What Happens When Golf Shafts Are Not Right For Your Swing

We always advise you on what happens when golf shafts are not right for your swing.  A lot of golfers that have never been through our fitting process, think that the majority of their miss-hits are caused by their swing.  Fortunately, that is not always the case!  I will make some predictions for misses based upon a right-handed golfer.  Of course the swing direction makes a big impact.  

Let me summarize what we see by type of club with the wrong shafts:

Driver:   Misses both left and right:  Shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example).  Misses mostly right(push or slice):  Shaft may be too stiff in the butt section (S flex when should be an R) or shaft is too heavy.  Misses mostly left(pull or pull hook):   Shaft is too flexible in the butt section and/or shaft is too light.  Misses off the Top of the ClubFace:  Too steep of swing (negative attack angle) or way too soft of butt section or tip section causing toe droop at impact.  Misses mostly low:  Too much positive attack angle (swinging up on the ball with tee height too low) or shaft butt section and tip section are too stiff.

Fairway Metals:  Misses are fat shots or thin shots:  Shaft is too light and/or too flexible in the butt section.  Misses both left and right:  Shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example).  Misses mostly right(push or slice):  Shaft may be too stiff in the butt section (S flex when should be an R) or shaft is too heavy.  Misses mostly left(pull or pull hook):   Shaft is too flexible in the butt section and/or shaft is too light.  Misses off the Top of the ClubFace:  Too steep of swing (negative attack angle) or way too soft of butt section or tip section causing toe droop at impact.  Misses mostly low:  Too much positive attack angle (swinging up on the ball) or shaft butt section and tip section are too stiff.

Hybrids:  Misses are fat shots or thin shots:  Shaft is too light and/or too flexible in the butt section.  Misses both left and right:  Shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example).  Misses mostly right(push or slice):  Shaft may be too stiff in the butt section (S flex when should be an R) or shaft is too heavy.  Misses mostly left(pull or pull hook):   Shaft is too flexible in the butt section and/or shaft is too light.  Misses off the Top of the ClubFace:  Too steep of swing (negative attack angle) or way too soft of butt section or tip section causing toe droop at impact.  Misses mostly low:  Too much positive attack angle (swinging up on the ball) or shaft butt section and tip section are too stiff.

Irons:  Misses are off the toe:  Shaft is too short, butt section and/or tip section is too stiff, or shaft is too light.  Misses are off the heel:  Shaft is too long, butt section and or tip section is too flexible, or shaft is too heavy.  Misses are low trajectory and low on the face:  Shafts are too short, too stiff and/or too light.  Misses are fat (hit behind the ball):  Shafts are too flexible in the butt and or tip section, too long or too heavy.

Wedges:  Misses are off the toe:  Shaft is too short, butt section and/or tip section is too stiff, or shaft is too light.  Misses are off the heel:  Shaft is too long, butt section and or tip section is too flexible, or shaft is too heavy.  Misses are low trajectory and low on the face:  Shafts are too short, too stiff and/or too light.  Misses are fat (hit behind the ball):  Shafts are too flexible in the butt and or tip section, too long or too heavy.

Ok.  Now the caveats to these observations.  If your swing direction is dramatically left or right of target (usually more than 7 degrees when using a launch monitor), misses left and right of target can be exaggerated!  That is where we as fitters come in.  In a lot of cases, these dramatic inside-out or outside-in moves can be reduced with the right shaft weight and swing weight.

GET FIT!  During a fitting, our trained fitters will use these observations in addition to the recommendations of the BGF (Better Golf…Faster) fitting system to make the best test clubs during your fitting session.  This will give you more distance, improve your accuracy and give you more consistency.  If you are using our MyGolfShafts app or our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, the shafts recommended will be based upon the key factors of your swing:  Tempo, Transition and Release in addition to your distance and shot tendencies.  Either way, you will be FAR better off than buying clubs off-the-rack!

Dan Sueltz