Tech On Test: Are Graphite Iron Shafts Worth Trying?

Three readers recently tested Yonex's claims about the benefits of using graphite shafts

As part of our 'Tech on Test' series, three Golf Monthly readers recently tested Yonex graphite iron shafts to see if Yonex's claims about the performance benefits could be proved or discounted

Tech On Test: Are Graphite Iron Shafts Worth Trying?

While iron sets with steel shafts are still found in the bags of most golfers, many of them would actually improve if they switched to graphite shafts. At least, that is a message Yonex stands firmly behind.

The problem it faces in winning those golfers over is a common preconception that graphite shafts are designed for seniors and women only. Or are too soft and uncontrollable, or too expensive.

While it’s true that they can cost a little more – although that price gap is narrowing – the other reasons belong with golf’s many other urban myths.

Graphite shafts in reality are just as controllable, and tend to offer much smoother feel than stepped steel shafts. Just ask the likes of Matt Kuchar or Brandt Snedeker, who both play graphite irons on tour.

Lighter than the steel comparison, graphite shafted irons also tend to be easier to square to the target for those with slow swing speeds or who struggle with fades and slices. Contrary to popular belief, they can also help faster swingers, especially those with a low flight who want to achieve higher launches and longer carriers.

To put these claims to the test, we took three Golf Monthly readers along to Silvermere Golf and Leisure in Surrey for a state-of-the-art fitting with Yonex’s Custom Fit Technician Darren Burgess.

During a 60-minute session he would assess their current models and recommend something new, to see what performance gains they might find when utilising graphite technology.

Central to that happening is Yonex’s EX310 graphite shaft, which is made in-house alongside the heads and grips, giving Yonex greater control on the finished product so that all parts work in unison.

Validating that this makes a real difference was a FlightScope launch monitor, leaving Yonex’s claims no where to hide…

Jake O'Reilly specilaises in equipment coverage, and joined the Golf Monthly team in 2013. Before this he graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Sports Journalism and Media degree, and worked at a number of British golf magazines. Follow Jake on Twitter @jake0reilly