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What shaft flex should i get?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Im new to golf so I need some help. Im looking into getting a new driver and was wondering about shaft flex. With a 3 wood I can hit 160 Yards. So with a driver I was wondering how far I can hit. So which shaft flex should I get. thanks

post #2 of 9
Go to a decent golf store (golf smith, roger Dunn, etc) and they should be able to fit you for a shaft. It's usually a free service (assuming you buy a driver). If you hit a 3 wood 160 then I'm gonna guess you'll do best with a "senior" flex driver ... But again, that's just a guess.

Good luck!
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

What would happen if I got a senior flex and ended up needing a regular flex. Can there be to much flex

post #4 of 9

Best guess is what Golfingdad said. No way to know for sure why you are hitting a 3W 160 yards (lots of possibilities).

 

Hitting that club 160 yards with nothing else to go on suggests that you need a senior flex with a low kick point and at most a regular flex with a low kick point, and probably with quite a bit of loft on the club head.

 

Be aware that the flex that is printed on the shaft means very little. A "Regular" from one company may be as stiff as a "Stiff" from another company and even shafts from the same company marked identically are not actually identical. I know of one guy that plays a "Ladies" club that is more stiff than some "Regular" shafts. That's why it's best to hit some balls and find a club that works the best.

 

I wish there were more uniform standards across the shaft industry, but there are not.

post #5 of 9
If you're hitting a 3 wood 160 because you're a 14 year old who weighs 130 then you're probably better off getting a regular shaft that you will likely soon "grow in to." If you're a 65 year old who just picked up the game then your club head speed is what it is.

We'd still be speculating but if you could give us more info on yourself and your game, maybe we could at least come close.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Im 14 and picked up a golf club Tuesday for the first time. I went to the driving range and with my 3 wood i could hit with between 150-170 yards with it. Since im a beginner will i gain distance the more and more i play and practice
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Im 14 and picked up a golf club Tuesday for the first time. I went to the driving range and with my 3 wood i could hit with between 150-170 yards with it. Since im a beginner will i gain distance the more and more i play and practice
Ok, yeah then I'd say you are gonna want a regular flex. If you're taking the game seriously (high school team, or lessons, whatever) you're going to likely gain some club head speed quickly and a senior flex club will only hurt you.

I still suggest a fitting, but if you do that make sure the fitter understands you just started and he's going to have to fit you for the swing he anticipates you'll have more than the one you do have.

In fact, it's probably even better to hold off. Play with whatever you have for a few weeks or months until you develop something consistent, then go get fitted.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks for the info
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Deadeye32 View Post

Im 14 and picked up a golf club Tuesday for the first time. I went to the driving range and with my 3 wood i could hit with between 150-170 yards with it. Since im a beginner will i gain distance the more and more i play and practice

 

Any chance you could take a lesson or two? Once you get the basics down, you could get a better idea of what shaft flex you need.

 

A good pro could help you decide what club flex to get. Ask your friends or adults you know (parents are golfers?) for the name of a good pro in your area.

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