How to Choose the Right Shaft Flex


The term "shaft flex" refers to the shaft of a golf club's ability to bend when force is applied during the swing. Finding the shaft flex that best suits your style and needs can significantly improve your game. If you are not using a club with a shaft flex that matches the speed and type of your swing, your swing is probably not as efficient as it could be because the club head is not aligned at impact. Your ball will curve left or right when you drive and miss the fairway. There are five types of shaft flexes: Extra Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Senior, and Ladies.

  • Measure the average distance of your drive. If your average drive is above 250 yards, you should use a stiff flex - you're a powerful player who generates great club head speed at impact. If it's between 230 to 250 yards, a regular flex is best. If it's between 200 to 230 yards, a Senior flex is best. If it's less than 200 yards, a Ladies softer flex is best.

  • Gauge the smoothness of your swing. If your swing is smooth, you should use a softer flex. The more jerky your swing is, the stiffer the shaft you should use.

  • Gauge the curve of your drives. If you are a right-handed player and you curve to the left when you drive, use a stiffer flex. If your drives curve to the right, use a softer flex.

  • Visit a local pro at your golf club or driving range. Have them evaluate your swing and your drive, and then suggest the best shaft flex for you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Extra Stiff flex is only necessary for powerful golfers who generate great club head speed and have extremely long drives, in excess of 300 yards.

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