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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.

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.

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 ...

Also, any stiffness in the shoulders or spine make a fluid and efficient swing impossible. Strengthening the less sollicited support muscles is thus as important (if not more) than training the primary powering muscles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

Ideal for women with small hands and for people with problems with stiff joints. Because you don't have to cross your fingers or to strech them. You put all your 10 fingers on your club.

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.

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.

Guidelines for the flex of steel irons and woods are ;
Regular flex R - 100 ranging to R - 500 ( 500 being stiffer )
Stiff flex S - 100 ranging to S - 500
Tour stiff flex X - 100 and above.

'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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

Keep the arms very close to one another (3),with straight, but not stiff, elbows.

swing speed The speed a player swings a golf club. Faster the speed, the more stiff the shaft should be.
tap in A short putt to hit the ball into the hole.

An average player possessing a swing speed of 75-90 mph, and should look for a regular shaft. Players with more powerful swings, greater than 90 mph, should be fitted with a stiff or firm shaft. This will provide greater control.

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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