What type of flex shaft should I buy for my driver if my swing is of average speed?
I just got a new Taylormade r5 dual type d driver and it has a stiff flex shaft...Is this the best type of shaft if I have an average swing speed? Also, are their other factors I should be considering? Thanks
The shaft flex provides you with an indication of how much swing force is necessary to make the shaft perform appropriately. When a shaft that is too stiff the player will have difficulty flexing it during the swing. This results in decreased distance and shots going to the right. If the shaft is too flexible, you may experience difficulty controlling the club head resulting in either slices or hooked shots. Correct shaft flex is primarily determined by the club head speed generated by the player. As a general rule the following applies.
Driver Swing Speed Distance on # 5 iron Shaft Flex
<60 MPH <125 Yards Ladies light
60- 70 MPH 125 to 140 Yards Ladies
70-80 MPH 140 to 155 Yards Seniors
80-90 MPH 155 to 170 Yards Regular
90-100 MPH 170 to 185 Yards Stiff
> 100 MPH > 185 Yards Extra Stiff
While this chart is a good guide, every player has a different swing tempo and nuances to their swing. These things should also be taken into consideration. Players who attain a given club head speed with a slower tempo should think about a more flexible shaft. Players who have faster, shorter, harder swings should consider stiffer shafts. Players with accuracy problems should usually move toward stiffer shafts. Players seeking to maximize distance or club head feel should look for a more flexible shaft.
A stiff shaft is more for someone with an above average swing speed. The idea is, with a faster swing speed, a regular or flexi shaft bends too much and you lose control of the shot (usually a slice).
With an average swing speed, you'll be giving up a little bit of distance, but you might be more consistent with your shots. Not necessarily a bad thing for a weekend golfer.
If you swing speed is below 95mph you really need a reg. flex. The other factors are kick point. If you don't hit the ball high you need a low kick point to help get the ball airborne.
With having a driver with too stiff of a shaft, it will be hard for you to get the clubface back square, and you will push the ball a little and lose yardage. You will probably get used to it in a while.
I think you are regular flex.
You should consider shaft length! Don't let the club retailers sell you the latest 46-inch driver because it promises more distance. Taylormade's Burner comes standard with 46" shaft.
The average shaft length on the PGA Tour is 44.5". If some of the best golfers are using 44.5", why would a weekend golfer swing a driver 1.5" longer than that? Many pros use 44". Look into shortening the shaft, but do it properly. You might gain accuracy and distance.
Depends on how you hit it. If you want to hit it higher go with a lighter flex. Also if you have trouble with slicing a lighter shaft can help close the clubface. If you have a fast transition from backswing to downswing a stiffer flex may be needed. Its best to go try different flexes
Should be regular .
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