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Fat golf shafts perform better for most people for no other reason than the fact that they have less torque. Torque is the amount of twist that a shaft has, usually measured in degrees. Because of the larger diameter, it is much harder to twist a fat shaft than a standard diameter shaft. Standard shafts usually have a tip diameter of about .355 and a butt diameter of .600. Fat shafts usually have a tip diameter in the .535 range with the butt tapering to .600.