Re: Same shaft in driver and fairway wood?
Originally Posted by Johnnyallthetime
Your logic is impeccable. However, logic and golf don't always go hand in hand.
Although players often don't stray very far in their bend profile from driver to three wood, it's important to let your fitter know your game and exactly how your clubs fit into it. Also different swing styles and launch conditions can often lead to different bend profiles of shafts to properly fit a player. Contrary to popular belief, I've found that my best players typically put a very slight descending blow on their fairway woods while putting a slightly ascending blow with their drivers.
A player who uses their three wood primarily off the deck likely will need something with a softer tip which spins the ball a bit more to help stop the ball on greens.
Players who primarily hit their three wood off the tee can often benefit from something that's slightly stiffer in the tip to help increase distance and control.
Also, it's important to know how a shaft's characteristics change as the weight increases. On occasion, the thicker walls in a heavier shaft can lead to a very different bend profile of shaft. The UST ProForce V2 comes to mind as an example. The 65g version plays significantly softer overall compared to the 85g version.
All the more reason to find a good clubfitter to help your game.