What's New: From the Lab

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

Stability Putter Shafts Can Drop More Putts

July 7th, 2018

Stability Putter Shafts Can Drop More Putts With 46% of your strokes in a round coming from your putter, maybe you should consider changing the “stock steel” shaft in your putter to the new STABILITY putter shaft from BreakThrough Golf Technology.  Introduced in May, 2018, this shaft is now the fastest growing putter shaft on the Web.Com Tour. Book Your Putter Fitting Here. It’s All About Stability At Impact According to multiple sources (SAM Putt Lab, Quintec, TrackMan Putter Analysis), if you miss hit your putt as little as a quarter of an inch off the “sweet” spot, the torque of a traditional steel shaft can cause you to miss a 10 foot putt as much as two inches.  In tests done by the folks at BreakThrough Golf Technology, golfers saw a 56% improvement in their putts. Behind the Technology By making the tip of the putter shaft more stable, without adversely affecting feel, the STABILITY shaft Is a combination of carbon fiber, aluminum insert and connector, and a smoke PVD covered stainless steel tip.  This comination creates, drum roll please, more STABILITY at impact, less dispersion and more distance consistency.  Check it out here… Personal Experience Being a true... 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

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