To play golf consistently, you will need a decent set of golf clubs from one of the major companies who is devoted to the sport. A company with a reputation for continued commitment to having the best research, design, testing and manufacturing standards. The shaft of the golf club frequently ignored when it comes to performance, but it is the engine of the club. It optimizes the transfer of energy from the golfer to the ball.
In the future, ongoing research into composite development will be focused on increasing distances and accuracy, as the ball and club head are now strictly limited under the rules of golf. Top quality graphite shafts make the biggest difference to how drivers perform, more than any other feature. There are several material options for use in golf club shafts to include: stepped steel, graphite, rifle steel, multi-material mixes and nano fuse (a combination of nanocrystalline and carbon fiber). More are in the research departments of the major companies.
Steel is heavier and the cheapest option of the materials. It is liked by most tour pros for its’ accuracy in the irons. The longer clubs with the lighter graphite shafts are good for distance but not control, so are used in the fairway clubs and drivers. Graphite proves popular with ladies and seniors to increase distance for irons and the woods. Steel shafts weigh about 120 grams each with the composite at 50-85 grams, that weight amounting to 6-12 yards of distance.
Flex – affects distance and direction, it is the ability to bend during the golf swing.
Torque- is the twisting movement, every shaft steel or graphite has some degree of torque.
Kick point – Defines the point the shaft bends and affects the trajectory of the shot.High kick point- low trajectory and vice versa.
Now, at last, there’s a graphite shaft with the performance characteristics of steel. The new shafts are tougher and specially designed to reduce club head twist on impact, which gives the feel and control only previously associated with steel shafted clubs.
Advances in the aerodynamics of the ball, the durability and the research of the materials now make it the single biggest factor for the professional achieving such prodigious distances. The more athletic the professional, the faster swing speed, and the lighter, longer shafts with video coaching to eliminate swing flaws all combine to allow the tour pros to overpower the old golf courses. The onslaught of new equipment, range finders, GPS, etc., which are to be allowed on tour, will revolutionize the next decade. The research and development departments of the major golf companies will be considering how they can improve the performance of the other clubs apart from the driver.
Perhaps a standard golf ball will become commonplace on the PGA tour so that the skill of the golfer and not the technological advances will play a part in who wins the golf tournaments.