Golf Shaft technology is one thing that often seems like a Rubik’s Cube to me – so many options/variables to consider. Well, maybe this app might help.
It is the Fujikura golf app by one of the of the most advanced makers of golf shafts in the industry today.
Honestly it’s the first “golf shaft” app I have ever downloaded but I’ve already learned quite a bit from this app (available for Andriod and iOS). See download info at the end of this article.
One of the 1st things you notice about it is all the cool stuff that is there for you. You have icons (or sections) for: Shaft Standards, Driver Fitting Tool, Instructional Golf Tips, Dealer Locater, Fujikura Products, Fujikura YouTube, Fujukura on Tour (Their Twitter Feed) and Settings.
Shaft Standards gives a very nice overview of 3 key components of golf shaft technology. They are shaft flex, shaft torque and tip flex and butt flex. Just watching some of these quick videos. I learned quite a bit. For example, did you know there is no industry standard for the amount of “torque” a golf shaft has?
The section I was most interested in was the “Driver Fitting Tool.” It brings you through a kind of mini-wizard to help you select the most appropriate shaft for your golf swing. First you select “Load” (select from Smooth, Medium or Strong) Basically this is where your wrist break (or unhinge) on the downswing.
Once you have that selected you move on to “Shaft Weight.” If you have a smooth load and want to increase your distance you would want a lighter shaft. I would say this is probably most appropriate for the mid-handicapper. However, as they mention on the site: “Ultimately, shaft weight must be fit properly to your strength and swing tempo.” Makes total sense to me.
Next you select your “Launch.” You can choose either low, medium or hi. So if you hit your tee shot like a baseball line drive (which is a low launch) you might need a medium or hi launch if you want a higher ball flight.
Finally your select “Angle of Decent.” This is one criteria I was not that familiar with. It means the steepness in which the ball drops to the ground after hitting it’s apex. Basically how much roll do you want after hitting the ball.
Once all these are selected (and they have a nice video to help explain each) you are then presented with some shaft options. Think about it. How much better is this than just buying off the rack? This way you’ll be MUCH closer to finding that golf shaft that will be appropriate for your unique swing characteristics. Actually, I’m now looking at buying some (just) club heads off Ebay and getting some Fujikura shafts to fit them.
If you look under “Fujikura Products” you can see all the products for woods, hybrids and irons. They also include some nice “Instructional Golf Tips” videos (about 10 of them) to help you become even more consistent with your new Fujikura shafts.