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Should a senior citizen use the lightest clubs he can find?
--George H. from Junction City, OH

Hi George. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

That is a really great question and one I'm sure a lot of seniors wonder about. Obviously, the lighter the club the faster you can swing it, so if you are losing strength and flexibility that would seem to be a good idea. The flip side is though, a lot of players lose feel when the club becomes too light.

The very best thing to do is get on a launch monitor (all the golf superstores have them) and see what your clubhead speed is to determine what shaft flex you need. Once you know the flex, you will probably want graphite as the material because it is lighter and more shock absorbing. From there, you could test out different graphite shafts of various weights to see if a lighter one is more helpful. You would want to go by feel, but also work with a certified fitter as changing around shafts not only changes the overall weight of the club, but could also affect the swing weight as well.

It is definitely a process to find the "perfect" club for you, but nothing is more reassuring than knowing that you do in fact have equipment that is not hindering your progress!

Best of luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks!

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