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Just started thinking about switching to graphite. 77 years old. 20 handicap. Play at least 45 holes a week. Currently using Callaway Steelhead x-16 irons. Hitting them fine most of the time. Golf partner held my 7 iron and commented how heavy it felt compared to his graphite 7 iron.  Wondering now if a lighter weight shaft would improve my game. Opinions?

 

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It's a funny thing: I've swung some steel-shafted clubs that felt uncommonly heavy and others that did not.  One thing graphite shafts do accomplish is to transmit less shock to the wrists than steel.

Except for my 54° and 58° CBX wedges: My clubs all have graphite shafts.  For the two wedges: It was primarily a cost consideration, and they felt fine swinging the steel shafts, so that's the way I went.

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I switched to graphite about 10 years ago. Currently 65 years old. I would never think of playing steel shafts. Except for my wedges.  I started playing golf seriously when I was 42. Before that I played fairly competitive tennis. When the graphite tennis racquets came on the scene the wood vanished. There are some teaching pros who tell you real players only play steel. I think that is becoming more myth than reality.

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On 8/20/2022 at 11:01 AM, brian222 said:

Just started thinking about switching to graphite. 77 years old. 20 handicap. Play at least 45 holes a week. Currently using Callaway Steelhead x-16 irons. Hitting them fine most of the time. Golf partner held my 7 iron and commented how heavy it felt compared to his graphite 7 iron.  Wondering now if a lighter weight shaft would improve my game. Opinions?

 

I use graphite shafts and I'm only 51 years young. I like the feel and I think they look cool. Today's graphite shafts come in a lot of different weights. ... Actually now that I think about it steel shafts also come in a lot of different weights. 

If you are considering new clubs you owe it to yourself to try some different options. 

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In my experience, choose the shaft (steel or graphite) that gives you the most consistency in hitting the center of the clubface. When you accomplish this, distance will happen by itself.

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See if you can take out a demo set somehow.  Or at least go to an outside demo day and hit some.  See if you can compare it to your steel shafted irons using Trackman in addition to how it feels and looks to you.

I’m guessing the Steelheads have lightweight steel like the xp95 so 75 gram graphite won’t be a stretch.  It might feel head heavy though and “seem” heavier than your own irons.

i am trying to like them myself but I prefer the more balanced feel I get from slightly heavier steel than I do from head heavy feel I get from graphite.  Also, you might not pick up any ball or clubhead speed with the lighter shaft… and some people keep the club on plane better and get more solid center strikes with steel.

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I've played graphite for about 8 years...well, Aerotech i95, which are a composite including both graphite and steel fibers. I switched when I bought a set of irons at Club Champion that year, and I was able to test them side by side with other shafts. I felt like they didn't have the same spongy, springy feel as other graphite shafts. They felt closer to steel. 

One advantage to graphite can be the vibration reduction, which can help if you have tendonitis. 

JP Bouffard

"I cut a little driver in there." -- Jim Murray

Driver: Titleist 915 D3, ACCRA Shaft 9.5*.
3W: Callaway XR,
3,4 Hybrid: Taylor Made RBZ Rescue Tour, Oban shaft.
Irons: 5-GW: Mizuno JPX800, Aerotech Steelfiber 95 shafts, S flex.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 56 degree, M grind
Putter: Edel Custom Pixel Insert 

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Graphite shafts give a less punishing effect on the hands with shanks. And for me that’s absolutely paramount. 🥴

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:ping: G25 Driver Stiff :ping: G20 3W, 5W :ping: S55 4-W (aerotech steel fiber 110g shafts) :ping: Tour Wedges 50*, 54*, 58* :nike: Method Putter Floating clubs: :edel: 54* trapper wedge

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