The first thing you need to know is that all putter shafts flex some amount during the stroke. This adds a variable to the putting stroke we’d rather not have. That’s why stiffer is better with putter shafts; the stiffer a putter shaft, the better it should perform. But there’s an important catch. Historically, golfers don’t put XXX-Stiff shafts in putters because they feel terrible and don’t provide good feedback. It’s hard to know where you’re contacting the ball on the putter face when your putter shaft feels like a tuning fork. And that muddied feedback hurts performance.
The good news is that in recent years, putter shafts have changed for the better. Today’s premium putter shafts use new technologies and constructions to radically increase stiffness without compromising the feedback golfers need to putt their best. We’ve spent a lot of time testing all the various putter shafts on the market, and we’ve narrowed it down to a handful of options that will cover just about anyone’s needs. Each of our offerings is a little different.
ACCRA has developed a putter shaft specifically designed to enhance the technical attributes of L.A.B. Golf putters, targeting the importance of a consistent impact position utilizing the benefits of the DF 2.1 and B.2 putter heads. The result is a 140-gram shaft with a stiffer profile utilizing high-modulus materials to maintain feel.
Composite materials enable the design team to optimize the torque, balance point, and profile of the shaft to amplify the features of Lie Angle Balance putters. Only graphite materials enable dramatic manipulations of the specifications with a constant focus on feel.
The Breakthrough Golf Technology (BGT) Stability Tour is the second generation of the putter shaft that changed, well… everything about putter shafts.
Here’s the quick-and-dirty lowdown. The BGT Tour shaft is a multi-material putter shaft that’s been made radically stiff to eliminate torque on the shaft’s Y-Axis. But it doesn’t feel radically stiff. It feels really sweet.
You might be thinking, “Wait, I thought L.A.B. Golf putters were torque-free?” And that’s exactly right. Lie Angle Balance does give a putter head zero torque. But there is a small amount of torque in every golf shaft that the BGT Stability Tour will help eliminate from your stroke.
If you prefer the feel of a steel putter shaft or are not quite ready to upgrade into a carbon fiber putter shaft, we strongly recommend the KBS CT-Tour. It offers the most stability of any steel putter shaft we’ve tested.
The CT-Tour in both Brushed Silver and Brushed Black look incredibly sexy, and neither will cost you a dime. So if cost is a concern, you should only feel good about choosing this shaft.
Last, but not least, you should know that we tip these putter shafts more than most companies to add even more stability. And they still feel fantastic.
Upgrade putter shafts aren’t just for short-putter people anymore. BGT has changed the game with a Stability Tour Long putter shaft to bring radical stability to ArmLock and Broomstick putters.
The BGT Stability Long is made with the same premium materials as the BGT Stability Tour and has been optimized for the needs of long-putter folks. If you’re looking to build the ultimate ArmLock or Broomstick, you’ve found your putter shaft.
The KBS Gloss Black is an all-black putter shaft specifically designed for ArmLock and Broomstick putting styles. What makes it different from the OG True Temper Ski Pole (more on that next) is that it’s a non-stepped shaft.
It’s as smooth from top to bottom as a baby’s bottom. If that’s what you like, this is the one for you.
If you’ve been using an ArmLock or Broomstick putter for awhile, you’ve almost certainly experienced the True Temper Ski Pole. It’s the OG in the long-putter world with an old-school stepped construction that gives it a classic feel.
This tried-and-true option is the only stepped shaft we offer because it feels so dang good in our ArmLock and Broomstick putters.