The Evolution of Shafts in Golf by Karl Goodwin

Evolution of Shafts in Golf

Karl Goodwin – Assistant PGA Professional Castleknock Golf Club

Shafts for golf clubs have evolved through the years that golf has been played.  Dating all the way back to the 1,400’s when it was played in the hills of the Scottish Isle. Shafts for clubs were made mostly made from ash and hazel wood but not to bore you with old folk history but just to explain how far manufacturers in golf brands have come.  Shafts are now made up of Steel and Graphite and come in different weights and flexes.

Most amateur golfers don’t realise just how important having the right shaft in your golf clubs is. Essentially it controls the flight and trajectory of your golf ball.  Graphite shafts are woven from carbon fiber and are generally lighter in weight than steel shafts. Graphite shafts became popular among amateurs, because lighter weight helped generate increased club-head speed. The carbon fiber also dissipated some of the stinging vibrations that were caused by poorly struck shots.

Modern composite shafts have three layers of fiber winding, adding substantial rigidity, and in turn, performance.

Companies like FujikuraUSTGrafalloyMitsubishi, and Aldila are leading manufacturers of composite shafts.

If you take the complicated jargon away from the previous statements and focus on shaft development its very easy to see just how important they are.  Essentially they are the engine of the golf club.  Do you really think Tiger played his 05-06 season with shafts that didn’t fit his game or did Rory blow the field away in the 2011 U.S open winning by a unheard of eight shots with shafts straight of the shelf? Unfortunately not.  However a massive amount of work and talent were put into their golfing careers but one of the most important weapons in their arsenal is that they have a shaft and a golf club that enables the top players to perform to their very best week in week out.

I hope this has opened up your eyes to let you know just how shafts can improve your game and lower your score so you can have your best season yet.  If you want to know any more about what shafts are available or how you can go about getting fit for the right ones to fit your game, just pop into the Professional Shop here at Castleknock golf club and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Happy Golfing!