• Announcements

    • Welcome to the New Site!   09/30/2015

      Welcome to the brand new TST! Click the title of this announcement to read more about what's new and different here at The Sand Trap!       We're using some new software to power this forum, and while this means some change, it's for the better. However, there will be a few bumps, and one of those may be that you may have a little trouble logging in to your account. So try this: Log in with your existing username and password.If that fails, reset your password here: http://thesandtrap.com/lostpassword/ .If that fails, PM either @mvmac or @iacas and we'll help you out.After that, check out this thread to share any bugs you find along with your likes/dislikes, and check out this thread to see what awesome new features you can use on this site. Finally, once you're on the site, do a few things if you don't mind: Check your account settings. This is where you can clean up your signature.Edit your profile (to possibly include your GAME Golf account). Do this by clicking "Edit Profile" on your name in the top right corner of the site.Add or replace the cover photo on your profile. They're now Facebook-like dimensions. Change your avatar if it looks distorted, too.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Variability in supposedly "identical" shafts

2 posts in this topic


To get an idea of the actual flex of a shaft I take a golf club in my hands, one hand holding the shaft right next to the hosel, the other hand holding the shaft right next to the grip, thumbs underneath, and applying a certain force and observing how much the shaft bows. The difference between a regular and a stiff shaft is usually very evident, as the stiff flex bows less and presents more resistance than a regular flex. I know this is not a very scientific test but with a little practice it gives good approximate  and consistent results, at least in my experience.

Well, the other day I was at a local golf store and grabbed three "identical" Titleist 913 D2 drivers, 9.5 degrees and Diamana Blue 62 shaft in regular flex. I did my usual flex test and guess what, one of the three shafts was considerably stiffer than the other two. More like a "stiff" than a "regular". I repeated the test several times and there was no doubt one of the shafts was a lot stiffer even though all three were marked "regular".

When I got home I checked on a couple of Ping i20 drivers I own, both "identical" 9.5 degrees and "regular" flex. Again, one of the shafts was considerably stiffer than the other. I had noticed they played differently (one launched lower) but did not pay much attention to it and thought it was due to a loft variation in the heads.

I knew the actual loft of driver heads often varies by one degree or more in relation to what is stamped on the head, but now I see the shafts can also show a great variability in their flex.

Anyway, just wanted to share this experience.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to get rid of this advertisement? Sign up (or log in) today! It's free!


As with all manufacturing processes, you cannot get identical shafts.

That is why pros try out many different shafts of "identical" specs to find one that works for them.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign up now.
  • Posts

    • Do I have a case for a refund?
      By Pendragon · Posted
      You indicate that you bought it online, and that could be an issue. If they're an authorized Adams account, there should be no problem. Your best bet is to contact the nearest Adams retailer. If your not sure who that would be, you can find it on the Adams website. The club appears to be a model that Adams hasn't made in some time, so I'm not sure how they'd handle it from a warranty standpoint. It's not uncommon for manufacturers to keep some discontinued models on hand just to cover situations like this. You should always be careful when buying clubs online. There are lots of counterfeits out there, although that's probably less likely with a brand like Adams. They make good quality equipment, but I think the scum that make the knockoffs focus more on TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, Ping, etc. Good luck!  
    • Reporting scores in abnormal conditions
      By Kenny Lee · Posted
      I report 'em all. I enjoy reporting the higher scores. The lower ones are the ones that bother me. But you gotta report all of them. Integrity of the game.
    • "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge (October 2015)
      By adam3553 · Posted
      Went to the range today and continued to work on steepening my backswing. I hit 180 or so balls with mostly my 8 iron and 6 iron. I used the alignment stick behind every ball I hit so I wasnt coming from the inside. 90% of the swings were between 1/2 and 3/4 length and slow. Im trying to ingrain this slowly into my full swing. I was also conscience of how I finished the swings. Im trying to feel more around with my hands in front of my torso. 
    • Todays score...
      By dazza78 · Posted
      Point taken, and a thousand apologies 
    • The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Discussion Thread
      By Scotsclaff · Posted
      Watch out for the Thai,he has 2 victories this year already.
  • Images

  • Today's Birthdays

    No users celebrating today
  • Blog Entries