Playing with the correct shaft for your Driver is essential, and you could argue it’s more important than the clubhead or golf ball you choose. When it comes to shafts, the difficulty is there are hundreds of options for all different types of players. So, where do you start?
If you’re about to invest in one of the best golf drivers for seniors, then understanding the type of shaft you need can influence your decision. That’s the purpose of this article; to help you know what shaft a senior golfer might be best.
You will have to excuse the generalizations I will make about senior golfers in terms of strength and general swing speed compared to someone in their 30’s. Albeit, I know some of you out there do break the mold – as I have played with many!
Before I explain which shafts senior golfers should use, you need to know and understand what a senior flex driver shaft is. We have covered that with some clear examples in a previous article, so you may want to click that link and go and have a quick read first.
The last point to make before we dive in is that you should understand that everyone’s swing, handicap, and position at impact are different. This means drawing a chart that places golfers into shaft categories based on things like a handicap, age, and swing speed isn’t the best way forward.
So let’s get stuck in.
So, What Shaft Should A Senior Golfer Use?
To answer that question, you need to know three things.
- What is your typical shot shape?
- What is your swing speed?
- What spin rate do you create?
By shot shape, I am looking at the path of your club and the position of your clubface at impact. By path, I mean you approach the golf ball from the inside or cut across it. At the clubface position at impact, you need to know whether it aims square to the target, left, or right.
The swing speed is self-explanatory; you need to know how much power you create at impact in Kph/Mph of clubhead speed.
The spin rate is vital for distance and accuracy. If you are creating over 3,000 rpm of spin on your golf ball, that suggests that you are hitting down on the ball too much. A high spin rate will certainly lose distance and increase the chances of a draw or a slice – bad shots that get even further into trouble.
The shaft you select will either mitigate or exacerbate the shots you hit. What we should do is choose the shaft that is right for us and not the one that is labeled “senior” or “regular.”
An independent golf study by My Golf Spy found that selecting a shaft based on flex alone did not give players the best shaft for their game. So, we need to take the abovementioned factors and understand our numbers.
Let’s now look at some examples of what I see in senior golfers, answer some of those questions, and demonstrate a selection of shafts that would be worth trying.
Example 1 – The Pull / Draw Golfer
If you are a senior golfer that typically pulls the ball left or draws it too much. I would always look at the shaft in your clubs. Let’s start with the Driver.
As we know from this article, a senior flex driver will have high torque and soft flex. This helps the clubface close and aim left through the impact zone.
Therefore, a senior golfer in this example may benefit from a regular shaft or perhaps a stiff shaft. This would mitigate the amount of flexing & twisting the shaft does in the downswing and keep the clubface square.
The only thing we may compromise is the amount of carry on the Driver, but not always. I believe an excellent shaft to try would be the affordable Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue 45. The 45 is the grams; this is a super lightweight shaft, as a senior golfer, this would allow you to keep your swing speed. The 45 grams shaft is available in senior flex, regular and stiff.
Why not buy all 3, try them, and return 2!
Example 2 – The Low-ball Flight Golfer
Some senior golfers generate plenty of power yet hit the ball low.
When you are a golfer that hits a low-ball flight, you know that a higher flight could result in 30+ more yards.
The correct shaft here could be a senior flex, but I am interested in the “kick point.” The lower the kick point in the shaft, the higher the ball flight. An example shaft that can provide a higher ball flight due to its composition is the Aldila NXT GEN NVS 55.
Don’t place yourself in a category based on “age” or “swing speed.” Remember, the best shaft for you as a senior golfer is the one that goes the straightest and furthest.
This isn’t necessarily going to be the “senior flex.” We want to know more about your swing speed, how the clubface moves through impact, and the spin you create on the ball.
Your local PGA Professional can help you select the right shaft for your swing, but if you have an Amazon account, we suggest trying the Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue 45 or Aldila NXT GEN NVS 55. Safe in knowing that if the results do not improve, you can always return them.
The next article in our series about senior drivers looks at how do senior golfers increase driving distances. It looks at areas such as how to improve tempo, how to increase your flexibility, how to improve your strength and how to check you have the right equipment.