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How many different model shafts in your bag?

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Those old enough to remember matching sets of irons and woods will remember when all the shafts in the bag matched.

Now I wonder how many people worry about mix and match shafts, because that's certainly what I have.

Nakashima HTEC Tour…..11.5° fade bias driver
Nakashima HTEC Tour…..13° draw bias driver
…..Aldila En Fuego Habanero (R-flex)
Wishon 929HS…..18° fairway wood
Wishon 929HS…..23° (21° model hand picked for loft)  fairway wood
…..Aldila NVS-75 (R-Flex)
Epon AF-901…..dedicated driving iron
…..MachLine UT370  (R-flex)
Wishon 555-C…..5-9 irons
…..Aldila NV Pro 105 (R-Flex)
Spin Doctor RI…..52, 58° (bent from 60) wedges
…..stock Graman wedge flex graphite
Lovett Tour Standard…..dedicated sand iron
…..Harrison Star Plus (R-flex)
Louisville HB…..putter
…..hickory shaft

That's a lot of different shafts, but I don't really see a negative impact from the mismatches.

Maybe I'm just not good enough at an 11 for it to matter.

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My first 2 sets of clubs had 2 shafts. Driver - wedge had one and the putter had the second.

Now I fluctuate between 4 and 6 different shafts with my Mizuno setup:

Driver - stock Fukijura E360 S

3-wood - stock Exar S

2 iron - LW (various combinations) - TT DGS300

2 hybrid - TT DG SL S300

3 hybrid - Stock Callaway H-60 S

Putter - stock but no idea

And 6 different shafts when carrying the Clevelands:

Driver  - AD Tour something or other S

3-wood - stock Fukijura Red S

2-iron - TT sensicore S

3-P - DG S300

54, 60 - Apex Wedge flex

Odyssey - stock

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Originally Posted by Aging Boomer

Those old enough to remember matching sets of irons and woods will remember when all the shafts in the bag matched.

Now I wonder how many people worry about mix and match shafts, because that's certainly what I have. ...

When I played a lot of golf back in the 1970s, there were a handful of name-brand shafts to choose from. The same steel shafts went into woods as into irons. Fiberglas and aluminum shafts appeared briefly, but disappeared due to performance problems.

Even then, clubsmiths could create the equivalent of today's "flighted" shafts - generally soft-stepping the long irons to increase lift. Also, Jack Nicklaus reportedly fitted his wedges with shafts tipped for an 8.iron to get a little softer feel (pre-Spinner).

So, despite the limited models of shafts, a good clubsmith could give you variety by trimming and weighting  them in non-standard ways.

Now, there are dozens of metal shafts to choose from, and hundreds of driver/wood graphite shafts.

Worry about mixing shafts probably breaks out along handicap lines. I sense that mid- to high-HDCP golfers would want consistent feel, and prefer the same shafts in driver and woods, and the same shafts in irons and wedges.

Lower-HDCP and competition golfers would look to different shafts in driver, 3W and 5W/Hybrid to get the most out of these individual tools. Look at What's In the Bag in GD. Also, you're likely to see different shafts in wedges than in irons.

I'd say everyday golfers prefer consistency, while competition golfers prefer fine-tuning.

These days all my shafts are varieties of regular (except for the soft-stiff wedge flex shafts in my wedges). The thing I worry about more is big weight differences in iron and woods shafts. If I go to a 43-gram shaft in a Cleveland wood, will I have tempo problems if my iron shafts  weigh 115 grams. (Probably a total-weight issue rather than just a shaft weight issue).

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I have the Diamana Blueboard shafts (stiff) in my Driver, 3 Wood, and hybrid.

My irons I have the Dynamic Gold high launch (stiff)

Wedges have the Cleveland "wedge" flex and just the stock shaft in the Bettinardi.

I like having the same shafts in all my steel shafts and all the same in my graphite shafts.

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Wishon S2S White R in the driver and 4 wood.

Maltby MPF Hybrid Series R in the hybrid (soon to be a Wishon S2S White Hybrid R).

Apollo Phantom R in the irons and wedges.

Stock Odyssey in the putter.

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