Best Driver Shafts 2023
Our guide to the best driver shafts on the market to ensure you're maximizing potential off the tee
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Best Driver Shafts
Choices used to be few and far between when it came to driver shafts - there will be some who even remember a time before graphite - but nowadays, the options seem endless. And it’s worth investing some time into making sure you find the right one for your game as it’s an extremely important component in how the driver performs.
It’s no longer just a case of choosing the stiffness you’d like and going on your merry way. For your unique swing, it might be that you require something lighter for the specific head weight, or even a shaft that has a certain ‘kick point’ that will optimize your launch conditions. Whatever it is, make sure and do your research and ideally test some out before committing to what is a big decision.
In this guide to the best driver shafts, our aim is to give you exactly that, a guide, that will hopefully help you make the most informed decision you can. And while you're here, you might also want to check out our guides to the best golf drivers and the most forgiving drivers on the market. Or, if you're new to the game - first of all, welcome - why not cast your eye over our list of the best golf drivers for beginners.
Best Driver Shafts
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Fujikura Ventus Black shaft
This shaft has been designed to tighten shot dispersion and maximize ball speed, no matter the strike location. The Ventus also features Fujikura’s all-new VeloCore technology in an ultra-stiff tip option.
Additionally, the shaft is a multi-material construction, making it extremely strong and stable through impact for the optimum in smash factor. But it retains the feel thanks to the straight taper design and 40 Ton bias layers.
As a result, it's a really versatile product and should suit a lot of swing types. Another added benefit is that this shaft is available as one of the custom options when purchasing one of TaylorMade's Stealth drivers (opens in new tab). For more on this, check out our guide to the best TaylorMade drivers available right now.
Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green shaft
The Smoke Green is the stiffest HZRDUS shaft yet, having been designed to reduce spin for the fastest swingers. Using Hexcel’s HexTow HM63, Project X has engineered a shaft that delivers the optimum in stability.
For those who want to make a statement, the Smoke Green also comes in two different colors – the traditional Smoke grey and a sleek Gamma PVD green. With its vivid green looks and stable profile, the HZRDUS Smoke Green has affectionately been nicknamed “The Hulk”. If you like how the Project X HZRDUS shafts feel, it might also be worth checking out our guide to the best Callaway drivers as they come as standard.
Mitsubishi Diamana D+ series shaft
This shaft, of which there are many in the D+ series range, has a traditional balance point to maximize target performance and is stiff-tipped for those looking for a combination of lower launch and spin. Obviously, to achieve this, there is a load of technology hidden within. A multi-dimensional interlay means carbon fibre can be layered in different directions, allowing for specific bend and torsion characteristics to be achieved. In simple terms, it means they can tailor shafts easily and efficiently to various swing types.
Additionally, Mitsubishi’s proprietary Block Copolymer technology allows for hard and soft polymers to be fused together to create a shaft that is extremely durable without sacrificing feel. We really enjoyed this mixture and could feel the energy transfer boost compared to other models. It's also one of the most popular shafts on tour, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Paul Casey all putting their trust in a variation of this model.
Aldila Rogue Silver shaft
Aldila shafts have always been among the best, with the brand continuing to innovate to provide golfers with superior performance and consistency. The matte and gloss finish gives the Rogue Silver shaft a premium look to match the brilliant launch and spin characteristics on offer.
By using advanced aerospace material, Aldila has been able to create slightly thicker walls towards to butt-end of the shaft, meaning the balance point could be raised for lighter swing weights and therefore greater clubhead speed and distance. It's a stock option in one of the best Cobra drivers in recent memory - the LTDx. (opens in new tab)
Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange shaft
Mitsuibishi’s Tensei CK Pro Orange expands the CK Series. It features a multi-material design that incorporates more performance-oriented materials than the brand has ever used in a shaft.
Using a counterbalanced design, this first-of-its-kind bend profile for Mitsubishi has an extreme tip-stiff to provide added versatility for the stronger player. It also incorporates the same Carbon Fibre/DuPont Kevlar weave found in the butt-section of all Tensei CK shafts – providing enhanced stability and maximum feel. The tip section is reinforced with MR70, Mitsubishi Chemical’s strongest carbon fibre, delivering lower torque and excellent control. As an added benefit, the Tensei shaft is available as a stock option in the Ping G425 driver, which is one of the best Ping drivers ever released.
KBS TD Driver shaft
A new entry into this market, the KBS (Kim Braly Signature) TD is lighter than the renowned brand’s iron shafts and means KBS is now able to fit shafts to every club in a golfer’s bag.
We found it to have the same classic KBS feel that we’ve become accustomed to, with the specific features making it ideal for those who want to really max out their distance. The combination of mid launch and low spin means players of all swing speeds will be able to fulfill their potential off the tee.
In addition, it’s also very stable so will give amateurs the ability to tighten their dispersion and therefore increase their confidence. It's the ideal accompanying shaft for one of the best golf drivers for mid handicappers.
Aldila Rogue Black shaft
Building off the success of the previous model, Aldila’s latest Rogue Black shaft offers excellent performance and consistency through the use of advanced carbon fibers. In particular, the 130 M.S.I carbon fibre is extremely strong and stable, something we felt when testing.
Another aspect that makes it one of the best driver shafts is that it’s a mid-high launch shaft that offers mid spin, making it extremely versatile. Most swing types will find this product helps them flight the ball efficiently. With its higher balance point, there is also the potential for lighter swing weight options, meaning golfers can really maximize the distance they can hit the ball.
Mitsubishi Diamana DF shaft
In the Diamana DF series, Mitsubishi fused two of their most tried and tested tour-proven profiles - Blue Board and White Board - to create a shaft that is strong, stable and lower launching.
While more costly, the pitch fibre used in construction is superior to the traditional carbon fibre and offers outstanding strength and energy transfer to its users. We noticed there was very little shaft deformation when watching back on video, which plays a big factor in being able to hit the ball straight.
Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow shaft
Another from Project X’s brilliant HZRDUS line, the Smoke Yellow is perfect for golfers with a smooth tempo who like to flight it lower. It’s a counterbalanced shaft meaning additional mass can be added to the head for greater ball speed.
But it will also suit those who like to swing more aggressively thanks to the firmer mid-section than featured in the original HZRDUS Yellow. This also means it offers plenty of stability, which aids consistency, and we could all do with more of that.
For those who want to combine the performance benefits of the Smoke Yellow shaft with one of the best Titleist drivers on the market, it comes as a stock option in the TSi4.
Accra RPG Tour shaft
One of the most popular driver shafts among the best players in the world, the Tour RPG is Accra’s most technologically advanced golf shaft ever. And it’s not just suitable for the elite, it’s a highly playable offering for a wide variety of golfers.
It’s available in two designs and several distinct weights, adding to the shaft’s versatility, with all featuring a similar profile to ensure maximum energy transfer. In total, nine composite materials have been used in production, making this the smoothest feeling and most stable shaft Accra has created. Put simply, the RPG Tour enables golfers to control their launch and spin while increasing clubhead speed through its optimal CG design.
Autoflex Golf Driver Shaft
The Autoflex caused quite the stir when it came out because of promises of extra distance, the pink look and 'Korea Hidden Technology'. The pink shaft was tested by some of the world's best players and it seems most users do indeed get an increase in ball speed and distance. How? Well the shafts are incredibly light and whippy but the shaft and clubhead still manage to keep up when approaching impact, even for those faster swingers. The shaft does not follow conventional regular-stiff shaft measurements either because the shafts are built upon how fast you swing the golf club. Finally if the pink is not for you, you can also get the shafts in a rainbow design.
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Things to consider when purchasing a driver shaft
Here are several things you may need to think about when looking at driver shafts;
Choose a shaft too flexible and you’ll overpower the club, causing it to whip round too soon, making misses high and left more common, and the club generally hard to control. Choose a shaft too stiff and you will inevitably swing a touch slower and consequently struggle to square the face at impact, causing you to miss more shots low and right.
The general rule is the faster you swing, the stiffer your shafts should be and given we swing our fastest with the driver, this makes the shaft a factor in performance. For more detailed information on this, check out our video on 'should I use regular or stiff shafts in my golf clubs (opens in new tab)?'
A shaft too heavy and too light will also have an impact on your driver performance so it is important to get the right weight for you.
A lot has been said about Bryson DeChambeau using a 48-inch driver for more distance of late but in amateurs the length of driver shaft is important because it is more likely to impact strike pattern. A longer shaft hinders consistency and the strike is usually more towards the heel, whilst a shorter shaft often produces a strike more towards the toe.
Kick point is where the shaft flexes the most. A club with a high kick point should produce a lower trajectory and help players who lose distance from a high, spinning flight, while a low kick point will launch the ball higher. Because stiffer shafts need more power or a more efficient action to work at their best, they usually feature higher kick points to help players control their ball flights.
A word most associated with cars, torque is also something you should know about in driver shafts. In the golfing context torque is all about resistance to twisting, so a shaft with a low torque measurement will have greater resistance and the opposite is true for a high torque measurement.
As a result high-speed players, and ones who draw the ball may prefer low torque, whilst slower swingers and slicers of the golf ball may prefer higher torque models. That being said every player releases the club in a different way and at different speeds so testing may be required here.
The easiest way for you to gain a lot of understanding around driver shafts and which will be best suited to you is through custom fitting. Fitting experts will be able to see how fast you swing and cater a driver shaft to your swing speed, along with the other factors we mentioned here.
What shaft is best for my driver?
The answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors but first we would always recommend going to see a professional fitter because they will be able to guide you to using shafts more suitable for your game. What we have found is when asking this question to fitters, they often say that people should use their current driver shaft as a baseline. If shots tend to be low and little spin, then they would recommend trying a softer flex, whereas if shots are ballooning, try a stiffer shaft. If you're caught between two flexes, you can “tip” a softer flex to make it stiffer in the tip section. As far as particular model goes, this would require the expertise of a professional fitter because every single golfer is so different.
What driver shaft is most used out on Tour?
Whilst information on shafts is hard to come by, we believe the most used driver shafts come from Fujikura and two of the most popular models are the Ventus Blue, and the Ventus Black.
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
- Sam TremlettSenior Staff Writer
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