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When should you consider switching to a senior flex

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#1 tin76cup


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Posted 22 March 2009 - 03:55 PM

I'm 64 and have an index of 12.3 currently playing with stock regular flex shafts in all of my clubs the one exception being my driver.  See what's in the bag.  I played stiff shafts into my mid to late 50's without any really noticeable loss in distance from club to club.  The same was true after making the switch to regular flex.  Beginning late last year and continuing to the present I now find myself hitting longer and longer irons shorter and shorter distances.  My normal ball flight is a high fade.  I plan on playing golf until they shovel dirt on me so my question is at what point do I throw in the towel and make the switch to senior flex shafts?  Is there a swing speed range that would be best suited to a senior flex?  Are 'A', "Lite' and Senior flexes virtually the same? Finally, I love the irons I'm playing and would consider having them re-shafted as opposed to buying a new set.  Any recommendations for a quality senior flex shaft (woods, hybrids, irons).  Any replies would be appreciated.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:11 PM

I'm a 62-year old woman with a 14 hdcp. Had been playing with regular-flex, steel shafts until last summer. Switched to senior flex after having a fitting with my teaching pro who is a club-fitting specialist with Callaway and a friend [he swore he wouldn't sell me anything that wasn't an improvement]. IMHO the decision has little to do with age; more about personal comfort level and how much you are willing to pay for it. Also, the previous irons were some 10-years old. How much of the new found comfort is due to the softer flex and how much to new head technology is an unknown. I had't lost distance [yet], but found about 1-club [150 vs. 160 w 5I; gap is now my go-to @ 100yds] with the new setup and none of the dreaded loss of control that I had feared switching to graphite, senior flex irons. The lighter head/shaft combo has actually improved my swing speed; I don't seem to have to work nearly as hard as before. Find yourself someone in your area with the ability to let you hit different flex setups and judge for yourself whether it's worth the investment.

Edited by Debit, 23 March 2009 - 05:14 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 05:37 PM

I am a 63 year old man with a 20 handicap.  I switched to senior shafts several years ago including my FT-I driver.  Very recently I went i-Mix and just switched to a regular shaft (Bassara UL43) on my driver.  That has given me 20-30 more yards on my drives but I still use the senior shafts for my other clubs which I don't swing as hard.

So my answer is switch when your swing speed justifies it for the clubs that you swing at a slower speed.


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:49 PM

When you swing 60-65mph with a six iron or when you can't get it to carry 140 with a medium height flight.


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:55 PM

Dont let the name of the shaft fool you. It is all based of swing speed.


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Posted 26 March 2009 - 04:16 PM

View PostBoHeidrick, on Mar 25 2009, 10:55 PM, said:

Dont let the name of the shaft fool you. It is all based of swing speed.
Can you explain please.Thanks


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Posted 27 March 2009 - 03:41 PM

It is not a question of age, it is a question swing speed & desired flight characteristics...  If you are properly fit by your pro or another person, they can tell the shaft that best fits YOU at this time.


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Posted 27 March 2009 - 04:45 PM

     I just finished a set of hybrids with A flex graphite, for a friend.  They hit nice, but nothing exciting.  I reshafted my 33,s with NS Pro 850 steel, last week.  They remain my favorite irons.  TY NS Pro :tongue:



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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:29 AM

I don't intend to toss a monkey wrench into the works...but...

The variation in "flex" is unpredictable, unreliable, etc., etc., etc. between one mfg. and another and, at times, even within different lines from the same mfg.

Meaning, one company's R flex is another company's A flex, etc.  As your swing speed or swing arc slows and/or narrows, it can be an eye opening experience to try different flex shafts.  Yes, A flex and Senior Flex and Soft Regular and Light flex are for the most part interchangeable terms.  But that's all they are, terms.

I've gone from regular to senior flex in my hybrids, for example, and notice a higher trajectory, greater distance and, most importantly, a relaxing of my swing to a more natural rhythm (for me) and a sense that the club and shaft are doing the work, I can simply swing the club.  

The earlier post about swing speed and what club you use to hit 140-150 on the fly, not rollout, is a good guide.  Hope this helps a bit.


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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:59 PM

Could you tell me where to find that thread about what club to use to fly 140 to 150 yards.
I tried searching but couldn't find it.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 02:57 PM

I'm not a senior but just wanted to comment on the difference I saw in my friends game. He's about mid 50's and got fitted over the offseason. He got a 10.5* Wishon driver with a senior flex and woods/hybrids all the way to a 6i. I couldn't believe how well he came out playing. I can no longer outdrive him with my 3W and he beat me twice in a row with back to back 79's. He can reach all the par 4's now and stop the ball with those hybrids. I was so impressed that it's lead me to dump my 3i for a hybrid immediately.


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