Tom Wishon is one of the premier golf fitters in the game. In this video, he covers the 5 critical elements in golf shaft fitting. He explains how the golf shaft has been referred to as the “Engine of the Golf Club.” However Tom believes the golfer is the engine and the golf shaft is like the “transmission.” The golfer provides the power and the shaft transmits power to the ball.
There are 5 critical fitting factors in golf shaft fitting.
1. Weight – one of the most important factor in shaft fitting. Total weight of the shaft and club has to be matched to the golfers strength and swing elements by how much force and effort. The stronger the golfer, the heavier the shaft and vice versa.
2. Shaft Overall Flex – how much a shaft resists bending. You can make a shaft different flex in different portions of the shaft itself, otherwise known as distribution of stiffness, or Bend Profile. Fitting different swing elements to the shaft is the objective.
3. Shaft Bend Profile – basically consists of changing the flex in certain portions of the shaft. The key element in the Bend Profile is the “wrist cock/release”. The key takeaway with this element, is where does the wrist cock/release occur? Where does the golfer start the release of the club? This will determine the stiffness factor – the later the release of the wrist, the firmer the tip needs to be, in general.
4. Shaft Torsional Stiffness – otherwise known as “Torque” is another critical element. Measuring how much the shaft twists during the downswing is the important element here. The harder the downswing or force, the lower the torque should be and vice versa.
5. Shaft Balance Point – this is measuring how heavy the tip vs. the butt of the shaft.
Needless to say most everyone reading this article is well aware of how critical the golf shaft plays on the golfer’s performance. You get fitted with the right golf shafts, and you are well on your way to realizing your full potential!