What's New: From the Lab

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts – 2018

September 13th, 2018

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts.  Updated for 2018. We fit a LOT of different golfers every year and the shafts we put into their irons (and wedges) is determined by our BGF Fitting System, TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard and player testing during the fitting.  Our fitting recommendations include length of iron, shaft weight, shaft trajectory and spin profile, shaft flex, and swing weight.  Loft and lie are determined by launch monitor testing.  The recommendations are determined by a golfers physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), strength (distance), launch characteristics (actual and desired trajectory, spin, dispersion), and swing dynamics (tempo, transition and release point). Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Hot Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. When we test in our dynamic fitting sessions, we choose 4-5 shafts that match the BGF Fitting System recommendations, and then test on TrackMan for performance with a head chosen by our fitters and the golfer.  Once we determine the best performing shaft, we try different heads to narrow down the selection.  When using our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, we rely on our golfers description of their shot shape and desired results. Bottom line is that these shafts have done the best job of increasing... Read More

TourEdge Exotics CBX Fairway and Hybrid Clubs

July 23rd, 2018

The hot new TourEdge Exotics CBX fairway and hybrid clubs started shipping in October, 2017 and are now rocking the golf world.  We have always been a fan of the TourEdge Exotics line-up but this new Beta Titanium cup face technology definitely creates less spin and longer shots. MyGolfSpy 2018 Most Wanted Fairway Wood See their test results here.  Imagine the results with a CBX built to your exact specs. Higher Launch, Less Spin Means More Distance! Think about this….if you had been using a 3 hybrid to reach the green but ran the risk of having it run through because the landing angle was too shallow, now you can use a 4 hybrid and have it land like a butterfly with sore feet!  Same thing with your fairway woods.  Try a 4 wood, 16.5 degree instead of a traditional 15 degree 3 wood and get much better control and the same distance! When Tour Edge engineers introduced their first Exotics fairway wood, they created new benchmarks for distance and power in a fairway wood. With the CBX, Exotics has once again taken distance gains to another level to bring unprecedented power to your game. Combo-brazing (a weldless process) a... Read More

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts

July 21st, 2018

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts Or, Don’t buy your new driver off the rack!  We have been saying this for years.  Why?  Even if you demo the driver in the store, get great results on THEIR launch monitor, and have a coupon code to save you some coin,  you have not optimized your performance. MyGolfSpy Shaft Research The first thing you need to do is read this article in MyGolfSpy on what is really in driver shafts.    This article was published in November, 2017, and could not be more relevant today.  Chris actually interviewed me for this article  and really did a thorough job uncovering every aspect of what goes on in the golf industry in terms of shaft quality, integrity and legitimacy. Not All Clubs That Are Identical, Play Identical This article and experience of Brandt Snedeker speaks volumes about having a professional fitter not only fit, but install the clubs to exact specifications. Bottom line is that the shafts that come in the majority of OEM (Callway, TaylorMade, etc.) clubs, especially drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, are not the exact same shafts that we get as an authorized dealer for Fujikura and Mitsubishi Chemical-Golf Division,... Read More

Nippon MODUS3 Shafts Review Updated July, 2018

July 18th, 2018

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags. See which Nippon Shaft is right for you.   Book your Fitting here… UPDATE July, 2018:   Modus Posts it 15th Tour win in 2018. Nippon Shafts win TWO Senior Major Championships! VJ Singh used the Modus3 Tour 105 shafts in his victory at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.  VJ is ever the tinkerer with his equipment but since going to lighter shafts in his irons, his game has improved significantly. And, in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Laura Davies ran away from the field for her first win in seven years.  Playing Nippon N.S. Pro 950 GH steel shafts in her irons, she was consistently close to the pin in every round! UPDATE April, 2018:  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. The Nippon... Read More

NEW Ping i210 and i500 Irons

July 16th, 2018

NEW Ping i210 and i500 Irons   Ping, ever the innovator, is launching their new line of i-series irons today,  Today’s players are seeking not only performance improvement but power as well.  These new irons offer the best of both of these! Whether you are a new customer or a returning Lifetime Fitting customer, Book Your Fitting Here! i500 The new i500 iron takes a lead from the popular G700 iron.  Using a maraging steel face insert, this club offers more distance while giving a lot more forgiveness in a smaller club head than the G700.  This thin-face, hollow bodied design was first seen in the Ping Crossover hybrid irons.  With the same face technology as the G400 fairway woods, these irons are geared for distance!         i210 Iron The original i200 iron was released 18 months ago and the new i210 is another step in the evolution in this players iron.  With a new softer face material and improved grove design, the i210 will give players a better feeling and performing club.  While not as long in distance as the i500, the i210 has similar trajectory and peak height.  This allows for better “drop and stop” for... Read More

Paderson Kinetixx Shafts

Paderson Kinetixx Shafts Fit Every Swing

July 5th, 2018

Paderson Kinetixx Technology The Paderson Kinetixx shafts are not only the world’s only vacuum cured shafts, they’re the most advanced, multi-structure, multi-material, precision tailored high performance composite shafts in the world. This process creates the most consistently performing shafts on the market. Kevlar and 3k micro carbon fiber are woven together in a rhombus pattern for the most effective transfer of kinetic energy to the club head at impact, as well as pure feel. These woven fibers have 20 times the elastic strength of steel! This combination of materials combined with Paderson’s unique building process allow for an unlimited combinations of torque, flexibility, weight, and balance. In other words, these shafts can be configured to fit any swing perfectly. Getting Fit There are a range of Paderson Kinetixx shafts for every player. Click here to get custom fit now Click here to order a custom shaft now Shaft Line Ballistic Ballistic Tour Launch Tour Velocity

ProjectX EvenFlow Max Carry Review

June 28th, 2018

ProjectX EvenFlow Max Carry Review ProjectX has introduced a new shaft to its EvenFlow lineup: The EvenFlow Max Carry. Book Your Fitting For This New Shaft Here! Test Results Joining the EvenFlow Black and EvenFlow Blue, this version of the shaft is red and features a softer tip section for slightly higher launch conditions.  In our testing, these shafts exhibit some of the highest ranks for consistency in weight, torque, CPM (flex) and spine at 96%.  The Max Carry features an even bend profile for the most efficient transfer of shaft load energy and allowing for the maximum energy to be released at impact.  These shafts are also slightly counter balanced to allow great performance in some of today’s heavier driver and fairway heads. The ProjectX Even Flow Lineup The Max Carry also features the highest launch and spin of the EvenFlow series thanks to its soft tip, making it the ideal choice for golfers with slower to moderate swing speeds seeking increased carry and distance.  This is also a great shaft for fairway woods as the softer tip will help get the ball launched with Max Carry! Inspired by the smooth and effortless energy of crashing waves, the shaft design... Read More

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