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Knock It Stiff
When To Go for It, When To Play It Safe
By Brady Riggs, PGA, photos by Ryan Noll ...

Playing with the stiffest shaft allows you to swing more aggressively.
This is particularly true if you have a hooking problem. The stiffer shaft does not whip through and close the clubface as easily as a whippy shaft does, so in effect you can swing more aggressively.

Stiff : To put a shot close to the hole. Example: I just knew she was going to knock it stiff.
Stoney : A shot that stops close to the hole. Example: I just knew she was going to hit it stoney.

Tip Stiffness: Refers to the stiffness of the shaft end nearest to the clubhead. Softer tips typically have greater feel and a higher launch angle. Conversely, stiff tips typically are more accurate and have a lower launch angle.

To hit a perfect shot
The appointment you make for a round of golf ...

A stiffer shaft moving slower will not keep the club head against the ball so well.

If you're looking to increase your distance off the tee, you need to marry up your swing speed with the proper shaft flex. And you can do this most accurately by obtaining a swing speed monitor, or going in to your local golf shop to be fitted.

Tip Stiff
A shaft whose tip is measurably stiff as compared to other sections of the shaft. Tip stiff shafts are generally designed with harder swinging players in mind.
Tip to First Step ...

Extra Stiff
2. Stiff
3. Regular
4. Senior
5. Ladies
Why is the flex in your shaft important? Well, when you have a flex that doesn't match the needs of your swing, the result is the clubface being misaligned at impact, causing your shots to go off-target. Not good.

By using a stiffer shaft you will probably hit the ball a little lower and with less distance, and the impact will be slightly harsher while the clubface may remain slightly open.
Therefore, consider dropping down a flex and you might just be rewarded with a tighter shot dispersion and lower scores.

How to Choose a Stiff Flex Shaft
Golfers who are serious about shooting the lowest scores possible should strongly consider the flex of the golf shaft. Flex is the ability of the shaft to bend throughout the golf swing. There are five types of flex: ladies, senior, regular, stiff, and extra stiff.

Muscle and joint stiffness makes it difficult to get the body in proper position at setup, and even harder to maintain the spine angle, hip and knee bend throughout the swing. Fortunately, a handful of simple stretches can greatly improve flexibility in the hips, core and shoulders.

In principle, the stiffer the shaft, the lighter the feel. If you replace steel shafts of your golf clubs with lighter graphite shafts, the swing-weight should become heavier while the total weight of the clubs becomes lighter.

Contorted arms are stiff arms, and you cannot freely swing a rigid limb.

scorecard (also "card") the card (usually stiff paper) used to record and tally scores during and after a round of golf
Example: Bill had four birdies on the scorecard/card today. scoring 1. the markings (grooves, dimples, scratches, etc.) on the face of a golf club 2.

Flex is usually identified by a letter: L for ladies, A for senior, R for regular, S for stiff and X for extra stiff. Graphite shafts commonly use the term Firm instead of Stiff for Firm and Extra Firm graphite shafts.

Also, a stiff right arm will cause the clubface to open. If you start your swing from an address position with the clubface open it.s very difficult to get the clubface square again before impact.
Playing the ball too far back in your stance.

Flex - the designation assigned to a shaft based on its stiffness, or ability to resist bending flier: ball hit at the green lacking backspin from lack of improper contact
Flag - The cloth marker attached to the flagstick.

Course owners are permitted to check shaft stiffness before play begins.
Course owners reserve the right to restrict club length to avoid damage to the hole.
Object of the game is to take as many strokes as necessary until the owner is satisfied play is complete.

That's important--and the main reason that a strong player with an athletic background needs a stiff shaft. If you swing with speed, a shaft with a regular flex is more "whippy". If you swung at the right speed, the whip action would make the ball go farther.

Most of us experience some sort of joint stiffness and loss of flexibility after not swinging for a period of time and then teeing it up on the links, or many others experience pain after hitting too many balls or playing too much.

NAME one of these sports that you can keep your legs locked, arms straight and stiff, body tense, and still be able do it well? It does not happen. So why do people insist on playing golf from a unbalanced, stiff position? Think about it !! ...

Bring the club back with a slight wrist set, then swing down with your elbows staying stiff through impact and your lead wrist bowed (above, left). The clubhead should stay low to the ground, your hands finishing out and away from your body. The ball will come off low, skip forward, then check up.

In the photo above, I've got a stiff wind blowing from right to left. Instead of battling it, I've opted to hit a drawing tee shot with hopes that the wind works alongside me to move the ball from right to left.

Compression: The stiffness or density rating of a golf ball. A golf ball compresses at the moment it is struck by the club. Balls with a higher compression rating compress less than balls with a lower compression rating.

Keep the arms very close to one another (3),with straight, but not stiff, elbows.
When seen from along the target line, the right shoulder must be in line with or slightly behind the left, and both arms must be level with one another - neither sagging below the other.

MODULUS - A measure of stiffness. It refers to a material's ability to resist
bending or stretching. The higher the modulus, the stiffer the fiber.

When the mind is anxious, the body can shake, sweat, and stiffen up - the physiological symptoms include a dry mouth, increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate, feeling nauseous , and frequent urination or bowel movement.

'It wasn't long after Australia that I discovered the shafts I had in a new set of clubs were far too stiff. They would be OK for Phil Mickelson, but not for me,' explained Britain's former world no one. 'I then went on to win tournaments in America, Japan and Europe and had a great season.

Frequency Matching: An alternative to calibrating shafts as stiff or regular by measuring the deflection at the tip. The frequency matching method electronically measures and calibrates the frequency of the shaft ...

The amount of bend or the degree of stiffness of the club shaft.
A ball is hit without spin and goes for a greater distance than normal ...

The amount of bend or the degree of stiffness of the club shaft.
To hit the ball from the sand trap using a steeply lofted club with the club hitting into the sand behind the ball and spraying a large amount of sand.

The bottom line is that tiers usually present a stiff challenge to making sure you get the ball all the way to the top, and thereafter have the right force left over to get the ball the rest of the way to the hole. Here's a tip to convert a tier to just more footage of the lower zone's slope.

If your club head speed is over 100 mph then make sure that the shaft of your driver has a stiff flex and also you need a lower lofted club, usually around 8 degrees or so.

I think my iron shafts are too weak for me. I feel my irons lagging too much behind in my swing. But I'm concerned a stiffer flex will force me to overswing. I've always heard play as weak flex shaft as you can.
your thoughts?

A soft-bristled brush should work fine. If you've allowed dirt to build up in the grooves and harden over time, you may need to allow more soaking time and then use a stiff-bristled brush. Never use a wire-bristled brush during cleaning, because this can scratch the surface of the clubface.
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Make sure your outer elbows are not pointing outwards.
Make sure your right arm does not get to stiff, keep the inner elbow soft.
4. How do I position the Shoulders?

flex The flexibility of a club's shaft. Depending on a player's golf swing speed, a different flex is required. The faster the swing speed, the stiffer the shaft should be.
flights Used in golf tournaments to allow players of similar handicaps to compete.

flex The amount of bend or the degree of stiffness of the club shaft.
may be placed in a flight.
follow-through The continuation of the swing after the ball has been hit.
fore An expression used to warn anyone who may be in danger from the flight of the ball.

banana ball; a wildly curving shot from left to right for a right-handed player starter tee master, master of the tee; the person in charge of controlling play at a golf course starting time tee time, time; a reservation or appointment to play at a specific time stoney stick it, stiff; ...

See also: See also: Golf, Swing, Hit, Shot, Shaft

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