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Prototype Callaway driver and irons spotted at the Deutsche Bank Championship

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Check out the photos we shot of a prototype Callaway driver with a sliding weight track that wraps around the perimeter of the driver head.

The weight appears smaller than the one in TaylorMade’s SLDR driver, but its rearward positioning is sure to stir healthy (and unhealthy) debate about the best place to position the center of gravity in a driver head.

For years, TaylorMade has been touting the benefits of a low-and-forward CG for a higher launch and lower spin with its drivers. Company officials say that the CG positioning increases ball speed and forgiveness on shots hit low on the face.

Companies like Titleist, Callaway and Ping have preferred more rearward weighting strategies, which according to Ping’s Marty Jertson, a senior design engineer for the company, improves clubhead stability and allows golfers to achieve more efficient launch conditions (a.k.a. a lower spin loft).

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The driver also includes a removable weight at the end of the weight track on the heel portion of the driver and a dual-cog adjustable hosel, but don’t count on this driver coming to retail exactly as is — Callaway officials declined comment on the unfinished prototype, which doesn’t have scoring lines on the face or markings on the sole.

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We also spotted two prototype Callaway forged irons on the range at the Deutsche Bank Championshp. One of the irons looks to be in line with Callaway’s 2013 X Forged iron model, but unlike the X Forged it has a multi-material construction that we can only assume adds to the iron’s forgiveness and functionality.

The other model has a deep undercut cavity, which makes an iron higher launching, more forgiving and generally provides faster ball speeds.

Check out more photos of the driver and irons below, and make sure to click here to see what members are saying about the prototype clubs in the forums.

 

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  1. Rwhfinancial.Com

    Dec 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    She beverages her coffee. Two months ago a next-door neighbor told her about your page, and she asked me to purchase her one of those thingummyjigs. She and I are extremely happy her friend happened over to your blog.

  2. Rich

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    One of the irons looks very much like the R9 TM.

  3. glenn kirk

    Sep 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

    its all about the shaft people, stock shafts are junk full stop. get a decent after market shaft and you will hit most brands sweet.

  4. roche

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

    If Barnum and Bailey were alive today they would bi in the golf business.

  5. Kevin burke

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Ever wonder why they say a pro lost his game from switching equipment (Mclroy) and yet we amatuers are supposed to switch every 6 months or be left in the dust?

  6. Jordan

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Another callaway driver… Whats that, the 7th driver they’ve released this year? Ridiculous.

  7. Matt

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I don’t know why everyone is complaining about the OEM’s putting out new stuff every few months. Hell it’s saved me a bunch of money. I bought a brand new Nike Vr Pro limited for $150.00, a brand new Adams A12 for $85 and a brand new Pro Black for $75 all because the big OEM’s said they’re outdated and enough people out there believe it. Hell I got all three for less than I paid for my last driver 8 years ago and this new one is the best driver I’ve ever had plus the hybrids are awesome too. Keep it up OEM’s I’ll keep buying that 6 month old outdated equipment!

    • Jordan

      Aug 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Good point!

    • benseattle

      Aug 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Finally: Golfwrx reveals a man with a brain who knows how to play this “new introduction” game. Rather than buy brand-new, not-really-revolutionary-technology and a few months later griping about “depreciation” and “diminished re-sale value,” Matt here is smartly buying six months or so after the latest introduction and saving BUNDLE$ in the process for technology that’s virtually identical to the new stuff.

      Matt, you’re a smartie and probably not the only one here. (Sadly, however, there are many Golfwrxers who actualy buy into the advertising, the hype and the so-called “prestige” of the latest gear, pathetically believing that new gear — with it’s minute advancements — will actually allow them to Score Better. I kid you not.)

      • Matt

        Sep 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Yeah benseattle so many people want to try and buy a game believing its the arrow and not the indian. My philosophy is stick with what works until it stops working and that’s why I had my last driver 8 years. Think about that how many new drivers came out in that time claiming to be longer than the previous model. I put that old driver a Titleist 905T up against every new driver I tested on the simulator and it consistently put up higher ball speed numbers by a couple miles an hour than the new stuff I tested it against with equally good spin and launch. Some of those drivers I tested, Taylor made Rll, Taylor made Rocketballz, Ping i20 and g20, Cleveland classic, Callaway Rzr and diablo etc. Only the Nike impressed me enough to put it in the bag and it was more for accuracy, feel and the way it looked in the address position than distance.

  8. Leftright

    Aug 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Golf is now nothing more than a rehash of old technology, hence forward or backward weighting. The new Titleist 714 I sadly say is nothing more than the first AP2 iron put out by Titleist. I play AP2’s and the 913 but the new Titleist and Ping S55, look closely, pretty much the same design. Golf balls, the same way. The first generation ProV1 is just as long and straight as the current. I have a storage for some old equipment and will safe a couple of sleeves of prior generation balls just for comparison. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing boys.

  9. Courtoni20

    Aug 29, 2013 at 7:49 am

    If manufacturers would keep the same club at the same price as their latest and greatest, they would still hit all of the markets y’all described except us idiots who do want that extra edge, the ones that see all the guys on TV with it and say if they need it to make millions then I need it to hit fairways, sink putts etc. The problem is in the idea that they “need” it; they are employees of whoever they wear on their clothes and bags and thus have to say,”I play something longer than R11″ when they don’t actually except in a simulator. Can anyone who has switched from R9 to R1 over the years and had their balls rocketier boosted twice say that they hit it longer or straighter or more importantly both? We used to call it the TP model because the charateristics of the head, now they do it for the shafts, it will never end until we allow clubs to fail when marketed.

    • MorikawaTMaG

      Aug 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

      I actually just tested my R9 Supertri to my R1 with same shaft and i find that the R1 spins less and goes 7 yards further on average

  10. Ed

    Aug 29, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I have no prob with my ‘old’ Callaway irons or Razr-fit driver – especially after trying out the latest Callaway and TM models. What I find annoying is that the big Co’s have gone to all out war with each other and jumped into instant disposable/obsolete club mentality like never before. It’s not comforting to think that a driver I laid out €360 for is now on sale for €179 and has been superceded by no less than THREE more models within the space of just over 12 months. And who’s to prove that each new model is actually longer and better? Despite many Club golfers claiming they now hit the latest drivers 20, 30 or even 50yds more, I’d like to see the stats. There are strict R&A/PGA rules governing the materials and technology that can be used so all things being equal you might get a 10/15 yard gain – presuming you swing with the consistency of a Pro to begin with. Also, the norm for irons now seems to be to deloft the clubhead. This creates the illusion that you are gaining extra yardage on each of your older irons. But in reality all this means is that your new 5 iron has the loft of your old 4 iron. A Marketing gem maybe, but as the manufacturers don’t reveal this fact openly this is disingenuous to say the least. That said, Callaway still rule. #endofrant

  11. MorikawaTMaG

    Aug 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

    when you guys said taylormade copied the mp-600 at least they made the design diffrent….

  12. BigBoy

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Not one “modern” driver or iron has any engineering logic in the design…total hack clubs by hack engineers at hack manufacturers…actually Callaway have disappointed me with this driver…i thought they were better than trying to imitate others for the $$$$$

  13. KCCO

    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Let the OEM’S do as they please…. There’s a sucker born everyday, and they end up buying into this crap. Must say mizzy and titleist do what they are known for the best, and i feel confident buying their products knowing its not gonna be replaced next week or have some goofy name on it, just feel like those few other companies push a lot of disposable gear that is played, gone, and forgotten within weeks/months….it’s sad to see people get beat, but they get sucked in, and within a short amount of time, you say why am I hitting a shaft with a tribal logo?!? Few weeks later there’s a ton of TMAG, Callaway, etc on BST for a fraction of the price…or in some cases, the stuff actually played by pros for astronomical prices as one company is famous for….

  14. matt

    Aug 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    What I don’t understand is why anyone cares if cares if the OEM’s do market their clubs the way they do. I get it that its dumb, but for the people who don’t troll golf sites bashing every new club they see because it resembles another club its a great way to get their product out there. Callaway makes great clubs so quit whining and buy what you like and leave the rest alone.

  15. Ed

    Aug 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I’m a Callaway fan. I use their FT irons and Razr-fit driver. I decided to get fitted for a new set of irons a couple of months ago by a leading Euro club fitter. I tried out TM’s pocket irons and Callaway’s X-Hot irons. The fitter informed me that I was hitting my FT 6 iron as long, and with tighter dispersion, than the TM and despite trying out a number of different shafts couldn’t improve anything. I did manage to hit the X-Hot about 10 yards longer and the Callaway did feel much better but, when you consider that both the TM Pockets and Callaway X-Hot’s are all set a full club stronger than my old FT’s I decided not to change. My Razr-fit driver was bought just over a year ago. During this past 14 months Callaway launched THREE new drivers: The Razr-fit Extreme, the X-Hot and the Optiforce. Note to all the big Club manufacturers: Call a truce and spare some consideration for all the golfers who spend serious money on new equipment. My state of the art Razr-fit driver is now worth substantially less and considered all but obsolete after only 14 months. That’s insane and obscene.

    • TheHeez

      Aug 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      But if you like your driver and if you hit it well, isn’t its worth based on your performance with it? Why does its trade-in value have any significance? Is it ego that dictates one must have the latest & greatest? Golf mfgs make money by constantly offering newer/longer/better. You are essentially asking them to make less money so you can feel better about your purchase. Not sound business. Plus, if they have a better product (arguable), do you prefer they not release it?

    • Tot

      Aug 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

      But Ed – you do realize you are not the only people who may be buying new equipment, that there are new golfers out there in the world? Oh yes, believe it or not, there are still plenty of new people picking up the game, and are being invited to pick up the game by the industry. And those new people want new stuff too. So it’s always going to be like that. And we need those new people to spend money on golf so that golf can stay at the high peak we experienced before 2008.

    • benseattle

      Aug 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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      I want to sympathize, but I really can’t. Golf clubs are like cars: they’re a depreciating asset. You yourself proclaim that your driver is “state of the art” so the introduction of new clubs shouldn’t affect you one iota. Since your current “last year” bag is yet on a par with the latest and greatest, you’re not going to buy new or trade anything in. Anyone hoping to buy golf equipment hoping for great resale value in a couple of years is simply buying for the wrong reasons. My advice is, buy your favorite clubs, use them for years and only when you see something else that you MUST have, that will actually make you Play Better do you even THINK about a change. And don’t worry your little head one bit about “depreciation” or diminished resale value. It’s golf, man…. it’s SUPPOSED to be painful!

      (Oh and for the record: an item can’t be State of the Art and both “obsolete” at the same time.)

  16. HAK

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Thats a lot of heads overs to be in a ‘players’ bag, must be a demo bag properly placed so that everyone with a lens can zoom in…

  17. Zach

    Aug 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I still love my razr x musclebacks.

  18. Dave

    Aug 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    It’s funny how this stuff just leaks… **Prototype Spotted** OMG!! Everyone look, ooo ahhhh…. create buzz, create more buzz..
    Product name revealed, Product released… 15 yards longer promises… Product disappointment… new driver only hit 10 times on BST.

    Who’s bag was it seen in? Or was it just a bag of clubs that happened to be sitting around and got it’s photo taken?

  19. Rich

    Aug 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Yep, copy of the MP600 (I have one) and the irons are much like Mizunos and Macgregor!!!!

    Try me I’m the latest junk so I must be better!
    Sooner or later club mfg’s will discover the equipment should go back to a 2 year rotation not 6 months..Some are moving to that now .

  20. Peter

    Aug 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Is anyone else sick of all the gimmicks?! What ever happened to getting fit for a club and learning to hit the shots you want? Tiger had his prototype driver shown at the open and his was bonded and no frills, so why do all of the manufacturers feel the need to add bulk and clutter to a club? Especially if they can’t even decide on what will work better, front or back weighting. Finally please tell me the difference between the sldr, this club, and the original design from mizuno? This is why tour shafts and fittings are more expensive , they know the driver heads with all their added toys aren’t worth kindling a fire with if you don’t have the rest! Just my 2¢ rant for the day.

    • Matt

      Aug 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I’m with you 100% Peter I’ve always preferred a traditional set up to all this gimmicky crap, no adjustable clubs in my bag. However I will admit the 2 and 3 irons have both been replaced with hybrids. I’d be ashamed if it wasn’t for all the awesome shots I hit with them!

  21. OS

    Aug 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Way too much off-set on them irons

  22. The Real James

    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    There’s nothing new in the world of club design.

  23. benseattle

    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    “Spotted at the Barclay’s.” What exactly does this phrase mean?

    Were the clubs actually being bagged for tournament play by a Callaway staff player?

    Were company reps merely showing them around, knowing that retail versions were perhaps two full years away? What gives?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Aug 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Equipment companies bring out new equipment at certain times during the PGA Tour season for their staff players to see/test and get their feedback. Usually, this is restricted to the range, although in certain circumstances the clubs can make it in to play.

      In the past, it was easy for OEM’s to do this without causing a stir, but then GolfWRX came around 😉

      – Zak

      • OhioGolfDude

        Sep 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Haha, so true Zak. I love everyone’s opinions on what companies do it right vs. doing it wrong.

  24. Joel

    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I have played pretty well with callaway stuff for a long time, my biggest complaint though is sole width and top line. Even callaways “players” irons seem so clunky to me at address.

  25. Roger

    Aug 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The Iron with the Tourstage look is great.

    The Driver definitely has that Trick look to it, happy to buy
    one in 4 years! Had the MP 001, and the Slider MP, just bought
    MP 630 (no slider).

  26. joe

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

    WOW! another Mizuno knock off and even more like the Mizuno than the SLDR.
    History repeats itself but man this is fast.

    as for the irons… they look legit. cant wait to see the finished product

  27. Rob

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I think I’ll stick to my Cobras. No need to fall for the gimmicks every couple months.

    • Matt

      Aug 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      I am with you Rob, I love my Amp Cell driver and 3 wood, nothing else can touch its performance in my hands especially the over priced Titleist and Ping although Titleist does make my favorite ball lol..

  28. Mike

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Paul…if you look carefully, Callaway owns the patents to SLDR. Thus TMaG is actually using Callaway technology. TMaG’s run as #1 could be coming to an end.

    • HackerDav

      Aug 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Could you show us that? Not sure I buy that. From what I’ve read from WRX site editors, the TMaG patents for sliding weights pre-date Mizuno. Would love to see any of the patent info you mention. Looks like the “War” Cally declared is heating up…

      • spazo

        Aug 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        Patent #7,775,905 was filed in 2006 by TMaG–which means they were at least working on development before that date, likely a few years before. Mizuno’s came out in 2008. Callaway has nothing that old.

  29. Ben

    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Please bring the Legacy Black offerings stateside.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone

    • 4rheel

      Aug 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Agreed, they need to start selling the premo stuff here in the States.

      Maybe these are going to be the new Legacy Blacks in Japan?

    • HAK

      Aug 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      I play a Legacy Aero 8.5(japan edition) and it’s stupid GOOD!!! The funny part is I’m a Taylor STAFF Pro(Crusader)… The SLDR is a good head, just not as good Japanese products

  30. Nick

    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Am I the only one who thinks the weight tracks are fugly and gimmicky looking? Whatever happened to something looking classic. I love my Xhot 3 wood but the tribal tattoo on the shaft is embarassing. Obviously performance comes first but is it really too much to ask that club aesthetics not have a MTV Jersey Shore look to them.

  31. Baba Booey

    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Seriously, these OEMs are out of control. It’s just a marketing machine at this point throwing clubs out every month.

    Stick with Titleist. They don’t do this garbage.

    • wcavanau

      Aug 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

      It all started when the golf companies were bought up by larger, public companies. When you are public you have stockholders which means you need to keeping producing cash!! You have Ping at one end of the spectrum and Taylor Made at the other. Even Titleist is moving away from what they used to be with hardgoods.

      • Freddy v

        Aug 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

        That’s because Titleist is a ball company…they have no chance to compete with any of the companies in the iron and wood category. The ball is the only reason they are profitable…

      • Pancho Golfer

        Aug 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        So true. and add the biggest 24/7 marketing machine invention of he past decade, Golf Channel!

    • Dennis

      Aug 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I’m with Baba Booey….Stick with Titleist

    • rtylerg

      Aug 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Brand loyalty in today’s world is just foolish if you ask me. Are they loyal back? Do they offer a “rewards card” for past purchases? They’re not interested in keeping loyal customers, it’s all about the bottom line. Why do you think Titleist can get away with charging people twice as much for their equipment and never mark down the price? Because they’ve got the “players” hooked on “in Titleist we trust”. Don’t get me wrong, Titleist makes some of the best equipment, but the point is: find the equipment that works for you. Brand is irrelevant these days because the technology and quality are all about the same from one to the next.

      • Matt

        Aug 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

        Actually Titleist equipment tends to cost more because they don’t putt out new crap every 6 months like Taylormade and now Callaway. Its the law of supply and demand fewer options means higher prices. However I agree with you in trying different brands, all these companies make good products these days.

  32. OhioGolfDude

    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Love the look of the cavity back forged iron…reminiscent of the Diablo Forged! If they are that forgiving, may be looking into that one!

    • Tyler

      Aug 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I thought the same thing when i saw the cavity back. looks like the diablo

  33. Paul

    Aug 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

    So callaway wants to copy both the mp-600 and the sldr? Fail

    • Mike Leether

      Aug 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

      …Don’t forget the s55. Triple fail!

      • Kenny nakato

        Aug 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        Although this will most likely be softer. And take a closer look guys. I think this is a solid construction, not a weight badge or feel insert

    • Dave

      Aug 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      It’s funny how this stuff just leaks… **Prototype Spotted** OMG!! Everyone look, ooo ahhhh…. create buzz, create more buzz..
      Product name revealed, Product released… 15 yards longer promises… Product disappointment… new driver only hit 10 times on BST.

      Who’s bag was it seen in? Or was it just a bag of clubs that happened to be sitting around and got it’s photo taken?

      • MorikawaTMaG

        Aug 29, 2013 at 1:55 am

        i think its just one of the bags that are just on the range

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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