Q&A: At what point will a bent golf club shaft affect your swing?
Question by xeroxman2901: At what point will a bent golf club shaft affect your swing?
I have some clubs where the shaft is bent about 1/4 up the shaft from the head, 9, 3, 4, and 6 irons. This was caused by a suitcase placed on top of the golf bag in a car trunk. These are steel, regular flex.
If you were to roll the clubs on a flat table, you’d see a bigger gap between the shaft and table based on the curve of the bend in the shaft. A straight shaft would be the same gap for a full rotation.
The biggest gap difference is about 1 millimeter, measured by placing playing cards into the gap between the table and the shaft, with the bend facing down and the bend facing up. I can visually see the shaft is bent without the cards, but it takes close inspection to see.
I’m a fairly new player learning how to swing and was wondering if this should matter that much.
1. Are bent shafts inevitable?
2. Is there some degree of bend allowed in a shaft to where it’s still considered ‘straight’?
3. Is this going to affect my learning or will it only matter for scratch golfer?
Answer by Ohio_Golfer34
The answer above me is spam, don’t listen to that nonsense about spine aligning your clubs, that’s snake-oil.
He is correct about one thing though, bent clubs will not produce consistent results. I think they would be safe to play with since the bending is very slight, however I know speaking for me, I would always wonder if that push to the right was because my club was bent or because the swing was bad.
The bending of the shaft will effect the ball flight because of changes to the loft, lie, and face angle….a golf club is actually a precision instrument, if everything is good….the results can be really good. If some thing are bad, say the loft and lie…..then you could make a great swing and end up with a less than great result.
To answer your three questions:
1) Steel shafts should never be bent.
2) There is some degree of flex that is associated with the weight of the club head. Never having seen your clubs I’m assuming that the bend you’re referring to is something outside of that because you’re talking about specific clubs in the set.
3) It could effect your learning.
My recommendation would be to have the bent clubs reshafted and have them all inspected by a professional clubfitter or PGA certified repair shop (all Golf Galaxy’s have repair shops, and so do many Dick’s Sporting Goods) This shouldn’t cost you much money…possibly $ 15 to 20 bucks a club max.
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