Shaft Weight vs. Flex

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By Mark M

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  1. I'm not sure if this should be in "club fitting" or "golf clubs", so please feel free to move it if I'm posting in the wrong place!

    I recently decided to upgrade irons from my old Cleveland TA6. Unfortunately, I have a limited budget. I previously had luck purchasing pre-swung Titleist clubs (a 910 D2, 910 F and 910 H), so I figured buying quality pre-swung irons would be better "bang for my buck" than cheaper new irons. I went to a "local" (closest being 2 hrs away) golf retail store to hit some balls so I had an idea what I should be looking for. I don't have an official handicap, but I would guess it's around a 12 and I've settled on either AP1s or AP2s.

    After reviewing my data from TrackMan, the pro there recommended I look for a regular flex shaft in the 105-115g range, but that the stiffness could/would depend on the weight of the shaft. I'm having trouble finding pre-swung clubs that fit that range. Most of the regular flex shafts I'm seeing are 90-95g and the stiff flex are 120-130g. So my question is, how much is going outside of that going to hurt me? Would I be OK with a lighter stiff shaft (say a TT XP 95 S300) or a heavier stiff shaft (say Project X 6.0)?

    I know getting fit for clubs/shafts is 100% the best way to go, but that's just not possible right now. Thank you in advance for your responses!

  2. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Since you are buying them used, you can pretty much buy any set and have a local golf shop re-shaft them for you. You should be able to get that done for about $25-35 a club with most of the common 115 g stiff metal shaft. Just factor that into the purchase price. If nothing local, you can also contact places like 2nd Swing or Dallas Golf that usually offer building services. Likely they will have a set with the heads you want and may offer a package price to re-shaft that would be cheaper than online and then a local re-shaft.
  3. I would get properly fit from either a Titleist Thursday event, an authorised Titleist Fitter or even a retail store. Get you're shaft specs and try find them online. If you're on a budget that is.

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