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
Which Golf Clubs are the Most Difficult to Hit? We did a survey of golfers on our website and the results are in. While it is neck-and-neck between driver, 3 fairway wood and long irons, 75% of our golfers said one of those clubs are the most difficult to hit! So now the question is why? Sign up for a Fitting Here! Longer Clubs Mean More Inconsistency The driver is the longest club in your bag while the 3 wood is the next longest. In our fittings, the driver is usually the most difficult club to fit, mostly because it is the longest and lightest club in the bag. If you don’t get the shaft weight, length, flex and swing weight right, shots will be inconsistent at best. This goes for both driver and fairway woods. That is why we recommend shorter driver shafts, i.e. 44.5″ versus industry standard 45 to 45.5″. Check the impact area on the face of your driver. If you are hitting mostly center to heel, your driver could be too long and/or light. Shafts Weights Are Not Consistent Typically an off-the-rack driver shaft will weigh 55 to 65 grams. That will fit the majority of... Read More
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
How to Play Better Golf Faster The Game Improvement Components To play any sport, or any life endeavor to the best of your ability, you need four main components: Ability, Proper Tools, Training, and Practice. Players like Lydia Ko, Justin Rose, and others have worked hard to improve and become the best in their sports based on these four components. There are also additional components like nutrition, fitness and mental focus, but we will not cover those here. We founded our custom club fitting and club building business on these principles, but, our argument is that if you want to play Better Golf…Faster, the quickest way to improve is with the right equipment, or tools for the job. Properly Fit Equipment: We believe that properly fit golf clubs will make it easier for the golfer to swing the clubs and make consistent contact. The biggest challenge is that golf comes in sets of 14 clubs. What? You don’t have 14 tennis racquets or 14 baseball bats? The challenge is to not only get all 14 clubs to be consistent to each other, but to match each golfer’s unique swing profile. Once you do that, our golfers can go out immediately... Read More
Hey, Dan. Just wanted to let you know I am hitting more fairways with the new driver shaft. First round out was 6 of 7 and yesterday was 11 of 14. And the good news is even my misses are off the fairway by just a few feet. Thanks again! Dan D., Parker, CO.
A couple of years ago I fit a lady golfer that was so frustrated she was about to give up. First let me say that she is a tall golfer, 5′ 10″ and had been struggling with off-the-shelf senior men’s clubs. Now we have learned long ago that lady golfers are much stronger than how equipment manufacturers make their equipment. That is why our fitting system, especially for lady golfers, can get dramatic results! Just see what she has to say about her custom clubs and the results of her fitting experience: My Experience With Off-the-Shelf Clubs I wanted to extend a hearty “Thank you!” for both your expertise with your club fitting, but more importantly, the amazing improvement in my golf game. Before coming to you I’d purchased a set of knock-off Callaway clubs with (supposedly) a men’s senior shaft. I figured I’d get a “real” set when I got better at the game. After 4 years of shanking right…cursing…swinging harder…shanking further right…cursing and having miserable round after miserable round I came to you for a professional fitting. Our Fitting Process Wow! Not only is your fitting exponentially different than other facilities by virtue of how thorough your intake... Read More
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 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 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
A Lot of Firsts With This Hole-in-One We have had a lot of our golfers make holes-in-one over the years but this one takes the cake…literally! Steve C., one of our long time customers had his second lifetime hole-in-one last weekend at the Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood, Colorado where he is a member. Lakewood CC has undergone some extensive renovations of the course and this was the first hole-in-one on the course since it re-opened. But what makes it really special is Steve made his hole-in-one on the first birthday of his first grandchild! There’s a piece of birthday cake for you Steve! The particulars: Par 3 10th hole, 176 yards, 6 iron. The iron was a Ping G30 that we re-shafted with an Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shaft and Winn grip. Way to go Steve!!