How many times have you heard it said that there is no standard rating system for golf shafts. When I entered the golf club fitting business over a decade ago I learned what a huge problem that presented to a fitter. It took years to understand shaft measurement and many more years to accumulate a meaningful database of shaft measurements. Golf Shaft Reviews is the only publicly available source of unbiased, standardized measurements of golf shafts. The magnitude of that accomplishment did not occur to me until a golf shaft company owner said it to me. Golf Shaft Reviews are based on that accumulation of knowledge.

The review of the Graphite Design Tour AD TP is a sample of current reviews available to paid subscribers.If you enjoy these reviews and technical articles, register now. The introduction, off season rate for one year of $10 is less than a sleeve of premium golf balls. Testing shafts and writing articles takes a great amount of time. The membership fee underwrites the time and resources needed to keep this site going and growing. It will also fund acquisition of shafts that have not been available. You will notice, this site is does not run ads, that allows us to remain unbiased in our articles.

The reviews contain both objective measurements and subjective opinions of fitters and club testers. The reviewers are full time elite golf club fitters. The testers are golf professionals. If you are a golf professional and would like access to the Fit2Score database a Golf Professional membership is now available. Professional subscribers get access to a larger set of data and individual profiles of all the shaft model weights and stiffness variations

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  • Edwin

    Great site! Thanks for all the useful information!

    • DevotedGolfer

      You welcome, the traffic we have drawn in such a short time is an inspiration to keep adding shaft reviews.

      • Edwin

        I have shared your site with many frens and they agreed that its a treasure trove of very useful information!

        Would it be possible to put up the EI profile of the Diamana S+ & D+ for woods? Thanks in advance!

        • DevotedGolfer

          I have profiled a very limited quantity of these. The Blue+ looks like the origination Diamana Blue, with a half degree more torque at the tip and a full degree more at the butt. The S+ looks like the original Diamana Red, I don’t have the torque numbers. I will see if I can bet a box of review samples.

  • hoganfade

    Excellent site. Do you have a profile for the Nippon Super Peening Orange? Thanks!

  • R1 Driver

    Great golf blog! Thank you for spending time to help others. http://www.r1driver.com

  • Danny

    Just bought some new Ping G20 irons with regular flex steel shaft. However my confusion comes from being told different by different club fitters. I was told by golf galaxy that since my swing speed goes from 95-105 I need stiff graphite shafts for my hybrids and woods but pga superstore said that a regular flex shaft would be fine. I have a bad slice off to the right with my driver but every other club goes pretty much straight. What flex shaft should I be looking for in my woods and hybrids?

    • DevotedGolfer

      Danny,
      Woods and hybrids are like every other club, they should be fit through testing. As you can see on this site, there is more to shafts than flex. And, with different weights, the flex designation means different things. Generally, the staff at large merchandisers lack the training and experience to properly fit clubs. They are giving you the best advice they can, but if you are truly a gear guy, you should find someone with more experience.

      With regard to your driver. A professional needs to look at your swing. Years ago in a golf fitting school, I was handed a driver with a very flexible shaft. Very flexible, it was a training gizmo. By the third swing, I was hitting balls straight. There is a fine line between swing dynamics and how your gear fits your swing. I have fixed as many swings with a little coaching as I have fixed with gear. The key is that we do not want to have to modify a good swing to fit the gear. And I have brought huge grins to many faces when I get a driver shaft right. But it takes a fully equipped fitting system and a fitter that knows the ‘character’ of the shafts in that system, to get it right.

  • Yilu

    Thank you for creating such a comprehensive knowledge.

    I have a couple of questions. How should I use the information here to select golf clubs? Are there any guide lines or rules of thumb? Thanks!

    • DevotedGolfer

      We know much about the golf club head, and how size, center of gravity, loft, lie, etc. affect the flight of the ball. But we know much less about the shaft. Part of that reason is that we know little about the properties of the shaft. They are not visible to the eye. It nice paint, an interesting logo, it has a name, flex and weight designation. But we cannot see its flex or torque properties. The information here lets you see the properties of the shaft and then you can begin the journey of exploring shaft options to find what works best for you. Or, you can find a fitter that KNOWS the shafts he works with and have a joint exploration session. It is difficult, if not impossible to forecast a fit. It is more difficult to find a good fit without knowing the properties of the shafts you are testing.

  • Danny S

    Hi Russ,
    Prior to this site being re-hosted in its current form, you had profiles posted for Shimada and Nunchuk shafts. These are two shafts that I use in my own equipment and enjoy very much. Would it be possible for you to re-post these profiles?
    Thanks in advance,
    Danny

    PS: Looking forward to seeing the Motore Speeder 757 review when you get a chance to profile that one!

    • I just looked at the Shamada numbers in the database. Many of the current measurements are missing. I will have to pull them out and run the newer measurements on them. I have all the Nunchucks, driver, hybrid and iron. I will get to them soon.

  • Maslie

    Hi, I am just regular golfer and I am wondering how to translate or to make use those numbers on Butt Stiffness – Tip/Butt Ratio – Tip Torque and Butt Torque? Would you please elaborate on that. Thank you in advance. Great site!

    • DevotedGolfer

      I should write an article explaining the terms used on the site. I have been evolving the format with new reviews, but the tables are mostly stable now.

      Butt Stiffness is a way to compare shaft stiffness in the traditional sense of R,S and X. I measure the shafts with a load cell instrument and report the numbers in pounds.

      Tip/Butt Ratio is a form of stiffness. The shaft is turned around in the clamp and measured from the tip. That number is divided by the butt stiffness. Some view this as an indication of launch propensity of the shaft. The lower the number, the higher the launch propensity. I keep using the word propensity. You interaction with the shaft and head are going to determine how the club launches.

      Tip and Butt Torque are there for you to access shaft quality. Lower quality shafts have more torque than higher quality shafts due to material properties. Torque is also a function of weight. With more weight, and therefore, more material, lower torque shafts can be made. With light weight shafts you are going to get more torque. So, using a light weight shaft is going to be difficult for a hard swinger, because it is going to be twisty and harder to control.

      Now we get to opinions. My sense is that the overall torque is minuscule in comparison to how much the shaft, grip junction will twist. And it is the tip torque that is important when the head speed overwhelms the load applied at the hands late in the swing.

  • Danny S

    Hi Russ,
    Prior to this site being re-hosted in its current form, you had profiles posted for Shimada and Nunchuk shafts. These are two shafts that I use in my own equipment and enjoy very much. Would it be possible for you to re-post these profiles?
    Thanks in advance,
    Danny

    PS: Looking forward to seeing the Motore Speeder 757 review when you get a chance to profile that one!

    • DevotedGolfer

      Danny,
      I looked in the data base and the Shimada info is mostly there. I think the review samples are in the shop so it will not be difficult of add the data to bring them into the expanded format now used. And the Nunchuck’s are also in the shop waiting for me to focus in them.

      The Motore Speeders are on the bench. We had a sleet storm in DFW and it does not look like I will be out on the range until Thursday. It will not be long now before I get at least the numbers posted.

    • DevotedGolfer

      I could not find the review samples. I posted what information I had on the Shimada shafts.