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Matrix Shafts Q&A: The new X3 “White Tie” shaft

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Joe Miera, Director of Tour Operations for Matrix Shafts, has been fitting tour players with Matrix shafts for 10 years. He took the time to answer questions from GolfWRX Managing Editor Zak Kozuchowski about his company’s new product line. Scroll to the bottom for specs.

ZK: Last year Matrix released its M3 “Black Tie” shaft. Now, we’re seeing photos of tour players testing the X3 “White Tie” shaft. Who do these shafts target and how do they differ?

JM: Every year Matrix strives to improve performance of all golfers through shaft innovations. We are continuing to fill our Matrix Flight System portfolio with shafts, the M3 “Black Tie” replaced the FM2 and is low-launch, low-spin shaft. The X3 “White Tie” replaced the X-Con, which is a high-launch, low-spin shaft. We will also be releasing the highly anticipated Q3 “Red Tie,” which replaces the HD Series, and is a mid-launch, mid spin shaft, completing the new Matrix Flight System (MFS).

ZK: What about these shafts make them perform in the way that they do, and where do the names come from?

JM: Aside from some of the structural patents like the 16-sided hexadecagonal internal chassis and our manufacturing techniques, we developed a DEC (Deformation of Energy Curve) modeling system that is vastly superior to designing on a traditional EI Curve. That’s what gives us the ability to leapfrog some older design ideas. The combination of color and letters in the new MFS allowed us to simplify things for greater understanding. For people that remember colors well, it’s red (mid-launch), black (low-launch) and white (high-launch), which happen to be our corporate colors. For those that can think of the Alphabet vertically off the ground — A being the lowest — they can picture the apex of the ball at the letter M, a bit higher for Q and higher yet for X. It’s comprehensive, but a simple memory tool for players, tour reps and fitters.

ZK: When will these shafts be available and how much will they cost?

JM: The OZIK M3 Black Tie and OZIK X3 White Tie shafts are available now and the OZIK Q3 Red Tie will be available in early January 2013. The MSRP for each will be $375.

ZK: What are the tolerances?

JM:  As you may know, Matrix started as many years ago as a boutique product, available only through clubmakers.  We have never wavered from the lessons learned along the way from them.  The input helped Matrix become a leader in the field of shaft manufacturing and we are very proud of our reputation for having exacting standards. It may not be well known by some of your readers but our system is set up in such a way that all Matrix Shafts follow the same manufacturing process and procedures as the OZIK TP line.

ZK: We’ve heard from fitters that Matrix shafts tend to produce very good ball speeds for golfers. Why is this?

JM:  Advanced design tools and materials are key ingredients in shaft development, while advanced production techniques allow companies to push the envelope of what is possible to produce. While it’s an open secret on tour that many players gain as much as 4 mph of ball speed using our shafts over conventionally designed shafts, (COO) Daniel You and his team are unlikely to give the recipe to the rest of the world. That being said, the structural design and manufacturing of our shafts is considerably different compared to how most traditional shafts are made. We don’t introduce and release products just to do it. We do it to build a better mousetrap, so to speak.  The forward momentum of design, advancement of materials and the application of lessons learned help us incrementally move forward from previous models. We like to believe that our increments are just a bit bigger than expected.

ZK: There’s a lot of talk about shaft inconsistency – one company’s stiff flex can be another’s regular flex, and vice versa. How do you determine how stiff to make your regular flex, stiff flex, etc.?

JM: That’s a great question. It’s also a very difficult question to answer. As manufacturers, we each have to make our own decisions as to what we are going to design and implement as our flexes. There are no accepted standards for testing protocols or overseeing body in golf shafts. To decide on our flexes, we utilize player and robot testing and base our flexes on ideal maximum deflection at a given swing speed.

ZK: What do you see as being more important in the shaft industry going forward: materials or construction methods?

JM: Another great question, but you can’t separate the two. Our aim from day one has been to make the finest golf shafts available. In order to do that it has to be a holistic approach combined with sweating the small stuff. Using the very best materials in the world and combining it with mediocre manufacturing produces truly flawed products in our estimation. Alternately, if you are not willing to use cutting edge materials you won’t be able to produce the best shaft available. In simpler terms, a drag racer does not use fuel with a lower octane when trying to maximize performance. However, I believe that the key to producing the finest shafts in each class is having world-class design and manufacturing.  At that point, a design engineer can choose materials to fit the price categories golfers are comfortable with.

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  1. Jim Haire

    Dec 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Great shaft! Had it about 3-4 weeks now in a ping anser. High long bombs. It kicked the graphite design tour ad di 6 out of the bag. The feel is also sweet

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Kevin Chappell WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (10/30/17).

Driver: Taylormade M1 2017 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Copper 70TX

3 Wood: Taylormade M1 2017 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Green 80TX

5 Wood: Taylormade M1 2017 (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Green 80TX

Driving Iron: Miura MG ICL-601 (20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Miura MG CB-1008 (4, 5) Miura MB-5003 (6-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey (48-06), King Cobra (52, 56), Callaway MD3 Milled (60-08 C Grind)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T TM5
Grip: Golf Pride Tour SNSR

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Discussion:  See what GolfWRX members are saying about Chappell’s clubs.

 

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Chris Kirk WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/13/17).

Driver: Taylormade M1 2017 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 60TX

3 Wood: Taylormade M2 2016 (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Taylormade M2 2017 (19 Degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95X

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC FLI-HI 3 Iron
Shaft: Project X LZ 6.5 125

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 (4-9)
Shaft: Project X LZ 6.5 125

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 54-10S, 60-04L)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport Mid-Slant
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Laguna One Six
Grip: Scotty Cameron Custom Shop Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Notes: Kirk has been spotted testing two different putters. We’ll update this post when he’s made a decision. 

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Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero drivers hit USGA conforming list

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As of Monday, Dec. 4, two new drivers from Callaway appear on the USGA conforming list: a Callaway Rogue and a Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, each in 9- and 10.5-degree heads. Based on the photos, the drivers will use weights in the sole, have adjustable hosels, and will feature Callaway’s popular Jailbreak technology that it introduced in its GBB Epic drivers. The Jailbreak design essentially uses two internal bars behind the face to reduce flex and ultimately boost ball speed.

Photos of a Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver, which look similar to the photos posted on USGA’s conforming list, also recently popped up in our forums,. Check out the “Epic is out, enter the Rogue” forum thread, and the “New Callaway Driver/Woods: Rogue” thread to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos of the driver.

Below are the photos of the drivers as they appear on the USGA site, along with the listed specs and descriptions.

Callaway Rogue

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero

Join the discussion about the Rogue drivers here!

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