A valuable lesson in the importance of being properly fit for golf clubs recently took place and I wanted to share with you, fellow golf enthusiasts, my findings and what it means. Please keep in mind that this is testing that took place with multiple clubs using the same measuring devices for consistency.
So, what is the hottest driver, fairway wood, and hybrid out there at this time? Sorry Callaway. Not yet Titleist (but they have a sweet driver coming out). Adams, I love ya’, but not you either. Mizuno? Yeah….uh, no. Not even Ping. It’s Taylor Made. Specifically, the RBZ line of clubs. If you have not had the opportunity to demo these clubs or hit them, run over to your nearest golf retailer, demo a driver and rescue club, or make the purchase. BUT, make sure you are being fitted properly.
Why? For some reason, the graphite shafts on the drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids rarely match the flex listed. This was discovered by the staff at the Minnetonka 2nd Swing location. It is their standard practice to test each shaft for each customer before they make a purchase. I wanted to see the results for myself and here is what we found:
- Actual Shaft Flex is between Labeled Shaft Flexes for ALL flexes tested
- This means that someone looking to buy an RBZ driver should definitely get fit for shaft flex, due to the fact the Actual Shaft Flex falls between Labeled Shaft Flexes for this club type
3 Wood (and presumably All fairways)
- Actual Shaft Flex is consistent at the ‘Stiff’ level, however, Reg and Med stiff shafts measure Actual Shaft Flex between Labeled Shaft Flexes
- This means someone looking to buy an RBZ fairway wood in a Reg, Med or Ladies Flex shaft should definitely get fit for shaft flex, due to the fact that the Reg and Med Actual Shaft Flexes tested between Labeled Shaft Flexes for this club type
- Actual Shaft Flex tested one FULL Labeled Shaft Flex less (in stiffness)
- This is due to the fact that ALL hybrids measure an Actual Shaft Flex less (in stiffness) than their Labeled Shaft Flex
- Our tests have shown that this is industry-standard for almost all hybrids, no matter what loft, flex or make, presumably due to the fact that hybrids are designed to provide easier/ higher launch conditions
It is no surprise that the labeled flexes do not necessarily match up with the actual flexes—that may be common knowledge to many.
Our findings on the RBZ metals, specifically the driver and fairway woods, are interesting because they are actually ‘stiffer’ than the label, which is an anomaly. With other makes and models we’ve found the complete opposite to be true; the actual shafts flexes are weaker than what they’re labeled.
“For years we have known that you simply cannot trust what the shaft label indicates - if it says its an S (stiff) flex, it could be anything other than an X (extra stiff) flex. In fact in all our testing over the years we have only found one shaft that was actually stronger than it showed – a TaylorMade fairway wood. All the other non-matches have been weaker.” – Andrew Rice
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