DENVER, Colorado (Jan. 15, 2021) – GOLFTEC, the world leader in golf improvement and club fitting, has released an in-depth analysis of stock versus aftermarket shafts featuring VP of Instruction, Nick Clearwater, and Director of Teaching Quality and long-drive competitor, Brad Skupaka.

“If you’re buying a new driver, these are the things you need to know,” says Clearwater in the beginning of the video. “Everything you need to know to make a good buying decision so your club doesn’t end up on Ebay or in your garage collecting dust.”

“On the surface, shafts look the same,” adds Skupaka. “Most people can’t tell the difference because the stock and aftermarket shafts are painted to look nearly identical. But even though they look the same, they can be very different shafts. Mostly in the materials used in their construction. They used to make it easier to differentiate. The best thing you can do is go to a club fitter who understands the differences.”

Clearwater and Skupaka walk the viewer through multiple variations of stock and aftermarket shafts, detailing the differences between them. Some subtle, some not. They look at how shafts were painted/presented in the past compared to modern-day shafts, and how the OEM’s are changing shaft options moving forward. For the majority of golfers, getting fit into a stock shaft might be the best option.


Since 1995, GOLFTEC has become the world’s largest provider of golf lessons and premium club fittings, operating more than 200 corporately-owned and franchised Training Centers in all major U.S. cities, Canada, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

A top employer of PGA Professionals, the company’s 700-plus highly-trained coaches leverage leading-edge technology for a completely fact-based approach to instruction, practice and club fitting. 

GOLFTEC’s leadership position in golf improvement is augmented by its SwingTRU Motion Study – the largest ever conducted on golf swing mechanics.

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