How To Choose The Right Shaft Flex For Your Golf Clubs

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Further, if you have a swing that gets jerky at the top, especially starting the downswing, you’ll probably need a stiffer shaft. Regular

o Your driver will be your best gauge on which flex you need. To be more specific, your flex will impact how straight you hit the ball, how high or low it goes and how long or short it travels. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that helped thousands of golfers lower their handicaps without quitting their day jobs.

If you are not comfortable determining which flex you should choose on your own, go see your local pro at the course you play at or your driving range.

There are five basic categories or types of shaft flex:

About The Author. Not 100% accurate but the best club to use for this purpose.

Choose Your Flex Type

Why is the flex in your shaft important? Well, when you have a flex that doesn’t match the needs of your swing, the result is the clubface being misaligned at impact, causing your shots to go off-target. Extra Stiff

This article was posted on February 15, 2006

Now, when I say “flex”, I am referring to the ability of a golf shaft to bend as forces are applied to it during the golf swing. Ladies

All low handicappers and golfers who are serious about shooting the lowest scores possible consider flex in their clubs. If you can carry you driver 250 yards or more, go with Stiff; 230-250 yards, Regular; 200-230 yards, Senior; less than 200 yards, Ladies. Just go ahead and “waggle” your club a little and see how much the shaft bends and you will get an idea of what “flex” is.

I always am experimenting with different shafts and flex types because I know that if my swing is on plane and accurate, my shaft flex type can be adversely affecting my results.

o If you know (or have been told) you have a very smooth swing, you might benefit from a softer flex even if you swing very fast.

o If shots with your driver tend to go left, you might benefit from a stiffer flex; if your drives go right, you might benefit from a softer flex.

3. Not good. What about Extra Stiff? I can count the number of people on one hand that actually need or use an Extra Stiff shaft. If this describes you (and you know who you are), you should consider a softer flex to help you slow your swing down. Senior

Keep in mind one very important thing about the shaft of your club and its flex. It makes the science of hitting the ball so much easier, which translates to more enjoyment on the course.

What you want to do is to experiment by hitting lots of different clubs and watching the effects on your shots of changing shaft flex.

For example, if the flex of your clubs is too stiff, the clubface will tend to be open, sending the ball in a slicing direction. Or, if you have clubs with a shaft flex that is not very stiff, the clubhead will be tend to be closed at impact, resulting in a hook.

A good pro will take a lot of measurements, watch your swing, measure your swing speed, watch your ball flight and be able to tell you with certainty which flex is right for you. Slowing down the swing will certainly produce more accurate shots and better distance control.

If you find a flex that feels good and produces a good ball flight, there’s a good chance that’s the right flex for you. This means you need a shaft that will properly match your swing type and speed so that it can deliver the clubface back to a square position at impact.

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2. Stiff

Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80…And Shoot Like The Pros!” http://www.howtobreak80.com. This will take a lot of the guesswork out of the equation.

5. Only guys like John Daily and Long Drive Champions need that type.

1. Most high-handicappers (especially men) tend to over-swing.

Here’s what I do:

The Best (and most accurate way) to Choose Flex Type

How To Choose The Right Shaft Flex For Your Golf Clubs

 by: Jack Moorehouse

4. As the shaft flexes throughout the swing, the position of the clubhead will change.

And lastly, here’s the best advice I can give on choosing flex

Horse Racing Systems: 5 That Work

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With the BRIS pp’s you can use the Sire Production Factor in concert with the pedigree rating. I was able to replicate this result in my own study of nearly 100,000 races conducted a decade later.

For as long as humans have bet on horse racing there have been system sellers trying to con the gullible into parting with their hard earned money with the lure of easy profits to be made on the sport of kings. This offers opportunity to more diligent players.

The horse with the best last race speed figure (whether Beyer, BRIS, or Equibase) may not be the best horse in the race, but he’s probably not far off, so we can use that as a proxy for selection purposes.

How do we identify the best pedigree, then? If you’re using the DRF past performances, use the stud fee as a proxy for quality, and the Tomlinson figure to judge suitability for the distance and surface. Let me let you in on a little secret about these “magic formulas”. They will, however increase the chances of a profitable day at the races by ensuring that your wager dollars go where they have the best chance of success. This system takes advantage of one of the few glaring inefficiencies in the parimutuel pools, namely that first and second time starters are badly over-bet.

First time starters return only about 60 cents on the dollar, and second time starters are only a little better, returning less than 70 cents on the dollar. The inside post in turf routes actually showed a small profit, but this was based on a small sample size and cannot be relied upon. I’ve identified some of the most useful handicapping factors that have a proven history of doing much better than the track takeout and put them together with some simple rules that should make your trips to the racetrack more fun and profitable. Thanks for reading, and see you in the winner’s circle.

Look for comment lines like “bled”, “lost rider”, “clipped heels”, “stumbled”, “steadied”, “between horses”, “rank”, and “jumped shadows” that suggest that a horse’s last race was not indicative of its true ability. The inside post combined with early speed is a particularly potent combination, since the horse will not have to exert himself as much to gain his preferred position at the front of the pack.

Horse Racing System #5 – Bet Horses breaking from the inside post in route races. One of the few anomalies turned up by Michael Nunamaker in his pioneering computer study “Modern Impact Values”, published in 1994, was that horses breaking from the inside post position in route races won more than their fair share of races, and were under-bet by the public. Few bother to even look at the comment line for the race, let alone take the trouble to seek out and watch the replay of the race. My own studies have shown a similar advantage for the inside post in routes.

. Horse Racing System #2 – Bet horses that have an excuse for a poor performance in their last race. In most case the public seems to take a horse’s last running line at face value. It should go without saying that you should actually like the favorite’s chances after evaluating the race with your own handicapping.

Second, the very nature of the parimutuel system itself means that any profits to be made from following a particular set of rules will quickly be arbitraged away as the followers of that system drive down the odds of horses chosen by the system.

None of these systems will make you rich, or even guarantee that you will make a profit. Just don’t expect to quit your day job.

Nunamaker reported that the inside post in dirt route races won at a 20% greater than expected rate, and lost only 10 cents on the dollar, much better than the track take. My study suggests that’s not the case.

Looking for a dead simple horse racing system that will allow you to quit your job and make a living betting the horses in just 10 minutes a day? Good luck with that!

In the first place, the parimutuel takeout in horse racing is large (over 15%) and the mutuel pools are relatively efficient, so that even systems with a strong basis in reality can’t overcome the size of the takeout.

Horse Racing System #4 – Bet low-priced favorites to place. The horse with the best combination of the two is the play.

For instance, many speed figure handicappers reported making horse racing profits in the 60′s and 70′s simply by betting horses with the best last race speed figure. This is somewhat counter-intuitive since you’d expect that horses with good pedigrees that end up in the maiden claiming ranks probably can’t run at all. None of them work.

However, just because systems won’t make you rich doesn’t mean there’s no place for them at all in a horseplayer’s arsenal. It must follow, therefore, that if we bet the best horse that has started at least twice, we stand an excellent chance of beating the takeout, particularly in races that have several first and second time starters.

This causes the favorite to be under bet in the place pool, leading to a profit opportunity for us to take advantage of by betting the favorite to place. My computer studies of pedigree, based on nearly 100,000 races, suggest that using pedigree in that manner offers no advantage to the player.

In fact, pedigree does not generally offer wager value with one curious exception: well bred horses do surprisingly well in maiden claiming races. To the extent that most handicappers use pedigree at all, it’s usually to identify horses that may improve when switched to the turf, or those who may be expected to win as first time starters. Because speed figures have gained in popularity over the years, anyone following that system now would have trouble coming up with gas money for the ride home from the track.

Horse Racing System #1 – In maiden races, bet the horse with the best last race speed figure that has had at least two career starts. If the tote board suggests that the public is overlooking these mitigating circumstances, make your play.

Instead of blindly betting all horses breaking from the inside, you might use this to supplement your handicapping, paying particular attention to the inside horse, and betting it when you like the horse on other handicapping grounds. This is another mistake that bettors make: in a race with a clear standout, many people give up on the win pool and bet their choice to place, thinking that they’ll get paid even if the favorite wins.

In that spirit. Most people who love horse racing would be thrilled just to win a little more and lose a little less on their trips to the track.

Horse Racing System #3 – In maiden claiming races, bet the horse with the best pedigree

The Most Accurate Election Forecast? Hardcore Gamblers

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They begin with America’s long history of wagering on political outcomes, which boomed in the 1880s when betting moved from poolrooms to the Curb Exchange, the predecessor to the American Stock Exchange. “I watch CNN too, out of the corner of an eye, but it’s not necessary.”

The advent of polls marked the end of an era. “When scientific polls came along, newspapers had something to report other than markets they were oftentimes uncomfortable with.”

As did rival site Intrade. And the gamblers might have had a perfect record had the Curb Market stayed open long enough to take into account late-breaking news from the West.

The advent of internet wagering offers a clearer picture: “Since 1988, the betting markets have definitely been more accurate,” Strumpf said.

Koleman Strumpf, a University of Kansas economics professor who tracks betting trends, believes wagering is an incomparable barometer of an election.

I asked him: “Do you think handicappers can forecast the outcome of the presidential election better than polls?”

Of course that’s just one election. Now he’s editor of the thoroughbred industry insiders’ must-read Paulick Report. Among the reasons he gave me:

Currently, Betfair lists Barack Obama as an overwhelming 1-7 favorite (paying $8 for a $7 winning bet). “Polls can be inaccurate. Several newer off-shore sites are more lenient, however. “There are many, many, many more factors to consider in betting horseraces,” he said.

Betfair also had all 50 states right in 2004. Nor do polls take into account how each state’s secretary of state factors in, or systems within a state designed to eliminate voters; Jimmy the Greek called these ‘the intangibles.’”

The papers’ sources were betting firms, which had men present at speeches made by the candidates in order to make “unbiased reports of the psychological reactions of the audiences.”

. He’s in no way a Damon Runyon character. I have reason to believe he’s a sort of mathematical genius.

Responding to such discomfort, state laws increasingly limited organized election betting. “They take voter fraud into their metrics. A “whale” (bettor of thousands of dollars per day) I interviewed, Mike Maloney, successfully traded securities, options and futures, but chose to go to the track every day instead because it offered him a greater challenge. He doesn’t chomp on a cigar.

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Relative to the polls, the betting markets have to think hard about what they’re saying since they are putting their money at stake. “Gamblers have more experience with cheaters,” he said.

“In presidential races such as 1896, 1900, 1904, 1916, and 1924, the New York Times, Sun, and World provided nearly daily [betting] quotes from early October until Election Day,” write Rhode and Strumpf. Accordingly little data exists from 1940 through 1984, though it’s enough that Strumpf concludes gamblers were more accurate than the pollsters in that period too. Betting on political outcomes often drew huge crowds to Wall Street and exceeded trading in stocks and bonds. Bookmakers must make an accurate line or they lose — period.”

It’s still illegal for United States citizens to wager on the presidential election; Betfair and Intrade try to bar American bettors.

Recently I was in Kentucky, reporting on horseracing for Garden & Gun. People may say what is politically correct, the questions may be leading, the pollsters may be biased. Probably hundreds of fifth-grade social studies students correctly predicted Bush’s margin of victory to a decimal place, right?

In the fifteen elections between 1884 and 1940, the betting firms were wrong just once, in 1916, when Wilson upset Hughes.

Maloney is a youthful fifty-two, with alert, light blue eyes and a cheerful demeanor. A pollster can still bill for an inaccurate poll. Betting persisted, but in the shadows. “Prior to Gallup’s introduction in 1936, newspapers had little else to report about the election horserace other than the betting markets,” Strumpf said.

Michael Robb, political expert for the British bookmaking site Betfair.com, lets the record speak for itself: Halfway through Election Day in 2004, when a CNN poll showed Kerry taking the lead, Betfair had Bush with a 91% chance to win.

“On Election Night I’ll look at the movement on the betting sites to see what’s going on,” Strumpf says.

With University of Arizona economist Paul Rhode, Strumpf authored a study — “Historical Presidential Betting Markets,” published in Journal of Economic Perspectives — that demonstrates that the betting market’s forecasting superiority is nothing new. A John McCain win would pay $6.80 for every dollar bet. This Blogger’s Books and Other Items from…

He didn’t hesitate. Also polls tend to reflect what people are thinking at a given moment, versus a forecast of what will happen on election day — post-convention bounces, for instance.

The multi-billion dollar online gaming industry offers evidence that Maloney and Paulick are, as usual, on the money.

For a second opinion I went to Ray Paulick, who was a protégé of notorious oddsmaker “Jimmy The Greek” before becoming a handicapper for the Daily Racing Form. Polls don’t