A Few Reasons Why Graphite Golf Shafts are Better than Steel Shafts

Since their introduction in 1970, graphite golf shafts are have commonly used by golfers worldwide. However, many professionals believe that steel-shafted irons are more effective. There’s a difference in opinion when it comes to deciding which one is better, steel golf shafts or graphite golf shafts.

It’s a common misconception that professional golfers use steel shafts, while newcomers and amateur golfers use graphite shafts. This may no longer be true these days because modern graphite shafts have gained several advantages.

  • Lightweight

Graphite shafts are generally lighter than steel golf shafts. Due to their reduced weight, they are easier to swing thus increasing your swing speed. Players with slow swing tempos can use graphite shafts to improve their swings. Unlike graphite shafts, steel shafts are heavy and rigid which affects the swing speed. An average steel shaft weighs between 4 and 4.4 ounces (115 to125 grams), whereas a graphite golf shaft weighs between 2.3 to 2.5 ounces (65 to 70 grams).

  • Fewer Vibrations

Vibrations are more noticeable in steel shafts compared to ones made of graphite. Steel shafts leave your hands stinging on mishit shots because of this. Graphite golf shafts on the other hand, can absorb vibrations preventing this issue.

  • Covers Extra Distance

Graphite shafts increase both your swing speed and distance. A shot made with graphite shafts can cover a larger distance by several yards compared to their steel counterparts. Since graphite shafts are light, they can make a faster swing which translates into longer shots across the golf course.

  • Durability

There was a time when steel shafts were considered the strongest and most durable shaft. But, the latest graphite shafts are so durable that they can last a lifetime. Unlike steel shafts, graphite irons don’t rust or bend and keep performing well for decades. The only catch is that their functionality drops drastically if they get cracked, chipped or their laminate-sealing gets peeled off.

  • More Torque

Torque is a major component in deciding how a shaft feels because that impacts the swing. Steel shafts offer torque of 1 to 3° whereas their graphite counterparts provide 1 to 8°. Having more torque means a more comfortable feel while making a swing.
Whether you’re a golf pro or still learning the game, graphite shafts are a solid option for anyone. They’re durable, provide more torque and helps in making a faster and higher swings without requiring more strength. They can be expensive however, therefore, consider your budget before buying these shafts.

FAQ: Golf for Beginners

People new to golf often have several questions regarding the game. Some people get their answers from their instructors and other golfers, while others can be hesitant due to shyness. Despite inhibitions, receiving clarity on some topics improves your golf game in the long-run.

In this post, we’ll be answering some common golf questions that usually get asked by golf newbies.

  • What is the best golf club distance?

Ans. The best golf club distance varies from golfer to golfer. It depends on many factors such as playing condition (soft fairway or hard fairway), the type of club you’re using, the type of ball, weather conditions (calm or windy), your physical fitness, your swing speed, etc. There’s no wrong golf club distance, per say. You just need to figure out what distance works best for you.

  • How is the golf score calculated?

Ans. Scoring for golf is different from other sports. In golf, the player with the highest score loses, while the player with the lowest score wins. The scorekeeping is based on the number of swings you make to put the ball into the hole. For example, if it took 5 swings to put the ball into the first hole, then your score is 5. If it took 3 swings for the second hole, then your total score becomes 8 (5+3). The score addition continues until all the holes have been completed.

  • How high should I tee the golf ball?

Ans. This depends on the type of club you’re using. It should be inversely proportional, i.e., the longer the club, the higher the golf tee. Some pros believe the best tee height is equal to the top (crown) of the driver.

  • How should I repair the ball marks on the green?

Ans. Ball marks are little craters or depressions on the golf greens made from the ball’s impact on the surface. The best way to repair it is to use a ball mark repair tool. It’s made of metal or hard plastic with two prongs at the end. Insert the prongs into the grass at the corner or rim of the crater and push it towards the centre gently with a twisting motion. Now use your foot or putter to tamp down the surface.

  • Is it necessary to wear a golf glove?

Ans. No. It’s not necessary, but it is recommended. It becomes difficult for the golfer to get a good grip on a club when he/she is sweating. Some golfers don’t recommend wearing gloves, while others wear it only for one hand. It’s up to you whether you want to wear it or not.

Hopefully, this post answered some of the questions running through your mind. Remember that nobody becomes a golf professional overnight!