Ian Lee, PGA Professional Your journey to better golf starts here.
Shafts and myths
It’s not about swing speed
We’ve seen online fitting tools that ask you how far you hit your 5-iron. From there they estimate your swing speed. Then they recommend a shaft flex. What if we told you that two golfers, with the same swing speed, using great club fitters, had to use two wildly different shaft flexes?
The “load” that Nick Price put on the shaft on the downswing was far greater than the much smoother Couples. Price needed a shaft as stiff as he could get. Fred Couples played a much softer flex. But they had the same swing speed.
By the way, there are no standards for shaft flex. There is no consistent meaning to “stiff” or “regular”. Each manufacturer labels the shaft as they wish.
“If you’re losing distance as you get each year older, then it’s really worth while looking at options to create faster clubhead speed and a better energy transfer.”
How do you load the shaft?
How does the rhythm and tempo of your swing impact on the shaft? Have you ever invested some time in checking what you need in a shaft?