What Does Tipping a Shaft Do? – Golf Myths Unplugged

What is Tipping and Why Would You Do It?

“Tipping” a shaft refers to cutting it from the tip end (where the club head goes) prior to installing the head.  It’s done with the intention of making the shaft feel and perform as if it were stiffer.

As always, we wanted to know if this does what it’s supposed to or if golfers are mutilating shafts to no effect.

The Myths

Myth #1 – Tipping a shaft changes the feel

Myth #2 – Tipping a shaft will reduce spin

Myth #3 – Tipping a shaft will reduce launch angle

Myth #4 – Tipping a shaft will improve accuracy

How We Tested

For this test, we brought together five golfers with handicaps ranging from 10 to +3.  Each player hit five drives with each of three shafts.  One shaft was untipped, one was tipped 1/2″, and one was tipped 1″.  The shaft used was the Nippon Regio Formula B.  Each shaft was built to the same finished length and swing weight.

All testing was done at and with the help of Club Champion

The Results

Tipping a shaft unequivocally changes the feel.  All five of our testers noticed a difference, though some were more sensitive to it than others.

Despite not knowing which shaft they were testing, each one identified the feel as you would expect: the untipped version felt the softest, the 1″ tipping felt the stiffest.

If you like the shaft you’re playing but want a stiffer feeling, tipping it should deliver the desired result.

Tipping a shaft, just like choosing a stiffer flex, does not guarantee lower spin.

As our players moved from the untipped shaft to the 1/2″ tip to the 1″ tip, two of them did see lower spin.  However, two of them registered their highest spin numbers with the most heavily-tipped shaft.

Interestingly, the two players who saw a spin reduction from tipping were our two slowest swingers.

The result here is probably predictable in light of the myth above.  Tipping a shaft does not guarantee a lower launch angle.

Only one of our testers produced his lowest launch angle with the 1″ tipped shaft.  Two players launched that same 1″ tipped shaft the highest.

There was no clear correlation between swing speed and how the tipping affected launch angle.

You can’t buy accuracy with a stiffer shaft, and you can’t get it by tipping your shaft either.

None of our testers saw the 1″ tipped shaft stand alone for accuracy, though two were equally (or near equally) accurate with the 1″ tip and the untipped shaft.

Two of our testers – one of our slower swingers and one of our faster swings – were significantly less accurate with the 1″ tipped shaft than either of the other two shafts.


If you want a shaft to feel stiffer, tipping it will get results.  However, tipping (just like playing a stiffer shaft) is no guarantee of lower spin, lower launch, or greater accuracy.  If you’re interested in maximizing your distance off the tee and hitting more fairways, the best approach is to work with a high quality club fitter.

The Data

Matt Saternus


  1. If the tipped shafts feel stiffer then does this mean they will produce different CPM value as well?

    • Matt Saternus


      We didn’t measure the CPM, so I can’t say for sure. Our primary interest was in what the golfers felt.



    • I work in golf repair. Tipping a shaft a half inch does indeed make the CPM higher on the frequency analyzer. Only by about 5-10 CPM. Which translates to roughly 1/4-1/2 of a flex. Different depending on shaft obviously

  2. Milton Taylor

    That was a great article! Really informative and cool to know the facts. That’s good work Matt.

  3. Hello Matt,
    Great info. Finally tipping issues are put to rest. I do have one question. Most shafts that is built for fairway woods are tipped 1/2″ to 1″. Does that change feels well? I was told different answers on this.

    • Matt Saternus


      Based on what we found, I think there would be a substantial difference between installing a shaft in any club without tipping, with 1/2″ tipping, or with 1″ tipping.



  4. Wouldn’t this be dependent on the type of shaft though? Some shafts have soft mids that get firm by the tip, and others are firm mid with softer tips.

    • Matt Saternus

      Interesting question. I don’t have a definitive answer. My guess is that tipping may be more noticeable in some kinds of shafts and less noticeable in others, but that’s only a guess.



  5. Typically, you are tipping to get a desired flex. For instance tipping a Regular flex 1″ to play as stiff. So in this instance you took the sa.e shaft and just untipped or tipped so naturally that would change it but would have been nice to see how the Regular stood up to 1″ tipped versus stiff untipped. Thanks

  6. How can you take three shafts, cut 1/2″ off one and 1″ off another and end up with three shafts the same length?

  7. Hi Matt,

    Great info as always. Please could you advise in your opinion. A Hzrdus Smoke yellow Small batch 6.0TS 60g tipped by 0.5”, would that play closer to a standad X flex s or closer to a TX Flex. Appreciate your option. Thanks

  8. What was the desired overall length of the shafts used

  9. Playing a shaft that has too much flex can, & usually does, result in low draws & toe hits. Does tipping a shaft reduce this effect?

    • Matt Saternus


      Just as a softer shaft does not always produce hooks, the effects of tipping can’t be known for certain in advance.


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  11. Interesting article. I’ve heard a lot of myths about tipping a shaft, and this article clears up a few of them.

  12. I play a Prolaunch 70gr (S) shaft in my driver.
    I’d like to increase the torque “just a bit”, if I tip the shaft 1/4” can I achieve this w/out changing other characteristics of the shaft?

    • Matt Saternus


      You don’t get to pick and choose what changes when you tip the shaft, unfortunately. Tipping it should make it feel slightly stiffer.


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