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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

A Lot of Firsts With This Hole-in-One

May 11th, 2018

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!!

Miura’s Modern Blade: The Best of Both Worlds

May 10th, 2018

The Modern Blade We have long been a fan of Miura.  As far as we are concerned, Miura makes the BEST forged irons, in traditional style, in the world.  Miura just introduced a completely new iron design for the first time since 1957: the MC-501. It’s what Miura is calling “The Modern Blade:” the perfect hybrid of blade and cavity back designs. Aimed at pleasing the eye and performing, the MC-501 sports the desirable muscle back aesthetic yet still provides the player forgiveness for off-center strikes. Engineering the MC-501 The MC-501 features a unique set of design features that make it distinct from the traditional blade. Sculpted channels in the muscle of the club are the most visually recognizable difference. These channels allowed Miura’s engineers to reposition 20 grams of weight to the sole of the club. Added weight in the sole gives the club a lower center of gravity, promoting higher launch and lower spin. The MC-501 also features a longer total blade length for greater face area. Greater heel to toe forgiveness is created by the longer blade. Additionally, Miura’s signature Y-grind sole is incorporated to allow for cleaner turf interaction. The unparalleled feel of forged soft carbon... Read More

KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Gets First Tour Victory

May 3rd, 2018

KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Gets First Tour Victory Lydia Ko captured her first LPGA Tour victory in over two years with her win at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Classic.  Not only is she a member of PXG Troops with a full bag of PXG woods, irons and wedges, but she put the new KBS TGI Tour 80 gram shafts in her irons.   This is KBS’ first win on any tour with its new graphite irons.  The KBS TGI Tour 80 profiles very similar to the KBS Tour 90 steel shaft and can be tipped to play slightly stiffer. Here is more on these new graphite shafts from a traditionally steel shaft company: KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron   Following on the heels of the very successful launch of the KBS Tour Prototype Hybrid Graphite shafts, KBS has released the new TGI Tour Graphite Iron shafts.  These shafts are designed to play very similar to their KBS Steel counterparts, with the same Elasticity Index. Interested in new iron shafts?  Schedule your fitting here! Available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights The good news is that now we have something to fit golfers from... Read More

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results

May 2nd, 2018

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results We have long known in our fitting process that face impact has a tremendous affect on distance and accuracy.   We have been touting for years that the “sweet spot” on a driver is not dead center, but slightly towards the toe and slightly above center.  Well, TrackMan is now helping us prove our theory!  TrackMan’s latest release of their Performance Center includes the ability to track the exact impact area on the face of the club for each club in your bag (putter coming this summer)!  I have been working on getting by driver dialed in and the picture at the left shows my “impact area” for about a dozen or so shots.  The smash factor is at 1.48, not bad for a guy of my handicap, but the detail show that those shots that are below center and slightly towards the heel drop to 1.45 or below.  What this means is that I am losing up to 15 yards by not hitting in the sweet spot!  Spin goes up, ball speed goes down and dispersion increases. Fitting to Smash Factor In our fittings we always try to maximize the efficiency of our... Read More

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update

April 26th, 2018

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update These shafts are AMAZING!  Our customers are raving about the results: “This shaft is the real deal.  I am straighter than ever and have picked up at least 20 yards.”  Jim H., hits his driver 250+ 16 MKP/MT/SW “What a beast!  My buddies can’t believe the difference.”  Sean P. 8 hcp, hits his driver 270+ “Having this TPT shaft in my bag brings a whole new level of confidence off the tee.”  Aaron B.   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.  And Bryson DeChambeau has one twice with a prototype TPT shaft!  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... Read More

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft

April 17th, 2018

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft Picking the right hybrid shaft is very important, especially when replacing long irons.  According to our current poll, 35% of our golfers say the WORST club(s) in their bag are their long irons.  So, maybe new hybrids are in order. (see our related blog post on long irons here). While buying a hybrid off-the-rack is the most common purchase, the shafts offered very likely do not fit the majority of golfers.  Most hybrid shafts that we test during a fitting are too soft (flexible) and too light of weight.  This can cause very poor ball contact, wide shot dispersion and a loss of distance.  So how do we determine which shaft is best for your swing dynamics?  Our BGF Fitting System has modeled thousands of golfers swings and will dynamically recommend the proper shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight and profile (trajectory and spin) to optimize your hybrid performance based upon your unique swing dynamics. Book your Fitting Here! Shaft Weight The longest, lightest, yet stiffest club in you bag is your driver.  The heaviest, shortest and most flexible clubs will be your wedges.  As clubs get shorter from driver to fairway woods to hybrids,... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU Play?

April 12th, 2018

What Driver Length Should YOU Play? In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee.  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that is 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2018 stock drivers at the end of this blog. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Click here to book a fitting! Arm length and Posture. In both our BGF Fitting System and the TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard,... Read More

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot!

April 5th, 2018

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot! Counter balanced driver shafts are starting to be all the rage both on tour and in our clients hands.  Why?  Because most manufacturers of drivers are making their club heads much heavier these days and golfers do not want to feel like they are swinging a sledge hammer!  Tour pros like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy have opted for counter balanced shafts like the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange in order to reduce total weight and increase club head speed (not that they need any help, mind you)!  With shafts that are counter balanced, swing weights can be reduced 2 to 3 points creating a lighter head feel and potentially generating more clubhead speed. Driver Head Weights Today As recently as 2015, driver head weights were pretty much right around 200 grams.  Today, we are seeing headweights of 203 grams consistently but some as high as 209.  Every 2 grams adds a swing weight so instead of a D0 at 45 inches, you may see D3 to D4.  The average golfer with a smooth tempo will like a lighter swing weight.  So, up until counter balanced driver shafts came along, you... Read More