What's New: From the Lab

OBAN AirBurst Premium Wood Shafts

June 14th, 2018

OBAN AirBurst Premium Wood Shafts   OBAN AirBurst premium wood shafts are the entry from OBAN in the Japanese super-premium category.  These shafts are manufactured by Olympic Co., LTD and use the highly acclaimed Torayca(tm) dense fiber material.  Designed for Mid to Mid High ball flight and Mid to Low Mid spin, these shafts will be perfect for professional and amateur players looking for the next shaft that delivers distance, control and superior feel. Book your fitting for these shafts here! Shaft Weight/Flex Options The shaft comes in two basic weights, 55 gram and 65 gram.  The 55 gram comes in and R and S flex, while the 65 gram comes in S and X flex.  Unlike most of the OBAN wood shafts that play stiff to their designated flex, these shafts in our testing measure more true to an industry standard, if there is such a thing.  As with a lot of shafts, the lighter weights will play a half flex softer. Trajectory and Balance Point The AirBurst 55 will have a mid to mid-high trajectory based upon our testing, while the AirBusrt 65 will be mid to low-mid trajectory.  This is more of a traditional balance point shaft... Read More

ACCRA FX 2.0 Series Shaft Review

June 2nd, 2018

ACCRA FX 2.0 Series Shaft Review When I started to write this ACCRA FX 2.0 Series shaft review, it took me back to why we first started working with ACCRA Golf years ago (won’t tell you how many!).  Gavin and the team at ACCRA Golf came up with a concept called DyMatch.  This means shafts are dynamically matched in terms of launch profile and shaft weights for all clubs in your bag, i.e. driver, fairway, hybrid, irons and wedges.  The new FX 2.0 Series shafts is just another iteration on this dynamically matched theme with better materials and finer tuned profiles. Schedule a Fitting Here! Shafts should have matching profiles When we do our fittings, we make very specific recommendations in terms of shaft profile, i.e. high launch, medium launch, low launch, etc.  Our fitting recommendations from BGF or the TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard make specific recommendations for each club in your bag from driver through irons and wedges.  These recommendations will be for shaft length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight and shaft trajectory (launch) and shaft spin..  This follows exactly what is meant to happen when you pick an ACCRA FX 2.0 Series shaft. The FX 2.0 Series has... Read More

Post Impact

What Happens When a Golf Shaft is Too Flexible?

May 22nd, 2018

What happens when a golf shaft is too flexible?  The results may vary by swing profile, but in general, shots will be inconsistent in contact and direction, and there may be a wide variation in distance…sometimes really long, and other times quite short.  See more about what happens when shafts are not correct in our previous post. I fit a female high school golfer that was playing with a set of standard Women’s golf clubs.  I knew without even testing the clubs that the shafts were too soft or flexible for the strength of her swing.  The driver in particular was an issue.  Even though her swing direction was very straight, her misses were either a big hook or a push/slice.  In addition, her smash factor was very low, 1.42, meaning she was getting very little out of the head and shaft combination and losing potential distance.  I took a high-speed (360 frames per second) video and captured a couple of these still images to visually show you what happens and how we fixed it: Notice how the shaft is drooping and bending slightly forward prior to impact.  This shot could have been a hook if the face is too... Read More

Graphite Design MAD Shaft Review

May 16th, 2018

Graphite Design MAD Shaft Review Graphite Design challenged their shaft designers to create a shaft that would deliver Maximum Accuracy and Distance (MAD, get it?!).  We have tested these shafts and here is what we have found: Book your fitting here! Materials and design TORAYCA ® T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with NANOALLOY ® technology for increased stability in the mid to tip region and unsurpassed feel. Premium, ultra-thin, aerospace quality carbon fiber materials. Graphite Design proprietary Material Stiffness Integration (MSI) design philosophy and technology. In our testing, the main difference between these shafts and the Graphite Design TOUR AD series is the feel in the mid section.  The MAD shafts definitely play firmer in the mid-section so it feels like the shaft is an extension of your arm.  No two-piece release here!   Shaft Profile The profile as stated on the Graphite Design website is definitely on point.  These are mid to mid-low launch and mid to mid-low spin shafts.  The lighter weight 45 and 55 gram shafts will launch slightly higher with a little softer mid section but still feel like their heavier brothers.  The PRO series is only slightly firmer in the butt and tip sections. Balance Point These are high balance point... Read More

OBAN Oi-series Graphite Iron Shafts Will Fit Virtually Any Golfer

May 15th, 2018

OBAN Oi-series Iron Shafts While these are not new shafts, I thought it would be good to share with our readers how versatile these graphite iron shafts have been for us.  The design of these I-series shafts is not totally unique to OBAN, but it is an interesting concept. Shaft Weights from 43 to 103 grams The weights of the graphite shafts go from roughly 43 grams (i-43) to 103 (i-103) in 10 gram increments.  There are no designated flexes for theses shafts, just the weight classification.  The lengths are 42″ in each shaft which allows us as club builders a lot of flexibility in terms of tipping to get to a particular flex and desired ball flight.  Our sweet spot with theses shafts seems to be in the i63 – i83 range with a few of the i93 and i103. Shaft Profile – Mid-High to High Trajectory, Mid-High to High Spin These shafts have a nice soft tip which is great for smooth swings.  We have fit a ton of lady, senior and junior players into these with excellent results.  The key for us as builders is the blank length at 42″ so we can fit a very broad... Read More

Miura’s Modern Blade: The Best of Both Worlds

May 10th, 2018

The Modern Blade We have long been a fan of Miura.  As far as we are concerned, Miura makes the BEST forged irons, in traditional style, in the world.  Miura just introduced a completely new iron design for the first time since 1957: the MC-501. It’s what Miura is calling “The Modern Blade:” the perfect hybrid of blade and cavity back designs. Aimed at pleasing the eye and performing, the MC-501 sports the desirable muscle back aesthetic yet still provides the player forgiveness for off-center strikes. Engineering the MC-501 The MC-501 features a unique set of design features that make it distinct from the traditional blade. Sculpted channels in the muscle of the club are the most visually recognizable difference. These channels allowed Miura’s engineers to reposition 20 grams of weight to the sole of the club. Added weight in the sole gives the club a lower center of gravity, promoting higher launch and lower spin. The MC-501 also features a longer total blade length for greater face area. Greater heel to toe forgiveness is created by the longer blade. Additionally, Miura’s signature Y-grind sole is incorporated to allow for cleaner turf interaction. The unparalleled feel of forged soft carbon... Read More

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results

May 2nd, 2018

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results We have long known in our fitting process that face impact has a tremendous affect on distance and accuracy.   We have been touting for years that the “sweet spot” on a driver is not dead center, but slightly towards the toe and slightly above center.  Well, TrackMan is now helping us prove our theory!  TrackMan’s latest release of their Performance Center includes the ability to track the exact impact area on the face of the club for each club in your bag (putter coming this summer)!  I have been working on getting by driver dialed in and the picture at the left shows my “impact area” for about a dozen or so shots.  The smash factor is at 1.48, not bad for a guy of my handicap, but the detail show that those shots that are below center and slightly towards the heel drop to 1.45 or below.  What this means is that I am losing up to 15 yards by not hitting in the sweet spot!  Spin goes up, ball speed goes down and dispersion increases. Fitting to Smash Factor In our fittings we always try to maximize the efficiency of our... Read More

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update

April 26th, 2018

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update These shafts are AMAZING!  Our customers are raving about the results: “This shaft is the real deal.  I am straighter than ever and have picked up at least 20 yards.”  Jim H., hits his driver 250+ 16 MKP/MT/SW “What a beast!  My buddies can’t believe the difference.”  Sean P. 8 hcp, hits his driver 270+ “Having this TPT shaft in my bag brings a whole new level of confidence off the tee.”  Aaron B.   TPT Golf, a division of NTPT Technology, is seriously bringing new technology to the golf shaft industry.  Introduced on the PGA Tour in 2016, this series of shafts is getting some very good traction among serious amateurs and professionals.  Justin Rose has won three times with the shaft and Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open the first time he put the TPT shaft in his driver.  So what is so special about these shafts? Thin Ply Technology Means Better Feel Thin plys of composite mean that there is less resin and more fiber in each shaft.  The harsh feeling in a typical golf shaft can be caused by the brittle nature of the resin(epoxy) that holds the... Read More

Nippon Modus Shaft Review

April 23rd, 2018

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. UPDATE:  Every Model of the Modus3 made a Top 5 finish February 4, 2018!  2nd Place (Tour 120X), T3 (Tour 120 TX), and T5 (Tour 130 X) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and 3 T5 finishers in Malaysia (Tour 105 X, Tour 125 X, and Proto X).  And, Andrew Landry played the Modus3 Tour 105X in his Ping iBlade 3-PW to claim victory at the  2018Texas Valero Open. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the... Read More

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot!

April 5th, 2018

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot! Counter balanced driver shafts are starting to be all the rage both on tour and in our clients hands.  Why?  Because most manufacturers of drivers are making their club heads much heavier these days and golfers do not want to feel like they are swinging a sledge hammer!  Tour pros like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy have opted for counter balanced shafts like the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange in order to reduce total weight and increase club head speed (not that they need any help, mind you)!  With shafts that are counter balanced, swing weights can be reduced 2 to 3 points creating a lighter head feel and potentially generating more clubhead speed. Driver Head Weights Today As recently as 2015, driver head weights were pretty much right around 200 grams.  Today, we are seeing headweights of 203 grams consistently but some as high as 209.  Every 2 grams adds a swing weight so instead of a D0 at 45 inches, you may see D3 to D4.  The average golfer with a smooth tempo will like a lighter swing weight.  So, up until counter balanced driver shafts came along, you... Read More