Autoflex golf shafts are not just brightly colored and attention-grabbing. They have created quite a stir in the world of golf.
But what’s behind the popularity, performance, and success of these golf shafts?
Let’s take a closer look.
Autoflex Golf Shafts and “KHT”
Autoflex golf shafts are produced by Dumina Company in South Korea and are made with what the company calls “KHT” or “Korea Hidden Technology.”
Just what exactly is this “KHT” remains a secret. But what we do know about Autoflex shafts is that they are remarkably flexible and remarkably light.
These shafts and their “KHT” are much lighter than other shafts with equivalent shaft flex. This greater flexibility and lighter weight produces less CPM, or “cycles per minute.”
CPM is a measure of how the golf club shaft oscillates through the swing and contact.
When the golfer swings the club, especially through transition, on the downswing, and on contact with the ball, higher CPM ratings result in a club that is less consistent.
Autoflex golf shafts, with their remarkably low CPM ratings, are extremely consistent, enabling longer, straighter, more accurate drives.
This is because the higher the CPM rating, the more the club head wobbles. Even a little bit of “wobble” can produce off-center strikes that rob the swing of power and accuracy.
The wild thing about these golf shafts is they seemed to come out of left field. They were produced by a relatively obscure company - not one of the golf world’s heavy hitters, like MCA or TaylorMade.
That, perhaps, has contributed to the mystique, but it is a mystique that lives up to the hype.
The Performance of Autoflex Golf Shafts
With respect to these Autoflex golf shafts, there is more than just a low CPM rating.
These shafts are actually able to accommodate golfers with an amazingly wide range of swing speeds - from 150 MPH to as low as 65 MPH.
They’re not simply designed as long driver shafts, either. Because they offer such a lighter weight, they enable golfers to swing faster and harder without straining.
This, in turn increases club head speed. These shafts are engineered to automatically optimize energy transfer, at both high and low swing speeds.
The result is that golfers can swing faster and more consistently without straining, which optimizes energy transfer for higher ball speeds, and optimizes consistency for longer, straighter drives and tighter control of shot dispersion.
Golfers that have played with Autoflex golf shafts have generally agreed that they swing smoothly, offer good feedback, produce a mid to high-launch profile, and offer surprisingly good forgiveness.
But what else have we learned about the performance of these shafts now that they have been around for over a year?
Well, while praise has not been universal, the majority of players that have used these shafts agree that the claims made about these shafts are largely true.
Namely, they produce greater ball speeds and longer, straighter drives, without requiring the golfer to change his or her form, swing harder, or strain. Notably, it’s been said that these shafts can deliver results like these to golfers of all swing speeds.
Something that’s really impressive about these golf shafts is that a large number of golfers who practiced and played with them remarked that the shafts felt whippy when handling them.
However, many of the same golfers observed that the shafts don’t react in a whippy fashion when swung and that moreover, this extra-flexible nature even helped some golfers smooth out the tempo and transition of their swings.
Admittedly, there have also been some others that don’t buy what the Autoflex offers and remarked that they noticed no improvements - justifiably engendering a bit of bitterness, especially considering the ambitious price tag of these golf shafts.
Nonetheless, enough golfers have lauded the performance of Autoflex golf shafts that they have remained a hot ticket item in the game and are still generating a lot of buzz.
With all of that said, we recommend you don’t just jump into an investment in Autoflex golf shafts without working with a fitter and seeing firsthand what, if anything, they can offer you.
Come Work with a Fitter
If you’re interested in learning more about what Autoflex golf shafts offer and think they might be for you, come meet us in our retail location in Dallas and work with one of our professional golf club fitters.
We will take your measurements, observe your swing, and make specific recommendations. It’s also the best way to get familiar with a variety of different shafts before making a decision one way or the other.
It could be that Autoflex shafts may be able to help you improve your swing speed and control shot dispersion - but there’s only one way to find out.
If you have any questions before visiting, get in touch with us at 800-955-9550.