What's New: From the Lab

Mitsubishi Kai’Li White Shafts – Low Launch, Low Spin, Low Torque!

March 14th, 2022

  Mitsubishi Kai’Li White Shafts – Low Launch, Low Spin, Low Torque for Stronger Players. Schedule your Fitting to See if These Shafts Fit YOUR Swing! Design Using the Super Low Resin Content graphite material in the torque core, the designers at Mitsubishi were able to create a low trajectory, low spin and low torque shaft that is designed for 105+ mph swing speeds.  Our testing has shown consistently low spin (sub 2,500 rpm) with every driver we have tested. Models Available Available in the following weights and flexes: Kai’ Li White 60   65-69 grams  R, S, X and TX Kai’ Li White 70  75-78 Grams  S, X and TX Kai’ Li White 80 84-87 grams  S, X and TX Great shafts for stronger players given today’s high swing speeds. Because of the unique carbon fiber properties in this shaft, I would not be surprised to see a Kai’ Li Blue or something like that for more mid-trajectory and slightly slower swing speeds! Schedule your Fitting to See if These Shafts Fit YOUR Swing! Dan Sueltz

Fujikura Ventus Shaft Review

March 11th, 2022

  Fujikura recently rounded out their Ventus shaft line with the Ventus Red and Ventus Black.  The original Ventus Blue was designed to be  mid to low-mid  launch shaft.  The Ventus Red (mid-high) and Ventus Black (low) are leveraging the VeloCore Technology to offer the same tight dispersion and improved distance with different ball flight patterns.  And the new Ventus TR is a gamechanger for players liking a bit more feel. Schedule your Driver or Wood Fitting Here! Design Features If we do a quick overview of this shaft, we see that the use of heavier pre-preg material and a fast taper design allowed the Fujikura engineers to create a shaft with faster tip speed (H.I.T. – High Inertia Tip) and VELOCORE Technology.   In our testing, shafts with this technology can create as high as 8 mph faster tip speed!   Ventus Red The highest launching of the Ventus models also offers the lightest shaft weights.  Starting at 58 grams in an R2 (A+) flex, the shafts are also available up through 72 gram X flex.  This makes the Ventus Red not only a good shaft for a driver, but a higher launching fairway wood. Ventus Blue This shaft is right... Read More

Best 2022 Driver And Shaft Combinations – Distance, Accuracy and Consistency!

March 7th, 2022

  The Best 2022 Driver and shaft combinations is based upon our fitting results so far in 2022.  We know it is very early but there are definitely some shining stars in both driver heads and shafts!  The Best of the Best are Highlighted in Red! There were a few surprises on the 2022 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 2022, 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. This list will be updated throughout the year as new shaft offerings are released.  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... Read More

Best Irons for 2022 – Our First Cut

February 14th, 2022

  The Best Irons for 2022 – Here is our First Cut.  We will update this list during the year as new models are introduced and as we test them with our customers. With 39% of golfers in our poll saying their top priority is to purchase new irons,  you should be looking at some of these new irons or at the very least better shafts in your current irons.  This will give you more accuracy, improved consistency and greater distance! See Our Choices for Best Iron Shafts Here!   The Golf Digest Hot List for 2022 had a lot of great irons in the categories listed below.  In our fittings so far in 2022, these are what our players are choosing as well as what our fitters like.  Some are not on the Hot List so take a look and see what we recommend! Schedule your Fitting Here! Players Irons Some great irons here for good ball strikers.  Our favorites are the new Mizuno PRO 223 and TaylorMade P7-MC.  PXG Gen4 0311T, Titleist 2021 T100, Srixon ZX7 and Ping i59, Callaway APEX TCB are some of the best performers.  And take a good look at the Cobra King Tour! See... Read More

TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review – Great Look and Performance!

January 17th, 2022

  TaylorMade Stealth Driver Review – great look and performance!  But I must admit, we were scratching our head a bit on these drivers.   Design Based upon over 20 years of research into carbon fiber technology, the Stealth drivers have a face built with 60 layers of carbon fiber.  We know this is possible because some of the newer shafts like TPT (Thin Ply Technology) use extremely thin plys of graphite to build their high performance shafts.  The driver faces then use a nanotexture cover to create the ideal amount of spin.  And, of course, the head shapes are designed for speed using aerodynamic modeling to create maximum speed right before impact. Schedule YOUR Fitting Today! Look The dull or matte look on the crown is pleasing to most customers we have had demo the drivers.  The red face is interesting for sure and has a certain appeal.  Remember the white RBZ?  Not nearly as dramatic. Sound This is where we have really been surprised.  A very realistic driver sound…not a “thud” or hollow sound.  A very pleasing sound at impact.  The Stealth does sound a little different than the Stealth Plus but still very good. Feel We have... Read More

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