Pandemic golf shaft shortages are becoming the new normal. Well, at least for the next several months. With raw material shortages, manufacturing and transportation shutdowns due to COVID, and loss of some key workers, some shafts are back ordered until January, 2022! And, it is not just limited to shafts. We are seeing backorders of club heads, grips, head covers and more!
Our Proprietary Fitting System
The situation is pretty crazy and each manufacturer has been affected differently. Some companies are short single irons like a 7 iron shaft or 9 iron shaft. Others are short entire flex ranges, like S or X flex.
When it comes to fitting, since we custom build to specific length, shaft weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile (trajectory and spin), we determine the best shaft that gives our customer the tightest shot dispersion, best launch, spin and distance. We evaluate at least 3 different shafts based upon our proprietary Fitting Recommendation. Once we have settled on a shaft, we will contact our suppliers to see if we have any backlog issues. If there are backorders, we go back to the fitting and discuss alternatives with our customer, specifically trying other shafts with similar characteristics.
Our Proprietary Shaft Profiling System
We started capturing shaft profiles in early 2002. We now have over 3,000 unique shafts in our system. If you happen to break your trusted Speeder 757 or True Temper EI-70, we can find you a perfect replacement!
Our system captures 24 different data points about each shaft. If we need to find alternative shafts, we use our Find Similar algorithm to find shafts that have the five (5) most important characteristics and sort them by closeness of fit. We can even tighten or expand the search characteristics to get fewer or more alternatives. We feel confident that we can get matches with 95+% accuracy.
So, trust us to find the right shaft for YOUR swing dynamics, and, if we need to, we can find alternatives!
Here is more on our Shaft Profiling System…