I currently have Callaway X-14s with Callaway Firm Graphite shafts, and am about to order some X-20 clubs.
At my club, the assistant pro I am working with is suggesting getting a custom (although factory assembled) shaft, the Royal Precision Project X steel shafts. He says that it has a similar feel to graphite, but will last longer. His suggestion is that with every hit, a graphite shaft starts to build addional flex and breaks down, where steel endures. The Project X shaft, like many other optional steel shafts, has multiple flexes available, including 2 levels in the stiff range, so I would be probably be ordering the more flexible of the two stiff options thinking this would be the closest to a six year old firm shaft.
The thing that makes me a little hesitant is that I also recently bought some used Big Bertha 04 irons with the standard steel shafts. I ended up not liking at all the way these hit, and am the reason I am looking at the new X-20s now. (The trade value is higher than the price I paid for the set). I don’t know how to determine for myself if the reason I don’t like these new irons is due to the steel shaft, the different head design with built in draw, or weight, or a combination of all those—but I don’t think I want the standard uniflex steel again.
So 2 questions:
—Are some of these custom steel shafts similar in feel to graphite
—Would you recommend someone who likes hitting graphite to switch to custom steel, or why not?