It’s commonly believed that the professionals use steel, while the amateurs use graphite. While this is sometimes the case, it’s not always. At the end of the day, which type of shaft you use mainly depends on your game and swing, and what works best for you. If you’re deciding between steel and graphite for your shaft, then there are three major differences to consider:
When your club hits the ball, vibrations from the impact travel up the shaft and to the hands. These vibrations can travel far more easily through steel than through graphite, allowing you to detect the vibrations more so than you would with graphite. This can be good or bad depending on your preferences. For instance, some golfers prefer that extra feedback to learn more about their swing, but others prefer a more crisp, clean feel to their swing without the distraction of added vibrations.
Graphite is lighter
There’s nothing wrong with a light or heavy shaft—it all depends on your swing. On the one hand, players with a high swing speed benefit from the heavier weight of the steel shaft because it allows them more control. Players with low swing speed, on the other hand, prefer the extra speed of graphite, along with the extra distance a lighter club can produce. Additionally, if you suffer from chronic hand, arm, or shoulder problems, the lighter weight of graphite may be easier on your limbs.
Steel is less expensive
While we would all like to dish out hundreds of dollars on the best golf club we can find, it’s not always reasonable to do so. If money is an issue, then the cheaper cost of steel shafts may suit you better. On average, steel shafts cost around $100 less than graphite.
If you’re still unsure on whether you want a steel or graphite shaft, then feel free to give Heiser Golf a call at 319-404-5294. We can answer any questions you may have about your golf clubs, and we can even schedule you for a shaft fitting or repair.