The Difference Between Regular & Stiff Golf Shafts

By Steve Silverman

As golfers learn more about their game, they quickly realize whether they have tendencies when swinging from the tee or the fairway. Some golfers can drive the ball for distance but have a hard time keeping it in the fairway. Some can put it in the fairway but have a hard time getting significant distance. The way you hit the ball, and especially your swing speed, will determine what type of shafts you put on your club.

Stiff shafts

If you are a strong individual and the golf ball jumps off your club head and flies down the fairway with power and purpose, you may not need the extra power added by using flexible or regular shafts. If you have a swing speed faster than 100 mph, you likely need a stiff-shafted. A stiff-shafted club needs more of an effort to flex it, and it tends to result in straighter hits at high speeds.

Regular shafts

These are the clubs that most golfers use. They will flex more easily than stiff-shafted clubs and will give a golfer with a swing speed between 90-100 mph a bit more distance than stiff shafts. The flex is not so severe that it will compromise the accuracy of the shot unless the golfer takes a wild swing to generate as much club head speed as possible.

Deciding factor

Everybody likes to hit the ball for distance, but in the long run accuracy is the key to becoming a successful golfer. If you are constantly hitting your ball out of the trees or from some other hazard, golf will soon become a chore and you will count the minutes until you are done playing. So if you are debating whether to go with clubs that promote accuracy or distance, go with accuracy. 

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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