his friend done a feature on shaft weight
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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Yep it certainly does, get a proper fitting done, it'll save a lot of hassle and money in the end !...
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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Are both shafts the same length? A shorter shaft may be easier to control irrespective of other variables.

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    Re: Does shaft weight really matter?

    Thanks gents (yes shafts were both same length)

    Off I toddle to YouTube for a Mr Crossfield video.

    My local pro doesn't have a launch monitor etc available but there are a few teaching pros local with such devices so may need to go and see one of them for a lesson (unless anyone has any recommendations for fitting in the North East of England)

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