Steel golf shafts vs. Graphite golf shafts

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Steel golf shafts vs. graphite

As technology changes, so does our options. Steel was the only option years ago, but now graphite has become the standard material for golf drivers. Where as steel still is most popular for golf shafts in irons, wedges and putters.

Let's talk about the few things to consider when looking at steel golf shafts vs. graphite.

The first graphite shafts that were released on the market were extremely high torque and were tough to hit with accuracy. As the technology has improved so has the performance. Tighter graphite weaves and higher density products have allowed for lighter graphite golf shafts that can be swung with speed and accuracy.

It is very unlikely that you will find any new golf drivers with steel shafts as an option. The added weight can't offer the same distance potential as graphite. The only golf clubs that I would consider having the debate of steel versus graphite for is your irons or even putter.

I currently game a set of irons with steel shafts but have been considering switching to graphite. Although they will be lighter than steel, I am looking at a "heavy" graphite option. The new technology allows golfers to swing their irons with ease and still maintain low torque and head twisting at impact. For irons, I would ask the question, why not graphite?

Steel and graphite are now not the only golf shaft options now available. Newer shaft options such as Grafalloy BiMatrix and UST Frequency Putter shaft combine both graphite and steel. These combination shafts are an attempt to offer the best of both worlds. I have personally tested the Grafalloy BiMatrix and have had good results with torque and accuracy but lacked distance of a pure graphite shaft. Bubba Watason currently plays a combo shaft which works well for his game.

Bottom line...Graphite is king in woods and steel is dominate in irons, putters and wedges.

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Golf grip size and ball flight

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Golf grip size and ball flight?

Let's take a step back and clarify what grip sizes are available.

Undersize: 1/64 of an inch smaller than Standard.

Standard: Baseline for measurements

Midsize: 1/16 of an inch larger than Standard.

Jumbo: 1/8 of an inch larger than Standard.

If you have never re-gripped your golf clubs before...than you have only used standard size grips. Which is very normal.

So, what impact does golf grip size have on ball flight?

Basic fundamental thoughts on grip sizes:

Playing a small grip can cause some players to "over grip" or squeeze to tightly. This type of tension has been known to rob golfers of distance and inhibit the necessary wrist action. On the other hand, if you are using a smaller grip with proper pressure it can lead to overactive wrist movement which can cause some golfers to hook or pull the ball.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you choose a grip that is too large. It can cause reduced feel and make squaring of the clubface more difficult. This typically leads to a push for most golfers.

Do I believe this? Yes, to a certain extent.

The reality is that the large majority of golfers should play a standard grip size. For the smaller percentage of golfers, those that have very large hands or very small. It may be wise to try an undersized grip or jumbo grip to see how it performs or your game.

From my past experience, I have found that some golfers can benefit from a mid-size grip. Playing a slightly larger grip can reduce over active hands and offer straighter drives.

Just like many things golf, it comes down to feel and the golfer. If a standard grip feels too small, try a midsize. If a midsize feels too big try a standard size. Grips are easy to change and can help your game.

I recommend starting with a standard grip like we offer with our BombTech golf clubs. 

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Steroid testing in golf?

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Steroid Testing in Professional Golf??

This Topic seems to be one that has many different opinions, but a topic that seems to turn up every year on many levels. Should the PGA Tour test them or not??

My opinion is simple “YES” contrary to many of the pros opinions that they find it unnecessary and pointless I STRONGLY disagree. Just like any professional sport like Football, Hockey, Basketball etc Steroid provides an advantage not only in strength, endurance, but to me the biggest is Recovery.

To think for a second when an average golfer stands over a 120 yard wedge shot coming out of 4” thick ruff has the same ability as someone jacked on the juice does you are dead wrong, that my friend takes strength and strength many of us lack. But give us a few months and the magic of the Juice and suddenly that same shot is not as daunting. The overall power difference and ability to hit those tough shots becomes a whole different ball game when you have such an advantage along with being able to withstand many days of competitive golf without losing energy just isn’t fair. Now about Recovery it has been proven that someone who takes steroids recovers much quicker than those who don’t, which in today’s layout and FedEx-cup format can be a big advantage.

The bottom-line is just like any professional sport where some seek to gain an advantage over the others Professional Golf should not be held under a different set of rules, and being a sport supported by such high standards no PGA Tour member should have any issues with testing and for those of them who do it begs the question do you have something to hide?

So at the end of the day it is cheating and those that chose to stray from the road of ethics should be held accountable, and those who don’t should have what they have worked so hard to do an even chance at success.

Steroid testing in golf by Matty King

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What golf clubs should you carry?

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What golf clubs should you carry? 

Legally, you can only carry 14 golf clubs. So what 14 are you carrying and what will help your game most.

Each golfer is different in their approach, but you should choose your clubs that will give you the best chance to score low.

My current golf bag 

Driver - 9 Degrees Stiff Flex

3 Wood - 15 Degrees Stiff Flex

4 Hybrid 

4-PW Iron Set - Stiff Flex

52 Degree Gap Wedge

56 Degree Sand Wedge

60 Degree Lob Wedge

Blade Putter

I will rotate out clubs based on the course, the conditions and how my game is feeling on a particular day.  I like to throw in a 2 driving Iron or 1 Iron often when it becomes really windy. On a day that its fairly wet I may swap out some low irons like my 2, 3 and 4 and replace with all hybrids.  I own far more than 14 golf clubs which gives me more options to take on a certain type of golf course and varying conditions I may.

I would love to hear what is in your golf bag and do you carry only 14 golf clubs.

So what is in your bag?

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Thanks for reading.

Tyler "Sully" Sullivan

BombTech Golf Owner and Founder since 2012 

 

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What golf driver loft is best for your game?

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What driver loft is best for your game?

First let me say, each golf driver is different. But many golfers play too little loft because they are use to playing a 9 or 8.5 degree. So what happens when you play too little of loft. More dispersion and less distance. Playing a higher lofted driver helps with overall accuracy and carry distance.

Many tour players have switched from lower lofted drivers to higher due to these factors. Golf driver technology has also changed and loft has become more important than ever.

The Grenade golf driver has a slightly raised center of gravity. This COG was designed to decrease the ballooning effect. This is achieved, but BombTech golf recommends that you play more loft than normal.

The COG placement creates a up and out ball flight that creates a penetrating and accurate ball flight.

So if you are use to always grabbing a 9 degree, try a 10.5 degree golf driver. You will be amazed what it can do for your game.

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