Picking a shaft isn’t just about ‘R’ or ‘S’
‘A SHORTER SHAFT CAN IMPROVE CONTACT, WHICH INCREASES DISTANCE.’
When you swing a club with a shaft that feels good, you aren’t responding to the regular or stiff flex. You’re feeling the tip stiffness and torque. Those factors, along with shaft weight, give you the spin, distance, control and feel you want. So don’t fixate on the letter on the shaft band. And don’t buy off the rack: You wouldn’t buy a suit or dress without checking the fit, would you?
Jared Zak, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, is based at Sea Island Golf Club in St Simons Island, Georgia.