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Custom Shaft Options for PXG Irons and Drivers

Originally Published:
6/26/2020

1. How do I find the best shaft option?

Every shaft in our shaft matrix is tested and selected by the PXG Engineering Team. What shaft is best for a given player is dependent on his or her unique swing characteristics. We recommend scheduling an in-person fitting, calling to speak with a PXG Fitting Specialist, or using our Online Fitting Tool to find what works best for you. If you've never been fitted before and would like to know what to expect, check out our golf club fitting guide to learn more.

 
 

2. Which shafts will I test during my PXG fitting?

During your PXG custom fitting, a PXG Fitting Specialist will work with you to find your baseline swing data, often using your current golf clubs. Using their years of expertise in golf swing analysis, your PXG Fitter will quickly narrow down your initial golf shaft and club head options to test. Typically, a player will test anywhere between 5-10 club head and shaft combinations from the thousands available in our matrix. Once a player has warmed up, our fitters look to find the right shaft in as few swings as possible so that we are using the most accurate data to ensure that performance gains translate to improvements on the course.

3. Does PXG make stock shafts?

We are frequently asked if we make our own stock shafts. PXG’s focus remains on clubhead technology and performance which is why we work with the very best premium shaft manufacturers to select the shafts that become part of our matrix. Each shaft is chosen by our engineers based on how it performs with our clubhead technology and meets the needs of a players’ various swing characteristics.

4. Does shaft selection really impact golf performance?

Selecting the right shaft for your PXG clubs absolutely impacts performance – and your enjoyment of the game! Length, shaft material, weight, shaft flex, and torque are all characteristics important in the shaft selection process. The proper shaft will work with your tendencies to improve consistency of contact, launch conditions, and direction.

 
 

Playing a shaft that’s too stiff or too weak may cause a player to struggle with starting the ball on-line or with creating optimal launch conditions. A fitting is the easiest way to gain distance and accuracy with immediate results.

Allow our PXG Fitting Specialists to find the right shaft for your swing. Call 1.844.PLAY.PXG today or find a PXG fitting location near you.

5. How do steel shafts and graphite shafts compare?

Steel shafts are typically heavier than graphite shafts and provide a more stable feel. Players with a slower swing tempo often prefer graphite shafts to support increased swing speed and distance.

Graphite shafts also tend to absorb vibrations better than steel shafts meaning that those off-center strikes don’t reverberate up the shaft to sensitive hands, wrists, and elbows.  Professional golfers and low handicappers often prefer steel shafts for their consistency and the increased shaft feedback felt from misfires and off-center hits.

Players of all levels – including our PXG TOUR Professionals typically choose graphite in their PXG Hybrids, Fairway Woods, and PXG Drivers to increase swing speed and distance.

 

6. How do I know my swing speed?

During a PXG custom fitting, your PXG Fitting Specialist will use TrackMan™ (or ForeSight at indoor fitting bays) to measure and assess your swing speed accurately.

Carry Distance Swing Speed Flex
Under 200 yards Under 75 mph Ladies or Senior
200 to 240 yards 75 to 95 mph Regular
240 to 275 yards 95 to 110 mph Stiff
Over 275 yards Over 110 mph Extra Stiff
     

In general terms, the faster the swing, the stiffer the shaft required. At higher speeds, the shaft will deflect more. Our goal during a fitting is to find a shaft that matches your swing and delivers the club head in a proper and consistent orientation at impact.

7. How do I find the right shaft flex?

Other than swing speed, there are several factors that might determine which shaft flex best suits your swing. Tempo, clubhead speed, ball speed, spin, and distance are all tracked during a PXG custom fitting to help your fitter find the best golf shaft and club head combination needed to enhance your performance.

Feel and confidence are also important factors. But ultimately, your PXG Fitting Specialist will rely on years of fitting experience and swing data to provide the most informed recommendation for your game.

 
 

8. How is club length measured at PXG?

Club length measurements can vary by manufacturer. At PXG we use the USGA standard for measuring club length. This involves placing the club head against a block angled at 60 degrees and measuring down the shaft axis to the end of the club. We make all of our measurements to the end of the shaft before the club is gripped to maximize consistency.

9. What do the letters L, A, R, S, X on the shaft mean?

PXG offers golf club shafts across the rating spectrum: Extra Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Senior and Ladies, denoted by the letters X, S, R, A, and L ("A" is used for Senior because this flex was originally called "amateur").

At PXG we build your club to enhance your unique swing, regardless of age or gender!

10. What flex golf shaft should I use?

Finding the right flex for your golf shaft can improve your accuracy, trajectory, and distance. The flex rating denotes the golf shaft’s ability to bend during the golf swing.

Shafts are designed to have different bend profiles to deliver the club head differently at impact. Two shafts of the same flex designation may have different bend profiles that create very different results. If a golfer uses too weak of a shaft, they might experience difficulty delivering the club head in a consistent manner. Conversely, using a shaft that is too stiff may make it difficult to get the face of the club squared to the target at impact. In both scenarios, launch conditions likely aren’t optimized, leading to shorter golf shots. We recommend getting fit for a shaft either in-person, over the phone, or on our website to find what shaft will work best for you.

11. How do I choose my shaft weight?

The number shown on your golf shaft is the weight of the shaft in grams. Heavier shafts tend to suit bigger, stronger golfers who swing the club faster. Lighter golf shafts make it easier to increase club head speed and so typically suit golfers with a lower swing speed.

If a shaft is too light, a player may experience inconsistency in distance and direction. During a fitting, a player will try multiple weights to maximize distance while minimizing dispersion.

12. Does “torque” matter in a golf shaft?

Torque is measured in degrees and describes the shaft’s torsional stiffness, or resistance to twisting. A high-torque shaft rating means more twist occurs compared to a low-torque shaft which better resists twisting.

Golfers with a smooth swing may encounter a harsh feel and trouble starting the ball on the target line with too low of a torque rating.

A strong golfer with a fast swing may experience a lack of feel for the club head’s position and a lack of control with too high of a torque rating.

13. What does “frequency” in a golf shaft mean?

The frequency of a golf shaft, measured in cycles per minute (CPM), refers to a test in which a club is clamped at the grip-end, then flexed and released. The frequency is a measure of the rate of oscillation, which we correlate to stiffness. High CPM shafts are stiffer than lower CPM shafts.

At PXG, we take multiple frequency measurements of every shaft we consider for our matrix. This data gives us more information on bend profile of the shaft and how it is intended to perform.

14. What does “spinning” in a golf shaft mean?

Shaft companies often refer to shafts as having launch and spin characteristics. For example, one shaft may be “high launch, high spin” while another is “low launch, low spin.” These designations are a simplified explanation of the profile of the shaft, a measure of how stiff the shaft is at each point along its length. High launch, high spin shafts generally have weaker tip sections and are designed to increase the loft angle at impact for higher trajectory, while low launch, low spin shafts are stiffer in the tip section for the opposite effect. While these correlations hold true for many golfers, there are always exceptions to the rule because each of us has our own unique swing. We recommend getting fit and testing a variety of profiles to see what works best for you.

15. Can I adjust the length of my irons without impacting performance?

Adjusting the length of your irons will affect the swing weight of the clubs. If you keep the head weight the same, clubs feel heavier as they get longer and lighter as they get shorter. We use swing weights to create a consistent feel throughout the set. During the build process, we match swing weights throughout the set to the clubs with which you were fit to ensure you are getting exactly what you expect. Adjusting the length without adjusting head weight may cause a change in how heavy your clubs feel.

16. If I choose a longer driver shaft, will I hit it farther?

Theoretically, yes. Longer driver shafts produce more club head speed and higher launch. However, longer clubs can also lead to inconsistency in contact and direction, so while your maximum distance may go up, your average distance may go down.

17. Are there right-handed and left-handed shafts?

No, the USGA regulations on golf shafts require that shafts must be designed to perform the same for all orientations.

18. Are driver and fairway wood shafts the same?

Yes, PXG uses the term “wood shafts” to describe driver and fairway wood shafts. Generally, players will use a slightly heavier shaft in their fairway woods than in their driver. However, some players opt to use the same shafts in their fairway woods and driver.

19. Does PXG offer ladies and senior shafts?

Yes, PXG offers ladies and senior flex shafts. We recommend getting fit either in-person, over the phone, or online to determine what shaft flex works best for you.

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