October 17

Female Golfers and the Lack of Golf Shaft Options

Golf Club Fitting


I’ve always wondered what female golfers think about their gear.

Then I had an epiphany: I can see for myself if at least one component is good for them.  That’d be the golf shaft; something I consider one of my strengths!

Well, it turns out…

female golfers shaft flex

This is a Shaft Bend Profile graph of all the “L” and “LL” (supposedly, “stronger woman flex”) in the database.

For transparency, I did leave out a few models that were A/L combo flex shafts.

What we can see is, there’s no “standard”- even when it comes to supposedly gender-specific golf shafts.

I think it’s worse for you female golfers- and the lack of golf shaft options- is very off-putting.  With guys, we get plenty: A, R, S, X.  Some companies break it down even farther, with designations like “firm”, “tour stiff”, extra-extra stiff (“XX”)…

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With women, however, they get one real option, “L”.

I should really say it as it’s presented to them that they only have one option.  Honestly, the marketing departments really don’t cater to women; how many commercials do they run aimed at that demographic?  What makes anyone think they’d try to show them they have options- especially when it comes to golf shafts?

Maybe I’m wrong, but to me it feels as if they don’t think female golfers are serious enough to deserve more.

I mean, come on; for you lady golfers, the majority of your component choices are the same as the guys.  The men’s driver heads are in the 198-205 gram range- but so are the ladies.

You do get “womanly” color schemes, like “aqua splash” and “raspberry”, compared to “strong blue” and “turbulence/green gecko”.  So you got that going for you… which is nice.  Probably.

Honestly, I don’t really know about that one.

Grips are all over the place for everyone, so we won’t really go into that.

Lengths are shorter in ladies drivers, generally only an inch in comparable models.

For golf shafts designed for women, the weights average in the 50 gram area.  There is one model in the graph that’s 70ish grams, but it’s an outlier.

How does an average male driver compare to an average female driver?

Male Driver:

  • Head weight: 200g
  • Shaft weight: 65g
  • Grip weight: 48g
  • Total weight: 313g

Female Driver:

  • Head weight: 200g
  • Shaft weight: 50g
  • Grip weight: 48g
  • Total weight: 298g

Total Weight Difference: 15 grams.

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A typical female driver weighs three nickels, or three brand-new crayons, lighter than a typical male driver.  On top of that, they only get one shaft option- which has an untold number of different true flex properties!

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: get fitted for your sticks.

Ladies, I don’t care if you don’t think you’re a good enough golfer, or if you don’t think you play enough, or whatever other mental barrier you put up.

Your skill level doesn’t change the fact that a fitted set will help put you in a good starting point to put your best effort on the ball.  That it will find a set make up that covers all the yardage gaps consistently, so you can play more freely.

One piece of advice: don’t believe that your only option is the “L” flex, or the rare “LL” flex.  How fast you swing, how quickly you transition from the backswing to the downswing and how late you release the club- those will help determine shaft flex.  Don’t rely too much on so-called “conventional wisdom”.

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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