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July 2012 Editors Choice- Best Premium Shafts

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The GolfWRX Editors’ Choice Awards recognize the very best in gear. We tested, fitted and debated to develop the list in lieu of spending countless hours in the GolfWRX forums obsessing, reading, writing, buy and selling as we and up to 800,000 others do every month. See how we select the winners.

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 Best Premium Golf Shafts

Graphite Design Premium Tour AD DI – Deep Impact Shaft is designed to provide more power and stability, the Tour AD DI shaft, manufactured exclusively at Graphite Design Japan, has been integrated with Toray Company’s new Nanotechnology material in the tip section of the shaft. This unique tip technology creates optimal launch and spin conditions to produce increased accuracy and distance. Tour players have been impressed by the fact that when using the Tour AD DI shaft they can increase ball speed and accuracy without giving up distance. The mid bend profile of the Tour AD DI allows the player to load the shaft properly, yet maintains a firm enough tip section through impact, producing optimal spin and launch conditions. Golfers using the shaft will experience the feel of the ball leaving the club head with a lot of speed while maintaining exceptional feel and control. Players are giving it a try in their drivers and then using it in their fairway woods as well. We designed this shaft to deliver players to the next level in shaft performance and create an impressive impact on their games and we feel we have succeeded in that mission.”

 
Mitsubishi Kaili – For the player who wants the smooth and stable bend profile associated with Diamana S-Series, but can benefit from a more stable tip-section that produces lower launch and spin characteristics. Diamana Kai’li incorporates MDI Technology into the original Diamana S-Series bend profile with a slightly stiffer tip and butt section. The result is a lower torque shaft that provides the same versatility as the original smooth and stable profile, while delivering slightly lower launch and spin.

 

 

OBAN DEVOTION – The Devotion Series is our most diverse offering with various shaft weights ranging from 43 grams to 84 grams. The design pattern remains consistent throughout the Devotion Series, while kick points and torques vary depending on the weight class. Materials Ultra premium, high modulus graphite equate to better feel and performance. Structural Design High quality graphite utilized throughout shaft construction creates firm butt, mid and tip sections and provides inherent stability throughout the shaft load sequence. Performance Devotion 6,7,8 – Mid Launch. Low Spin. Responsive feel. Structural integrity throughout the swing dynamics. Ideal for the player who tends to create more load in the shaft with a quicker tempo. Devotion 4, 5 – High Launch. High Spin. This shaft favors the lower swing speed player.

Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec- The design concept was to keep the same unique feel of the VC.2 Motore Speeder but increase tip strength for lower spin plus eliminate the left with high ball speeds. The S flex design will have almost the same tip stiffness as the X flex but the butt will be 7-10 CPM’s weaker to accommodate the high swing speed player who needs the tip strength but needs the handle a bit softer for smoother transitions. We expect this shaft to accommodate the better golfer that wants to keep the spin low and not loose control of their shots. Each Motore Speeder is equipped with our Proprietary Quadra Axis Composite and Triax Woven material creating a revolutionary 7-Axis Technology. This uniformity throughout the shaft assists with eliminating deformation (ovaling) yet provides the maximum amount of feel through the entire swing increasing overall performance and stability.

 

PROJECT X BLACK- The new Project X Black features reduced weight from the original Project X graphite for explosive power while preserving critical tip stability and low spin performance. Featuring proprietary Dual Torsional Control, Project X Black reduces spin rates at impact for optimized peak trajectory with flatter descent angles for maximum carry and roll.

 

 

UST Mamiya Proforce VTS- Proforce VTS shaft is the first shaft ever developed that emphasizes Torque in the fitting process. Historically, most players have been fit traditionally only using weight and flex. Although this has worked well in the past, Proforce VTS with 3-D fitting technology brings shaft fitting to an entirely different level. Over the past 4 years, UST Mamiya engineers spent hundreds of hours designing shafts, and testing hundreds of golfers in order to find out what aspects of shafts are the most important to performance. The results led to the development of the Proforce VTS. UST Mamiya engineers developed a matrix of shafts of different weights (57-97 grams), and flexes (A, R, S, X) that are typically found in shaft product lines. But UST Mamiya went one step further by adding torque as the third dimension in the shaft matrix. Within a given weight and flex (e.g. 67 gram S-flex), there are 3 separate torque shafts that allow you to fine tune the shaft performance to each golfers unique Swing DNA. UST Mamiya has found that through the unique 3-D fitting process, golfers can realize an increase in ball speed of 2 mph, with some golfers seeing up to 6 mph increase in ball speed. Click here to read the full review

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Best Premium “Light Weight” Golf Shafts

Miyazaki C.Kua 40-50g–  The new C. Kua Series golf shafts will be some of the first shafts in the 40-50g weight category to feature a true Tour stiffness profile in an extremely lightweight offering. These lightweight shafts are offered as a “Tour Issue Superlite System” in which the shaft is paired with a superlite version of Lamkin’s top-selling Performance Plus grip. This Tour Issue Superlite System will give PGA Tour players and consumers the ability to increase their headspeed and distance through the use of lightweight technology on their existing clubhead model.

Aldila RIP Phenom 50g- The new Aldila RIP Phenom incorporates Aldila’s Tour proven RIP Technology with a unique shaft design to create a new and innovative flex profile for maximum distance and control.  We call this new technology the Hyberbolic Flex Zone.  It features a stiff tip section for optimal launch and spin control with a very firm butt section for an incredible stable feel, while the center section of the shaft is softer to provide unmatched kick through impact for maximum ball speed.

 

Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara W Series- Mitsubishi has released their all new W Series Bassara shaft. The W stands for Wyvern, a legendary reptile like creature with a dragon’s head. The Wyvern was often symbolized as a crest of power and athleticism back in Medieval times. The new W series is designed to be a premium distance shaft. With a slightly more active tip than other Bassara models, the W squares quickly at impact and creates increased ball speeds thanks to elastic titanium fibers in the tip which also increase stability.  While the tip is more active, the mid section is purposely stiffer to keep ball flight under control and added direction.  The Butt of the W Series is softer which provides more feel and allows players to easily load the shaft for maximum energy transfer.

 

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  1. Rimrock

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Having been in manufacturing all my life I can appreciate Leftright using the word tolerance. What are the tolerances for shafts? Who knows? When shafts come off the production line and they are within the +- tolerance they are shipped.

    When reviewing the shaft one begins to wonder about the head of the club the shaft was put in. How can you not mention that in relation to performance of the shaft? Ho about Loft, Lie, Ball, weather conditions On and on.

  2. Leftright

    Sep 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    There has got to be a better way. The bad thing about graphite is that it is “still” not as consistent as steel and it varies from shaft to shaft. I think the premium makers have the tolerances a bit closer so we pay 3-400 dollars for that piece of mind. I can’t believe you can say I have a 100mph swing and hit the driver medium high with a 9.5 driver with a fubuki 63 tour S and some one can’t tell you which shaft might work for you. They can’t because the tolerances suck. The golf manufacturers and shaft companies have quite a racket going.

  3. MatrixEquipped

    Aug 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Where are the BlackTies?!?! Love 7M3….thought that would make the list…but no matrix at all….

  4. Mrmojo

    Aug 24, 2012 at 1:53 am

    What about the Epic shaft? Aren’t they supposed to be very good?

  5. Gwalt5

    Jun 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Are you guys kidding me Graphite Design’s AD DI is one of the best shafts on the market. Obviously, if a golf forum is going to do a shaft comparison they want to involve shafts that you see professionals using along with the shafts people THINK they can hit well. I thought the information provided was accurate and yes there are some great shafts missing from the conversation but cuts must be made…..

  6. Kyleyoung

    Jun 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    What about the Fubuki k serious shaft. I use the 60x in an r11s .. And it is a rocket. I get a low launch and low spin with great feel,,

  7. GolfWRX

    Jun 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

    No junk there. Maybe for you but not for many. The BB is close to it. Higher launch and 200 to 300 less RPM in spin.

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  10. tapinbirdie

    May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Tour AD DI? Where is Tour AD BB? Tour AD DI was junk.

  11. jabroni23

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I’m very surprised that the Attas T2 isn’t mentioned here. I’ve been gaming an AD DI 7x for the last year and tried out the Attas T2 7x. The AD DI is now in the garage. I gained distance, but also gained accuracy. The T2 is worlds straighter than the AD DI. And talk about feel, the T2 is smoother than anything I’ve every played.

  12. ThatGolfer

    Apr 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Harrison Saga, wonderful shaft hard to beat it and about as in expensive as your going to find and stills competes with these top shafts

  13. TomMiller

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I don’t know how you determine the best shaft. Shafts often match a specific swing profile. I tried several of the shafts above, and they sucked for me. The Fujikura F3 fit me best and I easily was seeing 20 more yards then the other shafts. That doesn’t mean the other shafts are bad shafts, they just don’t fit my swing profile.

  14. brentonbowen

    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Has anyone tried the Harrison Striper or Eclipse?

  15. KGWGOLF

    Mar 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I have a Matrix TP7HD and an Oban Devotion in drivers and the Devotion is a great shaft but it’s no where near as stable as the TPHD7.

    Very Interesting no Matrix shafts on here.

  16. Solidstrike

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

    It’s interesting that none of the Matrix shafts are on this list. Is Matrix losing its edge in the premium golf shaft market?

  17. MR.MOURINHO

    Mar 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Miyazaki C.Kua 43g shaft – GREAT SHAFT!

    I went into American Golf pro shop here in Dublin and tried out 7 top premium fairway woods in regular shafts behind the ball flight launch monitor.

    I then was handed the Cleveland FL 19 degree 5 wood with the Miyazaki C.Kua 43g shaft and being a poor fairway wood player, I could believe how this Miyazaki C.Kua 43g shaft gave impressive me. Ball spin was about 3,100 (slightly above the required 2,800), launch angle was 15 degrees (exact required), carry distance was 205 yards with 7 yards roll. Average total distance was 212 yards, giving me an additional 15 yards over my old fairway 19 degree 5 wood.

    Off the turf, rough and the tee on the golf course, I couldn’t have been happier. Although the club felt light, the shots were very straight, long and there was no ‘ballooning’ of shots even in headwinds.

    I immediately bought the 15 degrees 3 wood with the same shaft to complement the 5 wood. I now have fairway woods which I can actually hit!

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SPOTTED: Three new PXG drivers appear on the USGA conforming list

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Following up its original 0811 driver launch, PXG came out with 0811X drivers earlier in 2017. Now, as of December 18, there are three new PXG drivers that have popped up on the USGA Conforming Driver Heads list. The new heads include all 9-degree models; PXG ZZ, PXG XXF and PXG XX. Based on the placement of its signature screw-like weights, it appears there is a fade-biased head, a draw-biased head and a neutral head.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new PXG driver heads

PXG ZZ (Neutral)

The PXG ZZ head appears to have a slightly more compact shape than the XXF and XX models, and it also has only six weights in the sole that are placed in the rear of the head on the toe and heel. The placement of these weights suggest both high MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness) and a neutral trajectory bias.

PXG XXF (Fade-biased?)

The PXG XXF head has nine weights in the sole, with three weights placed out on the toe; this weight placement suggests a fade-bias. And with three weights closer to the face, this suggests a CG (center of gravity) that’s more forward than the ZZ model, possibly to lower spin.

PXG XX (Draw-biased?)

Like the XXF head, the PXG XX head has nine weights in the sole, with three weights forward in the head. The difference is that the XX model has three weights in the heel, suggesting a draw-bias.

What do you think about the new PXG drivers that appear on the USGA conforming list?

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new PXG driver heads

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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