My swing speed with a driver is usually 118-123 on the course and I have an x-flex driver which I'm hitting pretty good. However I'm really struggling to control my irons, which still have a stiff shaft in them, i'm hitting them solid but I swear it seems like if I don't make a perfect swing I can't hit them straight at all. I've really been hitting some mean hooks with them when i miss. Was wondering if the shaft flex might have something to do with it?
Would too weak of a shaft flex make it harder to hit the ball straight?
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yeah last time i got fit it was for a driver, and I was told I definitely needed an x-flex, just haven't had the money to put them in my irons yet. I was just making sure the shafts were playing a role in my shot dispersion.
If you don't want to buy new irons anytime soon, you could at least take them to a fitter and have him evaluate how your current shafts fit your swing. It may not be the reason for your problems, but if you are unsure, it's worth a try. If anything, you'll eliminate one factor. Re-shafting is of course an option as well, but not free.
My input is that I have an easier time hitting a heavy shaft straight and controlling it. Stiffness does affect the feel, but I find weight to affect how I swing, and I make better swings with heavy shafts. That's why I didn't go with the S+ c tapers in my irons; I went with a slightly heavier X, soft stepped to give about the same stiffness but it ends up being 130 instead of 125 grams. The C tapers are stiff enough for just about any swing.
That guy in your profile pic is probably strong enough to control something in 130 grams or so in the irons; you might lose a few yards but you'll probably like them better.
Thanks for the input guys. I went to the range today and realized that my quick transition to the downswing wasn't helping things , Worked on making a smoother backswing and it helped my erratic shot dispersion with the irons. Still think I would definitely benefit from a stiffer shaft because of my swing speed though.
Its not really a duck hook as much as a giant draw. For instance I was on a 185 yard par 3 yesterday and tried to play a small draw into the flag and it started right where I wanted and he just kept drawing, and drawing, and drawing, by the time it was done it probably drew/hooked 30 yards but it was pin high and started right on the line I wanted. My swing is definitely part of it but I think its a combo of my quick transistion and too weak a shaft. I read somewhere that the avg tour swing speed was about 112 and all of them play x-flex shafts.
This is absolutely true, especially with such a high swing speed such as yours. But you may want a pro to take a peek at your swing before messing with your equipment.