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. Here’s what you need to know.
The Breakthrough Golf Technology (BGT) Stability is the putter shaft that changed, well… everything about the putter shafts.
With its wider diameter and multi-material construction, the BGT Stability looks, feels, and performs unlike any other putter shaft on the market. It’s SO different, in fact, that BGT released a second-generation for golfers who thought this putter shaft was too radical (more on that later).
As you might have noticed by now, we’re into things that are different at L.A.B., and we dig the BGT Stability because it:
The other reason we offer the BGT Stability in our upgrade options because of its ability to counter-weight our putters. The balance point of the BGT Stability is 30% higher than a standard putter shaft, so if you’re looking for a lighter head feel the BGT Stability is our best option.
Learn more from BGT about the design of the Stability Shaft.
When you’re choosing between the BGT Stability and the BGT Stability Tour, don’t worry about old technology vs. new technology. Both shafts will accomplish the same thing — minimizing shaft flex during the putting stroke without feeling like rebar at impact.
That being said, there are real differences between the BGT Stability and BGT Stability Tour in feel and appearance.
First of all, there’s no question that the BGT Stability Tour feels MUCH SOFTER at impact than the BGT Stability.
The BGT Stability Tour also looks much more like a standard putter shaft. It’s 13% smaller in diameter than BGT Stability. The stainless steel step that the BGT Stability shaft is known for is essentially invisible in the Tour.
Does that make the BGT Stability Tour better? If you’re looking for a softer feel and slimmer appearance, absolutely.
Learn more about the Stability Tour from BGT here.
Oh, how we love LAGP putter shafts. This multi-material putter shaft uses a combination of space-age materials like ZYLON with carbon fiber to create an extremely stiff putter shaft that feels like the inside of a York Peppermint Patty at impact: gooey… and minty refreshing!
LAGP created this product with The Golf Scientist himself, who’s currently gaming it in his Arm-Lock.
This shaft is available in two weights: LAGP 135 for standard-length putters and LAGP 180 for Arm-Lock putters and Long Putters. It’s also available in Black and White, both of which have a wonderful matte look to them.
Learn more about the LAGP Putter shaft at lagolfshafts.com.
Nothing looks cooler in a Lie Angle Balanced putter than the KBS Tour putter shaft. Both Brushed Chrome (we call it Silver) and Brushed Black PVD (we call it Black) look so incredibly sexy, and neither will cost you a dime. So if cost is a concern, you should only feel good about choosing this shaft.
The KBS Tour is also one terrific performer. No, there aren’t any space-age materials in this all-steel putter shaft, but it feels and performs excellently, which is why it’s quickly becoming the “new standard” in putter shafts.
Last, but not least, you should know that we tip these KBS Tour putter shafts more than most companies to bring some added stability to our putters. And they still feel fantastic.
For Arm-Lockers and Broomstickers: We offer the KBS Gloss Black, which is available in lengths of 34-48 inches. It’s the same shaft design, just longer.
Learn more about KBS Shafts.