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Shafts and Swing Speed

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what swing speed ranges would require a regular flex, stiff flex, and x-tra stiff flex? In your opinion... (Driver shaft)

 

Regular ___MPH-___MPH

 

Stiff ___MPH-___MPH

 

X-tra Stiff ___MPH-___MPH

 

thanks

post #2 of 6

Regular 90 and below

 

Stiff 91-104

 

X-Stiff 105+

post #3 of 6

I just asked this same question to Callaway earlier in the week.

Their general guidelines are: (but to keep in mind that each brand rates their's different)

 

L  < 75

A 75-84

R 85-94

Stiff 95-104

X Stiff 105+

 

 

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I really like that Golfsmith swing speed chart!  Thanks for sharing.  I'm no expert on shafts but I fit the golfsmith criteria for stiff shaft.  I have played stiff shaft Ping Eye 2 irons and now stiff Pinemeadow Mark II irons.  My driver and woods have been regular shaft and I am extremely inconsistent with my driver (high and right).  Woods have a playable fade.  My irons are dead straight. 

 

I just ordered new driver, woods, and a hybrid in stiff so we will see if this corrects my problem with regular shafts.  My driver distance and 7 iron distance fit within the stiff shaft guideline on golfsmith link. Hoping the new Nike clubs with stiff shafts help straighten me out!

 

post #6 of 6
While swing speed is a good general guideline, keep in mind that there isn't a standard definition of various flexes -- while they're generally in the same neighborhood, borderline cases may differ. For example, when Mizuno suggested shafts for me, I was suggested a soft-stepped stiff in two brands, but a straight-up stiff in a third (the difference in shaft weights on the suggested ones also fell into this).
Furthermore, there are other factors that tend to affect the 'right' flex.

Certainly, looking at swing speed with any chart is better than picking blindly ("well, Tiger uses X100s, so those must be right for me too!"). But there's more than just that in deciding the right shaft.
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