One of our recent customers finds the cure to standard shafts.
Shay played off a 9 handicap but struggled with consistency and direction control even though he played a lot.
He was playing with a set of Titleist Irons and had a Titleist Driver. All the clubs were off the rack, they were all standard gents spec and had standard stock shafts. He also had some Callaway Woods that had standard soft tipped shafts in them.
The ForeGolf Fix:
We changed the set completely as Shay has a lot of swing power and needed the control to come from the type of shafts we used.
We decided on a firmer tip shaft profile and with a focus on a firmer but lighter overall shaft to control the head better lead to a more consistent strike and lower ball flight.
We used PXi shafts in his new Irons and the TaylorMade Hybrid and Callaway Driver now have stiffer flex and very low torque tip shafts to give him the control he needs.
He now hits shots that he knows he was capable of but his old clubs were holding him back.
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What is Shaft Torque and why it's as important as the Flex
The term "torque" is taken to mean the shaft's designed resistance to twisting
1: With larger Wood heads Torque is responsible and critical for controlling the head position at impact.
2: Torque can help to hit the ball straighter and longer. With today’s lighter weight shafts the right amount of Torque can help to reduce pull / hooks and push / slices.
3: We have found that Torque in the Driver shaft is becoming more important than flex to help keep the ball straight and is responsible for feel in the club.
We have a huge understanding of how clubs perform.
We've built thousands of clubs and fitted every type of golfer.
Shafts are getting lighter in weight every season. Today we see shafts that are as light as 70 grams in steel and down as low as 40 grams in graphite. With this ultra lightweight technology controlling the size of today's larger heads with longer shaft length has become quite a challenge.
Back in the day:
A heavy shaft usually needed a softer more regular flex for most golfers, as the heavier or thicker wall of the shaft played and felt stiffer as there was more of it. In the past we would typically have used a lot more regular or softer flex shafts to help get the "whip" or speed from the golf shot. By using this flex we could get the ball to go a little faster and higher.
Today's New Technology:
However, nowadays and largely due to the much lighter weight shafts and bigger, better flying heads, we now use a lot more stiff and even X flex. There is a lot less material in the shaft wall so in theory - a heavy regular shaft plays similarly to a lighter stiffer one.
People think that stiff and X flex are reserved for "better" golfers or tour pros only but this is untrue, it's all about:
- How much speed you generate
- What clubhead you require
- What ball flight you need
- How the shaft will work with you and your swing.
It's not a handicap thing at all.
Why regular is wrong
Here's another thought, if you are a high handicapper but feel you are inconsistent and struggle with the timing of your swing and consistency of your golf shots. You play with regular flex shafts as you think they suit your handicap better.
Here's what you should be thinking about - why would you use a shaft that is softer and more flexible and therefore harder to time the hit with ?
With golfers in general getting bigger and stronger the emphasis now more than ever, is on creating more control within the club. We work on creating more stability as the lighter shaft with today's bigger, faster club head is creating the speed.
So, the shaft now needs to create better control of the head and ball flight by using a firmer flex. The length of today's drivers, woods and irons is also much longer so a stiffer flex makes a lot more sense for everyone.
In the past flex was your friend but with today's lightweight shafts it can end up being your enemy.
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One of our customers recently got in touch, this is how using correct shaft technology produces results.
When Paul came to see us initially he had a very high ball flight from using regular flex steel shafts in an offset Ping G5 iron head.
We moved him to a new shaft from Project X called the 95 Flighted and custom built his new Driver using a stiffer flex and lower shaft profile to lower the ball flight and create more head stability. A less offset Taylor Made CB head made the ball fly much lower and a lot straighter.
The result Paul now hits the ball lower with less spin and longer. Oh, and he posted an update on our Facebook Page that he also had a hole in one the first time out with them.
Congratulations Paul, thanks for sharing your news.