In 1932, an amateur golfer missed a putt. But this was no ordinary missed putt – it was nothing at all like the countless missed putts that happened before and have no doubt happened after.
This time, the golfer believed it was the golf ball’s fault. And this time, he was right.
After taking the golf ball to a hospital and actually having it X-rayed, he determined that, in fact, the golf ball was at fault. Its core was off-center.
That event teed off Titleist Brand Golf Company, which for nearly 100 years has been producing some of the finest golf balls, club heads, and equipment in the sport.
Today, Titleist produces some of the most respected club heads in golf, including but not limited to the TSi1, TSi2, TSi3, and TSi4 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids.
What Titleist doesn’t directly make is golf shafts – but a quality club head deserves a quality shaft. Regardless of what you choose as your Titleist driver shaft, it matters.
Effects of Stiffness on Range, Accuracy and Shot Dispersion
While there’s a lot of emphasis on the fact that putting needs to be accurate and precise, don’t lose sight of the fact that there would be no putting if you couldn’t drop your ball on the green. Drivers make up much of the distance, so while control and precision and critically important in putters and putter shafts, they’re equally as important in Titleist driver shafts.
On that note, it is of the utmost importance that you select a shaft with a stiffness rating that allows for consistency, range, accuracy, and control of shot dispersion. Shaft flex is perhaps the one rating that has the greatest effect on all of these factors.
Shaft flex directly affects trajectory because flex affects the angle at which the club-head will impact the golf ball. Generally speaking, more flexible shafts create high-trajectories and greater shot dispersion. That is, the more flexible the shaft, the higher the ball with the fly, and the more your shot placement will open up.
Many golfers would be frustrated by this since precise shot placement is critical to developing proficiency. For this reason, golfers with higher swing speeds generally prefer stiffer shafts, specifically shafts that have high kick points and are stiffer through the midsection and shaft tip.
However, despite these attributes, which might seem like drawbacks, players with slower swing speeds may appreciate more flexible shafts because it enables them to reach greater distances.
Length and Weight
The length and weight of your chosen Titleist driver shaft will also affect your abilities on the golf course. Weight is one factor that also gets overlooked, but if a shaft is not properly weighted for your personal abilities, it can, like shaft flex, affect your performance.
Signs of a shaft that is either too light or too heavy include:
● Difficulty reaching greater ranges.
● Inconsistent ball flight or shot dispersion.
● Difficulty developing proper form or making consistent contact
● Inadequate ball speed.
Length also affects performance, although it is easier to measure the fitness of golf shaft length, simply by taking measurements.
In fact, in order to ensure that a Titleist driver shaft is well suited to your abilities, it’s worth your while to work with a professional team for golf club fitting services to help you avoid the errors that can be caused by improper shaft length, weight, flex, and other factors.
Visit Dallas Golf Company at DallasGolf.com to learn more about their online club fitting services and give them a call at 800-955-9550. It’s also worth your while to visit their store in Dallas where you can take them up on their golf club fitting services so you can be confident you’re practicing and playing with the best possible shafts for your drivers.