By Paul Myers

Putting a new shaft into your driver is kind of like getting a whole new club. When you get fitted for a shaft that matched your swing just right, you can start to see an improved ball flight almost immediately. Since most of the new drivers on the market today allow you to change out shafts in just a few seconds, it has never been easier to re-shaft your club in an effort to improve performance.

With that in mind – just how often should you be getting fitted for a driver shaft, anyway? After all, just because you can change your driver shaft, doesn’t mean you should. If the performance of your driver is meeting your needs for the most part, why mess with a good thing? It is important to continually strive to improve your equipment, while not tinkering too much at the same time.

Following are three guidelines for deciding when you get your swing measured and your driver shaft performance tested to see if it is time for a new one.

At Least Once a Year

If nothing else, you should make a point of going in for a swing analysis at least once a year, preferably early in the golf season. Things change over time, and even if you haven’t noticed significant changes in your golf game, you might be surprised to see how much different your swing can look from one year to the next. By doing the review early in the year, you will have time to get a new driver shaft (if necessary) and get used to it before the season really gets going. Remember, it will always take some time to adjust to any equipment change, so don’t do it right before an important tournament or club event.

If Things Are Going Wrong

It might be obvious, but you should certainly have your driver shaft analyzed for your swing if you are not getting the results you desire. Even a shaft that was once a perfect fit for you could suddenly not be the best option, so don’t hesitate to have a driving fitting completed when this is the case. A good sign that the shaft might be wrong for your swing is if you are still performing up to your usual level with your other clubs, but the driver is misbehaving. When this is the case, a driver fitting is in order.

Physical Changes

Have you lost weight and gained strength over the last few months? You might be swinging harder, and could need a new shaft to keep up with your new swing. Maybe you suffered an injury and can’t generate the same swing speed that you used to. In either case, a change in your physical abilities is a good time to get re-fitted for a driver shaft to make sure your equipment is property optimized for your game. Golf is certainly hard enough all on its own, you don’t need to play against your equipment in addition to the golf course and the competition.

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