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True Temper releases lighter, longer XP family of shafts

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Most golfers are familiar with the advantages of today’s game-improvement irons, which are helping golfers hit the ball higher and farther than ever before. But fewer are aware of the latest crop of  lightweight “game-improvement” shafts, which can further boost a golfer’s iron play.

One top-rated model is True Temper’s new XP shaft family, which was chosen by leading iron makers Callaway, Mizuno and Titleist to be the stock shaft in each company’s flagship game-improvement irons, Callaway’s Apex, Mizuno’s JPX-EZ and JPX-EZ Forged and Titleist’s AP1 irons.

Greg Cavill, vice president of alloy engineering for True Temper, credits the performance of the XP shafts to their variable wall technology, which allowed engineers to manipulate the thicknesses of certain parts of the shafts to improve distance, performance and feel.

In the butt section of the shaft, for example, the walls were made thinner, which was a key to making the XP 95 as light as 92 grams, more than 30 grams lighter than True Temper’s famed Dynamic Gold shafts. But engineers used thicker walls in the tip section of the shaft, which added weight to help stabilize the region.

True Temper Xp 105

Above: True Temper’s XP 95 shaft has a butt diameter of 0.605 inches, while the 10-grams heavier XP 105 shaft has a slightly smaller butt diameter of 0.600 inches. 

Engineers continued the give and take by changing the step pattern of the butt section of the shaft. Its steps were made longer than those in the tip section, making the butt section stiffer. The butt section was then further reinforced with another stiffening agent, a slightly larger outside diameter, which works with the shaft’s stiff midsection to force the tip of the shaft to “kick” at impact.

That kick is responsible for the shaft’s higher launch, which when paired with the added swing speed the lightweight shaft provides adds 6-to-8 yards more carry distance, according to True Temper robot testing.

True Temper’s XP 95 shaft, as well as the 10-grams heavier XP 105 shaft, have a balance point that allows iron sets to be built with traditional balance points. They’re available in R300 and S300 flexes, and cost $400 for a set of eight shafts (3-PW).

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  1. BrianK

    Dec 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    For all of the people who will read this article and be truly interesting in the shafts, you need to try them. Don’t listen to the people whining about prices and if their game will change by 10 strokes. These are really good light weight shafts. Very good feel, exceptional control, and a little added distance. I have a set of the XP 105 and I have been really impressed with the vibration reduction in them. Been playing graphite for years and this is the first set of steal shafts that haven’t caused soreness in my shoulder. Even hitting off mats was no problem for me, and that was huge. These are not your lightweight “noodle” shafts of the past, these are legitimate shafts for good players who want to go a little lighter.

  2. Dan

    Dec 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    These shafts are only 26$ at golfsmith. Not sure where the 50$ came from.

    • True Temper

      Dec 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

      $50 per is MSRP meaning fit and installed. $25 as a component. Very much in line with other lightweight steel and far less than a lot of new graphite irons..

      TTS

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  4. Andrew Cooper

    Nov 29, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Equipment being too expensive is a myth! Golf equipment is no more expensive now in real terms than it was 20 odd years ago, certainly in the UK., Mizuno, Ping irons e.t.c. back in early 1990s cost around £500. Callaway’s Big Bertha and GBB drivers were £200-£300 when they came out. In 2013, you can still buy a cracking set of irons for £500. New Drivers are more or less the same-and the clearance deals on older models can be half that. If you’re going for up-charge options, like these shafts, and/or always want the latest clubs, then obviously that’s going to cost.
    For anyone new to the game, or short on cash, quality 2nd hand is the way to go. If you know what to look for, you could put together a great set for under £400.

  5. Giancarlo Baxa

    Nov 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I’m so sick about hearing about all these new shafts, new models, new everything. The bottom line is players clubs have all been the same since the change from the old persimmons to metal woods. A pure ball striker can perform on the same level no matter what clubs he’s using. There is nothing else manufacturers can do within the rules of conforming clubs that will make one club play much better than another. Basically the only difference is cosmetics, as much as manufacturers want you to believe that there is for example, ” increased ball speeds, different COG’s etc, it all means nothing. Give it up people, stop changing equipment and start changing your swing.

    • Brian

      Nov 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      There is nothing farther from the truth than what you just said. Go spend some time reading about modern equipment and I’m willing to bet you’ll reevaluate that statement.

  6. woot

    Nov 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This is not a poor man’s sport, if you want to go cheap you can always buy the box sets from wal mart.

    • marko

      Nov 29, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Golf is a sport! And there fore should be affordable for ALL people.
      Don’t think for one minute because you make more money than someone else that YOU are a BETTER person and that YOU deserve special treatment. There is NO place in this life for Elitestests like You!!

  7. Really?

    Nov 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    50 bucks a piece for steel shafts… I can find EVERY other steel shaft for cheaper than that… Even the KBS Customs are not 50 a piece.

    Another OEM pricing themselves out of most bags.

    • _Hawk3y3_

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Anyone paying $50 per shaft for these is stupid, lazy, or both. I play XP 105 S300 in my 5-PW and found them as a set of 1-time pulls on e-bay. $35 shipped for the whole set, and I had the serial numbers verified by True Temper. They truly are wonderful shafts and play very similar to Dynamic Gold. Don’t pay MSRP…spend a little bit of time searching for a deal or two.

  8. WP

    Nov 28, 2013 at 6:42 am

    On the other hand, for those ‘hacks’ that are willing to suffer the indignation of playing stock shafts, this is a good news story. I have the XP95 in my new AP2s, love them, and avoided the $25/per upcharge for PXi. A set of AP1 with XP95 could be considered a bargain.

    • Paul

      Nov 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Agreed, feel like I stole something after reading this article considering these are stock in the new ap1 and 2’s. I personally liked them better then any other lightweight shaft as well, pxi, steelfibres, etc. and no up charge, win-win.

  9. John

    Nov 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The real question for me is will these $50 a piece shafts lower someone’s score or handicap! I think I know that answer – I think they are running out of real ideas to improve club performance but need a another new idea to sell us equipment we don’t need.

  10. AJ Jensen

    Nov 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I don’t know that I want much ‘improvement’ out of my irons, in terms of distance. What I want from my irons is for them to go an exact distance and stop dead where they land.

  11. Michael

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

    50 US-Dollar für a stable lightweight steelshaft? For that money, I would opt for an Aerotech Steelfiber in the correct weight.

  12. Kevin

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:27 am

    50$ a shaft for 6-8 more yards? No thanks I’ll be back here using a 7 iron when you use an 8 for those prices

    • jgpl001

      Nov 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      There were many id..ts who were willing to pay $300+ when TM promised 15 yds with the RBZ, so what is the problem here?

      True Temper just need to have a brass neck and marketing hype machine like TM and they could double the price

    • Giancarlo Baxa

      Nov 29, 2013 at 12:08 am

      exactly right

  13. Marko

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

    WOW! $50 bucks a shaft. This game is becoming to expensive.
    Not going to grow the game at these prices.
    $1000 for a set of irons?
    $300-$400 for a driver?
    $125 for each wedge?
    $100-$300 for a putter?
    $40 for a dozen balls?
    Really sad.

    • Zach

      Nov 27, 2013 at 2:52 am

      Completely agree! I can see why so many are leaving the game! Add to that cost membership fees for club members or for an average hack the green fees. Really hate to see this happen to my beloved game!!!

      • Ross

        Nov 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        It’s always been the way of golf… I was pretty poor growing up had hand me down clubs (not good quality and went hunting for golf balls to play and sell to cover my membership) The looks you get are never of encouragement…. it 99.9% scorn and the game has an ego and will continue to pander to the rich. 400 dollar head on a 400 dollar shaft, in a 400 bag…

        Buy second hand 24 months old gear… they big up the advances but its all marketing.

        Longest driver i ever hit was a mp650 with a graffaloy prolaunch red shaft… 90 dollars on ebay!

    • Martin

      Nov 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

      And if you really want to get properly fitted clubs, using the clubfix for example, it starts to get really expensive. A friend of mine got fitted for a new driver in Sweden (this was a serious fitter who really checked the club after it arrived, and it was an aftermarket shaft) and he paid: 750 dollars for it… So in the US its much cheaper…

      • Ross

        Nov 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Everywhere is cheaper than in rip off Britain… unfortunately where i live… we have the links though

        • Jack

          Nov 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

          But income must be higher to offset, no?

        • Nick Messi

          Feb 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

          Try living in Australia mate.
          We get hammered left right and centre. Cars , housing , groceries , golf equipment , golf membership , green fees , private school fees ……. the list goes on and on.

    • Christopher Kee

      Nov 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      I agree. It’s $2,500 for clubs/bag/balls/shoes to get out on the course if you purchase new. Thank god for ebay!

    • Corrie-Lynn's dad

      Nov 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

      The game of golf has been expensive as long as I can remember.

      • marko

        Nov 29, 2013 at 1:15 am

        I can remember when $500 would get you a complete set. Not that long ago. When the tradition of golf was respected. Now they (OEM) just want to find a new way(HYPE) to seperate you and your money. Big heads,graphite shafts, and the change in the golf ball has ruined the GAME of golf. It’s no longer a game of skill. It’s just boom and gouge. Where is Payne Stewart. RIP.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from manku who opened the forum for a discussion on the best and worst of fashion exhibited at the 2019 Masters. Our members discuss the good, the bad and the ugly on show at last week’s opening major of the year, with some items, such as Adam Scott’s pleated pants, dividing opinion.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • alecfeltman: ” Adams pants worry me. Go back to the tailored slim version. He was dressing like a king until the masters. Rory looks great. Good fit and style. I’m a fan. I don’t understand the new cotton shirts from Nike. Jason Day on Thursday was odd, Friday he did good. TW – I’m a fan this week. I still don’t get why Patrick Reed is sponsored by Nike? That guy needs to wear some brand like Loudmouth. Koepka loves those crazy hats – I dig it. What is the connection between Nike “Snake Pack” and Augusta? I don’t see it. Can someone explain?”
  • elpadidji: “Went here after I saw Adam Scott, thought he looked super good. Got some Arnold Palmer vibes from him.”
  • hardcalier: “Kind of a bad week for fashion in my opinion. Adam Scott’s pants were super baggy like 3 out of 4 days. Tiger looked like he dusted off his wardrobe from 15 years ago. Fortunately, his game from 15 years ago came with it. Adidas stuff is pretty plain, never looks great but never looks awful either. Jason Day looks a little heavy in plaid. Koepka’s print hats were terrible.”
  • Yanki01: “Adam Scott who usually keeps it simple and clean looked hideous. Same for Jason Day and the yellow pants. Not sure if it was the old school look he was going for, but the AM shoes didn’t flow well. Some classic shoes maybe would have helped with some trimmed pants. Justin Thomas was best dressed and usually always is.”

Entire Thread: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Honma T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons are coming to retail

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When Justin Rose signed with Honma in at the beginning of January, speculation ensued as to which irons the Englishman would play. Quickly, we learned Rose would game T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons — and he took to the clubs quickly, winning the Famers Insurance Open later that month.

So, clearly, the S20C mild steel irons work for Rose, as they’ve been in his bag since that point, but will they work for the general consumer? Up until this point, we’ve been unable to answer that question, as the irons were tour only. With today’s news, however, we now know Rose Proto irons are coming to retail.

According to the company, the irons, which are forged at Honma HQ in Sakata, Japan, are the result of several months of testing and modification in conjunction with Rose.

The world No. 2 had this say: “The idea of having a hand in the collaborative design process for my set of clubs was extremely exciting. Working with the Honma master craftsmen to create an iron that felt and looked great for me was one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

The irons feature varying CG throughout the set to achieve Rose’s preferred trajectories and a combination satin front and mirror back finish, as well as blended muscleback design.

Full specs below.

Rose Proto MB irons will sell for $175 USD per club and will come in a 4-10 iron set configuration. The company will also offer a 3-iron separately.

 

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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage

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Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.

 

 

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