Today's tip is the last (at least for now!) installment of Doc Griffin's Shaft Myth series. We owe Doc and all of you an apology because this episode was to have run six weeks ago. However, for some reason the video file went missing and only resurfaced a few days ago.
In any event, the topic for today is the myth that the faster your club head speed the stiffer your shaft needs to be. This is a very common misconception in the golf world, and unfortunately, all too often this comes to play when you go to a retailer who doesn't know much about properly fitting clubs to the customer's swing. They ask the person what they think their club head speed is and once they have that number they go to a chart to find what flex the manufacturer recommends. Oh, would that it could be so simple!
Doc uses an example of two golfers with the same exact swing speed. One is a rotational swinger who takes the club back to to parallel and the other a vertical swinger who has a 3/4 swing. The player with the shorter swing loads the club with far greater force than his rotational swing counterpart because he has to accelerate the club head much faster than the rotational player does. This impacts the shaft in an entirely different manner and those differences need to be taken into consideration when choosing the correct shaft for each golfer.
As you've heard us both say many times before, having a qualified club fitter work on your clubs may appear to be a slightly more expensive route to take on the surface but if you let someone sell you a club that isn't right for you you'll pay the price in so many other ways.
Keep it vertical!
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