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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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  1. Ripit

    Jan 17, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Bring back the Red Eyes Alpha RIP pleeeeeeeeeease but in a new version! With the Graphene! Same weights would be nice though

  2. BIG G

    Jan 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    A 120g Aldila graphite iron shaft???? Yes please!!

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch SL1 golf bag

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Pitch:  From Stitch: “Designed using Stitch Golf’s durable Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in the SL1 golf bag as well as the Ultimate Garment Bag (UGB) that has the strength of leather, but is more durable, lightweight and waterproof. The SL1 is sleek in design and weighs only 57 oz, making it “the perfect caddie bag” or the perfect cart bag.”

Our take on the Stitch SL1 golf bag

Stitch Golf may be best known for its headcovers, but just like its headcovers, the SL1 golf bag stands out, and for all the right reasons.

The bags feature bright colors, and the clean and classic look gives off a feeling of nostalgia. While the retro look is undoubtedly appealing, there are plenty of modern features that make these bags a serious competitor at the moment.

The SL1 golf bag weighs just 57 oz, so you can see why the company describe the product as “the perfect caddie bag.” The low weight is a huge advantage, and to provide a super light bag such as this, Stitch has concentrated on minimalism and pulled it off. The bag features two side pockets which are deep enough to carry the necessities for any round. While sitting above the two deeper pockets are two smaller pockets, designed to provide golfers with the opportunity to store their car keys, wallet etc., and a space for a small water bottle.

The actual stand features thin legs that are strong and create an excellent base for the bag to rest,  while the angle which the bag sits at makes it very comfortable for getting your clubs in and out without any difficulty. The SL1 features a single strap, emphasizing just how light this bag is, and makes it an ideal bag for walkers on the course, while the bag also fits comfortably onto carts. While you may think a light bag such as the SL1 may not be ideal in harsh weather conditions, the bag is waterproof and comes with an attachable matching rain hood, which is a very cool addition.

The concern with svelte bags such as the SL1 is usually the number of clubs you can comfortably carry. With the SL1, however, that concern isn’t there, with the bag easily holding 14 clubs, without the prospect of the clubs getting stuck all the time.

All bags come with an orange “Stitch” logo near the front of the bag. The orange “Stitch” logo, it’s also worth noting, from my perspective looks very striking and possibly at it’s best on the “Brushed Forest Green” SL1.

The personalization options are one of my particular favorite features of the SL1.  Along with the Stitch logo, golfers have the option of either getting a two-letter personalization which sits on the upper portion of the large right pocket, or a three letter horizontal personalization. The simple looking personalization suits the style of the bag perfectly.

With plenty to shout about, the Stitch SL1 also comes with a steep price tag. At $328, the SL1 sits among premium-priced golf bags, and with its classic, minimalist look, many golfers will be looking for some extra funky features for that price, which is understandable. But it’s that classic look that makes the SL1 so appealing, and in a market full of big bags with fancy gadgets, the SL1 delivers on all the essentials while offering golfers the opportunity to stand out on the course with a sleek, stylish looking bag from an independent business.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What’s your favorite fairway finder club and shot?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from dgarland, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what their go-to club and shot is when they must hit the fairway. Our members implement a range of clubs and different types of shots and techniques, and the thread gives a fascinating insight into the games of other golfers.

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.

  • PingGuy68: “Usually a hybrid is good for me if finding fwy is in doubt.  But lately, I’ve been goofing around a bit with an eye 2 2-iron I bought on a whim.  It is surprisingly easy to hit.  Nice low flight with no curve, 200 yards for me.”
  • agolf1: “A bunt driver.  Grip down 1-2 inches, tee ball lower, and swing easy.  Style points, no.  Reasonably effective, yes. I just think the 460 cc head is a lot easier to hit (covers up mistakes) than a small headed fw or hybrid (I can still hit these clubs, but when something goes wrong then you are in the rough and way back from where you expected).”
  • FlyingLaw1: “I choke down a driver a couple of inches and move it back in my stance. Tee the ball down a little and basically swing it like a 5-iron. Goes about 15-20% shorter than a standard driver but I can’t miss with it.”
  • GolfTurkey: “Aim left and unleash a power fade. Sniping double cross hook finds the adjacent fairway every time.”

Entire Thread: “What’s your favorite fairway finder club and shot?”

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Snell MTB-X joins MTB golf ball lineup; all MTB balls now available in Optic Yellow

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Snell Golf has unveiled its latest model of golf ball – the MTB-X, with the company additionally now offering all MTB golf ball models in Optic Yellow.

The Snell MTB-X is the successor to the company’s MTB Red ball, and its two new models consists of the MTB Black and MTB-X. The MTB Black is designed for players who seek a softer feel, with the ball aiming to provide players with a medium level of iron spin. The MTB-X, on the other hand, looks to offer players both a firmer feel and higher iron spin. Both of the new models are designed for low driver spin to provide players with maximum distance off the tee.

The new addition from Snell is offered in a one dozen “MTB Test Pack,” featuring two sleeves of each MTB model and a fitting guide to help players choose which ball works best for their game.

Speaking on the new addition, Dean Snell, owner and CEO of Snell stated

“In 2018, customer feedback of our MTB RED model led us to a new design target. We felt we could provide high spin for approach shots while lowering driver spin and maximizing distance off the tee. The new MTB-X model has accomplished both of those goals and has added the elite feel & durability of a cast urethane cover.

“Players who enjoyed the MTB RED model will find MTB-X to be very long, extremely durable, and offer improved aerodynamics for strong performance in windy conditions.”

The company are now also providing every MTB model in Optic Yellow.

The MTB-X is available to pre-order now from SnellGolf.com, with shipments scheduled for early April. Pricing for the MTB models starts at $32.99 for a dozen, with the price being reduced to $27.99/dz should you order five dozen.

 

 

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