Whether you are just getting into the game of golf or are an experienced pro, deciding between a set of irons with graphite or steel shafts can be overwhelming and confusing.

Here, we’ll cover the differences between steel and graphite shafts, the pros and cons of each, and how to choose the right golf shaft for your ability level and goals. Golf Courses Sydney


Generally, there are two main types of golf shaft to choose from: graphite or steel. Your fairway woods and driver will almost always feature a graphite shaft.

So, the real choice comes when you are choosing between a graphite and steel shaft for your irons. In the past, low-handicap golfers and professionals used to use steel shafts, while beginners leaned toward graphite shafts. However, today it is entirely a personal choice.

To help you choose, we’ll look closely at the traits of graphite and steel shafts and the pros and cons of each type.


Ultimately, the choice between a steel or graphite shaft will come down to your skill level, how the club feels to you, how much money you want to spend, and personal preference. However, there are some general tips that can help you choose between a graphite or steel shaft.

Steel shafts are often recommended for:

Players with normal to high swing speeds who are looking for additional control

Golfers who want a more responsive club

Golfers who want reduced twisting

Players who want a shaft that has more weight and less flex

Players looking for a less expensive club

Graphite shafts are typically recommended for:

General players

Golfers who struggle to generate high enough swing speed to make the most out of a steel shaft

Golfers with arm, shoulder, or hand problems or other injuries

Elderly golfers

Players looking for a wider range of colour and flex choices

How To Choose the Right Golf Shaft Flex

When choosing a golf shaft, it is also important to consider the flex – the shaft’s ability to bend during swings. The flex of the golf shaft will greatly affect distance, direction, and control, making it essential to choose the right shaft flex.

Beginners often opt for a shafter with higher flexibility, while players with high, powerful swing speed will benefit from a more rigid staff with less flex.

What If I Pick the Wrong Shaft?

If you end up choosing the wrong shaft, you will probably notice right away. Whether the ball doesn’t go as far as it should or you lose control, you’ll know if a club feels off.

The club may also feel “dead” if it is too stiff or heavy. Or, the club may feel too weak or soft for your preference and skill level.

Final Thoughts on Choosing Between a Steel or Graphite Shaft

Every golfer has unique abilities and preferences. If possible, test a wide range of shafts to discover which one is ideal for you.

If you have more questions or would like personalised advice on choosing between a steel or graphite shaft, please feel free to reach out to me. I also offer Online Golf Coaching, Remote Video Analysis, and a variety of other tools to help your golf game. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, I’m here to help you improve your skills and get the most out of your golf game.