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Everything I read tells me that the faster my swing speed the stiffer the shaft should be, and that graphite is only an advantage for slower swing speed.

How do I know how fast my club speed is?

I'm 47 years old, 6 feet tall and in fair shape.  I currently have an older set of Wilson Ultra's with graphite shafts, I think I should be getting longer yardage out of the clubs.

I am looking at a new set of game improving clubs, but wonder if steel in regular stiffness would be a better choice for me?

I would be considered a high handicapper...

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Graphite is good for all swing speeds, there are to many graphite shafts types to count.

Really its trial and error. Here's what you need to know

Graphite shafts can be light and heavy. Heavier tends to make them stiffer. So the same shaft that's lighter, both says Stiff. the heavier one will usually be stiffer.

Torque of a shaft is what helps the club not rotate around the shaft in the swing

Kick point will help determine launch angle, higher means a lower launch

Then you have more details like stiffness profile. Is the tip stiff, butt end stiff, middle section. All these add feel, and how the clubhead impacts the ball.

Like i said, trial and error, you can get close by using your current shaft as a starting point.

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Well i know why they say that graphite shafts are for slower swingers.

It's just because the slower swingers would like more flex and a lighter shaft.

So that is the reason they play graphite.

However they make very good graphite shafts for better faster speeds. Look at drivers and woods all the pro's use graphite. Few years ago a lot had steel shafts.

It is good know that with a heavier stiffer steel shaft your ball might just not go as far.

But it will be more consistent. You will get a better response from a steel shafted club

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The notion the graphite shafts are whippier than steel is an old myth.  A graphite shaft can be just as stiff as a steel.  Given the choice, I prefer graphite shafts even in my irons because they are lighter, so they increase my clubhead speed, so I get more distance with them.

You dont pay a steel shaft in your driver, so why must you play steel in your irons?

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Steel feels better in my irons.
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Since the arrival of lighter weight shafts - both steel and graphite - I have noticed a tradeoff between flex (stiffness) and overall shaft weight. I dumped stiff shafts back about 2009 (esp. heavier, 125 gram TT Dynalite Gold S300s). But, I seem to hit some stiff shafts OK if the shaft weight is around 100 grams.

A note on shaft flexpoint, or kickpoint: This is important, but it is mainly a fine-tuning aspect of the shaft selection.

Also, note that some of the graphite shafts now have a 0.65" butt barrel, rather than 0.60". This is done to increase stability of really light shafts.

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Originally Posted by WUTiger

Since the arrival of lighter weight shafts - both steel and graphite - I have noticed a tradeoff between flex (stiffness) and overall shaft weight. I dumped stiff shafts back about 2009 (esp. heavier, 125 gram TT Dynalite Gold S300s). But, I seem to hit some stiff shafts OK if the shaft weight is sub-100 grams.

A note on shaft flexpoint, or kickpoint: This is important, but it is mainly a fine-tuning aspect of the shaft selection.

Also, note that some of the graphite shafts now have a 0.65" butt barrel, rather than 0.60". This is done to increase stability of really light shafts.

I need to look at what shafts are in my burner plus irons. They are stiff shafts but I don't know the specifics. They seem to have a low kick point due to the extremely high ball flight.

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It would appear to be a personal preference thing then?

The Wilson Ultra clubs really helped improve my game back when I got them.  My clubs before that where a very cheap

big box store set, with steel shaft.  I have wondered where the improvement can from, the Ultra heads being more forgiving,

or something about the graphite shafts.

I do remember being able to hit straighter and longer with less effort, or so it seemed.

I have almost decided to go back with graphite.

Thanks for the reply's.

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Originally Posted by seagullplayer

It would appear to be a personal preference thing then?

The Wilson Ultra clubs really helped improve my game back when I got them.  My clubs before that where a very cheap

big box store set, with steel shaft.  I have wondered where the improvement can from, the Ultra heads being more forgiving,

or something about the graphite shafts.

I do remember being able to hit straighter and longer with less effort, or so it seemed.

I have almost decided to go back with graphite.

Thanks for the reply's.

That may be more about the swing weight of the club than the material it is made of. My burner plus with steel shaft are d2-d3 and almost all pings I looked up are d0-d2.

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Without starting another thread, here are the irons I am considering:

http://www.gigagolf.com/club_detailsHTML.jhtml?manufacturer=GigaGolf&groupnum;=MI-GGTM19-SET

Power Slot Irons from Gigagolf.  I have read good reviews on here about the company, but have not read anything here about these clubs.

I believe they would be a step up from my Wilson Ultras?

I plan on getting 3-PW.

Standard grip, club length and lie adjustment according to their calculations.

And as of now upgrade to graphite shaft.

Any input?  I plan to place the order as soon as tonight.

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Its important to look at the weight of the golf shaft as well. I agree, that a heavier shaft will naturally be stiffer, only when comparing same brand and model though. I have a Diayama golf shaft in my driver, its stiff flex, but its about 76 grams, pretty heavy for a driver shaft.

I prefer steel in my irons, just like the feel of them better, think there's less dampening between the clubhead and the hands with a steel shaft than a graphite.

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Originally Posted by saevel25

I prefer steel in my irons, just like the feel of them better, think there's less dampening between the clubhead and the hands with a steel shaft than a graphite.

When you get about age 50, the dampening is something you want to prevent tendon fatigue and damage. Graphite shafts give some cushioning; also, you can try Sensicore inserts, and softer grips like the Winn Dri-Tac (I have steel + Dri-Tac).

May you have a long and healthy golf career, saevel25!

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I just switched to graphite shafts in my irons a month ago.  I'm in my mid 40s and have a driver swing speed of 90.

The regular flex graphite shafts are working very well for me.  I am getting better distance than i did with my regular flex steel irons. I think that is because graphite shafted irons have a longer club length than the steel shafts I was using.

But in general I do think you can benefit from graphite shafts especially if you think a lighter weight club would fit your swing style.

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Well Its done.  Finally pulled the trigger, went with the Z4's at gigagolf.

And I choose to go with graphite shaft.

Everything else per their "E-fit" system.

I am hoping to gain a little distance but retain the forgiveness of the clubs.

I have been away from the game for almost seven years, in part due to a shoulder and elbow injury that gave me problems for

two years.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

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