You know that $300, $400 or $500 driver you just bought?
The “stock” shaft it came with might be a piece of junk.
Here’s why: during the product development process, manufacturers always keep the final retail selling price in mind (likely as a sticky-note on the designer’s computer).
Manufacturers know which retail prices work best with consumers (and they definitely know how much profit they want to make)…
So, they source the club’s materials and components (clubhead, shaft, grip, etc.) to, “make the numbers work.”
Clubheads use up most of this “budget,” so clubmakers are often forced to “skimp and save” in other places, including cutting corners on the shaft.
Here’s what the respected (and unbiased) club testing website, MyGolfSpy, had to say about it…
“The reality is that [the stock shaft] is engineered to a price point and is seldom up to any given company’s aftermarket standard. It might be good…just not good enough.”
Wait, it gets worse...
Even if you spent good money to replace your “stock” shaft with an aftermarket shaft…
Some of these shafts – even the really expensive ones made by some of the biggest shaft makers in the business -- have SERIOUS quality control issues.
For example, if you bought 10 supposedly “identical” shafts from certain major shaft companies, they could vary by 15% in flex and by 8 grams in weight!
Plus, traditional shafts have a seam-like “spine” which (hopefully) is oriented in the optimal position when the shaft is installed in your club.
The problem is, when you change lofts on your adjustable heads, you’re also changing the spine orientation and, therefore, the shaft’s flex point.
What’s the result of all this variability and inconsistency?
You’re giving up a LOT of precious distance and accuracy.