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Possible switch to graphite

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I am considering switching to graphite shafted irons to reduce wear and tear on my body. I am wondering which club company has the best stock shaft. I have eliminated Titelist AP 1 because the set would cause me to carry 4 wedges, and that would create too big a gap at the other end. I am a decent player, almost 60, play tees about 6700 yards. While added distance would be a nice bonus, I really am more interested in accuracy. I am currently playing Ping G15 red dot stiff. Thanks.
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I play graphite and will never go back. I am never sore after a round or practice session compared to when I play steel. For my slower swing speed it works great but I find that it makes little difference when you get to wedges since you rarely want to step on a wedge. You are looking for consistency and I think the extra weight of the steel helps me from over swinging a wedge.

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I am considering switching to graphite shafted irons to reduce wear and tear on my body. I am wondering which club company has the best stock shaft. I have eliminated Titelist AP 1 because the set would cause me to carry 4 wedges, and that would create too big a gap at the other end. I am a decent player, almost 60, play tees about 6700 yards. While added distance would be a nice bonus, I really am more interested in accuracy. I am currently playing Ping G15 red dot stiff. Thanks.


I'm sorry I got rid of them but I had a set of Adams a4 irons with Aldila NV shafts which were very nice, I just wasn't swinging the club well or properly during the time I owned them and bought another set.

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I am considering switching to graphite shafted irons to reduce wear and tear on my body. I am wondering which club company has the best stock shaft. I have eliminated Titelist AP 1 because the set would cause me to carry 4 wedges, and that would create too big a gap at the other end. I am a decent player, almost 60, play tees about 6700 yards. While added distance would be a nice bonus, I really am more interested in accuracy. I am currently playing Ping G15 red dot stiff. Thanks.

I think you'll love the graphite.  You still get plenty of feedback for off center hits without the sting.   I went with Aerotech shafts for the much tighter dispersion they gave me over any of the other shafts we tried (including steel) during my fitting.

The weight of the shafts has a big effect on the way a club feels, at least to me.  If you're determined to only consider 'default' graphite shafts, I'd suggest trying a number of clubs and determining what shaft weight you want then narrowing brands to give final consideration to with that in mind.  However, most brands offer a variety of shaft options that a decent fitter should be able to let you sample.

For what it's worth, I like having the granularity on the short end of the bag that four wedges give me, but a Titleist fitter should be able to help you pick out a three wedge solution if that's what you want.

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The one thing I would take into consideration with graphite is the shaft torque. Normally low torque shafts are very expensive. Steel has very low torque. Before you go with graphite you may want to put in some shaft dampeners in. You can go with something like Sensicore, but I went to Lowes and got some backer rod, cut it into about 5" lengths and put a coffee straw down the center (to allow condensation evaporation). I put a dab of Gorilla Glue on the side and rammed it down the shaft. I don't have problems with vibration and I have a history of bad golfers and tennis elbow. But I'm a club ho.
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I put some ProSoft inserts in, and I am going to try midsize grips. I asked two physical therapists about the graphite shafts, and both recommended trying bigger grips.
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I play jumbo grips. I wear an ML glove. I think the grip charts recommend too small of a grip anyway. I have the Winn DriTac which are really comfortable. A lot of cushioning. I looked at the ProSoft inserts, but I didn't want to make a special order just for that. Didn't need anything else at the time. Descent graphite shafts with low torque (improves shot dispersion) are expensive. You won't like your club accuracy with cheap graphite shafts. But that's me.
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I switched to graphite and can really tell the difference - less of a backache after a round of golf.

Which shaft is best?  That's opening a real can of worms for club junkies.

Maybe the better question is what shaft weight are you most comfortable with. You can get them from 50g to 100g.

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