Golfers have plenty to think about when choosing a new driver. That seems to increase every year after technological advances continue to change the game in ways not imagined a short time ago.

Some of the characteristics of a golf club you need to be aware of include: club head size and shape, loft, face, offset (if any), center of gravity, moment of inertia, and on and on.

It’s easy to get confused with all of that, and it is also easy to forget another important aspect of any club: the shaft. Shafts have come a long way since they were made with wood, and the wrong one can absolutely negatively impact your swing.

We are concentrating on drivers, the club where shaft selection has the most variety, specifically for players with swing speed of 100 miles per hour or greater. Since there is a positive correlation between swing speed and handicap, we are talking golfers who are above average, which is closer to 90 mph.


At A Glance: Our Top Golf Shafts


So this will be the best shafts for golfers with a handicap of less than 10, perhaps even a bit closer to 5. To put it another way, a driver swing speed of 100 should produce drives of around 240 to 250 yards. Finding the right shaft is not an exact science, but these golfers typically would need a stiff flex shaft. Here are some of the best choices.

OUR TOP PICKS

Aldila Quaranta Sapphire Graphite Wood Shaft, Stiff Flex - 51g .335 Tip
Best Overall Value
  • Very lightweight
  • Responsive yet stable
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Project X New HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.0 60g Driver/Fairway Shaft Stiff Flex
  • Trusted name
  • Great match for fast tempo
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Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 60 .335 Graphite Wood Driver Shaft - Stiff Flex - 66g
Best Budget Choice
  • Nice price
  • Plenty of carbon fiber intertwined
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Accra FX 2.0 200 Series 260 Driver Shaft + Adapter & Grip (Stiff - M4) (Taylormade M3, M4, M5, M6, SIM)
  • Custom made
  • Mid-spin and launch angle
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Accuflex EVOLUTION LITE 60 Gram NANO Long Drive Shaft 46' .335 - L,A,R,S,X or 2X Flex (S)
  • Great for long drives
  • Low spin and launch angle
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Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI Driver Shafts 70g - TS Flex
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Consistent performance
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Fujikura Motore X F3 6 Stiff Shaft + PXG Driver Tip + Grip
  • Firm tip and mid-section
  • Stable
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Matrix OZIK X5 White Tie 50 Driver Shaft + Adapter & Grip (Stiff) (Callaway Epic, Rogue (All Models))
  • Customizable for different club head makers
  • Built to order
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Graphite Design TOUR AD BB-6 Driver Shaft with Installed Adapter & Grip (Taylormade M1/M2, Stiff Regular - 63gr)
  • Highly customizable
  • Fits several different club heads with included adapter
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UST New 2018 Proforce V2 Wood Golf Shaft (Choose Weight and Flex) (75 Gram, F5)
  • Inexpensive
  • Medium launch angle
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Top Golf Shafts


Aldila Quaranta Sapphire

Aldila Quaranta Sapphire Graphite Wood Shaft, Stiff Flex - 51g .335 Tip

With more stability in the butt end, and more responsiveness in the middle and tip, the Quaranta Sapphire from Aldila is a beautiful combination of strength and stability.

Its price tag is almost half of the Rogue Silver 130 we will discuss below, but offers considerably more than half the performance.

This is a very lightweight shaft that produces a lower and flatter ball flight that many good golfers crave. With so much emphasis these days on high launch and low spin, low handicappers often get left in the cold. Not here.

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Responsive yet stable
  • Ion plated finish meshed with carbon fiber

Cons

  • May be too light for some tastes
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Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black

Project X New HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.0 60g Driver/Fairway Shaft Stiff Flex

Even some avid golfers may not have heard of Project X, but most know of True Temper, the maker behind this brand.

True Temper has been the industry leader in shafts for irons for decades. That kind of trustworthiness carries over to this shaft for drivers.

Created not just for fast swing speeds, this shaft is intended for those with a fast tempo. That means a shorter and/or faster backswing with an aggressive follow through.

It is designed to help promote both low spin and low launch.

Pros

  • Trusted name
  • Great match for fast tempo
  • Low launch good for many low handicappers

Cons

  • Some may not care for the low spin combined with low launch
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Mitsubishi Kuro Kage

Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 60 .335 Graphite Wood Driver Shaft - Stiff Flex - 66g

Certainly the Kuro Kage shaft from Mitsubishi is not quite the high quality you will find in other shafts presented here. No need to pretend differently. But it still offers plenty to like at a decent price.

In the tip is a combination of titanium and nickel wire that helps provide greater stability at impact. This shaft also has less resin filler than many shafts, providing the opportunity for more carbon fiber.

Pros

  • Nice price
  • Plenty of carbon fiber intertwined
  • Stable at tip

Cons

  • Low spin produced not ideal for everyone
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Accra FX 2.0 200 Series

Accra FX 2.0 200 Series 260 Driver Shaft + Adapter & Grip (Stiff - M4) (Taylormade M3, M4, M5, M6, SIM)

There is a great deal of flexibility with these shafts and we don’t mean in stiffness. We mean these are custom made to each golfer’s needs.

Included there is Accra’s S3 technology, a way to provide three different launch angles and spin rates. Here, the 200 Series is great for mid-launch and middle of the road spin, a good choice for swing speeds around 100 mph.

The 200 Series also comes in three different weights, 50 grams, 60g, and 70g.

Pros

  • Custom made
  • Mid-spin and launch angle
  • Made to fit for many different driver brands

Cons

  • Fitting wrench not included
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Accuflex Evolution Lite

Accuflex EVOLUTION LITE 60 Gram NANO Long Drive Shaft 46' .335 - L,A,R,S,X or 2X Flex (S)

This shaft is specifically made for golfers who seek both low spin and low launch angle. That is true to the point that longer versions of Accuflex are used quite a bit in long drive competitions.

That may not be a good fit for a wide array of golfers, but if you create a big load on the backswing and then release the club late as many big hitters do, you will love it.

Pros

  • Great for long drives
  • Low spin and launch angle
  • Composite materials mean shaft does not deform

Cons

  • Only good for very specific type golfers
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Aldila Rogue Silver 130

Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI Driver Shafts 70g - TS Flex

If price is no object, you might want to reach for this shaft, another beauty from Aldila, one of the best shaft manufacturers in golf.

What Aldila calls graphitic carbon fiber is a lightweight and strong material that helps reduce shaft deformation in the swing. That helps make this one of the most stable shafts in golf, a great advantage for faster swing speeds.

Its Micro Laminate Technology helps reduce the number of dead zones in the shaft, increasing the consistency of your drives.

And the Ion Plating coating is an expensive process that fuses the finish instead of just painting it on.

Little wonder this is such an expensive shaft.

Pros

  • Lightweight and strong
  • Consistent performance
  • Sturdy finish

Cons

  • It is expensive
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Fujikura Motore X F3

Fujikura Motore X F3 6 Stiff Shaft + PXG Driver Tip + Grip

The F3 version of this shaft is made for smooth swingers. Just because a golfer swings with a smooth tempo does not equate to a slow swing speed. It’s all about taking it back smoothly, then gradually increasing speed through impact.

If you are a golfer with a more violent swing, a different F1 version of this shaft is a better fit.

The F3 has a firm tip along with a firm mid-section. That helps produce both a mid-high launch and mid-spin rate.

The Motore X is designed to combine torsional strength for stability with an accelerated taper for greater distance.

Pros

  • Firm tip and mid-section
  • Stable
  • Good for distance

Cons

  • Might not be firm enough for some fast swingers
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Matrix OZIK X5 White Tie 50

Matrix OZIK X5 White Tie 50 Driver Shaft + Adapter & Grip (Stiff) (Callaway Epic, Rogue (All Models))

Unlike others on this list, this shaft from Matrix is designed for a high launch angle with low spin. That is often a combination good for slower swing speeds, but it can be a bonus for a certain golfer in our category.

This shaft will be great for those golfers who, with a little help getting the ball airborne, could launch some truly prodigious drives.

Pros

  • Customizable for different club head makers
  • Built to order
  • Great for distance

Cons

  • High launch and low spin appeals to a narrow subset of fast swingers.
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Graphite Design Tour AD-BB

Graphite Design TOUR AD BB-6 Driver Shaft with Installed Adapter & Grip (Taylormade M1/M2, Stiff Regular - 63gr)

A custom built and ready to play shaft sold directly from Tour Shop Fresno, this shaft comes with the adapter sleeve and grip already installed.

All you have to do is attach it to your favorite driver club head and you are ready to play.

Pros

  • Highly customizable
  • Fits several different club heads with included adapter
  • Comes with Tour Velvet grip

Cons

  • A number of club head manufacturers are left out
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UST Proforce V2

UST New 2018 Proforce V2 Wood Golf Shaft (Choose Weight and Flex) (75 Gram, F5)

This is another budget option that tries to be all things to all golfers. That can be a recipe for mediocrity. This shaft is kind of heavy at 75 grams and can be had in three different stiffness ratings.

It’s not the best shaft but you can find worse, especially at this price.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Medium launch angle
  • Several different options

Cons

  • Too heavy
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Materials

The first golf shafts were made from a variety of hard woods, such as ash, but usually whatever was available locally. Eventually, hickory proved to be the wood of choice, gaining wide acceptance sometime in the mid-1800s.

Golf clubs made a dramatic leap forward with the introduction of steel shafts. These steel shafts struggled to gain ground until they were made light enough and accepted by golf’s rules makers in the late 1920s.

Graphite shafts came along roughly five decades later, taking hold as the most popular choice for drivers by 1980. Steel shafts continue to be the most popular choice for irons.

Graphite is a form of carbon, of course, but club manufacturers have been experimenting with another form, carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is easily incorporated into a composite shaft blended with steel.

Color

While the color of your shaft may seem like a silly thing to be concerned with, it can have an effect on your swing. Notably, we are talking about a negative, as glare from the sun bouncing off your shaft can be disconcerting.

Manufacturers have become quite clever in this regard, as there are shafts that change to a darker color when viewed by the person holding the club. The darker shade for the golfer leads to less glare.’

It certainly isn’t the most important thing to think about for golf shafts, but color should not be ignored.

Stiffness

Here we arrive at the key aspect golfers need to be aware of when it comes to driver shafts. The stiffness of a shaft is typically tied to the swing speed of each golfer. The faster the swing speed, the stiffer the shaft should be.

You can find a variety in stiffness of shafts, but here are the most common terms you will see.

  • Ladies, for swing speeds of less than 75 mph
  • Seniors, for 75-85 mph
  • Regular, for 85-95 mph
  • Stiff, for 95-105 mph
  • Extra Stiff, for greater than 105 mph

Two things of note here. Those swing speeds and the associated stiffness are not set in stone. Second, swing speeds of 100 mph are firmly within the range of stiff shafts.

That said, some golfers with a 100 mph swing speed might fare better with a regular stiff shaft.

Also, senior and ladies are common monikers but not necessarily confined to those golfers. Many female golfers exceed 75 mph and could do well with either a senior or regular.

Senior golfers can have a wide range of swing speeds. While age catches up to us all eventually, it does not do so at the same rate for all golfers. Some seniors can still swing it at 100 mph.

Extra stiff shafts are almost always best left to the very best golfers, including touring pros.

Three Shafts We Like

If not for the high price, the Aldila Rogue Silver 130 might well have been our choice for best overall value driver shaft. Instead, we chose another shaft from Aldila, the Quaranta Sapphire, which offers many of the same benefits but at a much lower price.

The Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black driver shaft comes from the makers of True Temper shafts. That’s a name that has been a leader in the industry for a long time. That kind of stability makes this our choice as most reliable driver shaft.

Many of the choices on this list are relatively high priced. That’s not surprising since most golfers with 100 mph swings are serious about the game. That said, we need a budget choice. We’re going with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage, which not only has an affordable price tag, but a great name and good performance to boot.