Does Shaft Flex Matter In Wedges – Stiff vs Regular vs Senior

Written by John VanDerLaan 

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Most amatuer golfers are focused on hitting the ball further off the tee, but it is the short game that will help them reduce their scores the quickest. In today's post we will answer the question; Does shaft flex matter in wedges?

The short answer is yes, shaft flex matters in wedges, in fact it matters in all of your clubs if you want to play your best.

Let's take a look at why that is and help you to find the right shaft for your wedges.

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Why Does Shaft Flex Matter In Wedges?

It is a proven fact that you will play better with clubs that are fit for your swing and the same is true of the best wedges.

A shaft that is too soft will give you a ballooning ball flight with too much spin and it will be difficult to hit your wedge the same distance all the time.

A shaft that is too stiff will give you a low ball flight with too little spin.

Fitting a driver is much easier than wedges because you are simply looking for the shaft that delivers the right numbers for distance and accuracy.

Fitting wedges is much different because you are going to play many different shots with them. From full shots to little half shots and chips and pitches around the green.

The right wedge shaft will mean tighter dispersion, more spin and more consistency. This adds up to lower scores and can really improve your game.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to the best shaft flex in your wedges. Let's take a look at each of them.

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Two Schools Of Thought On The Best Shaft Flex For Your Wedges

Choosing the best shaft flex for your wedges doesn't have to be difficult.

The best way to find the the right shaft is to go to a qualified club fitter and look at the numbers produced by hitting different shafts.

Data doesn't lie.

A club fitting may not be necessary if you follow our first recommendation below.

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1. Use The Same Shaft That You Have In Your Irons

This method works most of the time and it makes sense. If you hit your irons well, then you can be relatively confident that you will hit your wedges well with the same shaft.

We have 2 playing professionals on staff here at Golf Gear Advisor and one of them, John VanDerLaan, who currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour, uses the same shaft in his wedges as he does in his irons.

He uses the KBS C Taper in S+ flex and he has one of the best wedge games that I have ever seen.

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2. Use A Shaft That Is Slightly Softer Than You Have In Your Irons

This is the second school of thought when choosing the best shaft for your wedges.

Many Tour Pros use this method as well, most notably Tiger Woods, who plays True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 in his irons while playing True Temper Dynamic Gold s400 in his wedges.

The idea is that a softer wedge shaft will have more feel, more spin and be easier to control because you are not hitting your wedges at 100% swing speed. 

It is more about control and hitting them an exact distance.

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Our other playing professional here at Golf Gear Advisor is Michael VanDerLaan and he uses this method, playing KBS Tour X flex in his irons and True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 in his wedges.

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Does Swing Speed Determine Shaft Flex?

Yes swing speed determines shaft flex, but there are other factors that come in to play as well. Most notably is tempo.

Tempo is a combination of how quickly you take the club away from your setup position and how quickly you transition from the backswing to the downswing.

The faster your tempo, the stiffer shaft that you are going to need and the smoother your tempo, the softer the shaft that you are going to need.

You can get a basic idea of the right shaft flex for you based on your swing speed.

Below you will find a swing speed vs shaft flex chart.

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Swing Speed vs Shaft Flex Chart

In the chart below, you can find your driver swing speed and get an idea of the right shaft flex for you.

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Shaft Flex

Driver Swing Speed

Extra Stiff (X Flex)

110 mph +

Stiff (S Flex)

100 - 109 mph

Regular (R Flex)

85 - 99 mph

Senior Flex

76 - 84 mph

Ladies Flex

Less than 75 mph

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The data in the swing speed vs shaft flex chart above is a good starting point and you can probably find a shaft that will fit you relatively well, but if you really want to dial it in, you will need to get fit by a professional club fitter.

It will be money well spent.

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Does Shaft Flex Matter In Wedges - Final Thoughts

It doesn't matter if you are trying to break 70 or break 90, shaft flex does matter in wedges and you will only be able to play your best golf if you have the right wedge shaft for your swing.

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The swing speed vs shaft flex chart above is a good starting point for finding the right wedge shaft for you.

The best way to find the right shaft flex for your wedges is to go see a professional wedge fitter.

They will have you hit golf balls with wedges with different shaft flexes and record the data on a trackman or similar launch monitor.

This will tell you exactly what the right shaft is for your wedges and ultimately will improve your golf game.

Hit em straight!

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John VanDerLaan

John is the Lead Editor and founder at Golf Gear Advisor. He is a golf coach and mentor to his 2 sons that are current playing professionals. His son John is currently playing on the Korn Ferry Tour and his son Michael is currently playing on mini tours and preparing for Q School. John Sr. has been their coach and mentor since they were 2 years old. He helped them to succeed in golf with the right equipment, instruction and mindset. John knows a thing or two about playing good golf and he has a passion for sharing his knowledge with others.

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