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In golf, there is often a distance/accuracy tradeoff when selecting equipment. The driver that produces the greatest distance may also be more difficult to control, leading to errant shots. A heavier golf shaft may provide an improved sense of control and cure some of your golfing woes. When selecting equipment, it's always wise to find the shaft that produces the happy medium between distance and accuracy for your game.
All other specifications and factors being equal, a heavier shaft will produce less clubhead speed, and shots will not carry the same distance as those from a lighter shaft. However, a shot with a heavier shaft will also not fly as far off the target line. Opt for a heavier shaft if you have problems controlling the ball.
More clubhead speed also produces more spin on the ball. However, more spin can be beneficial or detrimental. On soft greens, too much spin may suck the ball off the playing surface. Similarly, too much spin to the left or right will produce drastic hooks and slices that will be difficult to keep in the fairway. Opt for a heavier shaft if you already place substantial spin on the ball, or suffer from hooking or slicing.
Tempo and Timing
A heavier shaft likely has as much of a psychological benefit as a physical one. A light shaft may lead you to over-swing, causing you to rush your backswing and throw off your timing. A heavier shaft can help you execute a long, slow takeaway more conducive to a well-struck golf shot. Opt for a heavier shaft if you have a tendency to over-swing or try to "kill" the ball.
A heavier shaft may simply feel better in your hands. Sometimes it's difficult to get a sense of where the clubhead and shaft are during the backswing if it weighs too little. Jack Nicklaus used to talk about being able to feel the location of the club throughout the swing, and how important this idea was to playing well. Despite the remarkable advances in shaft technology, most professional golfers still opt for more traditional, and heavy, steel-shafted irons -- in part for this sense of feel and control. Choose heavier shafts to improve your sense of feel of the club throughout the swing.