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Choose the Right Golf Club Shaft Flex

Choose the Right Golf Club Shaft Flex

How to Choose the Right Golf Club Shaft Flex

Increase you basic golf knowledge. How to choose the right golf club shaft flex; and what exactly is flex?

Let’s face it, golf is complicated and its equipment can be daunting. So, we’re trying to make things a bit easier by discussing some of “so-called basics.”

Here’s a section on golf club shafts and how to choose the correct flex and why it matters. But if you want some help in buying online at 2nd Swing Golf, contact our golf equipment and fitting professionals here.¬†

First off, what is “flex?” The flex is a kind of¬†rating system used to gauge a golf club shaft’s ability to bend during the swing. And all shafts flex. The general thinking is that a player with a faster swing will need a shaft with less flex. Conversely, a player with a slower swing needs a shaft with more flex.

Flex most often is rated as (X) Extra Stiff, (S) Stiff, (R) Regular, (A) Senior and (L) Ladies.

There's a lot of shafts to choose from, so choose well.

There’s a lot of shafts to choose from, so choose well.

Flex recommendation:

Determining the proper shaft flex for an individual is essential when making the right club purchase.

The two most common shaft flexes seen in clubs are regular and stiff. When trying to determine the proper flex, it’s important to ask a certified golf club fitter — such as 2nd Swing Golf’s — the amount of carry that they get from a particular club or what club is used from 150 yards.

When determining the proper shaft flex for your game, first off figure out the distance of carry for your 5-iron or whatever club you use from 150 yards. The chart below then is a guide in making the proper decision. (The chart assumes shots are taken on a calm day and a flat surface).

Also, remember there is some “overlap” in choosing flex and other factors to consider, such as skill level, ball flight and distance-versus-accuracy preferences.

Understanding the proper flex at impact with the ball is a key to selecting the right shaft.

Understanding the proper flex at impact with the ball is a key to selecting the right shaft.

Recommended shaft flex:

Below, separately take into consideration flex; driver swing speed and club used from 150 yards.

  • X-Stiff; 105-plus, pitching wedge.
  • S-Stiff; 90-104, 8- or 9-iron.
  • R-Regular; 80-94, 6- or 7-iron.
  • A-Senior; 70-85, 5-iron or less.
  • L-Lady; 70 or less, 5 iron or less.
Shaft flex comparison chart, understanding how to choose the right golf club shaft.

Shaft flex comparison chart, understanding how to choose the right golf club shaft.

 


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