How to Compare Golf Shaft Stiffness

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When considering golf shaft stiffness, the thinner the diameter of the wall of the shaft, the more flexible the shaft is going to be. Find out about common weights of golf club shafts with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on golf shaft stiffness.

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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Kevin Battersby with in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to compare golf shaft stiffness. When we're talking woods, actually there are no woods today but what they call metals, the golf clubs are made from either graphite or steel. Now this driver, here, is a 65S. Usually what that determines is the weight of the shaft, 65 grams. The lower the weight, 65 or 50, the thinner the diameter the diameter of the wall of the shaft, which makes it more flexible. So if I have a hundred gram shaft, the diameter of the wall of the shaft would be much thicker, much stiffer. You'd really have to have massive speed to have that. But with graphite clubs now, I think they're playing from, anywhere from 50 grams, which is very light for a senior golfer, or even lower for a lady, up to 60, 70, maybe 80. Now, in terms of steel shafts, which I have in my irons, which players still have in their woods, the steel is different. The steel might be up to 120 grams. Much more rigid, much more firm. It's got the step-downs. And that, again, is determined anywhere from 120 would be kind of heavy, 125 on down to the Nippon shaft, 80 grams. Lighter shaft, more flexibility. So you have that choice when you're picking your shaft between the weights. You want to try to find the one that has the right flex and shaft, stiffness for you. This is Kevin Battersby helping determine which shaft flex you need.


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