As I have mentioned on previous posts, I've being trying to get back to playing again after a back injury a couple of years ago. Things have improved a lot in the past couple of months and I'm back to playing again (and practicing a bit) although not as regularly as I'd like due to time constraints in preparing to move next month.
When I got back inot playing it became apparent that I had lost quite a bit of distance, perhaps as much as a club and a half to two clubs. It is particularly noticeable with my longer clubs. The ball just wasn't carrying the way it once did and i wasn't getting much kick out of the shafts.
In prepartion for the move I put a couple of full sets of clubs up for sale with the thought that I would piece together a playing set of something a bit more appropriate for the current state of my game. I have quite a few clubs, so piecing together a bag wasn't going to be that difficult for starters and I could begin to get an idea of what might work and what might need changing.
I'd been thinking about a different driver for a while now with a senior flex shaft so that was the first shoe to drop. I had hit an TM M2 with a Matrix White Tie that one of my league guys uses and liked that well enough so would look for something similar. I found a 12° RBZ Black 2.0 on eBay for $100 with the White tie in M flex and jumped on that as it's a bit more solid feeling club being an all titanium head (vs. the carbon fibre of the M series heads). I found the jump quite noticeable as the ball comes off the clubface with the shaft loading easily. The gains maybe marginal, but the feel is a noticeable improvement over my other alternatives that were R flex.
The next logical step would be to look for senior flex replacements for my fairways/hybrids. One of my buddies on another golf website suggested I take a look at some of the more recent Adams models as those clubs were often designed with the senior player in mind. They also come with higher end shafts in many cases. That lead me to picking up an Adams Tight Lies 2.0 4h with a MRC Kuro Kage lite flex shaft for $50. This is a smaller headed hybrid with a tri-level sole that looks similar to the old Callaway War bird sole from the 90's. It can really get down and dig the ball out of the rough or almost any lie for that matter. I really like this hybrid as it goes straight (rather than having a hook tendency) and has a very solid hit to it. It's currently my go to for long approaches from the deck. Based on my early experience with the hybrid, I've ordered an Adams TL 2.0 4W (same shaft) to give me an even longer option for approaches or an alternative off the tee. I got that one for $70. Now I should have some decent gapping in the long end of the bag as I'm finding having lost distance I'm playing longer clubs more often than I once did.
I continue to be amazed how cheaply you can buy good used clubs versus what is being asked for new today. $600 drivers, $300 fariways/hybrids, $1600 iron sets, etc. I turned over the top and the bottom end of my bag for not much more than half the cost of a new driver by shopping for lightly used models, two or three model years old. I've always maintained that you can make golf as cheap or as expensive as you choose based on where you play and what you choose to play with.
And for those of you who are thinking about making a change to lighter more flexibile shafts, don't hesitate giving it a try. It's quite likely that you'll be pleasantly surprised.