Golf Shaft Flex Guide – Which Flex Is Best For You

Shaft Flex
What is your Shaft Flex

In this golf shaft flex guide I will give you the basics of which shaft flex is best for you based on your swing speed. The need for distance is what we all are looking for and the shaft is a primary factor in achieving the most distance based on our swing speed. Shaft flexes come in Stiff, Regular, Women and Senior basically. There are some variations to these from manufacturer to manufacturer but you get the idea.

You can determine your swing speed from you local course pro shop or a golf club store such as Dick’s or Golf Galaxy etc. No matter how good or pricey the clubs are that you intend on buying you need to select the shaft flex based on your swing speed for optimum results.

It is also important to realize that the shaft you choose for your driver may be different from the shafts you use for your irons. Most drivers today have a graphite shaft and most irons are steel with fairway metals and hybrids can be both. You typically swing a driver with a wide arc and hit your irons with a more shallow swing. This variation could be the main reason why you may hit a driver better than your irons or vice versa.

Stiff vs Regular flex

The stiff shafted clubs are going to flex less during the swing from the regular shafted clubs. Conversely, the regular shafted clubs are going to flex more. Having the wrong flex shaft based on your swing speed will result in a variety of negative issues in getting the club head back to square at impact. No need to make the game harder than it really is by adding negative stuff that is easy to correct.

One of the most common problems that many golfers face is finding the right flex. You could have a smooth and mechanically-proper swing but still not play your best golf because of the flex in the shafts.

Driving Range
Driving Range

Slower swing speed players (Seniors, Women, and in fact at any age) you will want to choose regular, senior, or women shafted clubs because of the additional flex will provide a little more power and accuracy to your shots. If you are a harder swing player the stiff flex shaft will suit your game much better giving you more control and give you the punch you need to hit with distance.

You need to really evaluate your game and not hit a club with a stiff flex if your swing speed is not high enough and avoid playing mental games with yourself and choose the right golf shaft for your swing.

Analysis Of Your Swing Is Important

There are three basic numbers that you will need to understand to find the right shaft flex for your woods, irons, or hybrids. They are the swing speed, driver distance (carry), and the club you hit from about 150 yards.

Swing Speed

This is the most accurate depiction of your the type of flex you should have in your clubs. If you cannot get properly evaluated in your area, you can consider the other two options. If you have the right type of cellular device, you may be able to find an application that can assist you. The recommended swing speeds are:

  • Stiff – Between 90 and 105 miles per hour
  • Regular – Between 80 and 95 miles per hour
  • Women – Below 80
  • Senior – Below 75 to 85

Driver Carry Distance

This is how far you typically hit the ball from the tee to where it lands with your driver and most of your woods. You can possibly do this at the driving range or work with a partner to mark the landing spots for you and then measure.

The typical statistics using this measurement technique are:

  • Stiff– 240 to 260 yards
  • Regular– 210 to 240 yards
  • Women and Senior – below 200

Club From 150 Yards

This will help you find the right flex for your irons. When using this method, be sure to make a typical, rhythmical swing. Again, going to the range is a great way to find this measurement.

The key measurements for this are:

  • Stiff– 6 or 7 iron
  • Regular– 5 or 6
  • Women and Senior over a 5 iron

Distance vs. Accuracy

Hitting the golf ball a mile can be a confidence booster and impress everyone around you, but if you aren’t hitting it where you want this can be a problem. If you have a driver with a regular flex and are hitting the ball long but consistently going right for a right-hand player, you are not getting the club face back square, you may want to consider going to a stiffer shaft.

The stiffer shafts should provide you with a little more control with your swing without having to swing faster provided you have the right club in your hands. Plus you may gain more distance by going to a regular flex shaft.

Graphite and Steel

You should also take into consideration the shaft’s material when making these important decisions. Graphite and titanium shafts are lighter and will likely make you swing a little faster than with a steel shaft.

If you hit a regular shafted steel driver 240 yards and then, are able to hit a graphite driver about 250 yards because of the increased club head speed. You need to be aware of the type of shaft material you are measuring with and make sure that it matches the clubs you would use when out on the course. It is a good idea to use the clubs that you typically use to make these decisions.

Bottom Line

Don’t skimp on club shaft flexes when you consider finding the right types of clubs for your game. The information provided throughout this article should help you with the basics to choose the right shafts for your swing.

You may still want to go to a professional club fitting at some point and learn all there is to learn about all the shaft flexes out there to up your game. These services are usually free of charge, but they can help you to become a better golfer by helping you to use the right equipment.

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