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does going up shaft flexes decrease distance?

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hey all

i am planning on getting a new shaft for my driver without getting a fitting...i am currently at Regular flex and can get the ball around 270 yards and want to go up in shaft to increase my accuracy and feel.

if i go up to a stiff or an xstiff will i lose distance?

thanks in advance

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Probably not if your hitting a reg a genuine 270? I Wouldn't suggest jumping straight to extra stiff! But a stiff will defo improve accuracy, allow you to increase your swing speed a bit and possibly increase your distance! I have a stiff in both my drivers, I only hit them 240 ish, but they're straight as an arrow! I could change one to reg and prob get more distance out of it, and I might next year, but I like hitting 240 straight down the middle! It's better than 270 near a tree! Also, if you didn't already know, there is no regulation in stiffness of shaft, so one brands stiff could be another brands extra stiff! So be carefull! Also, check your current kick point! You might find its a low kp and a mid to high kp might improve your accuracy without losing the distance! I'd always go for mid

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Originally Posted by moonducks

hey all

i am planning on getting a new shaft for my driver without getting a fitting...i am currently at Regular flex and can get the ball around 270 yards and want to go up in shaft to increase my accuracy and feel.

if i go up to a stiff or an xstiff will i lose distance?

thanks in advance

Depends, if you go to a stiff or x stiff your probably going to loose some spin, and hit the ball lower. It all depends on your swing. You could loose carry distance if your launch conditions start to drop off.

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I think it is dangerous to assume the stiffness of a shaft is just a matter of distance and accuracy being counter- balances on each other (i.e. giving up one necessarily improves the other.)

If you go to shafts that are too stiff you could lose both distance and accuracy.  When I swing shafts that are too stiff for me I have a harder time getting through the ball so I lose accuracy too.  Then I end up subconsciously over-swinging and the cavalcade of errors begins.

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i would just go get fitted some shops do a free swing test. get your driver swing speed and see whats up. i have heard thet most golf retailers have a machine that you can demo on try a stiff and x stiff of a driver and see what your swing speed is and go from there most places let you demo for free

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I'm 62 years old, and every spring I demo some A.flex (Senior flex) clubs. I get a bit more distance than with R.flex, but I tend to spray the ball. With R.flex, I get more usable and more consistent distance. (Consistent distance critical especially in irons.)

One thing to consider is shaft weight. I may consider getting a lighter weight R.flex - maybe around 100 grams. My PX 5.0 shafts in my irons weigh about 115 grams, and feels a bit harsh sometimes.

On some irons, I have been able to get through the ball well with a lightweight S.flex shaft, especially the sub-100 gram NS Pro 8950 variety. (NS Pro is plays to a softer flex than average).

In drivers, I can hit some of the sub-60 gram graphite shafts in Stiff, but they feel a little bit light.

For driver especially, this is why you want to get fitted. I would suspect something in stiff would be best for you.

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