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rapidmax
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PostSubject: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:51 pm

Hi all

i am new to golf and have been hitting regular steel shaft for iron and stiff graphite for driver/woods and mix of stiff and regular graphite for hybrid.

how do i know for sure which flex i should be using? where do i go? how much does it cost?

Thanks in advance!
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:07 pm

1 word :    FITTER

2 words:  GOLF COACH 

3 words:  NOT YOUR FRIENDS

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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:30 pm

Lol! Spot on Chien!

Unless his friend is also a fitter or a PGA pro

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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:05 pm

Thanks guys. No such luck lah...

Any good fitter to recommend? How much does it cost typically?

Btw will the flex change when I grow in skill and ability? Or is it constant?
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:42 pm

chien wrote:
1 word :    FITTER

2 words:  GOLF COACH 

3 words:  NOT YOUR FRIENDS

cheers
Hitting the nail right on the head.Beer 
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:51 pm

based on swing speed. feel of club you prefer ( stiffer usually harder feel) and consistency of said swing.   the choice is yours.   experiment with clubs or shorten the experiment with some sound advice. see above.  I went the experiment way. it can be argued that it is more costly time and money wise.  but hey I can say I had more fun.
especially in the bushes.
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:31 am

experiment...

whatever numbers on launch monitors, how you feel, is all very personal.

I tried a shaft base on a recommendation from a good well-known golfer, have never looked back since. Didnt matter to me whether I use regular,stiff or XS, it was the result that mattered. I am using a regular driver shaft but drive it consistently, distance wise, i am not too shabby, not a long hitter, but at least i am pretty much on fairways or near it and no longer in the woods as much.

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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:08 am

Personal feel and proper fitting/advice is important.

Purely by numbers, I would do better with a SR or even R shaft as stats had shown I would be able to hit it longer. However, will I be able to keep it on the fairways consistently. Thought trial and testing, it is a no. 

With a heavier shaft, I would keep my tee offs straighter but can I last for 18 holes?
Probably not.

So I am where I am at 60S after fitting and my own feel.

p.s my current driver shaft was also inspired by my Korean idol.

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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:25 am

Thanks to all for sharing. Really appreciate it. It sounds like same as everything in golf, finding the right flex will also be a journey. Hopefully not a too expensive one.
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:29 pm

There are a lot more to just the flex of your shaft, there are also swing weight, different driver head weight, different shaft brand, etc. I would suggest you do the following;

1. Get the swing right - coach
2. Stick to a driver head, then trial with R, SR and S flex.
3. If you change driver, you may have to trial again.
4. Best is go demo when there is a new launch. You get to test without spending $$

Just my 2 cents.
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:59 pm

Rapidmax, how is your setup working for you now? Are you trying to optimize or trying to fix some slice or hook issue?

Looking back, going to a fitter is actually lower cost in the long run as compared trial and error. IMO, without the numbers I will always be just guessing. If the issue is with the swing or the swinger, i think you will be informed.
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:18 pm

Thanks neutral golfer.

Yong Shen, there is no specific issue with my swing. I am just trying to optimize it. The question comes more from settling any equipment issue while I work on my swing. I am also concerned that the wrong equipment would affect my journey to the "natural" swing.
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:27 pm

To optimize, IMO its better and easier when you can test and compare results of the projection of your shots. 

The reason to ask if you are hooking or slicing, usually a slice might suggest that the shaft is too soft for your swing speed and hooking will be the opposite. This is on top of all the other possible errors.
**That's my shallow understanding and just sharing, if there is any error in the information please do correct me. Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Regular? Stiff? How do you know for sure?   Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:40 pm

IMHO, it's not stiff or regular, it's your tempo of your swing, if u can maintain consistent tempo throughout 18 holes with same tempo with stiff then be it lor
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