Autoflex SF405 driver shaft.

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So I put this into my Callaway Epic Flash SZ a few months ago, and obviously haven't had a chance to hit it. Dumina say it should have a swing weight of D0, but that does seem very light. It is a light shaft anyway, (45g?), and at D0 I am not convinced. I have mine weighted at D2.

So today, at the golf club.

I had a warm up in an outdoor net, and it was a bit odd to swing, and every drive came off the bottom edge. For anyone not familiar with Autoflex, the shaft is extremely bendy, (think ladies senior flex, and then a bit bendier).

Swap to the indoor simulator. Still interesting to swing, but after a few more goes, the good ones started to arrive. It definitely added 3 mph to my swing speed, and a good few yards to my drives. It also was very easy to hit a nice draw shape. A few were a bit high spinning, but in no trouble. Most were very tidy.

To the course.

3w off the first, into a fir tree, never to be seen again. Might as well have hit driver.

Driver off the second, a repeat of the 3w off the first but found it OK. 3rd hole, nailed it. Very nice shape and distance. 5th, toe poke (this set the tone really, I just kept on toeing it). Didn't really put a decent swing on it until 14, when I crushed it, and then promptly went back to a toey roof for the remaining holes.
Oh, 10 was OK, but I set up with the ball a bit too far forward, ignored it, and pulled it way left. It was middled though, and was only saved by the trees.

So?

I think my swing is very rusty, and I think first time out was a bit nervy, Proddy and steery. When it goes, it does go. If I had played with my Evenflow Stiff, would I have played better? Not with that swing.
Happy with it? It will take some more outings, as I think it will take a bit of getting used to, but yes, I think so.

Worth the money? Depends how much you have, and what you want to spend it on.
 

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No. I think it sounded pretty solid on a decent hit. I was quite happy with the noise.
I like it as well, feels firm but soft, this sounds like a shaft working in the right range. But it’s the control that it gives compared to other shafts that give the noise and feeling that makes it stand out
 

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Really happy with my SF505, it’s not the distance gain, which isn’t huge but it’s the fairways hit. I hit more fairways than normal, I feel confident to play on narrow holes, where I would normally step down to a 5 wood. Fingers crossed this carries on, I need to just get a little more launch angle, but that’s just getting the weight on the back. The shape is also subtle fade or draw depending on what you call for. The big thing is a slow takeaway and smooth transition into the downswing, if you don’t have that the shaft will wobble - but it does a great job of mitigating this and restricts the miss very well
 

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Thank you for the review. Is anyone in the UK stocking it officially? Did you have a fitting for it before buying?
 

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Thank you for the review. Is anyone in the UK stocking it officially? Did you have a fitting for it before buying?
There are fitters with it Precision Golf near London, and the guy who supplied me was off eBay but he was a fitter and builder - Tour Issue Golf was his website so have a look.
 

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Not overly familiar with the auto flex? Is this the pink and black shaft adam scott has been using?

Is he using a softer than senior flex shaft. Seems a bit odd.
 

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Not overly familiar with the auto flex? Is this the pink and black shaft adam scott has been using?

Is he using a softer than senior flex shaft. Seems a bit odd.
No the shafts are in swing speeds ranges so probably in an SF505XX.
I am using an SF505. Have a google, lots are trying some positive stuff some negative- it is controversial because of the cost. But in the end it’s no dearer than buying the latest driver with an up charge shaft. What is interesting is watching the other manufacturers trying to emulate it.
I got one out of sheer curiosity and I had some budget from my eBay activities.. I was going to buy a new driver but thought I would give this a go and if it didn’t work I would cut my losses. But I really looked into this and what made it work, who was having success with it and what were their settings.
So if your interested PM me and I will give you the full specs and findings.
 

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Reflecting on this Sunday, I would say the consistency was there still. I have been a little out to in due to hand position and worked on that during the previous week. This gave me as expected more distance but I think I might loft down a little from 10 degrees. It’s a tough call but it’s not spin that is the issue, this shaft gives me what I need. My issue is launch and I am sure once my hands are consistently in the right position I can then consider adding launch myself.
My driving distance was comparable to those younger than me, but also lines could be more aggressive because of the low dispersion.
The longest drives though have been the laziest..if that makes any sense at all.
 

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Has anyone got any long term thoughts on their Autoflex shafts?

I’m tempted by a 505 to see what the hype is about.
 

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Has anyone got any long term thoughts on their Autoflex shafts?

I’m tempted by a 505 to see what the hype is about.
I have been meaning to update but I haven’t had time to really confirm my findings but I can give you a brief summary of where I got to.

I set mine a 505 in a 9 degree Callaway Rogue head. The shaft made the driver much better for me when I got the head weight below 200g. I found length and consistency with it. The consistency was the major point.
Now this is an expensive shaft, and I bought on the basis I had made a lot of money on stuff that was sitting in my garage and if it didn’t work I would sell it.
I was happy with it in the Rogue ( the Rogue was not fitted to me it was a crazy eBay purchase a year and half before at good money) .
However I took advantage of a Callaway day, although forgot to show up but the pro sorted me out a session as I knew the real issue was the Rogue was not lifted enough for me.
I was fitted into a regular smoke Speed and set to draw and 12.5 degrees. This eliminates right side totally and generates a predictable draw … yeah I know it’s an embarrassing set up. The results though were a yardage gain of 20-30yards of pure carry.
I have dropped to 11.5 now, and I still carry around 230-250 yards. The consistency of hitting fairways is up and it’s probably the not my biggest concern.
I did bolt the 505 into this head and just fiddled with loft. The 505 is the same weight as the smoke within 5g (so you don’t get a weight benefit) . However I think the 505 offers more spin and for me that means I can actually drop the loft.
The head weight is not something that I have played with as I was just maintaining my game through the summer as I was in a couple of knockouts.
I have kept my 505, and yes it’s an expensive dust collector in the garage but I was hoping to revisit it over the winter and possibly take it to a mate’s simulator to actually get an objective comparison to what I like and what I get.
I have done extensive reading as well and if your playing Ping .. the level of success is lower, TM and Callaway gives best results. Lots are saying they need xx and x but this is because their transitions are aggressive (slow back is king) and they go to the heavier shafts.. smooth is the key, effortless is best. The shaft just then gives you it all… but lots of ams are not and get fitted into too stiff heavy shafts because they are poor.
 

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I have actually slowed my back swing down completely and I now have time at the top to drive my weight forward as opposed to pulling the club over. I think this is key.
The shaft will help but as they always say a lesson will make you better and f your swing has a flaw.
 

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I have been meaning to update but I haven’t had time to really confirm my findings but I can give you a brief summary of where I got to.

I set mine a 505 in a 9 degree Callaway Rogue head. The shaft made the driver much better for me when I got the head weight below 200g. I found length and consistency with it. The consistency was the major point.
Now this is an expensive shaft, and I bought on the basis I had made a lot of money on stuff that was sitting in my garage and if it didn’t work I would sell it.
I was happy with it in the Rogue ( the Rogue was not fitted to me it was a crazy eBay purchase a year and half before at good money) .
However I took advantage of a Callaway day, although forgot to show up but the pro sorted me out a session as I knew the real issue was the Rogue was not lifted enough for me.
I was fitted into a regular smoke Speed and set to draw and 12.5 degrees. This eliminates right side totally and generates a predictable draw … yeah I know it’s an embarrassing set up. The results though were a yardage gain of 20-30yards of pure carry.
I have dropped to 11.5 now, and I still carry around 230-250 yards. The consistency of hitting fairways is up and it’s probably the not my biggest concern.
I did bolt the 505 into this head and just fiddled with loft. The 505 is the same weight as the smoke within 5g (so you don’t get a weight benefit) . However I think the 505 offers more spin and for me that means I can actually drop the loft.
The head weight is not something that I have played with as I was just maintaining my game through the summer as I was in a couple of knockouts.
I have kept my 505, and yes it’s an expensive dust collector in the garage but I was hoping to revisit it over the winter and possibly take it to a mate’s simulator to actually get an objective comparison to what I like and what I get.
I have done extensive reading as well and if your playing Ping .. the level of success is lower, TM and Callaway gives best results. Lots are saying they need xx and x but this is because their transitions are aggressive (slow back is king) and they go to the heavier shafts.. smooth is the key, effortless is best. The shaft just then gives you it all… but lots of ams are not and get fitted into too stiff heavy shafts because they are poor.
Thanks for that.

I play the original Sim and have a slow tempo, which is one of the reasons I’m keen to try it.
I may just take a punt if one appears on eBay with the correct adapter.
 

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Thanks for that.

I play the original Sim and have a slow tempo, which is one of the reasons I’m keen to try it.
I may just take a punt if one appears on eBay with the correct adapter.
Yes just join the Facebook page and get the feedback on head weight.
EBay does have a few sub £450 shafts on so could be worth a look.
What do you play currently?
There is also a £200 shaft that was released in response to Autoflex but I have not read much into it as I have been playing and not tinkering ( or confusing myself)
 

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Yes just join the Facebook page and get the feedback on head weight.
EBay does have a few sub £450 shafts on so could be worth a look.
What do you play currently?
There is also a £200 shaft that was released in response to Autoflex but I have not read much into it as I have been playing and not tinkering ( or confusing myself)
I’m currently playing an Evenflow Riptide.

I saw on TXG they mentioned a cheaper competitor, but didn’t have a review yet. I’m watching a couple of 505s on eBay.
 
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