Tom Wishon, of Tom Wishon Golf Technology, dives into the technical side of golf shafts in this FAQ.
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Welcome to the Golf Shafts FAQ on About.com, where we answer some of the most-commonly asked questions about the technical aspects of golf shafts. Correction: Actually, Tom Wishon
answers the questions, and that's a good thing. Wishon, of Tom Wishon Golf Technology, is an innovative club designer and a long-respected member of the golf equipment industry.
The FAQ titles are listed below. Click on a question to read the answer.
• How are steel shafts made?
• How are graphite shafts made?
• How do steel and graphite shafts compare, and how do I know which is right for me?
• What do the letters X, S, R, A and L on the shaft mean?
• What are the effects of choosing an inappropriate shaft flex?
• What are the elements that go into choosing the correct shaft flex for a golfer?
• Are there industry-wide standards for shaft flex - is one company's "regular" flex the same as another's?
• What is "kickpoint"?
• Does a shaft's bend profile influence trajectory, and if so, how much?
• What is "torque," and how important a consideration is it?
• What is "frequency matching"?
• What is "spining"?
• How important a factor is the weight of the shaft?
• What is the typical lifespan of a golf shaft?
• Will heat or cold damage my graphite shafts?
• When should I have my shafts replaced?
• Do golf shafts become more or less flexible over time, or "wear out" with longterm use?
• What effect does trimming the shaft have on flex?
• If I want to cut down my shafts, should I trim from the grip end or the head end?
• I've heard the expression, "the shaft is the engine of the club." What does that mean? Is it true?
• Does the type of shaft in my putter have any effect on my putting?
Poll: Do you prefer steel or graphite?
See also: Golf Clubs FAQ