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Shaft FAQ's

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Here are some FAQ's about golf shafts.
Hopefully it'll answer some of your own questions.

Shaft stiffness:
A stiff shaft will launch the ball lower than a more whippy shaft.
It is also said that a stiffer shaft will give you a fade and a more flexible shaft will give you a draw.

Shaft Kickpoint:
Shaft kickpoint is where the shaft flexes the most.
A higher kick point will give a lower launch, while a lower kick point will give a higher launch.

Shaft Weight:
A heavier shaft can help you get more control over your shots but you might find a loss in distance as it can slow down your SS.
A lighter shaft can increase SS but it will be harder to control.

Shaft Length:
The same as shaft weight. A shorter shaft will help with control but you might find a loss in distance. A longer shaft will increase SS but it will be harder to control.

If there's anything else you want me to put up please post here.
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Re: Shaft FAQ's

will adding length (1" or less) via extender to an installed shaft greatly effect flex or swingweight?
Clubs in question: Cleveland TA3 3-PW with Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
They are currently standard length with grips I can't stand. Since I am tearing off the grips to install Golf pride midsize wraps I figure I would add the 1/2 to 3/4 inch length I like. If it greatly effects swing weight I will either just do with standard length or reshaft, which I would rather not do, especially since I will probably just put the same shaft in +length desired
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Re: Shaft FAQ's

If you make the club longer without changing the shafts you'll make it more flexible and the swingweight will change a small bit.
Think of it this way. a 3i shaft is 41 inches long, 1/2 inch isn't going to make that much of a change.
It might make a difference with the shorter clubs though

Try it on one club and see if it works for you.
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Re: Shaft FAQ's

Originally Posted by jdotConnor View Post
will adding length (1" or less) via extender to an installed shaft greatly effect flex or swingweight?
Clubs in question: Cleveland TA3 3-PW with Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
They are currently standard length with grips I can't stand. Since I am tearing off the grips to install Golf pride midsize wraps I figure I would add the 1/2 to 3/4 inch length I like. If it greatly effects swing weight I will either just do with standard length or reshaft, which I would rather not do, especially since I will probably just put the same shaft in +length desired
Adding length via an extender will make very little change to the shaft flex. In fact, adding/removing an inch or so from the butt of the shaft will make such a small amount of change in flex (and kickpoint) that's it's negligible. If you add/remove length at the tip of the shaft however, flex will be affected to a measurable degree (hence the concept of hard/soft stepping or tipping).

Swingweight will be affected much more by adding/removing length. By adding 1" to the shaft you will increase the swingweight by about 6 points (this is a linear affect so do the math based on how much you add/remove from the shaft, ie: 1/2" will equate to about 3 points)! So if you start at D2, you'll end up around D8 by adding an inch to the shaft. You can counter some of this effect by using a heavier grip, adding weight under the grip and/or removing weight from the clubhead (easy if your clubhead has been tip weighted). Another option for dropping the swingweight is to move to a lighter shaft like the Dynamic Gold SL's (although that has it's trade-offs as well).

ETA: When adding/removing length, don't overlook lie angle. As you add length to a given club, the lie angle may prove to be to upright for that given club. If you do extend the length of a club, be sure to have lie angles checked and (possibly) corrected to account for the change in length. Remember, by changing any single aspect of a golf club, you affect all other aspects of the club as well. Be sure to check and account for these potential "issues" in the end.
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