The advantages of graphite shafts over steel
While sets of steel shafts are still commonplace in the bags of amateur golfers, many of them would actually improve their iron play if they switched to graphite shafts.
Many have a pre-conception that graphite shafts are too soft and too expensive, not to mention the loss of man points should you be seen using a set. While it’s true, graphite shafts do tend to be slightly more expensive than steel, this gap in price is narrowing quickly. To highlight this, Mizuno offer graphite and steel for the same price in their new JPX EZ line, encouraging golfers to make the switch.
Graphite shafts are generally much lighter than steel, which should make them easier to swing for those with slow swing speeds or that lack strength, like lady and senior golfers.
But use shouldn’t be limited to these demographics alone. With Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker playing graphite shafts on the PGA Tour and swinging the club much faster than most amateur golfers, clearly better players can benefit from graphite shafts too.
One key advantage of graphite shafts over steel is the feel. As Darren Burgess from Yonex aptly demonstrates in the video above, the steps in a steel shaft actually create more vibration than graphite at impact. Not only will this reduce feel but it could also reduce control.