I'm 48 years old, 5 handicap and in the market for new clubs.
I currently play 712 AP2s ( KBS C-tapers 110g, R+ flex, and clubs are 1° flat, 1° strong) and am interested in the new 714 AP2s - i have been suffering over the years from chronic elbow and shoulder pain and have been progressively losing distance over the years. I currently hit my 7 iron 150 yards carry, and can usually drive 235 carry, 255 with roll..... My driver swing speed is roughly 95 mph, and 6 iron is roughly 82-84 mph, I have a slow to smooth swing tempo. Course conditions where I play are often cold and wet.
I think I could benefit from higher launching clubs such as the APS-2s, and am interested more in gaining distance than forgiveness, as I have problems controlling my current 712s.
I want to hit the ball longer, and would like to reduce fatigue and chronic pain in arms ( elbows and shoulders).
1) With insufficient swing speed, are the C-tapers working against distance with their lower spin and launch characteristics?
2) I am considering graphite shafts - what flex is best for me? Or how about lightweight steel?
3) Should I consider getting stronger lofts with a higher spinning shaft, or does this mess things up?
Thanks for any feedback.