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).
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 our golfers distance, accuracy and consistency. They are also the best in terms of consistency for our club building team.
Because each golfer has a unique set of performance criteria, lets categorize the best performing shafts by strength of player and show different weight, launch and spin characteristics for each:
Shaft Weight Trajectory Spin
Strongest Players (6 iron over 200 yards)
True Temper X7 132gr Low Low
Project X LZ Steel 6.5 125gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
Rifle 6.0 and 7.0 125-130gr Mid Mid
OBAN CT 115 115gr Mid Mid
KBS C-Taper X 120gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
Nippon Modus 125 125gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
Stronger Players (6 iron 175-200 yards)
True Temper TI X100 128gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
OBAN CT 115 115gr Mid Mid
Project X LZ Steel 6.0 120gr Mid Mid
Rifle 5.0 and 6.0 115-125gr Mid Mid
KBS $ Taper S 115gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
Nippon Modus 120 120gr Mid Mid
Average Player (6 iron 150-175 yards)
True Temper S300 128 gr Low-Mid Low-Mid
OBAN CT 115 115 Mid Mid
KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Mid-High Mid-High
Nippon Modus 105 105 Mid Mid
Aerotech SteeFiber i95 95gr Mid Mid
OBAN i83 and i93 83-93gr Mid-High Mid-High
ACCRA i80 and i90 85-95gr Mid Mid
Nova Tech i800 80-90 Mid Mid
UST Recoil 800 80-90gr Mid-High Mid-High
Slower Swing Speeds (6 iron 110-150 yards)
Fujikura Pro 70-80gr Mid-High Mid-High
UST Recoil 600 60-75gr Mid-High Mid-High
Aerotech SteelFiber i70 70-75gr Mid-High Mid-High
Nova Tech i700 70-75gr Mid-High Mid-High
Veylix 473, 673 50-65gr Mid-High Mid-High
Shafts to Look For In 2018
We profile over 2,500 unique shafts each year for our shaft profiling system. The hot new shafts we see coming on the scene in 2018 include the lightweight steel options from True Temper: Dynamic Gold 105, Dynamic Gold 120 and XP 100, The True Temper AMT White, AMT Red and AMT Black Series, and the OBAN CT 100. What is unique here is that we have seen the ultralite steel shafts (under 100 grams) almost disappear from the OEM and aftermarket categories as the performance has not been that great. That is, IMO, because the shafts play so weak to their designated flex that the golfers playing them get poor consistency and distance control.
There will be a number of new shafts coming in 2018 from Fujikura, Mitsubishi Chemical, UST Mamiya, and others. As always, we test and categorize these shafts in our shaft profiling system so we can literally choose multiple shaft options in various price categories for our customers. To see what shafts may work for you, go to our TrueFitClubs site and go through our Fitting Wizard!