If you’ve played golf for a while, you know every golfer’s 2 biggest frustrations. Distance and accuracy. Today, we discuss one of the biggest secrets in improving these 2 huge factors in your golf game. You may also be surprised at what it is.
It’s been right in front of your nose the whole time
What is this secret? Think about this first for a moment…
Engines are important, right? Without a proper engine, how can you expect the rest of the machine to perform at peak level? (Short answer: You can’t.)
In a golf club, the shaft is the engine. And so the secret is in the golf shaft of your golf club. This is one of the most overlooked factors that affect your distance and accuracy.
While it’s natural for most golfers to pay attention to the equipment they use, most of them still fail to consider the golf club shaft when making their purchase. Players make the mistake of only noticing brand names, club head size and overall “feel.” Industry insiders say only 3-5 percent of players utilize custom golf shafts.
Now look out for them carefully. The next time you’re on the course—or watching a tournament on TV—you’ll spot those players who already know this secret.
All of the game’s greatest players use customized golf shafts. In fact, 100% of all professional players on the PGA tour use custom fitted golf shafts. By having their swings properly analyzed, then having shafts fitted just for them, these players accentuate their swing’s strengths and minimize their weaknesses. To ensure maximum speed and impact with the ball, a proper shaft accounts for:
- Swing speed
“My game just isn’t good enough to warrant customized shafts”
Many players who aren’t playing at a professional level, or who just play for fun might think, “Well, my game just isn’t good enough to warrant customized shafts.”
Simply not true.
Players who adhere to this faulty reasoning must constantly compensate for using shafts that aren’t designed for them. As a result, they use incorrect techniques to overcome their ill-fitting shaft, which leads to shorter distances and poor accuracy.
The best part? Shaft customization is a fairly quick and inexpensive process—especially when you factor in the time and money wasted on ill-fitting clubs.
What does customization entail?
A golf club fitter will examine your shafts for loft, length, swing weight and other factors. As part of the process, a fitter will have you take some test swings to determine your swing speed, launch angle, spin rate and roll distance—then piece together the best combination of factors to give you the best club possible.
For instance: If your swing is too fast, you might get a slightly heavier shaft to force yourself to slow down. If you have too much loft, an adjustment can be made to the lie angle (to bring the ball’s trajectory down some). Any number of alterations can fine-tune your game and improve your score.
The shaft as a part of the arms
The golf club shaft is a mere extension of the player’s arms. An inadequate shaft essentially hampers a player’s arms during each golf swing. If you are a long, graceful swinger, you need a shaft to accentuate that. The same thing applies if your swing is short, quick and compact.
Along with influencing how you strike the ball, a golf shaft can also impact your swing itself. Of course, no amount of science will completely replace how a club “feels” to a golfer. Thus, when a shaft isn’t right for you, you’ll know it. Even a shaft designed for a smooth swing will prove deficient in the hands of a person who just isn’t meant for one with those specifications.
The bottom line
Custom golf shafts can add more accuracy and upwards of 25 yards to your shots. A combination of increased club head speed, altered launch angle, dropped backspin and lower descent angle will drastically improve your golf. And don’t forget the psychological benefit. With your shots feeling so much better, it can only improve the mental portion of your game. As golfers, we know this component is vital.
If you’re serious about golf, if you’re serious about getting every yard possible from each shot, it’s time to stop ignoring your club’s shaft. All players can improve their game by using a shaft built just for them. Like a sleek suit tailored for a specific body, you’ll walk down the fairway in disbelief that something fits your game so perfectly.
Now that you know golf’s big secret, visit a local dealer near you to get custom fitted.