The flex of the shafts in your golf clubs is an important but often-overlooked element in your success on the course.
What’s a golfer to do with so many choices? First, one must decide whether to use graphite shafts, steel shafts or a combination of the two. Then, a golfer must choose the right flex for these shafts. Flex is the amount that a shaft will bend when it is swung. Have you ever heard the old adage, “let the club do the work?” Well, in order for this sage piece of advice to be true, you must choose the right shaft. With the right shaft, you will definitely swing the club easier and get more distance out of your shots.
Let’s talk flexes: If a regular shaft is right for you, then you have three choices. The Ladies flex is the one with the most bend and is designed for the shortest hitters. The Senior flex is meant for golfers who swing a bit harder. A Regular flex is used by golfers who hit the ball an average or farther than average length. For those long hitters, there are Stiff and Extra Stiff flexes, which have very little bend.
Did you know that many retailers have professional club fitters on staff? Some club fitters provide their service free of charge because it’s more likely that you will purchase a set of clubs they recommend, but others may charge for their services. A club fitter uses a machine to determine your club speed and will ask you to hit several balls in order to assess your swing. From that information, they will recommend a particular shaft based on the way you play. They will also measure you so the shafts you buy are the proper length.