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What golf clubs are ideal for seniors?

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Golf clubs that have the appropriate shaft flex and length for seniors are ideal. All of the major golf club manufacturers including Callaway, Mizuno, Nike, Taylormade and Titlelist, make clubs with varying shaft flexes and lengths. Shaft flex has five ratings: extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior and ladies. Shaft lengths are customizable.

Shaft flex is the ability of the shaft to bend during the golf swing. Typically, young, strong players require an extra stiff shaft to accommodate a higher swing speed. However, as a golfer ages, his swing speed typically slows, necessitating a club with more flex. Using a club that is too stiff has several negative effects on a golfer. First, shots tend to be shorter and lower for each club. Second, balls tend to go off course because it is harder to get the clubface square to the ball at impact. Finally, shots feel less solid, even on well-hit balls.

Shaft length corresponds with height, which is measured while the golfer stands straight up. As people age, they tend to lose a bit of height. As a result, the clubs a golfer has used for years might need replacing once the golfer becomes a senior. Most reputable golf store provide a club-fitting service at no charge.


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