The Shaft's Spine
When you swing a golf club, the shaft makes the club head move, especially during the powerful downswing. This movement, known as oscillation, can impact the shot. Rotating the shaft correctly helps minimize this motion.
While casual golfers may not notice it, more skilled players, especially those with a low handicap, can benefit from shaft spinning.Every shaft has a spine, a stiffer section than the rest. Spining is the process of finding the optimal bending position - the spine - and ensuring that the shaft performs at its best.Identifying the spine involves finding a stable plane on the shaft and aligning it in the club head to prevent unwanted deviations during the swing.
Once the spine is identified, there are two mounting positions: Clock 9 and Clock 3. At 9, the shaft is mounted so that the main spine points towards the target, providing maximum stability. At 3, the spine points away from the target, allowing for a slightly higher ball flight while reducing club head oscillation without compromising the intended stiffness of the shaft. At Customclubs, we always assume placing the spine at 9 o'clock when selling spined shafts.
It's crucial to note that when it comes to spined shafts, it will affect how the graphics on the shaft appear in relation to how you align the club.