I would not agree, nor would our other resident expert Jim (both of us have been around long enough to remember, and we both played the Apex shafts for a time back in the day). We would tell you they played pretty much true to the traditional flex designations. So, if you soft stepped them once, probably looking at 1/3 of a flex. Twice, 2/3’s of a flex. That’s putting a #5 iron shaft in a #6 iron head or a #7 iron head respectively.