Golf pro David Ramirez writes a column for the Victoria Advocate to help Crossroads residents improve their games.

Ramirez

David Ramirez 

Today, I would like to talk about making sure you have the right shaft for your woods. In order to select the right shaft, you must consider a few variables, such as swing speed, carry distance, ball speed, trajectory of ball flight, weight and length of the shaft. Analyzing these factors will help to select the best shaft composition, flex(X)(S)(R)(A)(L), flex point, torque and length.

Today, most people use graphite shafts. Graphite shafts are lighter and sturdier than steel and will generate more swing speed, which allows you to hit the ball further.

Selecting the proper flex for your swing is critical to making good contact with the ball. Choosing shaft flex depends on your swing speed and the distance you hit the ball. Shafts comes in five flexes: Extra stiff(X), Stiff (S) Regular(R) Seniors (A) Ladies (L). Extra-Stiff is generally reserved for fast swing speed like the Pros or low digit handicaps.

The Kick point is the spot at which the club bends most during your swing, and torque is how much the shaft resists bending during a swing.

Your swing speed will determine the shaft weight. The slower you swing, the lighter the shaft should be and the faster you swing, the heavier the shaft should be.

The flex point determines the height of the ball flight for your club. The higher the flex point, the lower the trajectory will be, and lower flex point will have a higher trajectory.

Torque is based on the feel you want from your clubs when striking the golf ball. A low torque rating will produce a stiffer feel and a higher torque rating will produce a softer feel. For example, 2.5 degrees for a stiff feel and 3.5 degrees for a softer feel.

Shaft length is a little tricky, but try different length to get the best carry out of your woods. A longer shaft helps with distance, but you can compromise control, so try different shafts that fit you.

If you play a lot of golf and want to get better, consider custom fitting; it will help improve your game and lower your scores.

If you need help with your game, call the Pro Shop at The Club at Colony Creek at 361-576-0020.

David Ramirez is a head golf professional at the Club at Colony Creek. You can contact him at 361-576-0020 or at David@theclubatcolonycreek.com.

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