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.
Weight (grams) Trajectory Spin
Xcaliber RT 75 76 Mid Medium
Xcaliber RT 95 96 Mid Medium
RT 75 will be a great shaft for golfers seeking a light shaft with a more boring ball flight. As long as club speed with a 6 iron is over 75 mph or distance is around 150-160 yards, this shaft will be great. Because this shaft spins a little less, you need enough height to make sure the ball does not run through the greens with longer irons.
RT 95 should be a definite option for golfers thinking of switching from steel to graphite shafts. The 95 gram weight will certainly be lighter than most steel shafts, yet the feel is smooth and firm.
The shaft really does create more club head speed at impact and ball speed seems to jump a bit as well.