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What is Artisan Golf? GolfWRX goes behind the scenes

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With video cameras and questions, GolfWRX goes into the heart of Artisan Golf headquarters to speak with the legendary wedge grinder Mike Taylor and putter maker John Hatfield. In part 1 of this 7-part series, Mike and John explain what Artisan is all about, what makes it different, and where it’s going in the future.

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  1. Wes

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I swear those Artisan Putters are the most beautiful putters I have ever seen. I like how he has all the different finishes and the way he mills the face. I love my Scotty but would drop that thing in a second to put an Artisan in the bag.

  2. JE

    Jun 5, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Beautiful products. I hope these guys do well and are able to build that brand.

  3. sid

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:07 am

    If your fancy off-the-shelf major brand clubs are not custom-built and fitted, your homemade WITB is krapola.

  4. The dude

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    How much?

  5. ogo

    Jun 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    If your fancy off-the-shelf major OEM brand clubs are not custom-built and fitted your homemade WITB assortment is second rate.

  6. ogo

    Jun 4, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    If your fancy off-the-shelf major OEM brand clubs are not custom-built and fitted you might as well be swinging clubs from Walmart … your homemade WITB assortment of love clubs are third rate… ya can’t be proud of that.. 😀

  7. Blake

    Jun 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Anyone else amazed a how bad that tape/grip job was? 4:15

    • ogo

      Jun 4, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      😀

    • Brian

      Jun 5, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Well Blake that tape job has worked for Tiger for well over a decade so I would say its pretty damn good. Where is a video of your work I would like to see how you think is should be done!

    • Joey5Picks

      Jun 5, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      what’s the problem with it?

    • larrybud

      Jun 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      I don’t see the problem with it. Tape went full length of grip, then they trimmed it off.

  8. koober

    Jun 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I’m not really familiar with the company, but they seem like great folks, people that are committed to excellence and see something bigger than themselves. I’d love to give their wedges a go.

    • ogo

      Jun 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      You would love to have their wedges fitted to your exact specs… they would be beauties.

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Spotted: Fujikura Ventus shafts

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Photos of a new shaft offering from Fujikura have appeared in the GolfWRX Forums. We first spotted the Fujikura Ventus on Tour at the Safeway Open last year, and it went into two players’ bags that week.

Since then, the shaft has been showing up on Tour more frequently, and it is expected to come to retail some time early this year.

The Ventus is a Tour inspired design — meaning low torque and a stiff tip section. This profile creates a mid-launching shaft that also offers low spin.

The use of extremely stiff 70-ton pitch fiber throughout the full length of the shaft, creates more center face contact by reducing twisting at impact. The 70-ton fiber is laid at 45 degrees in the bias layer for tighter dispersion and consistency.

Fujikura itself tweeted the following evidence of continued player testing of the shaft.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in this forum thread. 

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Spotted: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Smoke shafts

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A Project X HZRDUS Yellow Smoke shaft has surfaced in the GolfWRX Forums.

To expand its popular HZRDUS line, it looks like Project X is testing the new Smoke series to include the Yellow Profile. If you recall, the Yellow was the second profile added to the original HZRDUS line which has the key features of

  • Higher balance point to allow for both longer lengths, or heads with a higher than standard mass.
  • Slightly softened profile for smoother tempo players, and increased feel

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The pictures also show off a new “Small Batch” logo that seems to be a play on the very popular original Hand Crafted. This would appear related to the moving of the Hand Crafted production line out of the U.S. manufacturing facility in San Diego owing to the growing demand in the market for the shafts in both the aftermarket and with OEMs. These “Small Batch” shafts could mean a return to the U.S. production facility for Project X.

Bringing the Yellow Profile into the Smoke line would add a softer higher balance point (counter balanced) profile to a line up already designed to have increased feel. From a fitting standpoint, this could be another win-win shaft, perfect for the slightly less aggressive players looking to play a longer driver without sacrificing feel.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases the 2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts. The shafts have been met with resounding approval from our members on our forum, who almost to a man find them a thing of beauty, and are eager to find out just when they will hit the shelves.

For more photos, make sure to check out the full forum thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, and you can join the discussion at the link below.

  • Ziggy16: “Yessssss love it. I had the chance to hit Accra shafts for the first time in 2018. I think they are some of the best feeling shafts I’ve ever swung. It’s between them and VA Composites, although I just saw Oban is now back in the game. Still, after all these years, the HB is still making a mark in my bag.”
  • KMo23: “Have the TZP Proto in the Driver, can’t wait to find a weight and launch profile for a fairway wood. Lots of tour guys switching to this!”
  • Oaks: “It’s the best feeling Shaft I can remember in a while.  Reminds me of the old ACCRA feel that they were known for.”
  • rpmspooner: “I had a chance to chat with Reid at Accra yesterday. They are extremely excited about the Tz5 and Tz6. I think they think this one is a home run. “Smoother mid section” was the response. If that is true, I don’t know who is going to compete with ACCRA this year. They already owned the smooth space in golf shafts.”

Entire Thread: “2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts”

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