Playing golf requires dedication and practice to be able to be good at the sport. You also need to invest both time and resources to build the armory that will help you get better. Buying a golf club and equipment can cost a lot of money, which is why it’s essential that you have enough knowledge when buying golf shafts.
Here is a guide to help you out:
1. Know the shaft flex
The most important thing you need to consider when buying Mitsubishi golf shafts is its shaft flex. The term flex is the ability of your golf club to bend during the swing. This has a direct effect on the distance and direction of the ball. Your choice of shaft and its corresponding flex should depend on your swing. If you have a fast swing, you should choose a shaft with less flex. If you still need to work on your swing, you might want to get a shaft with more flex.
Here are the different types of shaft flex with their corresponding Mitsubishi golf shafts:
● Ladies flex (L) – Tensei Blue 55, Grand Bassara Trade Fairway
● Senior flex (A) – Tensei Blue 55, Kuro Kage Iron
● Regular flex (R) – Tensei Blue 55, Kuro Kage Silver Core TiNi
● Stiff flex (S) – Tensei Blue 55, Diamana X Series
● Extra stiff flex (X) – Tensei Blue 55, Diamana X Series
As a general rule, beginners and those still working on their swings should pick a shaft that provides greater flexibility. If you prefer a stiff shaft, the Tensei and Kuro Kage are the best options. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Diamana has wide range of profiles, such as low launch or high launch, and has variable shaft flex depending on what you want to achieve in your game. Check out this video on the Mitsubishi Diamana here:
2. Material and weight
You should also check the weight of the shaft. The weight of the shaft highly determines the total weight, including the club. The weight of the shaft varies depending on the material it’s made of. Most Mitsubishi golf shafts are available in iron or graphite shafts. The model of the shafts such as Grand Bassara have both an iron and graphite version. Here are the different materials used in making shafts:
● Steel shafts – These shafts are stronger and more durable. There are two types of steel used in making steel shafts: carbon and stainless steel. If you want control and precise movements, it’s best to choose steel shafts. Usually, intermediate and expert golfers use steel shafts.
● Graphite shafts – Graphite shafts are lighter compared to steel shafts. However, because of its light composition, it tends to have greater flexibility. It’s also more expensive than steel shafts. If you’re looking for power and more speed, choose a golf shaft with graphite material. Mitsubishi golf shafts are famous for their graphite shafts technology.
● Mixed materials shafts – A single shaft can be made out of different materials, like a combination of steel and graphite shafts. An area of the shaft can be made out of steel to provide stability and lesser vibrations, and the other areas most likely near the head to provide flexibility to generate better swings. If you’re looking for a shaft with a combination of materials, choose the Mitsubishi Tensei CK since it’s made out of 11 different materials.
Every shaft regardless of its materials has its torque. Torque is defined as the amount of twisting the golf shaft can handle when it is swung in the air. A high torque rating means it’s more prone to twisting. On the other hand, a shaft with a lower torque rating means it can resist the twisting of the shaft.
Different materials of a golf shaft also have different torques. However, for users of graphite shafts, torque should be one important factor to consider. Compared to steel shafts that are manufactured to have materials distributed equally along its entire length, graphite shafts have a different composition across the length of the shaft. Certain positions on the shaft will have variance in terms of stiffness and fiber strength so that some parts would experience more torque than other portions of the shaft.
As a general rule, the recommended range of torque for graphite shafts is between 3.5 to 5.5. A higher torque rating than 5.5 would cause the club to be more open, making your shot shorter to your target. On the other hand, a 3.5 torque rating can result in low shots, which is not appropriate if you’re hitting a distant target.
The Diamana Series has less torque, ranging from 1.9-3.7. The Tensei and Kuro Kage series have torques ranging from 3.5-5.5, while the Grand Bassara and C6 series have the highest torques, which can reach up to 11.8.
In choosing the right shaft, you also need to consider its length. Make sure that the shaft is installed first before testing if the length is just enough for you. To check, stand up straight with your hands on the side. Ask someone to measure the distance between the middle finger and the ground. Choose the length of the shaft that is just around the same length as your base length.
You can also choose the length of the shaft based on your game. If you’re working with far holes and you need distance, choose a longer golf shaft. On the other hand, if you’re working on hand control, choose a shorter shaft.
Most Mitsubishi golf shafts have a standard length of 46 inches, from the Diamana, Kuro Kage, Grand Bassara, and Tensei series. The OT series has 42 inches in length.
Your choice when buying a Mitsubishi golf shaft should be dependent on your game and what you’re trying to work on. Golf is a complex sport where you have to think of distance, control, and speed. Following this guide on choosing the right Mitsubishi golf shaft for you will make a significant difference in your game.