What's New: From the Lab

HZRDUS Smoke RDX Shaft Review

November 21st, 2020

Only the best materials are being used in the latest versions of the Project X HZRDUS shafts!  Project X has teamed with Hexcel, a global leader in carbon fiber materials for aerospace and military.  The Hex Tow material offers the most innovative combination of strength and resilience.  This gives these shafts the stiffness necessary for stability at impact, yet a smoother feel.  The best of both worlds:   Book YOUR Fitting Here! HXZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue – Available December 1, 2020 Designed for players with medium to fast tempos and transitions, these shafts will have a nice feel of release through impact but still provide a low-mid to mid ball flight with mid to mid-low spin.   Available Weights and Flexes: RDX Blue 60   Flexes:  R+(5.5), S(6.0), S+(6.5), TX(7.5)  Low-Mid launch and Spin RDX Blue 70  Flexes:  S(6.0), S+(6.5), TX(7.5) Low-Mid launch and Spin RDX Blue 80  Flexes:  TX(7.5) Low-Mid launch and Spin HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black This shaft is designed for aggressive swings looking for lower ball flight.  This shaft will feel more like a one-piece shaft with solid feel at impact.  These shafts are actually a little lighter in weight than the Blue version. Available Weights and Flexes: RDX Black 60 ... Read More

Xcaliber RT Iron Shafts

October 31st, 2020

The new Xcaliber line of wood and iron shafts will definitely live up to the expectations of Xcaliber founder, Robin Arthur.  Robin is back at it after a brief hiatus and his new line of shafts look to be exceptional.  We will be reviewing the entire line of Avalon and Mystic shafts next week.  But first, we will look at his newest design, the RT (Rapid Taper) iron shaft.   Xcaliber RT 75 and 95 These shafts have a very unique design with the shaft tapering significantly  about half way from the butt to the thinner tip section.  The result is that testing with over 100 golfers hitting #6 irons saw an increase in clubhead speed of 2-5 mph.  We have seen the same thing in our tests with both the 75 and 95 gram version.  And, the beauty is that, with the proper fit for stiffness, these shafts will also tighten shot dispersion.  Sign up for your Iron Fitting Today to see which Xcaliber RT shaft may fit YOUR swing! Specifications:                                         Weight (grams)             ... Read More

Hot New TaylorMade Forged Irons

August 13th, 2020

TaylorMade is making a move to better players irons with the introduction of the P770, P7MC, P7MB in addition to the current offering of the P7TW.  They are also introducing new driving irons, the SIM DHY and SIM UDI! All of these are available for Pre-Order on August 14th with release on September 1, 2020. Schedule your Fitting to See Which Shafts Will Work Best for You! P770 The little brother of the very popular P790, this head has the the same forged hollow-body design with thin face technology for fast ball speeds.  The Speed-Foam inside creates exceptional feel.  Slightly more compact than the P790 and Speed Foam in each head from 3i through AW!         P7MC The Muscle Cavity of this forged 1025 carbon steel head gives exceptional feel and feedback as well as forgiveness.  The perfect top end (3, 4, 5 iron) to a combo set with the P7MB.           P7MB A true players forged muscle back iron that exudes beauty and feedback desired by better players.  Great combo set with the P7MC! All of these are available for pre-order on our site!       Schedule your Fitting to See... Read More

Project X LS Shafts – Low Launch and Low Spin

August 3rd, 2020

Based on the formula for the original Project X shafts, the new Project X LS (Low Spin) shafts deliver on the promise.  These shafts are heavier in weight (120, 125, 130) in stiff flexes, (6.0, 6.5, 7.0) which is what our stronger players want. Schedule a Fitting to See If These Shafts Will Fit Your Swing Profile! Player Profile These shafts will launch lower and spin roughly 500 rpms lower than the original Project X shafts.  This is increasingly important for today’s elite golfers with fast tempo, transitions and swing speeds with a 6 iron over 95 mph.  Specifically, if you are playing forged players irons like Mizuno MP-20, Titleist MB or CB, Srixon  Z785 or Z blade, TaylorMade p760 or TW, these will be shafts you should consider. Specifications These shafts are available in taper tip only in the following flexes: Description                                              6.0 Flex            6.5 Flex        7.0 Flex Weight                                         ... Read More

LA Golf Shafts Introduces TRONO and OLYSS Shafts

July 6th, 2020

LA Golf Shafts (LAGP) is creating some very interesting shaft designs for a wide variety of golfers.  Their first introductions, the TRONO and OLYSS are designed for stronger players, with the TRONO being developed in conjunction with Bryson DeChambeau.    Later this month, the AXS line will be introduced for moderate to slow swing speeds and a variety of launch conditions. TRONO  This series of shafts is designed to have a very firm mid section, a stiff, yet responsive tip and a softer butt section for delivering more feel.  Designed for players with swing speeds over 105 mph and medium to fast transitions, this shaft is also lower launch and lower spin than competitors in the marketplace.  Available in 65 gr and 75 gr in S, X and TX flexes.  The 55 gr shaft is not available at this time but should be released in the next 30-60 days. OLYSS The unique blend of Zylon/Carbon weave in the butt section of this shaft gives it a slightly counterbalanced property for use in today’s heavier driver heads.  The profile of this shaft creates a more low-mid to mid launch and low-mid to mid spin.  Available in 55, 65 and 75 grams,... Read More

TENSEI AV RAW Shafts

June 15th, 2020

When Mitsubishi Chemical Golf introduced the TENSEI AV Blue shaft in 2019, it was an immediate hit with golfers that like a firmer feel in the butt and midsection of the shaft.   The addition of the AV (Aluminum Vapor) fiber does the trick.  Leveraging on the success of the original TENSEI CK and CK Pro models, the new TENSEI AV RAW Series will make the stronger players jump to this series!  If you liked the original TENSEI you will LOVE the AV! Design The TENSEI AV Raw shafts are designed with ultralight carbon fiber materials, but with actually a heavier per ton weight as there is less resin content.  This allows Mitsubishi designers to create lighter yet stronger shafts.  Resin is what holds the carbon fiber material together but it is notorious for creating potential weak spots or uneven performance in the shaft.  The real design coup is the exposed Aluminum Vapor weave in the butt section which gives these shafts the firm feeling and consistent performance.  And it looks cool!  Find out more here… Sign up for a Driver/Wood Fitting to See Which TENSEI AV Raw Shaft Will Work for YOU! Models Available Original Blue now Blue AV Raw... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts – 2019-20

May 25th, 2020

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts.  Updated for 2019-20. 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). Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Hot Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. 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... Read More

Best Fairway Woods 2020

April 30th, 2020

It is crazy the performance improvements we are seeing in fairway woods over the last couple of years.  Manufacturers are really upping their game not only with new materials, but new designs that are giving golfers more choices in lofts and head size.  Whether you use your fairway woods mostly off the tee or love the Heaven Wood (7 wood) or Divine Nine (9 wood), we will help you pick some of the best heads and shafts. Getting the RIGHT Shaft As usual, from our perspective, the proper shaft in your fairway woods makes ALL the difference in consistency, accuracy and distance!  If you are struggling with your fairway woods, take a look at our fitting tips in this blog! Schedule Your Fitting NOW! The short answer in fitting fairway wood shafts is to choose a shaft that has a little more weight than your driver, and has a slightly softer tip section to get the ball in the air.  How We Categorized The Best We picked four categories for the Best Fairways for 2020 based upon distance golfers hit their 3 wood.  This is not the best way to categorize them as some players that do not hit their... Read More

OBAN CT-125 Steel Shaft Review

April 18th, 2020

OBAN has filled out their weight categories with the OBAN CT-125 steel iron shafts.  These great shafts complement the CT-115 and CT-100.  When OBAN partnered with Shimada all indications were that the OBAN CT line would be not only great performing, but high quality.  Right on both counts!  The new CT-125 is no exception. Available Lengths and Flexes The CT-125 is a taper tip (.355″), constant weight, discrete length iron shaft.  Available lengths are from 41.5 inches to 36 inches in one-half inch increments.  This gives us professional club builders a lot of options in flexes.  For example, we could build a soft R (Regular) flex starting with a 40.5 inch length for a 6 iron or start with a 38.5 inch length for a 6 iron which would build to X to X+ flex.  Still plenty of shafts to build out the wedges! Quality The measures of quality we look at are weight, balance point, torque, flex (CPM – cycles per  minute) and load profile measured at seven points along the shaft.  These shafts rated 92+ % consistency which is right at the top of steel iron shafts we have tested in this weight class.  Another measure of quality... Read More

TPT Red Range Shaft Review

April 16th, 2020

The NEW TPT Red Range Line The TPT Driver line has been broadened to heavier, stiffer shafts at the top end, and lighter, softer shafts at the bottom.  This allows us as fitters to fit a wider range of golfers for both their strength and swing dynamics.   Easier to fit…even better to build.   Learn More From TPT Here… Sign up for your Driver/Wood Fitting Here! Performance and Fitting Tips QUALITY In our shaft profile testing, we evaluate the consistency of shafts based upon  Load Profile or Elasticity Index (EI) and Flat Line Oscillation point.  All of the TPT Red Range shafts that we have tested and put in our fitting system have a rating of 96% consistency throughout the entire length of the shaft.  These are the same or higher numbers than the original TPT models and are the highest of all manufacturers we test.  As TPT says, #automaticimprovement. LAUNCH AND SPIN The LO models will launch roughly 1 degree less than the HI versions across all models we tested.  The LO models will spin roughly 100 to 400 rpms less than the HI models as well.  In general, both the HI and LO models have some of the lowest... Read More