How to Pick the Best Golf Clubs for Your Swing Speed

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How to Pick the Best Golf Clubs for Your Swing Speed
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In golf, using the correct club can make the difference between a mediocre score and a great one. A big variable in your success is matching the club to your swing speed. Finding the appropriate golf club for your swing speed is much easier than most would imagine. Today's technology offers all different type of club shafts that can fit perfectly to your swing. These shafts come in two forms: steel and graphite.

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Things you need

  • Swing Speed Reader

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  1. 1

    Find your swing speed with your driver. You can do this by going to a local store or pro shop. You can also obtain an at-home swing speed reader that attaches to the shaft of your driver.

  2. 2

    Decide whether you are a slow, medium, or fast swinger. A slow swing speed will be roughly 80mph or less. Medium swing speed would be between 80 and 100mph. Fast swing speed would be faster than 100mph.

  3. 3

    Decide on a shaft that is appropriate for your swing speed. Slow swings should have a soft flex shaft. Medium swings should have a regular flex shaft. Fast swings should have a stiff flex shaft. You can even opt for an extra stiff shaft if your swing speed is significantly faster than most. Matching a shaft's flex to your swing speed is important because if you are a fast swinger with a soft flex shaft, the club head will bend more and always meet the ball with an open club face causing a slice. A fast swinger can also break a soft flex shaft when taking a divot.

  4. 4

    Decide on either a graphite or steel shaft for your irons. Drivers should always be graphite because of its ability to add yardage. Slower swing should choose to use a graphite shaft for the same reason as having it on the driver. It adds yardage. A faster swing speed should use steel because it is more consistent and you don't have to worry about getting extra yardage.

  5. 5

    Decide on an appropriate club head for your irons. Club heads come in full cavity, half cavity, and blades. Full cavity or half cavity would be for a slower swing speed because of its ability to help the ball in the air. A fast swing speed can use half cavity or blades, but should never go full cavity. A faster swing speed can also go for forged club heads in order to add some extra consistency.

Tips and warnings

  • Get fitted at your local golf shop when you purchase a new set of clubs.

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