Why Golf Shaft Flex is Important for Beginners
Knowing the proper shaft flex for your golf clubs is very important. If you missed my article on the length of the shaft, then go to my article that talks about the right length shaft for beginners.
When the golf club gets a certain amount of torque it will bend. If the club bends too much then you can have problems and if it doesn't bend enough you will have problems.
A Generic Way for you to Pick the Right Flex
Please answer the following question: What distance do you hit your driver?
250 yards+: Stiff Flex (S)
230-250 yards: Regular Flex (R)
200-230 yards: Senior Flex (A)
200 yards-: Ladies Flex (L)
Some hitters may actually have to use extra stiff because of having so much swing speed. However, most golfers will be beginners and they will use a regular flex.
Things you Need to Know about Shaft Flex
Before going to buy a set of golf clubs see if they offer custom fitting. Also, see if you can demo some clubs to see which ones you like the feel of first before you get fitted and make a purchase. Ask to see if you could hit some drivers with different shaft flexes. If they do, then take the drivers to a local golf range and see what kind of ball flights you get with each type of shaft. For example, say that the distance you can use the driver is 240 yards, then you should consider a regular flex. But if your use a regular shaft and your ball tends to go to the left, then try using a more stiffer flex. If your golf ball moves to the right, then try a softer flex.
Golf Shaft Flex Conclusion
The choice is really, what flex of shaft will allow me to hit the golf ball down the fairway. Distance is important, but for those of us who are mid to high handicap we should be focusing more on control of the golf ball. Therefore, to ensure that we do that, make sure you are fitted to the proper flex for your swing.
If you would like to learn more, check out this book entitled: Golf Club Design, Fitting, Alteration and Repair: The Principles and Procedures