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Proto UST “Recoil” Graphite Irons Shafts

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Here’s the first look at UST Mamiya’s new “Recoil” Graphite Iron shaft that was spotted on the range at the McGladrey Classic.

Click here for more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

More Information about Recoil from UST Mamiya:

Recoil is a revolutionary design concept for Iron shafts that incorporates state of the art composite materials and over 30 years of golf shaft design experience.  UST Mamiya engineers have uncovered the secret to designing an iron shaft using carbon fiber that exceeds the performance of traditional steel shafts and previous carbon fiber shaft designs. See a tech interview with UST by clicking here.

For years engineers have tried to develop carbon fiber shafts that could matchup to steel, but they usually failed because of the weight constraints and lack of engineering ingenuity.  The reason for their failure was due to poor material alternatives and poor design methodologies.

The conventional graphite shaft designs were constrained due to weight.  In order to create a heavy carbon fiber shaft, engineers used heavy weight carbon fiber material which had very poor dynamic properties and would cause the shaft to feel dead and non-reactive to a golfers swing.  The most common design method for adding more weight was to increase the quantity of angle layers. This was the cause of very poor recoil properties and resulted in bad feel or dead feel, and poor playability in iron shots that resulted in poor distance, trajectory and accuracy control.

See a tech interview with UST by clicking here.

The wall construction was too thick and the material properties not favorable in producing dynamic recoil within the walls of the shaft.  Recoil iron shafts has a much thinner “angle” layers, the angle layer is the most important part of creating the recoil effect.

Recoil iron shafts has been able to maintain both the heavy weight and very active recoil properties such as hoop stiffness and active modulus properties by adding more “straight” layers and utilizing high-density material and reducing angle layers.

Features and Benefits:

  • Recoil technology allows the golfer to load and unload the shaft better on both partial and full shots, which results in better:
  • Trajectory control
  • Distance control
  • The shaft is redirecting the energy to the ball and is also transferring stored energy from the golfer to the ball.  This increases the spring effect (recoil) in the walls of the shaft for efficient energy transferred to the ball for increased velocity and greater distance.
  • Composite material construction for enhanced feel and feedback
  • Higher damping rate = better feel
  • Less stress on joints in the hands, wrists and elbows
  • Recoil™ iron shafts have a premium ION plating for a similar look to steel for easier transition from traditional steel shafts to recoil™ graphite iron shafts.

 Here is a list of all available shafts:

  • Recoil Tour Prototype 110S, 125S and 125X (0.355” tapered)
  • Recoil Tour 95R, 95S, 110S, 110X, 125S and 125X (0.355” tapered)
  • Recoil 800 series (50g, 60g, 70g, 80g, 90g – 0.370” parallel)
  • Recoil 600 series (65g, 75g, 85g – 0.370” parallel)

Recoil Prototype and Tour

  • Better players looking for great feel and the ability to work the ball
  • Lower balance, higher flex point
  • Heavier weights with firmer tip for lower flight

Recoil 800 series

  • Players looking for a lighter weight option with great feel and the ability to work the ball
  • Optimum weight and flex profile to fit wide range of golfers
  • Mid-Balance, medium tip for medium Ball flight

Recoil 600 series

  • Great feel and lightweight options to increase club head speed for greater distance
  • Lighter weights for faster club speed
  • Medium to medium high ball flight

See a tech interview with UST by clicking here.

Recoil Tour Prototype are available now through the Tour and UST’s TOURSPX dealer network. The Recoil Tour Series will be available around the 2013 PGA Show. The Recoil 800 Series is available now through UST’s TOURSPX dealer network. The Recoil 600 Series will be available through retail channels next month.

Click here for more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. dave

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Can you put this shaft with the new taylormade iron tp CB??

  2. Chase

    Oct 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    These shafts are great and I have been.able to lower my spin rate and have tighter ball.dispersion with a 100 g shaft vs. a 112 g steel shaft. Increased ball speed by 3 mph and 6 yards with a better feel than any steel shaft available. CFS is an eye opening option to better shafts, not to mention each shaft is hand crafted.

  3. tlmck

    Oct 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Pricing?

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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