How to Determine Shaft to Swing Speed

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The speed of a golfer's swing dictates the force generated and the obtainable distance. However, a major factor that allows the club head to square at impact and allow for a straight shot or calculated draw or fade is the flex of the shaft. Golfers using an incorrect flex can experience frustrating hooks or slices and uncontrollable low or high trajectory shots. Once you match the appropriate shaft flex to your specific swing speed, you can maximize the performance of your clubs.

Things You'll Need

  • Swing speed detector
  • Conversion chart
  • Measure the speed of your swing using the speed detector. Numerous golf teachers and golf outlet stores with in-house practice nets offer this service.

  • Hit at least 10 shots and determine the average speed of all the swings.

  • Consult a conversion chart, which will indicate the ideal shaft flex for your swing speed.

    These are some suggested conversions:

    85 mph or less -- amateur (A) flex

    80-95 mph -- regular (R) flex

    90-105 mph -- stiff (S) flex

    105 mph and above -- extra stiff (X) flex

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have access to a speed detector, you can consult a golf professional for his or her opinion in the proper flex for your clubs. You can also go to the driving range to determine approximately the average carry of your driver and the iron you most commonly hit 150 yards, and apply those numbers to a conversion chart.
  • Always suit your shaft to your natural swing speed, never alter the speed of your swing to suit the flex of a shaft.

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