Yes, unless you're a pro. A hobbyist does not have the swing control necessary to adjust to the difference required for each shaft. The extra flex in a graphite shaft will require a different swing. Playing Golf well requires good repetition of proper swings.
You want graphite in your woods and perhaps in your Hybrids. Graphite in irons can be spooky as in sometimes the ball will go long and sometimes short. It is more difficult to control the distance with graphite iron shafts. Steel is more predictable.
Graphite shafts transmit fewer vibrations up the shaft to the golfer's hands than do steel shafts. This might be good or bad, depending on your skill and your desire. You might want that added feedback that steel shafts offer - or you might be tired of your hands stinging so much on mis-hit shots. The biggest and by far most important difference between steel and graphite shafts is this: graphite shafts are lighter than steel shafts. So clubs that have graphite shafts will be lighter than otherwise identical clubs that have steel shafts. The difference in weight between graphite shafts and steel shafts will translate, for most golfers, into an additional 2-4 mph of swing speed with graphite. And that could mean an extra 6-12 yards of distance with a graphite shaft, compared to a steel shaft. Steel shafts are less expensive than graphite, so the same set of clubs will cost less with steel shafts than with graphite shafts. Steel shafts were once considered much more durable than graphite. That's not s
I would recommend graphite shafts for kids. Kids have slower swing speeds, graphite shafts are more flexible and give a higher launch than steel, and graphite shafts are a lot lighter.
It depends. Generally steel shafts are used for irons and wedges whereas graphite shafts are used for woods and hybrids. If you have a slow swing speed or struggle to get the ball in the air, graphite shafts are ideal. Graphite shafts are ideal for women, juniours and seniors.
For irons, steel shafts are better- unless you struggle to get the ball off the ground, in which case you should use graphite. Steel shafts are used for irons because graphite shafts are quite expensive and iron heads are relatively heavy- steel shafts are also heavy and even out the swing weight. Graphite is used for woods and hybrids because their heads are light and you can get the most distance from them.
It depends on the butt size of the steel club and how wide the graphite shaft butt is. It is not really ideal to mix the composition of shafts in this way as it will drastically affect the swing weight. Yes it is true there are matrix shafts which have steel and graphite but these have been specifically designed for their purpose and work well. You would be best going and getting steel shaft extensions they are cheap enough.
Depends, graphite would be ideal, however regular steel shafts could also be a possibility.
Yes, graphite shafts are far superior to steel shafts in terms of distance.
Some golf clubs are made out of graphite. Golfers prefer graphite shafts rather than steel shafts because the ones made out of graphite are lighter. This leads to further shots and more yards.
Graphite shafts are perfectly smooth and usually very colourful. They are also a lot lighter. Steel shafts are stepped descending down the shaft, they are a lot heavier and they are a shiny metallic colour. When you see the two, you'll know.
Young children should really use graphite shafts, they help them get the ball in the air easier and they are a lot lighter than the steel ones. Any clubs I have seen designed specifically for children have graphite shafts. When they get a bit older and stronger say 13-14 they may be able to move on to steel, because their swing speed will have increased and they are a lot stronger. Girls however tend to stay with graphite as they have slower swing speeds and the graphite shafts help get the ball in the air.
Graphite clubs shafts "transmit fewer vibrations up the shaft to the golfer's hands than do steel shafts" as compared to steel clubs shaft are less expensive and they are more durable than graphite. As Kelley states "Quality graphite shafts will last as long as you do so long as they are not chipped, cracked, or the laminate-seal is not peeling. Steel shafts will last forever so long as they are not bent, rusted or pitted" (Kelley). Graphite clubs are lighter compare to steel clubs. Source: Kelley, Brent. "Steel vs. Graphite: Which Type of Club Shaft Best Suits Your Game?" About.com. 2010. 10 March 2010 <http://golf.about.com/cs/componentscustom/a/steelvsgraphite.htm>
Yes, they can. However steel shafts that are long enough to be a driver shaft are very uncommon, this is because they are so heavy and not as good as graphite ones. If you find a steel shaft that you would like put into your driver you will need to check the tip diameters are the same and your local pro or clubmaker should be able to do it for you easily.