TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review
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 plys together. TPT Golf driver shafts have as many as 60 plys and are consistently higher torque, i.e. better feel than most other premium shafts. And this does not affect shot dispersion.
TPT Winding Means Better Consistency
Most shafts are hand rolled on a table using triangular flags of composite material. This can lead to an overlap of the material which causes an area where the shaft is stiffer. Under load, a shaft will try to return to the point where the stiffness is highest (spine orientation) which can cause shots to go offline. Due to their unique construction, the TPT shafts have some of the lowest spine indexes we have tested at under 1%. While we spine align every shaft we build, these shafts are so consistent, there is no need to worry about directional performance of these shafts, regardless of orientation.
TPT Design Can Increase Ball Speed
Two key factors of most modern shaft research is the time it takes a shaft to recover from maximum load and the velocity the shaft is traveling when it has fully recovered. In the early days, the True Temper Shaft Lab measured this as “kick velocity”. While rudimentary, we still use this in our fittings today. The GEARS Golf system also measures this factor as I am sure the Fujikura ENSO system does as well. The trick is to not only maximize this recovery velocity but also to keep the shaft on plane so shots do not go left and right of target or launch lower or higher due to poor impact position on the face. In our testing, choosing the proper shaft stiffness (15, 16, 17, etc.) and kick point (MKP or LKP) can have a significant impact on both club speed and ball speed. We have seen as much as 2 mph increase in club speed and 5 mph increase in ball speed with the right shaft. Now, if you pick the WRONG flex and kick point, you may actually lose ball speed because face impact is worse and the “kick velocity” is not optimal for your swing. That is why a proper fitting is so important! There are also some unique things we learned about these shafts in our profiling that make it easier to fit each type of golfer based upon their tempo, transition and release.
Bottom Line: The ROI is Worth the Investment
TPT Golf has made sure that their initial introduction into the marketplace is through qualified clubfitters and club builders. That way, golfers will get the proper results. From a Clubfitters perspective, the array of shafts in the initial demo pack will fit 90+% of our golfers. There may be some minor tweaking to get a particular shaft length and flex to work with a particular driver. From a club builders perspective, these shafts will be far easier to build due to their consistency. So book your driver fitting today and see how much we can improve YOUR accuracy, distance and consistency with the TPT driver shafts!