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How Much Does Shaft Torque Affect Performance?


 

Shaft torque is defined as the relative and comparative amount of force a golf shaft is able to resist twisting. Yes, it can affect the golf game but not that much.

Shaft torque will not actually be a concern if the Rules of Golf would permit aligning the shaft with the clubhead’s center of gravity. The golfer’s downswing force and the clubhead’s weight sticking out of the shaft are what actually cause the twist. Therefore, twisting cannot be prevented since the golfer always exerts the force in downward manner and the shaft is attached on the heel side of the clubhead.

The issue regarding shaft torque started when shafts were made of hickory way back in the early 1900s. Shafts made of wood are very susceptible to twisting. Golfers had to modify swing styles to keep wooden shafts from twisting heavily during golf games. Shafts nowadays usually have a torque measurement of about 2 to 5 degrees while back then, it has more than 20 degrees.

The concern regarding shaft torque was the main reason why wooden shafts were eventually replaced by steel shafts even as early as 1920s. Golf industry found out that steel shafts carry much lower torque compared to the wooden ones. They are better used for golf since they deliver more accurate and controlled shots.

The downside of the first steel shafts released was its weight. They were much heavier compared to hickory shafts but golfers, in general, wanted them more because of their greater twisting resistance.

Due to the weight concerns of the existing steel shafts, the next generation of golf shaft was made of graphite and fiberglass. This big advancement came between 1960s and 1970s. The shaft torque was recorded to be over 10 degrees.

Shafts in our generation are designed with torques in line with the flex. For this reason, torque is no longer much of an issue. Flex shafts nowadays have shaft torques lower than 4 degrees which can be considered as almost negligible for golfers.

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Different Flex, Different Shafts?


 

There are no particular rules as to when golf shafts need to be changed or if the same flex can be used with different shafts. It may sometimes be applicable, there may be times it may not.

The reason is, the golf industry do not have standard specifications which companies must follow in manufacturing flexes. The level of stiffness and code of one shaft is usually different from another shaft. One company’s specification does not necessarily reflect that of another company. This, however, gives every company the freedom to express and work on what they think how the best shaft should be designed.

What a golfer usually does is conduct a trial and error process to find out which type of flex best fits him. But, buying one shaft after another if he hasn’t found the right piece can eventually be costly. An alternative solution to such dilemma is to entrust the shaft fitting needs to a professional custom club maker using Tom Wishon Golf Technology’s proprietary shaft bending profile software.

Tom Wishon Golf Technology created software with measurement methodology that quantifies stiffness and allows comparing one shaft’s stiffness design with thousands of other different shafts available and listed in the database.
Therefore, to get a shaft fitted to your club as accurately as possible, go visit a good and professional custom club fitter using this software. You can be confident that they will do a better job of giving you a club that best suits your swing.

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Golfers Using Aldila Shafts Win


Aldila has again proven its name being one of the top manufacturers of golf shafts. Two of the company’s innovative shafts were seen used by two winning golfers in the two different prestigious golf tournaments. The winning golfer of the Nature Valley First Tee Open bagged his first-time major victory using an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. The same thing happened in the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic where another first-time champion-golfer also won using another shaft model, the Aldila VooDoo.

The so-called “The Hottest Shafts in Golf” continues to make name in the golf world going to the higher level of innovation including iron shafts into their product lines. Other achiever found using the brand is Greenbrier Classic’s 7th placer who had been using the full set of Aldila’ Prototype RIP irons on the PGA Tour. The golfer from Arizona has consistently been making it to the top finish since using the graphite iron shafts of Aldila.

Both the RIP Phenom and VooDoo shafts have innovative designs unique for Aldila. The RIP Phenom’s flex profile gives maximum distance and control through its stiff tip, firm butt and soft center sections while VooDoo’s rib structure maximizes energy transfer to the golf ball giving longer distance shots and accurate swings.

Aldila has also won 27 out of 29 wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts of the PGA Tour events this season.

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