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But, but I play * flex shafts!!!

Discussion in 'Hacker's Anonymous' started by limpalong, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Rec'd my new Golf Magazine in today's mail. That's the only magazine I receive as the one daughter renews my subscription each year as a birthday gift. I always look at the clubs specific pros are playing. This month is highlighting Lexi Thompson's bag. Here's what I found interesting.

    Lexi's driver has an 'X' flex shaft. Her fairway and hybrid have 'S' flex. Her wedges have 'S200' shafts which are a light 'S' flex. And, her irons have 5.0 Project X shafts which are a light regular flex. What??? From 'X' flex in a driver to light regular in her irons??? And, we say "I play 'S' flex in my clubs." Or "I play regular flex in my clubs." I will have a mix between stiff and regular from time to time, but any thing stiffer than 'R' flex are quickly being excluded from play. Lexi is one of the top LPGA players and one I enjoy watching play. Just never thought I'd see someone playing such a variety of shaft flexes... unless it was a beginner with a set of pawn shop throwaways.
     
  2. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I saw that article too. Did you see the yardages she hits each club? :eek:
     
  3. SiberianDVM

    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    I disagree that Project X 5.0 play as a light regular. When I tried them, several years ago, they felt more like a stiff.

    Of course, if I was playing with Lexi, everything I owned would be like a stiff.
     
  4. PaPaD

    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    She might like the launch angle she gets with the 5.0 shafts. Golfers at that talent level can hit most any flex and learn to control it - they play a different game - one we are not familiar with. The owner of our local shop here in VA is a + handicapper. I have played golf with him - he is truly talented. His opinion on shaft flex is he can hit and control anything from ladies to tour stiff - he just as to find the right feel and launch angle.
     
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    subsonic Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Project X is a different beast for sure. I have tried 6.0 in the past and they were stiff as a board. Zero Feel.

    Nothing to do with this, but Flighted Rifles are some of the best I have ever hit. Feel great and the flex numbers felt accurate.
     
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    jhmeg2 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, she "almost" hits it as far as warbirdlover.
     
  7. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Must be why she asked me for lessons. :p
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    Thousands of hours on a launch monitor playing with every single variable. Play what works the best.
     
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    thegolfclubdoc Active Member

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    I really don't know what flex shafts I should be playing. Right now I have regular flex but I have played stiff flex for years. I don't see a difference at all.

    Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
     
  10. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    Quality and suitable weight are big factors also. Quality shafts prevent twisting on the down swing amongst other things. My fitter has me fitted with heavier shafts to help keep my arms being overactive in the swing.

    One manufacturer’s regular is another’s stiff. Particularly when there can also be variances in the same flex shafts in low end models. My tip? See a good fitter who has all the good measuring gear.
     

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