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We chat to Darren Burgess from Yonex about the advantages of a graphite shaft over a steel shaft in irons and which type of golfer would benefit from making the switch
The advantages of graphite shafts over steel
While sets of steel shafts are still commonplace in the bags of amateur golfers, many of them would actually improve their iron play if they switched to graphite shafts.
Many have a pre-conception that graphite shafts are too soft and too expensive, not to mention the loss of man points should you be seen using a set. While it's true, graphite shafts do tend to be slightly more expensive than steel, this gap in price is narrowing quickly. To highlight this, Mizuno offer graphite and steel for the same price in their new JPX EZ line, encouraging golfers to make the switch.
Graphite shafts are generally much lighter than steel, which should make them easier to swing for those with slow swing speeds or that lack strength, like lady and senior golfers.
But use shouldn't be limited to these demographics alone. With Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker playing graphite shafts on the PGA Tour and swinging the club much faster than most amateur golfers, clearly better players can benefit from graphite shafts too.
One key advantage of graphite shafts over steel is the feel. As Darren Burgess from Yonex aptly demonstrates in the video above, the steps in a steel shaft actually create more vibration than graphite at impact. Not only will this reduce feel but it could also reduce control.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x