Reader Email – Shaft Questions

Hi everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts… SirPutts and I are both getting ready to take some holidays next week so it's been a pretty busy few days. SirPutts has been busy with the mailbag so let's go have a look and see what he's been up to!

Have you ever heard of a Nike iron breaking mid-grip during normal downswing?

I've never seen it with a Slingshot iron but I have seen many a golf club break in that area. Believe it or not there is a lot of force on that area of the shaft and if there are any weaknesses or compromises in the shaft it will snap. Doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the club, just a bad shaft. You should have no problem getting Nike to warranty that for you.

SirShanksAlot adds… any little compromises in the shaft can cause it to break. It doesn't take much to ding a shaft.. even hitting you bag after a bad shot can be enough to make a small dent! 

We get a lot of shaft questions too… 

Golf is a science that I sometimes get confused with. I got fitted for a new driver and irons at Golfsmith. My swing speed on my driver is 95 MPH and my irons were between 87-93MPH (depending on which club I was using). Regular flex, right? Well, no. They fitted me for Stiff flex (said I was on the edge). Before I got fitted, I bought a King Cobra Baffler hybrid with a regular flex shaft. Was hitting the ball with it very well. Recently, I've adjusted my weight shift and the way I strike the ball (with more force than before). But now, my hybrid hooks to the left. Is this because my shaft flex is too weak?

Shaft fitting can be confusing for a lot of people. There are a lot of factors that I look at when fitting a shaft for someone. I will look at: clubhead speed, trajectory, flight pattern, handicap and lastly feel. Generally if someone hits the ball really high, or has a tendency to hook the ball I will put them into a stiffer shaft to combat that. A shaft that is too flexible definitely could cause you to hook the ball. But it is important to remember that it might not be the only cause. It could be the offset and weighting of the head, or your swing that is causing the hook as well. However, if you have been fitted for a stiff shaft in your irons and driver you would probably be best served in going to a stiff shaft in your hybrid as well.

That's all for tonight. We wanted to send a special hello out to the guys over at … a site that has become a favorite read for SirPutts and I. Keep up the good work! As for us… we're going to try and get a few more golf club reviews out before we take off for holidays. Talk to you tomorrow! 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 × three =

TaylorMade r11? Dick's Eyeing Golf Town?

The Truth About Swing Width