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Choosing the Right Shaft Flex
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If the shaft is ____________ that means the golf club will bend more.
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I'm PGA Professional Todd Kolb for About.com. I'm going to give you some tips on choosing the right shaft flex.When choosing the right shaft flex for the clubs that you might be looking at purchasing, there's a couple things you need to consider. Now, the first bit of advice that I want to give you—and it's probably the most important—is to get with somebody who does this on a regular basis. There's all different kinds of machines and equipment out there that can tell us exactly the right shaft flex for you.For your own knowledge, a couple things that you want to know before you want to make the purchase. The first thing is you're generally going to look at either a steel or graphite shaft. Now, the benefit of a graphite shaft is that it's a little bit lighter, which will allow you to swing the club a little bit quicker. This can be helpful with longer clubs, like drivers, hybrids and 3-woods. It also can be helpful for women and for juniors. The other option is a steel shaft. This provides a little bit more consistency, weighs a little bit more, and also has a better feel for irons in general. So, those are the two types of materials that you can look at.Specifically, in terms of the shaft flex, there's a variety of things across the line that you can look at; and what happens is that the clubs get a little bit stiffer as we work. So, you're going to have like a senior flex, a ladies' flex, maybe even a junior flex, which are going to be a little bit whippier, and help get the golf ball up in the air. What that means is that the club's shaft is softer, so it will bend more as you swing the golf club. This is advantageous for people who have a slower swing speed. As you work up the spectrum, the shafts get a little bit tighter and a little stiffer. So, then you might work to a regular, stiff and an extra stiff, and there's all kinds of variables in between there. But what you need to understand is that there's different flexes that are available. The slower the swing is, generally, you want one that has a little bit more whip. The faster the swing, you want one that is a little bit stiffer because it's going to be more consistent for your type of swing speed.Once again, I want you to understand that there are two types of materials. You have a steel shaft, you have a graphite shaft, and there are different flexes across the range that can help you play better golf. Get to somebody who's done it before, get to somebody who can tell you exactly what your swing speed is, and you'll find that you get the right shaft flex for the clubs that you purchase.For more information, visit About.com.
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