Correct Shafts in your Clubs

Correct Shafts in your Clubs

If you want to get the most out of your game then you need the correct shafts in your clubs, to do this you need to understand the importance that the shaft flex has on your game of golf whether it be your irons or your woods.

The flex is determined by the amount of force you generate in your golf swing, whether it is slow, smooth or fast, having the wrong flex in your golf clubs will possibly ruin your game not improve it.

Many golf manufacturers of golf clubs generally offer 5 types of flex when you buy off of the shelf with them, these are generally Extra Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Senior and Ladies shafts, these shafts are generally depicted as X, S, R, A and L, the A is used mainly in senior shafts because when they originally made them the A denoted Amateur.

When you play golf with the wrong flex shaft that doesn’t match your swing speed then the club will be misaligned at the impact of the ball, this will cause your shots to be generally off target and not travelling in the direction that you were aiming.

Shaft flex’s impact the accuracy of the golf shot, the trajectory and distance of the golf ball, believe me when these three points are brought together then you will have pretty bad and inconsistent golf shots the majority of the time.

As your shaft flex’s through your golf swing the club head moves out of alignment and the position of the club changes from when you were at address, and as we all know the club face needs to be square at impact to execute a golf shot.

As rule of thumb, the below numbers should help you in the selection of the correct flexed shafts for you if you were hitting a driver:

250 yards or more – Stiff Shaft

230 yards or more – Regular Shaft

200 yards or less – Senior Shaft

Historically most male golfers including senior golfers like to think they should be using a stiff shaft, it must be a man thing because the majority of handicap golfers should be using regular shafts at the most, I cannot stress how important getting the correct shafts in your golf clubs, you will notice the difference and your game will improve.

So my advice would be to visit your local club professional and get your clubhead and swing speed monitored as soon as possible, all golf professionals have the type of equipment on hand to tell you this information within minutes, not hours or days.

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As always if you have any comments or feedback regarding this article the correct shafts in your clubs please do not hesitate to leave a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any responses received.

Happy golfing.
Michael

10 Responses

  1. Hi David, with hybrid clubs you should also check your swing speed and get the best shafts for the hybrids, a lot of people think that hybrids are replacements for longer irons which in theory they are, but they should be treated like a fairway wood when looking at purchasing one? I hope that has given you a better indication of having the correct shafts in your clubs? I am more than happy to answer any further questions you have about correct golf shafts or any other bit of equipment in your bag?

    Take care, Michael – Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer”

  2. David says:

    What about hybrid clubs?

  3. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Alec,

    Thank you for your comments and response about correct shafts in your clubs, as you mentioned a lot of golfers especially senior and older golfers do not see the importance of having the correct shaft or flex for their swing speed, especially if golfers want to improve and get better at golf they need to ensure they have the right flex in their irons and also woods. And the best way of doing this is to have their swing speed checked and monitored by their local golf professional who has all the correct equipment to do this for them.

    So glad that you liked the post on correct shafts in your clubs and if I can answer any further questions please do not hesitate to contact or leave me a message again.

    Regards,

    Michael Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer”

  4. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Amberlee, thank you for contact and comments regarding my article on correct shafts in your clubs. In answer to your question about the correct equipment and shafts for women golfers, you are right that its all to do with the physical attributes between a male and a female, a female’s golf club and shafts are notably lighter to account for the difference in physical build and strength between a male and a female, you will also find that the grips on a woman’s golf club is also slighter thinner/smaller to allow for the females smaller hands.

    But I cannot emphasise enough that all standards of golfers must have the correct shafts in their golf clubs, as I mentioned the shaft is the engine room of the golf club and if that is wrong then your golf will not improve, so my recommendation is to always have your swing speed and club head speed monitored by a professional golf teacher – you will then know you have the correct shafts in your clubs to improve your game.

    Hope that answers your questions on correct shafts in your clubs, if I can answer any further questions please do not hesitate to get back in contact with me.

    Regards,

    Michael Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer”

  5. Amberlee says:

    Hi Micheal,

    I’m new to golfing and only started playing recently (was never my intention but a friend convinced me to play a game and now I’m hooked.) But I was wondering if you could answer a question for me as no one can give me an exact answer. Why do they make different equipment for men and women? Has it got to do with our variation in physical size? Or ….? I only ask this as you mention a shaft for women in your blog.

    Thanks Micheal I appreciate your help.

    Amberlee

  6. Alec Terry says:

    I never realized the importance of selecting the correct shafts on your golf clubs, but it really does make sense now that it has been presented to me.

    I also was unaware that there were such stark differences in the amount of flex and that it varied from shaft to shaft.

    I think this would be useful to anyone looking to get started or even take their game to the next level.

    Great post!

  7. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi There, thank you for your contact and comments regarding the correct shafts in your golf clubs, it is always nice to get feedback about any of my articles so I will endeavour to answer your questions below:

    1. Firstly you must get golf shafts fitted for a female golfer, most golf club manufacturers nowadays cater for female golfers, the shafts are lighter and more flexible which generates a fast club head speed to compensate for the senior female golfers slower swing speed. It will denoted on the shaft that it is a Lady/Female Flex.

    2. You must get evaluated by your local golf professional who has the technology to make sure you have the correct clubs and also the correct female shafts in your golf clubs, it doesn’t matter what age you are, if you have never had your swing speed monitored by a golf professional you must do this, most golf professionals will have technology such as Track Man or Flight Scope or similar to assess your swing speed on, then there will be doubts about you having the correct golf shafts in your golf clubs.

    I hope that this has answered your questions, however if you would like to ask any further questions please do not hesitate to get back in touch.

    Once again thanks for your questions on correct shafts in your clubs.

    Regards,

    Michael Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer”

  8. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for your comments about my article correct shafts in your clubs, a lot of newbie golfers and seasoned golfers never really think that the shaft flex on a golf club is so important, but let me tell you that the shaft in a golf club is the engine room of the golf club, if you get this wrong for your golf swing speed then it makes improvement of your golf game very difficult. So when you do decide to get a new set of golf club definitely consult your local golf professional who will be able to put you on a swing speed/ball speed monitor like Flightscope or something similar and make sure you are fitted with the correct shafts for your unique golf swing.

    Once again thanks for the comments.

    Regards,

    Michael Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips for Senior Golfers”

  9. Andrew says:

    Having played golf for a little time I thought that all clubs only had one shape to them and didn’t really consider that the shaft flex was so important, but your article has helped me discover other shafts depending on how far I want to hit the golf ball. As using the correct shafts seem to make a big difference on the distance the ball travels. I must now remember to use the right shaft when I am looking for a new set of clubs. Thanks for the great info.

  10. Dr. Baker says:

    Thank you for your article about correct shafts in your clubs!

    I never realized the importance of shaft flex on the game of golf!

    I have played golf a few times now and want to get more into the game on a more frequent basis.

    As a woman, where do most beginner level female golfers start as far as shaft flex? And…it is necessary to get evaluated to know for sure which one is for you or can beginner women typically go with one type?

    Thanks so much for the information!

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