Is a Graphite or Steel Shaft Best for Golf?


The choice of a graphite or steel shaft depends on the player's swing and personal preference. Because graphite is much lighter than steel, graphite shafts tend to impart an extra 2 to 4 miles per hour to a swing, translating to an extra 6 to 12 yards.

Players who prefer steel shafts often choose them because they like the weight of the heavier club or feel they have more control over the club's head. In addition, steel transmits more vibrations up the shaft, which some players find useful. Steel clubs also cost less than graphite. However, players with less physical strength, who have problems with their arms or shoulders, or who just want to get a few more yards per swing could choose graphite clubs.