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How to Choose the Correct Golf Club Shaft
The correct choice of your
shaft flex can have a dramatic effect on your game. You will learn the different flex’s available, the swing
characteristics which decide your flex, and why an incorrect flex can hurt your game.
Your choice of the shaft flex can have as big of an impact on
your game as the other equipment decisionsthat you
make. That $500 driver can be the perfect driver for you, but all
your shots may end up in the rough because you chose the wrong shaft flex. That is because the shaft flex is based on your swing characteristics and not the
equipment itself. Read on and we will determine the best flex for
“Flex” is the amount of bend a shaft will experience from the
force of the golf swing. Different types of swings will influence
the bend: you may have a slow and smooth swing or a fast and jerky
You will choose from the
X – Extra Stiff
S – Stiff
R – Regular
A – Senior
L – Ladies
Let’s assess the following swing
Swing speed - Transition from top of swing back
down - Tempo - Follow thru
The proper flex can play a vital role in the alignment of the
club head at impact.
yardage 250 yard
carry Stiff Flex
200 yard carry Senior
<200 yard carry Ladies
Only an extremely hard swing should consider an extra stiff
The other characteristic to consider is the tempo and whether
the swing is smooth or jerky.
Remember that there is no
one factor that will determine your shaft flex.
Let’s now put it all together.
If you are a beginner or buying new equipment then start with
the flex recommended for your driving distance. If you have a fast
tempo and a jerky swing you may consider moving to a stiffer flex. If you carry the ball 250 but have a smooth swing then you might consider a regular
If you already have your
equipment then let’s analyze your tendencies:
You tend to drive the ball to the left. A stiffer flex should be considered (the more flexible shaft may be causing the club
head to impact the ball in a closed position).
You tend to drive the ball to the right. A more flexible shaft should be considered (the stiffer flex may be causing the club
head to impact the ball in an open position).
If you are not sure, then go with the more flexible
By following these guidelines you should be able to determine
your correct shaft flex. If you have the opportunity, attend a demo day where you can try different clubs
with different shafts. When you find a trajectory and ball flight that you are satisfied with, then that may
be the flex for you. As you can see, your choice of shaft flex can be as important as the type of clubs and
balls that you play with.
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