Understanding Shaft Flex in Drivers:  How Proper Shafts Help Your Game

When it comes to drivers, golf companies put a lot of time, effort and marketing into the technology and design of driver club heads. In this edition of Course Management, Troy Klongerbo explains why shaft flex can be more important when choosing your driver, and how more than just swing speed is important when determining the proper shaft flex.

Hey golfers, Troy Klongerbo with USGolfTV, and today we’re going to talk about the driver shafts. Now many of you have hit drivers throughout the golf industry—you’ve probably hit Titleist’s new stuff, Taylor Mades, PINGs, Cobras—and you focus on the head. You focus on the new technology that’s coming out with the head, but in reality the most important part of the golf club you need to look at is the driver shafts and shaft flex. An old professional explained it to me like this: the head of the club is the cosmetic stuff—the tires, the body of a vehicle—but it’s the engine that’s the driver shafts. That’s what makes that club work for you.

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So it’s important to get the most out of that club in your bag, you need to have something that fits you personally. Now just going with the basics, if you were going to find regular driver shafts, stiff driver shafts or extra shift driver shafts in a pro shop, you know, you’d want to go like this: anywhere from 85 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour is going to be that regular shaft; 95 to 105 in that stiff, and anything more than 105 in that extra stiff.

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But there’s a few more variables that lie within that. First of all, it’s going to be important that you make sure that you get your club shaft flex frequencied. Now what that’s going to do is that’s going to tell you the true flex of your driver shafts. Sometimes companies, they may mark them regular, mark them stiff, but they’re not regular or they’re not stiff, and they don’t fit your game. You can go to a local club technician at a store like GolfTec, Golf Etc. or a local golf shop in your hometown or city, and they’ll be able to help you work through this process of figuring out exactly how much shaft flex your driver shafts have.

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Now also, swing speed isn’t the only thing you need to look at. You also need to look at the tempo in which you swing. You may swing the club 110, 115 miles per hour; but if you swing with a smoother tempo, that regular shaft may work perfectly for you. You may swing the club a lot slower, but through a quicker tempo and a little more speed through the ball, you may actually need a little bit more stiffer shaft flex to help you get that ball flight straight. So if you guys are going to be working on hitting your driver farther and straighter, a very important part is going to be looking at the driver shafts, and make sure that you have a shaft that fits your game.

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