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I have a Cobra Fly-Z driver that has adjustable lofts between 9-12 degrees with draw settings available a the 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 lofts. I have had it for about 6 months and I was not fitted for it. I got it used on eBay. I was having difficulties getting the right setting dialed in so I went to a Dick's Sporting goods to get a "fitting". Well sort of a fitting. Just looking for some help. Anyway the guy seemed knowledgable but told me some things that I would like to get some opinions on. I had been playing the driver at the 10.5 degree draw setting. According to the trackman my swing speed ranged from 82-86 (I'm 63 years old btw}. He said that I didn't need to go to a senior flex shaft just yet. I was getting a low trajectory and hitting offline to the left. We changed the loft setting to the 11.5 degree loft without the draw setting. That seemed to be better. Then he said something that I really didn't quite understand hence my looking for thoughts here. He said that although he didn't think I was ready for a senior flex he thought that my shaft may be a bit too heavy for me. The shaft on it is 85 grams and he said I should consider something around 55 grams. I am a novice when it comes knowledge of shaft weights, swing weights etc so any thoughts you may have would be appreciated. I played today and hit it pretty well at the 11.5 setting. Averaged around 185-195 with a couple in the 220-225  range with reasonable accuracy. Would the shaft weight really make a difference?

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16 minutes ago, Keysbear152 said:

I have a Cobra Fly-Z driver that has adjustable lofts between 9-12 degrees with draw settings available a the 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 lofts. I have had it for about 6 months and I was not fitted for it. I got it used on eBay. I was having difficulties getting the right setting dialed in so I went to a Dick's Sporting goods to get a "fitting". Well sort of a fitting. Just looking for some help. Anyway the guy seemed knowledgable but told me some things that I would like to get some opinions on. I had been playing the driver at the 10.5 degree draw setting. According to the trackman my swing speed ranged from 82-86 (I'm 63 years old btw}. He said that I didn't need to go to a senior flex shaft just yet. I was getting a low trajectory and hitting offline to the left. We changed the loft setting to the 11.5 degree loft without the draw setting. That seemed to be better. Then he said something that I really didn't quite understand hence my looking for thoughts here. He said that although he didn't think I was ready for a senior flex he thought that my shaft may be a bit too heavy for me. The shaft on it is 85 grams and he said I should consider something around 55 grams. I am a novice when it comes knowledge of shaft weights, swing weights etc so any thoughts you may have would be appreciated. I played today and hit it pretty well at the 11.5 setting. Averaged around 185-195 with a couple in the 220-225  range with reasonable accuracy. Would the shaft weight really make a difference?

Maybe. People react to the weight differently. For some, the lighter shaft will give more speed and an ability to sense where the head is throughout the swing. Take the driver in and try out some different shafts. Hit on a good launch monitor and note your ball speed, launch angle, etc. shoot for a descent angle about 40* to get good carry and rollout. 

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You could pick up a 55 gram regular flex shaft with the adapter on eBay for around $25-$35.

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You have an 85 gram shaft in your driver? What shaft is in it? I will go ahead and say not knowing anything about your game or swing, that is way to heavy. I could only think of a couple PGA pros using a shaft that heavy. Don't know if you need/want to go down to 55g but definitely 65g at least would benefit you based on your distances you mentioned.

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9 hours ago, Adam C said:

You have an 85 gram shaft in your driver? What shaft is in it? I will go ahead and say not knowing anything about your game or swing, that is way to heavy. I could only think of a couple PGA pros using a shaft that heavy. Don't know if you need/want to go down to 55g but definitely 65g at least would benefit you based on your distances you mentioned.

The Shaft says "VLCT -SP  regular flex +85". I assumed 85 was the shaft weight but maybe I'm mistaken. 

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That's an aftermarket Matrix shaft. 85 is actually not the weight. That is the flex designation on these shafts. I think these shafts sold pretty poorly, and that numbering system probably didn't help. 85 is basically the swing speed recommendation for that shaft. They go from 75 up to 115 which equals light up to XX flex. So 85 would be the R flex. They do come in different weights and that number should be printed somewhere on the main graphics section in a small font.

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17 minutes ago, Adam C said:

That's an aftermarket Matrix shaft. 85 is actually not the weight. That is the flex designation on these shafts. I think these shafts sold pretty poorly, and that numbering system probably didn't help. 85 is basically the swing speed recommendation for that shaft. They go from 75 up to 115 which equals light up to XX flex. So 85 would be the R flex. They do come in different weights and that number should be printed somewhere on the main graphics section in a small font.

Thanks for the explanation. I couldn't find a weight # anywhere on the shaft but if it is for 85 swing speed it is probably fine for me since the monitor had me between 82-86 swing speed on all shots. I was hitting it well enough during my last round so I guess I'll leave well enough alone. At my age if I can get it out there around 200 yards and in play I'm happy.

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I have not ever hit one, and I know they did not sell well, but Matrix made many great high end shafts that just usually flew under the radar, probably why they closed shop. If it works for you keep it, it's a quality shaft as good as any of the $300 aftermarkets out today.

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2 minutes ago, Adam C said:

I have not ever hit one, and I know they did not sell well, but Matrix made many great high end shafts that just usually flew under the radar, probably why they closed shop. If it works for you keep it, it's a quality shaft as good as any of the $300 aftermarkets out today.

Will do. Again thanks for your input. I learned a lot today.

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22 hours ago, Adam C said:

I have not ever hit one, and I know they did not sell well, but Matrix made many great high end shafts that just usually flew under the radar, probably why they closed shop. If it works for you keep it, it's a quality shaft as good as any of the $300 aftermarkets out today.

Yes Matrix Radix SV in my Cleveland driver is lightweight, per Cleveland's philosophy that lighter weight equates to more speed for slow swingers like me. Best, -Marv

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