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Are graphite shafts only for old dead people?

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4 minutes ago, iacas said:

No, it’s not that high either.

Well...crumbs...better to err on the side of caution.  I'll take skillful play, every time, over advanced technology.  And I don't think that a golfer wins, or plays well, because they used this putter or that driver.  Is it 99/1, 98/2, 97/3...?   If it doesn't matter what brand you use, at the highest levels of the game; why would it matter at lower levels?  I've played both good rounds, and bad, with borrowed clubs.

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Graphite shafts aren't just for the oldies. They are great for people who have injuries such as carpal tunnel, recurring tendonitis or golfers elbow as not only are the shafts lighter the material absorbs more of the vibrations from hitting the ball/ground/tree root etc. that would otherwise transfer to the hands and arms when compared to standard steel (you can get inserts to dampen vibration).

No shame in rocking graphite if it helps save the joints and enables a golfer to play longer.

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Anyone who thinks graphite shafts are only for older players hasn't been paying attention to the shaft market. Recent graphite iron shafts are nothing like their older "whippy" relatives. These days graphite can be made to respond essentially identically to steel, perhaps better. Graphite shafts can be as stiff as boards while still being as light as feathers or as heavy as premium "tour weight" steel shafts. They can also still be made to hit a ball straight up with a 4-iron (I'm exaggerating, but you get the point). Use what fits your game best, whether that's steel, graphite, hickory, or bamboo.

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10 hours ago, georgep said:

Anyone who thinks graphite shafts are only for older players hasn't been paying attention to the shaft market.

... or to what shafts pro's are playing. -Marv

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I still have a little funny chuckle Everytime I read the title of this thread. 

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Graphite shafts are typically much lighter than steel. If you walk and carry your bag, you will notice the difference in weight. You can get any flex in steel or graphite. However, the stiffer flexes in steel seem to be much heavier than graphite stiff flexes.

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Graphite player here. I went and got fitted by a pro and my swing speed along with balls hit at the range showed the graphite was right for me. I’m rocking 4-PW,AW,SW & LW in graphite with my Cleveland CBX’s.  

As that Snickers commercial says..”no regerts”

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Like Vonbonds the fitting showed me that I am longer and more accurate with graphite shafts. I am 47yrs old. So I suggest you get fitted and go in with the mindset that whichever shaft gives you the best result with a controlled effortless 80 to 85% percent full swing, is the one you chose. Just remember to swing it that way when you get on the course or driving range.

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On 7/4/2018 at 5:43 PM, Piz said:

Well...crumbs...better to err on the side of caution.  I'll take skillful play, every time, over advanced technology.  And I don't think that a golfer wins, or plays well, because they used this putter or that driver.  Is it 99/1, 98/2, 97/3...?   If it doesn't matter what brand you use, at the highest levels of the game; why would it matter at lower levels?  I've played both good rounds, and bad, with borrowed clubs.

The bottom line is to get fit for your clubs to optimize your performance.

A stronger player can play with anything they want if they don’t need their absolute best performance. It’s the players that have slower swing speeds that benefit the most from fittings because even a few yards makes a huge difference to them.

Stiff and Regular don’t mean a lot either.

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10 hours ago, SAGolfLuvr said:

Like Vonbonds the fitting showed me that I am longer and more accurate with graphite shafts. I am 47yrs old. So I suggest you get fitted and go in with the mindset that whichever shaft gives you the best result with a controlled effortless 80 to 85% percent full swing, is the one you chose. Just remember to swing it that way when you get on the course or driving range.

Good point mentioning your age. I’m 46 (47 later this year). You just have to trust in the fitting process and go with what works best for you in the real world. 

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This thread has answered my question.

Modern graphite can have various flexes, and are not always 1990s fishing pole whips.

My shafts even say "R", so I will keep using them.

They are probably a better fit than my old stiff shaft DCI's, and they are a free $1000 set of irons.

So, I will keep using them!

 

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