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Information on Ping Golf Shafts

By Heather M. J. Emerson

PING is a world renowned golf company. It was started by Karsten Solheim in Redwood, California during the late 1950s and a multitude of professional golfers, such as Bubba Watson, Ryan Moore and Lorena Ochoa, use PING. For both amateurs and professional who use PING, choosing the right golf shaft is important to their game. PING manufactures two types of golf shafts: graphite and steel, each with its own characteristics.

Graphite Shafts

Graphite PING golf shafts help reduce vibrations that can occur once a golfer strikes a golf ball; they are also lighter in weight compared to steel shafts. According to Golf Equipment Source, graphite shafts are generally used by beginners because they are more flexible and forgiving, but they tend to lose distance. Depending upon a golfer's preference, the golfer can choose between soft, regular and hard flex graphite shafts.

Steel Shafts

According to Golf Equipment Source, steel shafts are less expensive and last longer compared to clubs fitted with graphite shafts. Steel shafts are also heavier than graphite shafts and, according to Tyler Pringle of American Golf, steel shafts are catered to golfers with a faster swing and those who want to feel vibrations, also known as "feedback," to know where the ball struck on the club's head. Like graphite shafts, PING steel golf shafts also come in soft, regular and hard flexes.

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