In golf, the term ‘flex’ refers to how much the golf club shaft is able to bend when force has been applied to it during your swing. As you bring the club down from behind your head towards the ball, wind resistance will force the shaft to bend and flex, offering your ball more power once the clubhead reaches it.
The amount of flex you have in your golf clubs is incredibly important, so don’t underestimate this key feature. In fact, it’s just another factor that you have to consider when finding your perfect golf clubs.
Choosing the wrong flex of your golf club shafts can ruin your shot and therefore the entire game. Today we’ll be looking at what happens if your golf shaft is too flexible as well as how to prevent picking the wrong flexibility for your skill level.
Your downfall due to too-flexible shafts
When a golf club shaft is too flexible, you will have very little control over your club. This will make it difficult for you to be able to hit the ball straight as you won’t be able to ensure that the clubface makes contact with the ball right in its middle. You also might see a reduction in the distance as well if the shaft is too flexible.
The golfers who need to worry about this the most are the ones with the fastest swing speeds. The faster your speed, the less control you have over the clubface anyway – so a too-flexible shaft could just add to this annoyance.
Luckily, it is quite easy to tell when your golf clubs have too much flexibility behind them. It’s also a simple fix – all you need to do is invest in some more golf clubs. However, this can cost you a lot of money and therefore it’s always better to do your research beforehand to avoid having to buy more than one set of clubs.
Knowing which golf club flexibility is right for you
The best way to find how much flexibility you need in your golf clubs is to use a launch monitor. You can either pick one of these up online or you can hire one from a golf store. Some stores will even offer you the option to work with a professional to get the most accurate readings possible.
A launch monitor lets you know how far your golf ball is going, the height it reaches, how much spin you’ve put on it, and much more. All of this information can be taken by a professional and analyzed to tell you how impressive your stats are.
If your stats are impressive, you’ll have been playing with a suitable amount of flexibility in your golf club shafts. However, if there are improvements to be made in the stats, a common culprit is your clubs being too stiff or too flexible.
Another way to determine whether your clubs are the wrong stiffness is to use a number of different clubs to see which gives you the best results. This is a good alternative if you don’t have access to a launch monitor and you don’t want to purchase one out of your own money.
A general piece of advice is that you’ll choose the flexibility of your clubs depending on your swing speed and the distance that the ball is reaching with it. A golfer who is hitting more than 160 yards with a 7-iron will need a shift club shaft. A regular flex will lead to issues with accuracy and distance.
Options for club flexibility
Golf shafts will either come made from graphite or steel. The former is lighter than the latter, making some believe it is more effective and of higher quality. Both of these shafts can come in different levels of flexibility, however.
The majority of golf clubs will come with an option to change their flexibility to your needs. You should be able to choose from Women Flex, Senior, Regular, Stiff, and Extra Stiff.
It’s worth noting that every manufacturer will have slightly different flexibility to their shafts, so while you might need Regular from one store you’ll need Stiff from another.
Flexibility for average golfers
Regular flex has been tailored to the majority of average golfers with a mid-swing speed and distance. For this reason, beginner golf clubs will often come with regular flexibility as default.
However, not every average golfer will get along with regular shaft clubs. Some mid-handicappers with a higher swing speed might not know how to completely control their swing just yet, but still have a lot of speed behind it.
These people might benefit more from a stiff shaft so that they can control the club better and utilize their high swing speed for the better.
What’s the deal with women’s and senior’s flexibility?
Women and Senior flex are quite similar and there isn’t that much difference between them. We don’t know why manufacturers have chosen to use this scale for their flex ratings, as it’s entirely possible that women golfers can benefit more from regular, stiff, or even extra-stiff golf clubs.
Seniors tend to require more flexibility to account for their loss of speed as they get older. Aging means that some people use muscle mass and therefore they cannot swing their club as quickly as they used to. To make up for this loss, additional flexibility can help make up for it.
Overall, the wrong flexibility of your golf clubs can be detrimental to your game. When a shaft is too flexible it can impact your distance and accuracy adversely, leading to off-target shots landing much too early. This can lead you to wrongly presume that your handicap is higher than it is or that your swing is not as impressive as it should be.
To avoid this, either test out lots of different clubs to find the best for you or use a launch monitor with the help of a professional. They will then be able to tell you if you need a change of flex. Good luck!