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Senior Flex vs. Ladies Flex?


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#1 Golf Ball Wacker Guy

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

Been looking for a Ladies driver for my g/f and came across a 12* r9 with a senior flex shaft pretty cheap.

Not too familiar with the two. How big of a difference is there? She's fairly new to the game but fairly athletic.


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

The difference is usually just tipping. I know a lot of shafts come in combo flex R/S and A/L. The difference between Senior (A) and Ladies (L) is that you simply tip the  shaft 1" (usually) to create a senior flex, and leave the shaft un-tipped for a ladies flex.

These are just my observations on it, but I cannot see much difference other than that.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

View PostGolf Ball Wacker Guy, on 13 November 2012 - 05:32 PM, said:

Been looking for a Ladies driver for my g/f and came across a 12* r9 with a senior flex shaft pretty cheap.

Not too familiar with the two. How big of a difference is there? She's fairly new to the game but fairly athletic.

First I would refer you to Tom Wishon's excellent posts on shaft flex and the importance (or irrelevance) thereof.

Second, I would observe that "fairly new to golf" and "fairly athletic" indicate to me that she could well be fitted nicely in either A or L, depending on the vagaries that exist in those two labels. And it could well be that either would work nicely. I think it is well worth a go with the R9.

Third, I would just note that I have in my bag one club with L flex, several clubs with R flex, and one club with A flex. They are in my bag because I hit them better than other alternatives I have tried. I am not currently a low handicap golfer, so her results may vary. But I also note that the L flex club is a favorite that I use for a variety of "go to" shots.

Bottom line, I would give her the R9 and say, "you have an athletic swing, especially with the driver, this should suit you well." No comments like "Now you have to swing like a man", or anything even slightly similar.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

In my experience weight is a bigger factor than is flex of a golf club.  Senior and Ladies shafts tend to be fairly similar in weights, so I doubt the shaft in the R9 will really be the issue.  I'd also guess that the 12 Degree driver should be a great starter club for you girlfriend.




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