Golf Shaft Fitting
Shaft Fitting is divided into 6 main categories
4. Kick Point
1. Shaft Frequency or
Major club shaft manufacturers kind of agree that
there are 6 x standard shaft flexes,
which can be applied to a standard golf club shaft, as follows:
So when you see "R" or "S" stamped on your club, you know thats your clubs flex...right?...WRONG!!
An Industry Standard has never been agreed, as to what constitutes
"R" flex or "S" flex or any other flex!
To obtain the correct flex for a parallel tip shaft
is by tip trimming the raw shaft.
(Taper tip shafts cannot be tip trimmed so must only be butt trimmed.)
The correct amount of tip trimming is obtained
with a Frequency Analyser
A "Shaft Frequency Analyser", as shown above,
is the one used by Golftek and is the only way to obtain
the actual flex of a golf club shaft.
2. Shaft Length
The correct length shaft for you is the longest shaft
that you can use to control the ball and distance.
3. Shaft Material
Steel or Graphite?
Steel shafts are normally heavier than graphite
and it gives the player feedback on off centre shots.
Graphite shafts are lighter which allows for
a faster club head speed resulting in more distance.
4. Kick Point or Bend Point
Kick Point, Bend Point and Launch Angle all mean the same
and refers to the part of the shaft that bends
the most through the swing and at impact.
With a Low Kick Point the shaft bends nearer to the
club head which produces a High Launch Angle and
is more suited to a slower swing speed.
With a Mid Kick Point the shaft bends in the centre resulting
in a Medium High Launch Angle.
With High Kick Point the shaft bends closer to the grip
resulting in a Low Launch Angle and is more suited
to the faster swing speed golfers.
The Degree of Torque is the opposite to Kick Point and
refers to the amount of twisting in the shaft.
Normally measured in degrees between 1.5° and 6.0°
with the higher torque more suited
to a slower swing speed.
Graphite shafts can weigh between 40 and 80 grams and
Steel shafts from 80 to 130 grams.
The lighter the shaft the slower the swing speed as a rule.