What are the Benefits of Heavier Graphite Shafts?
Posted on July 17, 2017There is a common motion that a lighter club weight automatically makes your swing faster. Let us take a look whether you could swing faster with a heavier club.
The total weight of a golf club is the sum of the head weight, weight of shaft and grip weight. Almost all driver heads are weighing around 200 gram, the weight of iron heads is the same across the golf industry. A standard rubber grip is typically weighing around 50 gram. This leaves the shaft as a variable for different weights.
Most graphite driver shafts are weighing in the popular 65-gram range, although there is a trend towards lighter 55-gram shafts. One of the super light weight shafts are the Aldila NVS 45 and the Grafalloy Prolaunch Blue 45 weighing a mere 45 gram. On the other hand, there are 75 gram and 85-gram models designed for golfers with higher swing speeds and fairway wood shafts for more control.
A weight difference of only 10 gram may not sound much, but it matters if you add further considerations. Usually, lighter shafts feature a more responsive or flexible tip section than heavier shafts because light weight shafts are designed for golfers with smooth swing speed seeking more distance thru a higher velocity. Heavier shafts feature a firmer tip section and promote a lower trajectory for more control. This means a combination of 10 gram with a different tip stiffness makes a difference in the performance such as carry distance.
Independent club tests with various players in the field are showing that most golfers are trying to swing hard in order to achieve more distance. When swinging too hard their balance often diminishes reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of off-center shots.
When using a lighter shaft, players tend to throttle back their swing in order to hit a ball straight. A slower swing speed reduced distance.
When playing the same club and same flex but with a heavier shaft option, many golfers hit the ball straighter and even achieved a higher swing speed.
If you are suffering from control problems, try a heavier weighted shaft than your current one.
Conclusion: don’t blindly follow the marketing mantra that a lighter shaft automatically means higher swing speed. Above message will apply to golfers with a smooth swing speed. However, if you are a higher hitter or have a faster swing speed, consider a bit heavier shaft. Similar to finding what flex is best for you, try different shafts to find out what shaft weight works better for your swing.
Does the message “Lighter is Better” apply to Graphite Iron Shafts?
Over the years steel iron shafts became lighter and lighter. Players doubt what are the benefits of graphite iron shafts with a heavier weight design. Let us discuss the benefits of heavier weighted graphite iron shafts:
Light weight steel shafts have to be made from a thinner wall. Thinner walls provide less vibration dampening than thicker walled shafts. To provide feel, the frequency or stiffness need to be decreased at light weight steel shafts. Heavier graphite iron shafts feature a thicker wall and provide increased vibration dampening.
Heavier graphite iron shafts are great for serious golfers to relieve joint pain from frequent playing Heavier graphite iron shafts can be designed as stiff as steel shafts with a standard weight. Tip heavy graphite shafts provide the same swing weight as standard weighted steel shafts but provide better shock absorption than steel shafts. Proven graphite iron shafts with a heavier weight are Aldila NV105, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black iron shafts, Aerotech SteelFiber shafts.