6. Equipment & Shaft Lean | How Your Clubs Affect Your Swing

June 12, 20248 min read

Optimize Your Gear: How Equipment Affects Shaft Lean in Golf

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Introduction

The right equipment can significantly impact your ability to achieve proper shaft lean. From club selection to grip size, various factors influence your swing mechanics and overall performance. In this blog post, I'll explore how different aspects of your equipment affect shaft lean and provide tips for optimizing your gear to enhance your game. It's essential to understand the nuances of your equipment, as it directly correlates with your performance on the course. By making informed choices, you can achieve better consistency and control in your golf game.

As a professionally certified Titleist Club Fitter, I have seen firsthand the profound impact that properly fitted equipment can have on a golfer's performance. My expertise allows me to tailor clubs to each individual, ensuring that every golfer can maximize their potential on the course. You can learn more about my credentials and services on my about page.

Choosing the Right Clubs

Selecting the right clubs is crucial for promoting proper shaft lean. Clubs that are custom-fitted to your swing can help you achieve better positions at impact. When choosing clubs, consider factors such as shaft length, lie angle, and clubhead design. Custom fitting sessions with a professional can help you find the best clubs for your swing style and mechanics. At EJS Golf, I always emphasize the importance of tailored equipment, which you can explore more about on my Scottsdale Golf Lessons page.

During a fitting session, I analyze your swing mechanics and take precise measurements to determine the ideal specifications for your clubs. For example, a golfer with a 90 mph swing speed might benefit from a slightly longer shaft and a more upright lie angle to promote better contact and improved shaft lean. These small adjustments can lead to significant improvements in your game. By visiting ejsgolf.com, you can learn more about how we can assist you in finding the perfect clubs for your game.

Shaft Flex and Shaft Lean

Shaft flex plays a vital role in your swing mechanics and ability to achieve proper shaft lean. The right shaft flex allows for optimal lag and a powerful strike. To determine the best shaft flex for your swing, consider your swing speed and tempo. Testing different shaft flexes during a custom fitting session can help you identify the most suitable option. By visiting ejsgolf.com, you can learn more about how we can assist you in finding the perfect shaft flex for your game.

For instance, a golfer with a fast swing speed of over 100 mph typically needs a stiffer shaft to maintain control and accuracy. Conversely, a golfer with a slower swing speed of 70 mph might benefit from a more flexible shaft to generate more distance and achieve better shaft lean. These personalized adjustments can dramatically enhance your ball striking and overall performance. More detailed insights into shaft flex and its impact can be found on our blog.

Clubhead Design

The design of the clubhead can also influence shaft lean. Different clubhead designs offer varying levels of forgiveness and control. For example, cavity-back irons tend to be more forgiving and can help maintain proper shaft lean even on off-center strikes. Choosing a clubhead design that matches your skill level and swing style is essential for optimizing your performance. At EJS Golf, we provide detailed insights into various clubhead designs on our blog.

In my experience, high-handicap golfers often benefit from larger clubheads with a lower center of gravity, which helps to launch the ball higher and straighter. On the other hand, lower-handicap players might prefer a smaller, more traditional clubhead that offers greater control and workability. Understanding these nuances allows me to recommend the best clubhead design for each golfer. You can learn more about these recommendations on our online lessons page.

Grip and Shaft Lean

Your grip size and material can affect your ability to achieve and maintain proper shaft lean. A grip that is too thick or too thin can lead to improper wrist positions and hinder your swing mechanics. Ensure your grip size fits your hand size and swing style. Additionally, consider the material of the grip for comfort and durability. Regularly replacing worn grips can also help maintain consistent performance. For more tips on grips and how they affect your swing, visit our online lessons section.

For example, a golfer with larger hands might need a thicker grip to ensure a secure hold and proper wrist action. Conversely, a golfer with smaller hands might benefit from a thinner grip to maintain control and feel. These adjustments, though seemingly minor, can have a significant impact on your ability to achieve proper shaft lean. Detailed advice on grip sizes and materials can be found on our blog.

Adjustable Clubs

Adjustable clubs offer the flexibility to fine-tune your equipment to match your swing mechanics. Adjustable drivers, for example, allow you to change the loft, lie, and face angle, helping you achieve better shaft lean and ball flight. Utilizing the adjustable features of your clubs can help you adapt to different course conditions and optimize your performance. This adaptability is something we delve into extensively in our lessons, which you can read more about on our Scottsdale Golf Lessons page.

In one instance, a student of mine, John, was struggling with inconsistent ball flight due to his driver’s settings. After adjusting the loft by 2 degrees and tweaking the lie angle, he saw a 15% improvement in his fairway hit percentage. This example highlights the importance of understanding and utilizing the adjustable features of your clubs to enhance performance. More stories and tips on adjustable clubs can be found on our blog.

Professional Fitting and Advice

Seeking professional advice and custom fitting sessions can provide valuable insights into optimizing your equipment for proper shaft lean. Professional fitters can analyze your swing and recommend adjustments to your clubs, ensuring they match your swing mechanics and help you achieve better positions at impact. At EJS Golf, we offer comprehensive fitting sessions to help you make the most of your equipment. You can find more information on our fitting services on our about page.

As a Titleist Club Fitter, I have access to the latest tools and technologies to provide the most accurate fittings. Our fitting sessions include advanced swing analysis, precise measurements, and personalized recommendations. For example, a recent fitting for a golfer named Lisa resulted in a 10-yard increase in her iron shots after adjusting her club length and lie angle. These statistics underscore the value of professional fittings in enhancing your game.

Case Study: The Transformation of Mike

Let me share a success story of one of my students, Mike, who came to me with a 16 handicap and struggled with inconsistent ball striking. Mike’s main issue was achieving proper shaft lean, which led to frequent mishits and loss of distance. During our fitting session, I identified that Mike’s clubs were not suited to his swing mechanics. His shafts were too flexible, and his grips were too thick for his hand size.

After a thorough fitting session, we customized a set of Titleist clubs for Mike. We selected shafts with the appropriate flex for his swing speed, adjusted the lie angles to better suit his posture, and fitted grips that matched his hand size. The results were astounding. Mike’s average ball speed increased by 10%, his shot dispersion tightened by 20%, and he gained an additional 15 yards with his irons. Within six months, Mike’s handicap dropped from 16 to 10, showcasing the transformative power of properly fitted equipment. You can read more success stories like Mike’s on our blog.

Conclusion

Optimizing your equipment is essential for achieving proper shaft lean and improving your overall performance. From selecting the right clubs and shaft flex to ensuring your grips are the correct size, various factors play a role in your ability to maintain proper shaft lean. Regularly evaluate your equipment and consider professional fitting sessions to ensure your gear supports your swing mechanics. By making the right equipment choices, you can enhance your golf game and achieve better consistency and control on the course. For more detailed advice and personalized guidance, visit my blog.

My name is Erik Schjolberg, but most people call me Coach Erik since I have been teaching golf for over 25 years. I teach in Scottsdale, AZ, at my academy called EJS Golf. I coach PGA Tour Professionals, advanced juniors, college golfers, and others willing to commit to daily practice of around 15 minutes per day using assigned feedback. As a professionally certified Titleist Club Fitter, I am dedicated to helping golfers optimize their gear for better performance. My website is ejsgolf.com. For more information on how to optimize your gear for better shaft lean and other advanced golf techniques, feel free to explore our resources and get in touch through our Scottsdale Golf Lessons page.

Are you lost at times on the golf course or the driving range and just don’t know how to correct your slice, hitting it fat, topping the ball, etc.?  What if you had a plan, maybe even on a notecard in your golf bag as many of my student do, that is your simple blueprint towards your desired shot?  This isn’t a pie in the sky dream.  These are the tools I want to give you so that your athletic ability, mobility, strength, etc. are working as one for you!  
 
I will liberate you from those thoughts of where your body parts should be during the golf swing.  In turn, you will give yourself the chance to self organize and focus on either some external cue I will develop with you or just being in the flow state. In my system you will no longer be subject to golf myths, swing tips of the day, guessing, etc.  ​

Coach Erik Schjolberrg

Are you lost at times on the golf course or the driving range and just don’t know how to correct your slice, hitting it fat, topping the ball, etc.? What if you had a plan, maybe even on a notecard in your golf bag as many of my student do, that is your simple blueprint towards your desired shot? This isn’t a pie in the sky dream. These are the tools I want to give you so that your athletic ability, mobility, strength, etc. are working as one for you! I will liberate you from those thoughts of where your body parts should be during the golf swing. In turn, you will give yourself the chance to self organize and focus on either some external cue I will develop with you or just being in the flow state. In my system you will no longer be subject to golf myths, swing tips of the day, guessing, etc. ​

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