To play golf consistently you will need a reasonable set of golf clubs from one of the major companies who are devoted to the sport. A company with a reputation for continued commitment to having the best research, design, testing and manufacturing standards. Often called the engine of the golf club.The shaft of the golf club is often 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.
This is were ongoing research into composite development will be focused on in the future to increase 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, stepped steel,graphite,rifle steel, multi material mixes and nanofuse a mix of nanocrystaline and carbon fiber. More are in the research departments of the major companies.
Steel is heavier but the cheapest option,liked by most tour pro's for accuracy in the irons.But 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 50-85gms 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. This 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 makes the ball the single biggest factor for the professional achieving such prodigious distances. The more athletic professional, faster swing speed, lighter, longer shafts with video coaching to eliminate swing flaws allows the tour pros to overpower the older golf courses. The onslaught of new equipment, range finder, GPS etc., which are to be allowed on the 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.
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