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Matrix Releases MFS5 Shafts: The New Black Tie, Red Tie and White Tie



“The way clubs are being built now is different than the way clubs were being built two or three years ago,” says Tom DeShiell, Head of R&D for Matrix Shafts. The changes are especially apparent with drivers, which are now designed with heavier heads to help golfers add more distance to their drives — both through their added mass and adjustability features. So it makes sense that to get the best performance from the latest driver heads, they should be paired with shafts designed with the new heads in mind.


That’s the spirit of Matrix’s new MF5 shaft series, which includes updated versions of the company’s most popular shafts: Black Tie, Red Tie and White Tie. The third-generation models use a higher center of gravity (CG), or balance point, which allows golfers to take advantage of new the latest club head technologies.

The changes to the new shafts start at the beginning; Matrix is using new tooling in this generation of shafts. The Black and White Tie use round mandrels, which DeShiell says offered flexibility to fine tune the geometries, flex profiles, CG locations and tip stiffnesses to optimize their performance. The new Red Tie will continue to use Matrix’s 16-sided hexadecagonal internal platform, or “HD Technology.”


In recent years, Matrix’s Black Tie shaft has enjoyed a cult-like following with high-swing-speed golfers, and it’s known as one of the lowest-launching, lowest-spinning shafts golfers currently available. The M5 Black Tie will stay true to its reputation as one of golf’s stoutest shafts, but with its higher CG it’s a better fit for today’s heavier driver heads than previous models. According to DeShiell, its new design can counterbalance as much as 0.5 inches of added shaft length or 3-4 additional grams of head weight to help golfers boost distance.

The design of the M5 Black Tie also includes a tweak based on PGA Tour player feedback. It’s a lower-torque shaft than previous models, particularly in X-flex, which offers increased stability and more feedback to golfers on off-center hits.

Matrix’s best-selling shaft model occupies the opposite realm of the aftermarket shaft space. Its new X5 White Tie is designed to help golfers launch the ball higher, which often leads to big distance gains for golfers in fitting bays. Maybe golfers don’t go looking for a higher-launching shaft, DeShiell says, but “when they go hit them all the White Tie often gives them the best performance.”

Matrix Launch/Spin Comparison Chart


As seen in the chart above, the Q5 Red Tie fits between the Black Tie and White Tie shafts in terms of launch conditions; it’s a mid-launching, mid-spinning shaft.

The beauty of the MFS5 shaft platform is the three distinct options it provides. Since all three shafts provide tour-level stability, golfers can objectively choose the model that gives them the best performance in a fitting. DeShiell described the ideal fitting process this way; once golfers select their favorite adjustable settings on a driver, they can go about searching for even better launch conditions with a Black Tie, Red Tie or White Tie shaft.

“One of these shafts is going to get them closer to their optimal numbers,” he says.


The M5 Black Tie and X5 White Tie are currently available through the company’s network of certified custom club fitters, and the Q5 Red Tie shaft will be available April 12. All three will sell for $375.

Visit Matrix’s website to see full shaft specifications.

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  1. john

    Feb 25, 2017 at 1:11 am

    The old m3 black tie was a great shaft, very stiff / boardy feel and super low spin, the m4 was the softest x-flex shaft ive ever used and spun like crazy and apparently this one is softer again? matrix you are dead to me

    • Carl

      Feb 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

      +1 on the old M3. Great shaft! I still play it today.

  2. DB

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Interesting. Looks like they have smoothed out the profile on all of them.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review



TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!


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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters



In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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Whats in the Bag

WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open



  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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