This post was most recently updated on January 22nd, 2022
Many golfers will do many different things to try and get an advantage for themselves on the course. If they can find a way to produce better results and be accurate, most will try different techniques and adjustments.
This article will explain how golf shafts are tipped, how shaft tipping can change ball flight, and what the advantages and disadvantages can be.
What Is Tipping A Golf Shaft?
Getting a golf shaft tipped is when the shaft is cut back (tipped) from the clubhead end, shortening the club and making the tip of the shaft stiffer.
If you tip it from the clubhead end, the club will maintain the same length with a stiffer shaft at the bottom of the club near the ball.
If you cut a club from the butt end then you will make the club shorter and stiffer. If you cut too much length off and shorten the club too much, you will have it stiffer but you might lose distance as well.
What Club Is Commonly ‘Tipped’ By Pros?
It is very common for PGA Tour players to have tipped driver shafts and fairway woods. The average length tipped on tour for drivers is near one inch. Some players do more though.
Tiger Woods cut his driver shaft to 42.5 inches at one point in his career when using a True Temper X-100 steel shaft.
About 90 percent of all fairway woods are trimmed on the PGA Tour. Woods are commonly tipped three to four inches.
Effect Of Tipping A Golf Shaft
Tipping a golf shaft allows players to have more control over their club. It allows players to feel the proper flex and help control their ball flight trajectory.
Making the shaft stiffer helps lower torque and lessens a golfers chances of twisting the club at impact which usually results in bad shots.
Benefits And Disadvantages Of Tipping
- Allows for more control with the club.
- Minimizes the twisting of the club.
- Helps alter ball launch and flight.
- Cutting too many inches off can make a golfer lose distance.
- Not worth it if you are a high-handicap.
How To Cut Golf Shafts?
If you’re asking yourself: “Should I tip my driver shaft?” It’s ultimately up to how experienced a golfer you are and if you think it can help add more control in your game.
Many golfers like the changes from a tipped shaft and others can’t feel much of a difference. Feel free to comment in the queries section regarding your experiences with tipped shafts.
Lawrence Smelser is part of the Golfible editorial staff and is a freelance golf writer. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour and most recently the 2019 Masters. He holds a journalism Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas