What Are the Benefits of Heavier Golf Shafts?

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Many players, including many professionals, use heavier golf shafts. They usually are made of steel in order to improve accuracy and tempo. Heavier shafts can also be a lot cheaper than lighter, graphite shafts. Depending on the type of swing you have, and which elements of your game you want to focus on, there can be many benefits to a heavier shaft.

Improved Accuracy

  • Heavier shafts can provide greater accuracy on approach shots, making them a good choice for irons. Torque is the measure of a shaft's resistance to twisting on impact. The more torque a shaft has, the more sidespin is imparted to the ball on impact. This can cause the ball to veer off to one side. Heavy shafts have less torque than light shafts, giving more accurate shots.

Improved Tempo

  • Tempo is the amount of time that your swing takes. Smooth and consistent tempo is important in order to play a consistent game. Slow tempo can also lead to a better stroke with wedges from inside 100 yards. Flex is the amount of bend in the shaft. Heavier shafts give less flex. This can smooth out the swing, allowing you to accelerate into the shot. Added weight also allows you to feel the club throughout the shot and provide a smoother stroke.

Distance Benefits

  • Lighter shafts are shorter than heavier shafts and thus produce a longer swing arc, leading to greater speed. However, lighter shafts are also more difficult to control. They require the golfer to prevent an early wrist break on back-swing. According to "Golf" magazine, many golfers also try to improve distance with a light club by swinging it harder. Unfortunately, it leads to less control. Thus, golfers who are shorter or weaker, or who would benefit from more control in their swing, should use a shorter, heavier club to get greater distance from their shots.

Lower Cost

  • Heavy shafts are generally made from steel, while light shafts are made from graphite. Because steel is a cheaper material than graphite, good-quality steel clubs cost around three times less than good quality graphite clubs. Steel is also stronger than graphite, so heavier steel shafts tend to break less frequently than lighter shafts, leading to more cost savings. Steel is also more durable than graphite, and the heavier steel shafts will have a longer lifespan.

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