American Golf Clubs and Japanese Golf Clubs

American Golf Clubs and Japanese Golf Clubs

There are two kinds of golf clubs on the market, Japanese version and American version. Some common golfers may have little knowledge on their differences. Here I’d like to analyze the features of Japanese version shaft and American version shaft. I hope it is helpful for you to choose the right shaft when you consider changing your golf clubs. This article is based on the standard shafts on the markets, not referring to any customized shafts.

The world’s largest market of golf clubs is America. So many big golf brand companies are based on United States. As familiar with us, Callaway golf clubs company, Ping, Taylormade and cleveland are created in U.S. Because United States is the largest market, many golf equipment manufacturers mainly target to expand sales in U.S. Hence the mainstream golf clubs are dominated by U.S. regulations. The statures of Americans have the innate physical differences with that of Asians. Some golf equipment manufacturers develop new products on the basis of American statures. Japan is the third golf markets in the world, which lead to some golf clubs manufacturers, make some Japanese version clubs to meet the need ofJapan golf market. That resulted in so-called American Standard shaft and Japanese Standard shaft.

Basically, this is generated by the difference of sales objects. At the same time, it proves golf is a personal sport. Golf clubs manufacturers are not able to sell clubs with unique standards and specifications to all the golf players’ wide world, so it is necessary to do some adjustment according to different users.

In that case, golf clubs consumers are able to know the advantages of the golf clubs in different areas.


Difference in Weight

Generally speaking, weight difference is an apparent specifications difference, which is a very straightforward impression to golf users. Too heavy or too light does not work, so that weight is an important setting. Because Asians and Americans differ in size and physical fitness, the weight of the American standard golf clubs is heavier than Japanese version golf clubs, among10gto20gor more. So on the basis of Japanese regulations focus on lightweight design. If Asian golfers all played withU.S.regulation clubs, maybe more than half of them would have been automatically surrendered. And it is also very prone to injuries. 


Difference in Length

Length influences the performance of golf clubs a lot. Too long or too short clubs can not help your playing. GenerallyU.S. regulations golf clubs is shorter than Japanese regulation golf clubs by about 0.25 ” to 0.75″. Because Asian golfers are not as good as Western golfers in physical strength, a longer golf clubs can get better distance effect. And Asians are more sophistical and hardworking than Americans, so they are easier to control long clubs.

Take golf drivers as example, the American drivers is now mainly 45 ” in length and Japanese version drivers is 45.5″. There are many Japanese brands made drivers more than 46” long. The 0.5 ” length difference has a significant impact on the operation. It is a sensitive operational factor. But nowadays, long golf clubs begin to be a trend for distance. Taylormade released R11 series and Callaway Golf Clubs Co. released Callaway razr x series. These new released golf clubs are generally longer than former products.


Difference in Shaft Brand and Flex

Shaft is a very important part for a whole golf club. Asians are more sensitive and dedicated than Americans. Many people can’t get too much feel when hitting American golf clubs, but they can get a nice feel by hitting Japanese versions. Excepts for soft shaft, the bending and rebound are also easy to be felt. Because Asian players’ swing speed is relatively slower, their shaft are accordingly softer and lighter, to pursue the best distance and trajectory.

Generally American version shaft weights more than 120g. True Temper Dynamic Gold R300, S300 (125g ~ 130g weight) are mainstream American shafts. However Japanese versions are mainly True Temper Dynamic Gold R200, S200. (115g more or less) Recently Japanese steel shafts are mainly fitted with NS PRO 950 Shaft, weighing less than 95g. So NS PRO 950 Shaft is very popular with Asian golf players. But Japanese golf clubs are more expensive. does not charge extra cost for different steel shaft for Callaway golf clubs. I can’t help to recommending this site to all of you. Golfers who are used to shop golf equipments online may consider this site.

Properly selecting golf clubs could be said to be a science. The Japanese version golf clubs cost higher than American version clubs by 20% at least. So choosing online shopping must be a good choice. As we all know, there is a price advantage. The best way is to test in pro store in advance and buy it online. 

Golfclubshot is a golf fan, 25 years old. He loves music, sports and travel. Like many young people, he spends a lot of time on surfing on Internet. He is strongly interested in anything new and strange. As an editor of, he writes most on golf news, golf clubs reviews, famous golfers, golf playing skills and tips for selecting suitable golf clubs.

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