When you watched pro golfers on TV in days gone the golf shafts they used all looked the same.
In the modern game however the story is very different and not only will you see different players using different shafts from all kinds of different manufacturers but also different shafts in different club types and even coming in all sorts of colours.
So to see what golf shafts the best players in the world are using we analysed in-depth the ones being played by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour.
True Temper golf shafts are the most used among the top 100 players on the PGA Tour making up close to 50% of the shafts played with. Mitsubishi shafts are the next most popular in this elite group with 9.9% having those shafts with Fujikura and Nippon Shafts the next most used with an 8.6% share.
Those statistics only tell part of the story however and our detailed analysis also highlighted key differences in the preferred shafts of the pros within different club types.
We found for example different shaft manufacturers being more popular in different types of clubs such as drivers, fairway woods and hybrids with True Temper’s dominance only starting to show when it came to looking at what iron shafts the top pros use.
Therefore we discovered virtually all the top 100 players using different manufacturers shafts in different club types thereby clearly illustrating how precise the world’s best players are when it comes to choosing which golf shaft they use for different clubs.
Breakdown of Golf Shafts Used by Top 100 PGA Tour Players
Take just a quick glance at the golf shafts used by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour across all of their clubs and the detail with which they go when it comes to shaft choice choosing which shaft becomes immediately obvious.
Many players will have at least 3 or even 4 different shaft manufacturers represented in their golf bag and while there are those that stick to one or two shaft brands you can be assured that the flex and weight of different shafts they use varies across different clubs.
To answer the question of what shafts the pros use is therefore a more complicated one than it first seems as all the best pros will carry a variety within their golf bag.
We happily took on the challenge and analysed in detail the golf shafts used in every club played by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour.
And here is a breakdown of the % number of shafts from different manufacturers played with by the top 100 OGA Tour golfers across all the different club types.
|GOLF SHAFT MANUFACTURER||DRIVER||WOODS + HYBRIDS||IRONS||WEDGES|
From these numbers we can clearly see that despite all the huge variety of golf shafts that are available in the modern game when it comes to irons and wedges the top PGA Tour pros have a clear preference for True Temper shafts.
When it comes to drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and utility irons however there is a lot more variance in the makes and models of golf shafts being used by the pros.
Players such as Jason Kokrak, Brian Harman for example are one of a select minority using Accra shafts in their driver with Stewart Cink also joining that Accra shaft user group when selecting the FX 2.0 360 M5 shaft in his 7-wood.
Other niche shaft selections from manufacturers such as Miyazaki, Oban, PING, TPT and UST Mamiya were also found to be more prominent amongst the driver, fairway wood and hybrid shafts used with Bryson DeChambeau being the only player to use LA Golf Shafts across all of his clubs.
Now that we have the overview of the golf shafts used by the top 100 PGA Tour players let’s take a look in more detail at the individual shafts used in the different club types.
Driver Shafts Used by Top 100 PGA Tour Players
When looking at the driver shafts used by the best players on the PGA Tour the attention to detail which they clearly pay when putting together their clubs is clearly in evidence.
We found over 70 different models of driver shafts used by the top 100 PGA Tour players made by ten different manufacturers.
Fujikura driver shafts are the most used by the top 100 PGA Tour players with 28 players using them including Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Louis Oosthuizen. The Ventus Blue 6X and Ventus Black 6X shafts are the most popular individual driver shafts.
Even with Fujikura driver shafts being out in front though the spread of driver shafts across the different manufacturers is much more evident than in any other club type.
Here is a breakdown of the most popular driver shafts produced by the different manufacturers.
|BRAND||DRIVER SHAFT||NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS||SELECTED GOLFERS|
|Accra||TZ5 85 M5||1||Jason Kokrak|
|Aldila||Rogue Black 130 MSI 60 TX||2||Max Homa, Kevin Kisner|
|Tour Green 75 TX||1||Jon Rahm|
|Fujikura||Ventus Blue 6X||7||Jordan Speith, Emiliano Grillo, Matt Wallace|
|Ventus Black 6X||5||Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Daniel Berger|
|Ventus Black 7X||3||Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele|
|Ventus Blue 7X||2||Matt Jones, Lucas Glover|
|Graphite Design||Tour AD DI 6 X||2||Joaquin Niemann, KH Lee|
|Tour AD IZ 6 X||2||Cameron Tringale|
|Tour AD BB 7 X||1||Xander Schauffele|
|LA Golf Shafts||Tour AXS Blu 60 X||1||Bryson DeChambeau|
|Mitsubishi||Tensei AV Raw Blue 65 TX||2||Webb Simpson|
|Tensei CK Pro Blue 60 TX||2||Abraham Ancer|
|Tensei AV Raw Orange 65 TX||2||Carlos Ortiz|
|Diamana D+ 70 TX||2||Brooks Koepke|
|TPT||14 LO||1||Jason Day|
|True Temper||Project X HZRDUS Black 65 6.5||2||Viktor Hovland, Lanto Giffin|
|Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5||2||Martin Laird, Peter Malnati|
|Project X EvenFlow Riptide 65 6.5 TX||1||Billy Horschel|
|UST Mamiya||Elements Gold 6F5||1||Corey Conners|
Any talk of driver shafts also can’t come without a discussion on what flex they are and when it comes to that topic the preferences of the best players on the PGA Tour are very clear.
While different manufacturers categorise the flex of their shafts differently we did not find any of the top 100 PGA Tour players using anything other than a stiff flex shaft or stronger in their driver.
Over 80% of the top 100 PGA Tour Players play an extra stiff or Tour extra stiff golf shaft in their driver. Only a select few players, including Brian Harman, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day use only a stiff shaft. None of this elite group uses a regular flex driver shaft.
And the simple reason for this is swing speed.
The massive distances the best players on Tour are hitting the ball is due largely to the swing speeds they are generating and with swing speeds of 100+ mph being recorded by the majority of the top players this requires a very stiff driver flex to deliver the best results.
[Editor’s note – we also did some detailed analysis on the drivers used by the top PGA Tour pros which you can check out here.]
Fairway Wood & Hybrid Shafts Used by Top 100 PGA Tour Players
The detail which PGA Tour players go into when it comes to choosing the golf shafts for their clubs is again evidenced in the fairway wood and hybrid shafts they use.
Among the top 100 PGA Tour players over 90 different fairway wood models are used with Mitsubishi and Fujikura shafts being the most popular. Graphite Design’s Tour AD DI 8 X is the most used fairway wood shaft with Fujikura’s Ventus Blue 7X, Ventus Black 7X and Ventus Black 8X being the next most played.
Not every PGA Tour player uses a hybrid of course with different players preferring higher numbers fairway woods or utility irons in their place.
For the pros that do however once again, we found a large variety of golf shafts being used.
We found 28 different hybrid shaft models being used by the top 100 PGA Tour players with Graphite Design being the most popular hybrid shaft manufacturer and 7 players using them.
The most used individual hybrid golf shaft among this group was the Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X and Tour AD DI Hybrid 95 X with 3 players each choosing them.
[Editor’s note – if you are interested in what fairway woods and hybrids the best 100 players on the PGA Tour are using you can check out the articles we wrote on this through these links – fairway woods + hybrids.]
What Iron Shafts Do the Pros Use?
Compared to the variety of shafts the best pros choose in their drivers, fairway woods and hybrids when it comes to the shafts the top 100 PGA golfers use in their irons there seems to be much more of a consensus among the players.
67 out of the top 100 PGA Tour players use True Temper shafts in their irons. The Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 iron shaft is the most popular with 23% choosing it and True Temper supplies the 3 most popular iron shafts among this elite group. Nippon iron shafts are the next most common with 16 players using them.
Although there appears to be much more consistency when it comes to the brand of iron shaft the best pros on the PGA Tour are choosing there is still clear evidence of the detail with which they approach the decision of which shafts to put in their irons.
We counted 50 different models of iron golf shaft across 8 different manufacturers and indeed despite the large numbers of pros choosing to play True Temper iron shafts there are still 18 different True Temper iron shaft models being played with by the top 100 PGA players.
Indeed we found players using two different models of shafts within their individual iron sets.
Russel Henley for example chooses True Temper’s Dynamic Gold AMT shaft for his 4 to 6-irons but goes with the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft for his 7 to 9-irons.
As we saw with the longer clubs though once again we did not find any of the top 100 PGA Tour players using regular flex shafts in their irons with the vast majority, over 75% using either extra stiff, stiff plus or Tour extra stiff iron shafts.
Here is a complete breakdown of the iron golf shafts used currently by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour.
|BRAND||IRON SHAFT||NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS|
|Aerotech||SteelFiber i95 S||1|
|KBS||KBS Tour 130 X||3|
|KBS TourV 125 S+||2|
|KBS TourV 110 S||1|
|KBS TourV 120 X||1|
|KBS Tour 120 X||1|
|KBS S-Taper 130 X||1|
|KBS C-Taper 125 S+||1|
|LA Golf Shafts||B.A.D Prototype Rebar shafts||1|
|Mitsubishi||MMT 105 TX||1|
|Nippon Shaft||N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 TX||4|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour130 X||3|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X||3|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 X||2|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour125 X||2|
|N.S. Pro Prototype||1|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour130 TX||1|
|True Temper||Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100||23|
|Project X 6.5||10|
|Project X LZ 6.5||6|
|Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400||4|
|Dynamic Gold X100||4|
|Project X 6.0||4|
|Project X Rifle 6.5||3|
|Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100||2|
|AMT Tour White X100||2|
|Dynamic Gold S300||2|
|Project X Rifle 7.0||1|
|Dynamic Gold AMT S400||1|
|Dynamic Gold AMT (4-6-iron)|
Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (7-9-iron)
|Project X PXi 6.5||1|
|Project X 6.5 LS||1|
|Project X 7.0||1|
|Dynamic Gold X7||1|
[Editor’s note – check out the in-depth analysis we did on the irons being used by the top 100 PGA Tour pros here]
What Wedge Shafts Do the Pros Use?
Looking at the shafts used in the wedges of the best 100 PGA Tour pros it was interesting to note that again while many of the pros kept the same shaft as they used for their irons, especially when it came to the pitching wedge, there was again a big variety of wedge shaft models being used.
True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 is by far the most popular wedge shaft with 37% of the top 100 PGA Tour players using it. The Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 is the next most popular and True Temper shafts account for over 70% of the wedge shafts used by this elite group.
Although far behind Nippon Shafts are the next most common wedge shafts with just over 10% of the wedges used by the top 100 PGA Tour players having them.
Their most used wedge shaft is the N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X.
What was interesting to note also was that the shaft the top PGA Tour pros chose for their pitching wedge matched their iron shafts the vast majority of the time although this trend was less well followed by the pros who chose a specialist pitching wedge in place of a pitching wedge that matched their iron set.
When it came to their gap, sand and lob wedges however the pros frequently started to change the shaft they had used in their irons in preference for less stiff flex models. We still however did not find one of the top 100 PGA Tour players using a regular flex wedge shaft.
Here is a complete breakdown of the wedge golf shafts used currently by the top 100 players on the PGA Tour.
|WEDGE SHAFT||PITCHING WEDGE |
NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS
NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS
NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS
NO. OF TOP 100 PGA PLAYERS
|Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S||1|
|Aerotech Steelfiber i110 X||1|
|KBS Tour 130 X||3||1|
|KBS TourV 125 S+||2||1||1||1|
|KBS TourV 110 S||1|
|KBS TourV 120 X||1|
|KBS TourV 130 X||1||1||1|
|KBS Tour 120 S||1||1||1|
|KBS Tour 120 X||1|
|KBS S-Taper 130 X||1||1||2|
|KBS C-Taper 125 S+||1||1|
|KBS Hi-Rev 2.0||1||1|
|KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 S||1||1|
|KBS Wedge X||1||1||1|
|KBS Tour S+||1|
|LA Golf Shafts B.A.D Prototype Rebar shafts||1||1||1|
|Mitsubishi MMT 105 TX||1|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 TX||3|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X||3||2||3||3|
|N.S. Pro Modus3 Wedge 125||2||2||3|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour130 X||2||3||3||1|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 X||2||1||1|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour130 TX||1||1|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour125 X||1||3||2||2|
|Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Prototype||1|
|PING CFS X||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100||23||10||9||43|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400||16||41||40||43|
|True Temper Project X 6.5||7||4||4||3|
|True Temper Project X LZ 6.5||3||2||1||1|
|True Temper Project X Rifle 6.5||3||2||2||2|
|True Temper Project X 6.0||2||2||2||2|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold S400||3||3||4|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold S300||2||3||2||2|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold X100||2||2||2||2|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold S200||1||1||1||1|
|True Temper AMT Tour White X100||1|
|True Temper Project X Rifle 7.0||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100||1|
|True Temper Project X PXi 6.5||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT S400||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold X7||1|
|True Temper Project X 6.5 LS||1|
|True Temper Project X 5.5||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner||1||1||1|
|True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100||1||1||1|
[Editor’s note – We also researched the wedges being used by the top 100 PGA Tour players which you can check out here.]