Driver shaft buyers guide
Now that you know which shafts are the best on the market let’s help you narrow down the one that will work best for you.
What is the shaft length of a driver?
The average driver shaft length is going to be around 45.5 inches. If you are a tall or short golfer or looking for a specific type of performance from your driver, you may choose something custom. A stock shaft is going to be properly weighted for the driver that it comes with.
If you start to mess with the driver’s shaft length, make sure that you understand the impacts on the shaft flex, overall shaft weight, and swing weight.
Be sure to see our post on How-to measure driver shaft length
What is a kick point?
The kick point is the part of the driver shaft that you will see the most flex from. The kick point is important when you are trying to figure out if a driver will be high or low launching. Drivers with a high kick point tend to be low launch. Drivers with a low kick point tend to be high launch driver shafts.
Understanding the kick point can help you get some more distance from your shots. Golfers want to keep the ball in the air as long as possible; however, if you think the golf ball is staying up too long, the kick point could be off.
What are the best driver shafts for beginners?
Most of the time, a beginner golfer is going to do best with a stock shaft option. The majority of new players will need a regular flex shaft with mid-weight. The mid-launch angle is also a good fit for the new player.
When a golfer starts to establish what type of player they are and their strengths and weaknesses, the shaft can then be fine-tuned. It’s hard for a beginner player to go out and get custom fitted for a shaft. Instead, choose something that is high performing and comes stock with a forgiving golf club.
Bear in mind that a heavier shaft or a lighter shaft will affect your driver performance. As such, it’s crucial to get a shaft with the right weight for you.