Originally Posted by Jason M Henley
Ok, I know there is no formula. Just looking for opinion.
I play stiff flex TM Blades. I am 37 (closing in on 38). Not old but not getting younger and certainly not getting MORE athletic.
Lately I've been feeling like if I had Reg Flex easier to hit irons then maybe I could swing easier and still get the same distance. Its takes quite a bit of work for me to stay on top of my game with the blades. Maybe that is an indication that I should not be hitting them in the first place.
Just curious if anyone has had a similar feeling and followed through with Reg Flex/GI irons. Lessons learned? Good decision?
My handicap has never been as low as yours, but I'll bite. I've never used stiff flex comfortably, and I'm 6'2" and have been around 230-260 lbs most of my golfing life. Flex isn't all about swing speed. It can be mitigated if you have a smooth transition. I've never been an exceptionally long hitter (although I used to be above average), or a fast swinger (95-100 was my norm in my prime), so stiff shafts have always felt more like swinging a broomstick for me, and now at nearly age 66, I'm probably getting close to that senior flex (my AP-2 irons are "R" flex steel). I've known guys who made the decision based solely on ego... they wouldn't be caught dead using anything but a stiff or x-stiff, whether it was actually right for them or not. If you go with graphite, there are so many option combinations for kick and flex that it becomes less of a stiff vs. regular than it is a case of just being properly fitted for your swing.
I personally don't like the true GI or SGI irons. My AP-2 (Titleist calls them a "player's cavity"? ) are sort of a tweener, forged, but not really a blade, and not a GI cavity either. Whatever you call them, the head is smaller than a GI but more forgiving than a blade. I like them a lot. Other brands have similar offerings.