Bright shiny putter shafts look nice but they reflect sunlight and distract your attention from the job at hand, putting. A basic black shaft is best. Why? Because it essentially disappears from your mind;'s eye and lets you concentrate of putting, Quantum shaft is black, most others are not and that is another reason why Quantum is best.
The putter shaft transmits your putting intentions from grip to head and it should do this without being a detriment to performance. Accordingly it should be Straight and Sturdy instead of Bent or Crooked, it should be Black, and it must be Vectored. Quantum does best in every aspect of putter shafting, other putters not so much.
It is so obvious that a straight shaft is best for precision putting that dwelling on the topic should be unnecessary, but somehow bent and crooked putter Shafts have become common while proper straight shafts rare.How did this happen? Ping started the Crooked Shaft Trend with its Anser Putter back in 1950 and Odysee started the Bent Shaft Trend with the 2-Ball in 2000. Since then others have followed suit. Now because of these trend-setters, almost every copy-cat golf putter offered to golfers today features a performance hindering bent or crooked shaft. We could try to explain why bent and crooked shafts are so silly, but it is easier to show by analogy. Would you shoot pool with a cue like the one shown?.. then why would you putt with a putter like the one shown next to it?? Or would you play baseball with a bat like the one shown?.. then why would you putt with a putter like the one shown next to it?
Flexible Shaft good for Field Clubs but Sturdy Shaft is better for Putters
Your putting intentions are transmitted from your hands to the ball through the putter shaft, and when the shaft is straight your intentions are delivered straight-away. When the shaft is bent of crooked your intentions are disrupted along the way. Without getting too deep into the physics of it all, think of it this way. There is a virtual power vector that connects your hands to the putter head and although you cannot see it, it is perfectly straight. But if the actual shaft is not coincident with this virtual vector, then when the head impacts the ball, a vibration between the virtual and actual runs up the shaft to your hands and that is annoying. Being annoyed is detrimental to precision putting.Putters are like nails. a straight shaft drives true, bent or crooked don't drive well at all.
Which Nail will Drive True?
The Quantum shaft is also sturdy. Flexible shafts are usually made of composite material and they are beneficial on field clubs where high swing speed at impact is the goal, and the whip of a flexible shaft gives a little extra impact speed. But the putting stroke is slow and deliberate and any flex in the shaft is counter-productive to precision. So the shafts of Quantum Golf Putters are sturdy and strong and inflexible and that makes it better than other putters with flexible shafts. Quantum Golf Putters have better shafts and that makes them better putters.
When a perfectly straight shaft connects a symmetrical grip to the center of mass of a symmetrical head, we have a putter that a physicist would call "Polar Balanced". A Polar Balanced object can be spun about its axis (pole) without wobble, like a balanced wheel on an axle. Of course a putter is not a wheel, but when it is miss-vectored, it will wobble when it is stroked. That wobble is detrimental to precision putting (more on this wher we discuss evaluating Putter Stroke). Other putters on the market today are miss-vectored, and that causes stroke wobble. Not so with the Quantum Golf Putter, it embodies a perfectly vectored shaft and suffers absolutely no stroke wobble, That makes Quantum best.
Even it a golf putter has a perfectly straight shaft and a perfectly symmetrical grip and a perfectly symmetrical head, if the shaft does not vector precisely into the Center of Mass of the Head, the putter head will twist upon impact. That twisting will cause the ball to be launched off intended line with adverse lateral spin, and that is obviously detrimental to precision putting (more on this when we talk about evaluating Putter Impact). Other putters on the market today are miss-vectored, and that causes stroke wobble. Not so with the Quantum Golf Putter, it embodies a perfectly vectored shaft and suffers absolutely no stroke wobble, That makes Quantum best.
Precision putting requires a putter that does not wobble during stroke, and does not twist upon impact - Quantum is such a golf putter, others are not