Think the shaft is overrated? Think again. Here, we highlight the common misconceptions around the importance of the shafts in your golf clubs

7 Shaft Mistakes Golfers Make

Shaft Buyers’ Guide

Here, we highlight the most common errors golfers make when it comes to the shafts in their clubs. Do you fall foul of any of the seven below?

7 Shaft Mistakes Golfers Make

1. I don’t need to be fitted for shafts

Shafts are so much more than merely the method of connecting the grip to the clubhead. Often described as the engine of the golf club, they play a big part in how the ball launches, spins and flies through the air. They can also affect the quality of the strike and the feel the golfer has during the swing. This comes down to not only the material, weight and flex of the shaft but also it’s EI profile – a measurement of the stiffness along various points on the shaft. Suffice to say that if you’re a serious golfer, you need to be fitted for all the shafts in your clubs – the good news is that a fitter will understand how different shaft profiles will help different players and taking into account, not only your swing speed, but your tempo and clubhead delivery as well, is all part of the process in finding the right option for you.

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KBS offers a host of different iron and wedge shafts to meet the requirement of different player types. One example being the KBS S-Taper LITE, which comes in chrome and black PVD finishes and provides the same feel and performance as the S-Taper Tour in a lightweight package for the accomplished player seeking a higher launch and more spin.

2. I need the shaft that hits the ball the furthest

Many golfers want to hit their iron shots further, but this can sometimes come to the detriment of accuracy or consistency so be sure to choose a shaft that provides an element of both. Stiffer shafts tend to make the ball fly lower and not miss as much to the left, conversely softer shafts tend to flight the ball higher. Lighter shafts will often lead to faster clubhead speed as well as a higher ball flight. With irons, getting the ideal combination of spin and trajectory is essential through a shaft that also helps produce consistent carry distances and reduces your common miss.

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Dispersion, both front-to-back and left-to-right, should be the priority when it comes to selecting your iron shafts over out-and-out distance.

3. Graphite shafts are for senior players

Graphite shafts are lighter than steel shafts, which – when it comes to irons – makes them more suitable for older players who perhaps don’t have the strength or power in their swing they used to have. But some golfers of different ages will prefer the feel of a graphite shaft, as lighter doesn’t necessarily mean it has to play softer than steel shafts. Graphite shafts dampen the vibration from the clubhead at impact a little more than steel, which is ideal for golfers recovering from wrist injuries or for those who prefer a smoother ‘hit’. There are even some tour players that use graphite shafts in their irons, one reason being that it allows them to practice for longer. So don’t rule graphite shafts out when it comes to upgrading your irons.


The KBS MAX Graphite shaft is designed for higher handicappers seeking a lighter shaft to make it easier to produce a higher trajectory. It is available in 45, 55, 65, 75- and 85-gram weights to match a player’s swing speed.

4. You need the same shaft in your wedges as your irons

Wedges are your scoring clubs so you need to have maximum control to give you the best chance of hitting the ball close. By altering the design of the shaft specifically for wedges, manufacturers could make up for the loss of spin that came from the introduction of the groove restriction rule in 2010. Typically, a wedge shaft has a softer, more active tip section (the area closest to the clubhead). This increased flexibility in the lower end of the shaft increases the loft presented to the ball at impact but also makes the attack angle steeper – two key ingredients for increasing backspin. There are also different flex profiles available that flight the ball differently depending on your preference. A softer shaft in your wedges compared to your irons will also give you better feel on partial wedge shots like pitches.

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KBS make a variety of wedge-specific shafts, including the lower launching 610 Wedge shaft for players that like to hit low, checking approaches and the higher launching Hi-Rev 2.0 that provides a higher launch flight with more spin for added stopping power.

5. You need the same shaft in your hybrids as your driver and fairway

Hybrid shafts tend to be a shorter, heavier version of the same make and model of shaft in your driver and fairway wood for consistency. While this will work for some golfers, others like their hybrid to feel and play a little different, more like a long iron. There are many alternatives out there now that offer different launch and feel characteristics to help either stop the ball more effectively into greens or provide a stronger, longer ball flight off the tee. A common complaint of hybrids is that they miss to the left; a hybrid-specific shaft can prevent this from happening.

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The KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid is a low torque shaft that offers mid-to-high trajectory and stability throughout the entire shaft with the feel of a long iron shaft, helping to tighten dispersion.

6. The shaft can’t help high handicappers

Getting the right shaft can help all abilities of player. A slower swinging player will often benefit from the lighter, higher-launching shaft that often comes as the stock option in game improvement irons but newcomers with faster swing speeds will need to combine the forgiveness from the head with a more appropriate shaft profile that optimizes the ball flight and spin. This will likely be something a little heavier or stiffer to create a more controllable trajectory.

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The KBS MAX 80 is a lightweight shaft that produces a high trajectory and spin rate for longer distance shots that the majority of golfers find difficult to hit consistently. Available in three flexes, it is designed for golfers with less confidence over their iron shots.

7. The putter shaft isn’t important

When you strike a putt, especially from long range, there’s more stress placed on the shaft than you might think and this can affect the launch of the ball and therefore the way the ball rolls and how far it travels. Stock steel putter shafts are similar to iron shafts in that that have a reinforced section at the bottom to reduce the ‘kick’ or movement during the collision at impact. You need your putter shaft to feel stable as this allows you to maintain good control of the clubface and there are more options out there than you might think. The length of the shaft is also key as it will determine your posture and in turn where your eyes are positioned over the ball, which can affect your ability to aim.

Related: KBS CT Tour Putter Shaft

The KBS CT Tour Putter shaft is stepless with a stiffer parallel tip for added stability on the greens used by World No.1 Justin Rose. It’s available in both steel and matte Black finish in a 120g Tour option as well as single and double bend offerings.

 

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