Steel vs. Graphite

Steel vs. Graphite

Post by Harry Ki » Thu, 18 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Aside from price differences, can anybody give compelling
argument(s) for using either graphite or steel?

thanx,
harry

 
 
 

Steel vs. Graphite

Post by Dwight Williamso » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00


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> Aside from price differences, can anybody give compelling
> argument(s) for using either graphite or steel?

Steel tends to be much more consistent from shaft to shaft (although I
understand that some filament wound shafts approach steel in consistency).
Steel is much more durable, you have to be more careful in your handling of
graphite shafts to avoid scratches and nicks that can cause shaft failure.
This is obviously personal, but I find that a steel shaft, especially a
stepless shaft like the Brunswick Rifle, is more visually appealing, YMMV.

OTOH graphite shafts can be made much lighter that steel. If you need that
lightness due to slow swing speeds or the desire to build ultra-long clubs
graphite may be a better (only?) option.

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Steel vs. Graphite

Post by R.J. Brodnic » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Aside from price differences, can anybody give compelling
> argument(s) for using either graphite or steel?

> thanx,
> harry

Graphite shafts reduce some of the vibration of impact and create less
"wear and tear" on the body.  Some say that this is a difference in feel,
so it could be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your preferences.
I'll argue that everyone must use what's right for them.

Rob

 
 
 

Steel vs. Graphite

Post by James Galleg » Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Aside from price differences, can anybody give compelling
>argument(s) for using either graphite or steel?

>thanx,
>harry

IMO, "graphite" shafts come in many flavors that steel can't match.
Only recently, with the advent of Sensicore and the Rifle are steel
shafts starting to (try to) mimic graphites as far as shock dampening
qualities.  Steel is heavier (on average) than composite shafts albeit
more durable.  Steel rusts, graphites crack and break, there are
drawbacks for each type.

I've read here on r.s.g. that there are as many steel shaft supporters
as there are composite shaft supporters.  And in recent times, with
the release of market-busters like the Burner Bubble woods, many
players are now hybrid club users i.e., steel mixed with graphite in
their bags.

Me, I prefer graphite (for now).  The shafts are lighter so I am much
less fatigued after walking a round (remember, if you carry your bag,
the weight is less given the same amount of clubs).  Mis-hits don't
hurt as much either.  My clubs are all 1" to 1.5" over length compared
to steel and my distance and accuracy have also improved.  What can I
say?  I'm a sucker for technology.  Hey, if it's there and you can
afford it, why not take full advantage of it?  You know it's getting
cheaper all the time!

The secret to selecting the right shafts for your bag is being
patient, doing research (because there must be a gazillion
possibilities as far as matching shafts to your style) and finding
someone to put it all together for you correctly.  In the past, people
would stray away from graphite technology because the shafts were
"whippy".  Not anymore!  Some graphite shafts are so stiff, hey remind
me of reebar!