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The Best Steel Golf Shafts

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author image William Lamon
Based in Miami, William Lamon has been in the fitness industry for more than three years as a tennis coach and certified personal trainer. William got his start as an NCSF-CPT while attending the University of Miami where he will earn a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology in the spring of 2014. Currently, William is also training to compete in his first powerlifting meet.
The Best Steel Golf Shafts
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With all the advancements in golf technology, one aspect that's remained somewhat traditional is the use of steel shafts with irons. While graphite shafts can be made to be the same weight as steel shafts, the feel, balance and consistency just can't be matched. This is very apparent among the professional ranks as the vast majority still use steel shafts. To get the best steel shafts for your game, focus on matching the shafts to your style of play.

Weight of the Shafts

The biggest factor when choosing the best set of steel shafts is the weight. Even with new alloys and advancements in technology, the golfers tend to look for steel shafts that match their style of play. The best steel shafts can vary from 135 grams for heavy hitters to as light as 75 grams for amateurs and seniors. Depending on your swing speed, the best set of steel shafts for you will fall somewhere in between.

Stiffness of the Shafts

A big component of the best set of steel shafts is the stiffness. Generally, there are five different levels of stiffness for clubs: extra stiff, stiff, regular, seniors and ladies. New alloys have given some leeway to amateurs and seniors by providing them with stiff shafts that are relatively light. This gives advanced amateurs added swing speed for a given stiffness, maximizing feel and control. For slower swing speeds and lower levels of play, sticking with a more flexible shaft will grant more forgiveness and distance.

Torque of the Shafts

Torque is a measurement of the twisting force placed on an object. For graphite shafts, the amount of torque can vary greatly depending on the alignment of the fibers throughout the length of the shaft. For the best sets of steel shafts, however, torque shouldn't be a factor due to the uniformity throughout the length of the shaft.

Kick Point

Kick point looks at the bend in the shaft if equal force were to be applied directly to both sides. Since a golf shaft is tapered toward the club head, the bend would likely appear nearer the club head where the shaft is thinner. When choosing the best set of steel shafts, take into consideration the kick point as it can make a tremendous difference. For an amateur, the best set of steel shafts should have a lower kick point to help get the ball up into the air. For an advanced player, his or her best set of steel shafts would have a lower kick point to maximize distance and control.

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