Club head or Shaft??

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DON
Club head or Shaft??

The following is a quote from a very LONG article on iron head design, talking about the Cast Vs Forged heads.

"AND YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE SHAFT TOO! Even a mediocre club design configured with an excellent shaft that fits your game properly will usually perform satisfactorily for you, but the converse is NOT true! A great club head design with a poorly designed, manufactured, or fitted shaft can be completely unhittable! The shaft component in many cases (and how well it matches your game and swing) can be FAR more important than the particular club head design. Better players should focus even more heavily on matching the right shaft with a decent club head design and then being properly fitted."

As you can see by the qoute, the author is well aware of how important a good shaft that is properly fit to the golfer is to equipment performace The aurthor was Bob Reneget, the owner of Two golfequipment  companys over the years.Bottom line is that he is telling everyone what I have been telling people here for years. Get a Good Quality shaft that Fits your game and have it properly installed in your golf clubs. Those OEM shafts that come in todays off the rack clubs are pretty CHEAP shafts, with and average cost for most ot them at around $4.00 or LESS. True, some of the high dollar driver do come with better shafts as an option, but even those shafts are NOT the same as the True After market shafts with the same name, and NONE of those shafts are Spine and FLO aligned before they are installed, so you do NOT get the most out of those so called shaft upgrades. .

Scott Rushing
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Don, I will echo the

Don, I will echo the sentiment about getting a quality shaft and having it properly fit and aligned.  After my fitting session and seeing how different all my "stiff" shafts were in terms of just stiffness, I can see the benefit of getting everything properly setup.

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DON
It's the Shaft

I went to a long drive contest the Saturday before my heart problems, and the guy that did the demo was a top competirot in the Long Drive competition they hold in Mesquite and a few other places every year. He made the final 8 about 6 timess if I remember right. His advice is to pick a head that you LIKE the look of, and then have a good shaft fitting to find the right shaft for you. He said just about ALL of the top brand and a few of the component heads are all the SAME in terms of distance. it's the SHAFT and getting the RIGHT shaft for YOU that really matters. He currently is play a Callaway driver that is at the max lendth of 48" and has an XXX stiff flex shaft in it. He said that when he was at his top form, his club head speed got up to 150 MPH, now it's more like 135 to 140.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

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I would agree. Which is not

I would agree. Which is not something most people can do.  The fitter I found in Raleigh had access to this shaft or that one but most times at your 'big box stores' like Golf Galaxy, you're limited to the stock shafts from the main companies.  And those are not REAL shafts to begin with...Too bad there's not more of a 'tour van' experience you can get ... 

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DON
You CAN get a tour Van type

You CAN get a tour Van type experience if you go to a good custom club maker that has lots of shaft you can try. We have a few good club makers here in the Denver area that have dozens if not hundreds of after market shafts to hit. Definitely NOT something you can find at a golf shop for sure. You WILL pay more for a good fitting and shaft testing session, but if you wnat the best shaft for you, you can't find it with the OEM stuff in the stores. I don't know about other shaft companies, but I know that UST will do a custom shaft fitting at they company. I read about a few guys that had the fitting done, and they were very impressed with the results. Not an option for most golfers unless they happen to be close to the factory, but it's an optiion for those that travel a lot and might be in the area and can sdhedule a fitting.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
used clu option.

Another option that I have found usefull is to hit USED drivers that happen to have an aftermarket shaft in them. I have found used drivers at Golfsmith and Golf Galaxy with aftermarket shafts that I could hit for Free in the store, If you find a used driver with a shaft that works for you, you can then have the same shaft installed in your dirver and be pretty sure of the results you'll get from that shaft.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.