Shaft Flex is a critical determining factor for both distance and direction.
Generally speaking, more flex equals more distance but less control.
Conversely, at a given swing speed, stiff shafts can result in less distance but more accuracy.
Shafts that are too stiff for a player will often feel "like a board". The unmistakable
pop of a well struck shot is difficult to achieve. The directional tendency will be to the
right for right-handed players with a corresponding loss of distance. Shafts that are too
flexible will feel better but are more difficult to control.
The rule of thumb is to use the lightest, most flexible shaft you can handle.
It is always better to choose a more flexible shaft than a stiff shaft if you are a
If you know your swing speed or can have it tested, you can use the chart below to achieve
an even more accurate choice of flex:
|Swing Speed (mph)
||Driver Distance (meters)
||Club From 135m
||8 or 9-iron
||5 or 6-iron
|Less than 70
||Less than 165
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