Originally Posted by ittybittypilot
I mostly agree (grin) with your reply.
I considered the distortion as well as took the club shaft and simply bent it....WOW! CRAZY flexible!
So what IS the purpose of such flexibility? How would that help a newbie at this stage? How will that hinder me in say, a year from now as my game improves?
In general (and probably drastically overly simplified):
The faster the club head speed the stiffer the shaft needs to be. The slower the club head speed the more flexible the shaft needs to be.
Too stiff and it will feel harsh, probably block more balls to the right, and have too low a trajectory. Too flexible and it may feel too "whippy", loss of control, probably more chance of hooks, and too high a trajectory.
There is much more to getting the correct shaft than that and how the shaft is loaded can affect optimum kick points even among equal club head speeds. Even personal preference for feel can play a part.
Best thing to do is a fitting from a club fitter.
Next best is probably to go to a store and hit balls on their monitor with different clubs (be aware they are there to sell clubs).
Or just borrow some clubs of different flexes from friends on the range and try them.
Most people are not going to get enough increase in club head speed as they get better to spend much time worrying about that when choosing a club. It's not like somebody is likely to go from 70mph to 110mph just because they got better, and if they did it likely took so long that by then they needed a new driver by then anyway.