What Shaft Flex Should I Use?

We take a look at how you can decipher what type of shaft flex you should be using in your golf clubs.

What Shaft Flex Should I Use

We take a look at how you can decipher what type of shaft flex you should be using in your golf clubs.

What Shaft Flex Should I Use?

One of the most popular questions we get is in relation to shaft flex. What should I use? Should I be regular or stiff? Should I have the same shafts in my woods and irons? We have looked to answer all of these questions and more in this piece because getting the right shafts in your clubs could be the thing to help your golf game to the next level.

What Shaft Flex Should I Use?

There are a few ways you can work this out. The easiest is of course the old fashioned way of testing different shaft types side-by-side on a driving range or out on the course.

You can also get your swing speed measured on a launch monitor during a session with a professional, where they’ll be able to give you some great advice on what you should be using to get the most from your swing.

The final, and arguably best, way to find your ideal flex is to go for a custom fitting session. Here you’ll get to try various shafts and, equally importantly, various weight shafts to see which works best for you, with launch monitor data providing the proof in the pudding.

What’s the difference between regular and stiff shafts?

A stiff shaft is firmer and harder to bend than a regular shaft, and so more often than not, they’re also heavier in weight.

As a rough rule of thumb, the more speed you generate, the stiffer your shafts should be. This doesn’t just relate to players who swing quickly though, often a slow accelerating arc can generate more lag and power than someone who swings with a quicker tempo.

The aim of the game is to match your swing with the correct shaft flex to maximise your distance and control.

Can my irons be a different flex to my woods?

Yes! For the best performance you should have each of your clubs custom fitted. The flatter swing arc ideal for hitting your driver differs to the steeper one needed with an iron, and because of this it’s likely the different actions may need different shaft flexes. It is also likely that many players swing at different swing speeds for different clubs in the bag and therefore getting the right shaft in each club is imperative for your games.

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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He also loves to test golf apparel especially if it a piece that can be used just about anywhere!

As a result he has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice and tips.

He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.