Buying new irons - the importance of the shafts October 11 2015
Many people contact us as they are buying new clubs and we give them the best advice we can. It can be hard given we don't know enough about their game but some basics can help us. Your height, build, handicap an swing speed with a driver allow us to get a feel for if you are big bruiser like Dustin or a control player like say Zach. But as many people will tell you thats not the perfect way to make the choice that matters with clubs. The best way is to hit them. And remember if you are within easy reach of us here we do have the facilities for you to try stuff out.
Many golfers think that the choice with irons is pretty much as follows - stiff v regular shafts and then game improvement v players clubs. This is a gross simplification and one which is only ever so useful.
It is fair to say that the shafts are the heart of the club and are by far and way the most important aspect of getting clubs that suit you. They are very boring to look at but one set with a light weight shaft and say a heavy Project X shaft really are very different clubs. The same lofts will launch differently and the ball will spin differently. Believe me the choice is not just stiff v regular. That problem is compounded by the fact that the labels stiff and regular are not a universal objective standard. For example Project X 5.5 (often called regular) are nearly as stiff as KBS Stiff shafts. Also if you take a project X 6.5 (so popular as these are Rory's preferred shaft) and put them beside a Ping CFS X Stiff shaft the Project X's are substantially heavier and although they have a similar stiffness the Xs always feel stiffer to the player.
As for game improvement irons that label alone makes me people run away from an iron set. The name suggests that you are basically crap. So silly given that world class players think nothing of having them in their bag. Lee Westwood plays Ping and had a combination of i20 and G20 irons and he rated number one in the world for accuracy for many years. Blades and players clubs suit some but the more forgiving cavities suit others. Many people will read this and say I am wrong and that they have to have blades/forged to shape the ball. All I can say to that is hahahahahahahaha. Thats an old view and if you pick up a Apex iron or Rsi iron you will immediately see how this distinction has become blurred to the point of being irrelevant. Try a club, like the club, use the club.....its not really that hard.
So buying online with all these different options has to be wrong. Well no. Its not. Buying used gives you the safety of knowing that if you don't in fact get on with the club you haven't probably lost that much money. Everyone reading this will have bought a driver from shots in a hitting net and regretted it at some stage. Take the wrapper off and you error is very expensive.
Further buying used from a company that offers a no quibble 14 day return service is pretty much the best way in my eyes. Sure if you have the resources go to a world class club fitter do it. We recommend Jason McNiven @ Golf Principles. He leaves no stone unturned to get you the right fit. Be prepared to invest and the product you will leave with is going to be stunning. As I am sure you can guess we take both advice from Jason and trade in's from his business.
When the stuff comes from Jason it is a bargain for many of our clients. We know where it came from and we also know that it offers a step up in terms of shaft quality from the normal stock shafts. We can advise you on these feature shafts as best we can but then its on you. Buy them try them and if for whatever reason - they are not for you simply send them back and we will refund you. Remember that after you have played with them - not just hit twenty shots in a net with only the 7 iron. All it will cost you is the cost of sending the box back........