I often get asked about golf shaft fitting and I do my best to answer them. Here is a question regarding ‘transition: What role does ‘transition’ play on the golf shaft and what kind of tips can you provide in finding the right shaft?
Because the difference in how forceful the golfer starts the downswing can be
of high importance to finding the right overall stiffness in the shaft along
with the right shaft weight and right headweight feel as well.
Typically if you have two golfers with the same clubhead speed, the one with
a much more forceful transition move will do better with at least ½ flex stiffer
shaft than what would be normal for that swing speed, with a 20g heavier shaft
weight and in the area of 2 to 3 swingweight points higher in the headweight
feel than the golfer with a pause at the top and a very smooth, gradual
Golfers with a strong transition who end up with too light of a total weight
and/or too light of a swingweight tend to experience a higher degree of off
center hits, more heel side hits, and even the tendency to make a slight outside
in path become more outside in.