What's New: From the Lab

Graphite Design Tour AD UB Shafts New for 2022 Are Now Available!

December 10th, 2021

Graphite Design Tour AD UB Shafts New for 2022 Are Now Available!  The latest in Graphite Design’s stellar Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) line, the UB (Up and Beyond) will take your game to the next level. Book YOUR Fitting Today to See if These Shafts are for You! Design Modern shafts are designed to have performance characteristics in three sections:  Butt, Mid and Tip.  The Tour AD UB is designed to be Medium + in the butt section, Medium + in the mid section and Stiff in the tip section.  This design promotes a medium ball flight with mid to low spin.  Tour AD shafts in general are designed with a feeling of “hinge and release” with more of a feeling of “kick” at impact. Models Available The Tour AD UB comes in 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights.  The flexes in the lighter weights will play a little soft to flex. Click Here for More Information… Tour AD UB-4  45-48 grams   R2, R1 and S Tour AD UB-5  54-59 grams  R2, R1, S and X Tour AD UB-6  63-67 grams  SR, S, X and TX Tour AD UB-7  74-76 grams  S, X and TX Tour AD... Read More

AutoFlex Shafts Add Consistency and Potentially More Speed

October 31st, 2021

AutoFlex Shafts add consistency and potentially more speed based upon our testing. Design The wood shafts are designed to be lighter weight and slightly counterbalanced.  This will give golfers the feel of a lighter swing weight even with today’s heavier driver heads.  These shafts are also designed to be more flexible and that is borne out in our testing.  The traditional “X” or Xtra Stiff flex actually plays more like a “L” or ladies flex.  The “XX” flex plays more like a Senior flex.  Even with the softer flex (butt stiffness), the flat profile of the shaft allows the shaft to still play more stable throughout the swing. Test Results Consistency While these shafts are light and soft flex, the consistency of shot dispersion of these shafts is pretty amazing.  From driver speeds of 85 to 117mph, we saw shot dispersions stay within 15 yards.  There were a few outliers where golfers with a fast transition saw shots go significantly left or right of target. Spin Spin rates were very similar to what we would consider low spin shafts, especially those that we had fitted our golfers for in previous fittings.  Again, this was across the board for several golfers... Read More

Project X VRTX Shafts – Custom Fit and Custom Built for YOUR Swing! 

October 25th, 2021

Project X VRTX Shafts – Custom Fit and Custom Built for YOUR Swing!  Project X has long had a tradition of high quality, great performing golf shafts.  The new VRTX Red and VRTX Blue shafts offer versatility and affordability exclusively for True Temper’s custom clubfitters. Book Your Fitting Here! Design Project X VRTX shafts are designed based upon 20+ years of clubfitting expertise.  There are two specific models: VRTX Red:  A light weight, higher launch model.  This is perfect for juniors and golfers with slower swing speeds seeking higher trajectory and more distance. VRTX Blue:  A heavier weight, mid-trajectory model.  Designed for stronger players seeking more control and stability at an affordable price. VRTX Red Available in three different weights with softer tip profiles and higher trajectory.  In our testing, these shafts will play slightly softer to flex and a little firmer in the tip section, but are easily customizable to a variety of players.  The RED 60 is a great option for fairway woods as well! VRTX Blue The VRTX Blue offers a great option for stronger players needing more control and stability in slightly heavier weights.  In our testing, these shafts are mid-trajectory to mid-low trajectory in the... Read More

EvenFlow Riptide X Series Shafts – MX and LX Offer Excellent Stability and Control

September 27th, 2021

EvenFlow Riptide X Series Shafts – MX and LX Offer Excellent Stability and Control. Design The new Riptide X series shafts are the lowest torque wood shafts in the Project X line. Riptide X shafts complement this ultra-low torque design with two unique bend profiles that are optimized for maximum feel—providing two extremely stable shafts without feeling harsh. These shafts have traditional balance points so they will play heavier in a driver at standard length.  Even though they are advertised as low-torque, our measurements show a little higher torque which is what accounts for the smoother feel. Sign Up for Your Driver or Wood Fitting Here! MX Model This is the mid-launch version of the Riptide X series.  Our static testing shows a very firm tip section because of the 40 ton fiber in the bottom 20 inches of the shaft.  Even so, launch is mid to low-mid with a very solid feel from top of the swing through impact.  Available in 60 (5.5, 6.6, 6.5, TX), 70 (5.5, 6.0, 6.5, TX) and 80 (TX) gram weights and flexes.  Theses shafts will play true to their flex designations.  The heavier and stiffer shafts will have a firmer feel at impact.... Read More

Pandemic Golf Shaft Shortages? Our Shaft Profiles Can Find Alternatives!

September 18th, 2021

Pandemic golf shaft shortages are becoming the new normal.  Well, at least for the next several months.  With raw material shortages, manufacturing and transportation shutdowns due to COVID, and loss of some key workers, some shafts are back ordered until January, 2022!  And, it is not just limited to shafts.  We are seeing backorders of club heads, grips, head covers and more! Our Proprietary Fitting System  The situation is pretty crazy and each manufacturer has been affected differently.  Some companies are short single irons like a 7 iron shaft or 9 iron shaft.  Others are short entire flex ranges, like S or X flex. When it comes to fitting, since we custom build to specific length, shaft weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile (trajectory and spin), we determine the best shaft that gives our customer the tightest shot dispersion, best launch, spin and distance.  We evaluate at least 3 different shafts based upon our proprietary Fitting Recommendation.  Once we have settled on a shaft, we will contact our suppliers to see if we have any backlog issues.  If there are backorders, we go back to the fitting and discuss alternatives with our customer, specifically trying other shafts with similar... Read More

EPIC Super Hybrid for Max Speed

September 2nd, 2021

The Callaway EPIC Super Hybrid is designed for max speed and distance. Design Boasting an all-titanium Flash Face, the thin design improves ball speed off every model. In addition, the acclaimed Jail Break Velocity Blades increase ball speed at the bottom of the face for a more penetrating ball flight. The adjustable Opti-Fit 3 hosel allows you to adjust loft +2/-1 and set neutral or draw bias for optimum ball flight. If you remember, there was a MAVRIK Super Hybrid but it did not have the titanium face so this is a distinct improvement.  It is definitely a little larger than the APEX 21, more like a hybrid/fairway wood. Available Models Right handed models are available in 16*, 18*, 21*, 24* and 27* lofts.  Left handed is available in 18*, 21*, and 24* lofts. Preliminary Test Results A couple of our staff tested out the EPIC Super Hybrid compared to the Callaway APEX 21 hybrid.  The Super Hybrid picked up 5% increase in ball speed on average, and an increase of 10-20 yards.  Testing was done with a 4 hybrid and custom shafts matching the tester. Dan Sueltz

Awesome JAWS Wedges

August 30th, 2021

The awesome new JAWS Full Toe wedges will give you more confidence and control.  These wedges have been specifically designed to provide maximum spin and a lower more controlled trajectory.  See the Callaway overview here.           Schedule your Iron or Wedge Fitting Here     SPIN The Jaws Full Toe wedges combine JAWS grooves, offset grove-in-grove technology and an all-new raw face.  This will give you the best spin and control options for shots around the green VERSATILITY The shape of the Jaws Full Toe provides more face area with a slightly higher toe peak.  The C-grind provides the ability to shape your shots off the heel or toe without adding bounce. TRAJECTORY The Jaws Toe Pod pushes the Center of Gravity higher so shots will have a slightly lower trajectory. LOFTS AND BOUNCE The JAWS Full Toe wedges are available in 54, 56, 58, 60 and 64 degree lofts with bounces of 12 degrees in the 54/56 and 10 degrees in the 58/60/64.  These wedges are designed for a slightly steeper attack angle (more of a digger than a sweeper).   More On Fitting Wedges for Bounce and Grind FINISH AND HANDEDNESS Available in Raw Black... Read More

Best Hybrid Shafts 2021 – Review

August 4th, 2021

Here is a look at some of the Best Hybrid Shafts 2021 that we have seen. We know that with hybrid clubs you can have a love/hate relationship.  In our opinion, the reason is that most off-the-rack hybrid shafts are too long, too light and too soft of flex for the average golfer.  See our related blog on Finding the Right Hybrid Shaft here…  Sign up for your Hybrid Fitting Here! And, remember, we can re-shaft your current hybrid(s) to make them perform soo…. much better! So, let’s find the best shaft for you based upon your strength (distance), desired trajectory and fit to your current irons: Strongest Players – 3 Hybrid – 240+ Yards The strongest players typically play a driver, 3 or 4 wood and a 17 to 19 degree hybrid.  We have had great experience fitting these low lofted hybrids in a mid trajectory steel shaft that is slightly lighter than their iron shafts.  If that still feels too heavy, going to a 100 to 110 gram graphite shaft based upon their desired trajectory.  Brand Shaft Weight Trajectory  Project X Rifle Steel 100-110 Mid OBAN CT-115 Steel 115 Mid OBAN CT-100 Steel 100 Mid-High Nippon G.O.S.T. 100-112... Read More

Callaway APEX TCB Irons

August 2nd, 2021

These LIMITED EDITION Callaway APEX TCB Irons are only available through certified Callaway clubfitters. We have access to these irons on a first-come, first served basis! Sign up for your Iron Fitting Here! APEX TCB The new Apex TCB Irons are specifically designed for Tour pros and elite golfers. They’re precision-engineered for forged performance, shot-making and control in a Tour-inspired forged 1025 players cavity back, with a classic compact look and spec package. This is a truly specialized Apex that’s suited for the best players in the game. Extremely Soft Feel Forged 1025 mild carbon steel body delivers the iconic Apex sound and turf interaction through the ball that the world’s best players prefer. Optimum Ball Flight and Control With customized internal and external MIM’d tungsten weighting, we can locate the CG in each iron with extraordinary precision. This internal tungsten promotes optimal shot-making, ball flight, and control for scoring performance through the set. And the external tungsten allows us to precisely dial in swingweight while keeping the CG centered. Precision Distance Control Apex TCB is engineered with Tour Tuned face plates to promote extremely precise distance control, and consistent performance across the face. Tour Shaping and Design A classic... Read More

The Best 2021 Driver and Shaft Combinations

June 21st, 2021

The Best 2021 Driver and shaft combinations is based upon our fitting results so far in 2021.  The Best of the Best are Highlighted in Red! There were a few surprises on the 2021 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List and which drivers won the Gold Medals.  Various forums, and ourselves as well publish a list of the best drivers.  Some are very independent and some are not.  Doesn’t matter.  What our customers are looking for is what are the best driver and shaft combinations that we have fit so far in 2021, even though it is early in the season.  We believe that the shaft is the part of the club that has the most impact on distance, consistency and accuracy, so that is why we are including our shaft recommendations in this list.    We have four distinct categories based upon swing speed and distance.  Swing Speed 106+, Distance > 250 yards Swing Speed 95-105, Distance 211 – 250 yards Swing Speed 80 – 94, Distance 175 – 210 yards Swing Speed Under 80, Distance < 175 yards We think there are more shafts and heads in the mix for slower swing speeds.  We have also thrown in our Honorable... Read More