February 25th, 2014

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Graphite vs. Steel Shafts

I am 74 years old and a 12 handicap. At what club head speed should I change from steel shafts to graphite? What is the real difference between the two? Thanks.
Ken, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Ken,

there is no club head speed number to change as there are graphite shafts for all swingspeeds. The benefits of graphite include lighter weight,vibration dampening and generally higher ball flight. the lighter weight may help you swing the club just a bit faster for a yard or two more distance. If you like a lighter club, perhaps have some joint/muscle issues that could be helped by a softer feel or if you want to hit the ball higher, graphite may be worth a look.

Regards,

Jeff

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