Golf Club Specs: Modern materials (graphite, composites, metals)
Shafts, like clubheads, have increasingly benefited golfers with technological advances. Shafts, once made of wood, are now made primarily in graphite and steel. Stainless steel, in all its various gauges, ridges and ripples, remains the most common kind of shaft for irons and putters, although that’s starting to change.
Graphite-shafted clubs are generally lighter and have better vibration absorption characteristics than steel-shafted clubs. They are made up of layers upon thin layers of fiber material held together by various resins, all of which can be adjusted to conform to a certain degree of stiffness or flexibility for each player.
Steel-shafted clubs generally produce more consistent shot patterns and are generally heavier than graphite shafted clubs. Players desiring a softer feel than traditional steel shafted clubs will enjoy steel-shafted clubs equipped with vibration-filtering inserts.