1. Does a taper tip shaft play like a parallel tip shaft?
True Temper taper tipped shafts and parallel tipped shafts do play similar to one another. The only difference between the two is tip diameter and weight. True Temper taper tip shafts are constant weight, meaning that each shaft weighs the same from 1 iron to wedges, and parallel are descending weight.
2. What flex shaft should I be playing based on my swing speed?
Although swing speed is not the best determining factor when choosing the right flex shafts for your game, you can get an idea of the right shaft for your game by visiting www.shaftfit.com.
3. What is the best way to take care of steel shafts?
Wipe your clubs and the shafts with a dry cloth or towel after playing in rain or very humid conditions, but never use heavy abrasives to clean golf shafts. Store your clubs in a dry place, free of moisture and excessive humidity. Ensure that the butt ends of the shafts are sealed when replacing the grips to prevent moisture from getting inside of the shafts. Check your shafts for any pitting, rust spots, cracks or dings. If any are found, replace the shafts before playing.
4. What is sub-flex and what is the difference between the sub-flexes?
Sub-flex is the relative stiffness of a shaft measured to a finer degree within a flex category. That is why you'll see flex designations like R200, R300, R400, etc. Weight is the major difference -- 200 is lighter, 400 is heavier. R300, S300, X100 are the standard flexes. About 3 grams is the actual weight difference. For example an R200 may play a little more flexible than the R300 and the R400 may play a little stiffer than the R300 only because of the weight.
5. What can I do to hit the ball farther?
Use a lighter weight shaft. Use a more flexible shaft. Check your lofts and lies on your clubs.
6. What can I do to hit the ball straighter?
Use a heavier shaft. Use a stiffer shaft. Check your lofts and lies on your clubs.
7. What can I do to hit the ball higher (or lower)?
To hit higher: Use a lower bend point shaft (minimal effect) Weaken the loft of the club (major effect) ) To hit lower: Use a higher bend point shaft (minimal effect) Strengthen the loft of the club (major effect)