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WRX Spotlight: Veylix Mansion shafts

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Product: Veylix Mansion shafts (EXP-7.FM5/EXP-5.FM5)

Pitch: From Veylix: “Graphene’s tensile strength measures at an amazing 130Gpa (vs 7.0Gpa for T1100G and 15Gpa for the highest modulus prepregs and pitch fibers), yet is lighter than paper. Not yet patented, the Veylix Graphene Jacket used in Mansion is built from 2 and 3nm graphene platelets of at least 80% pure carbon and allows for new distributions of weight and strength and the highest carbon content that a shaft material can contain. Veylix Mansion isn’t just a series of prototypes, it’s the holotype for a new species of golf shafts and this is just the beginning.”

Our take on the Veylix Mansion shaft

If you have never heard of Veylix before, don’t worry you aren’t alone! Veylix is a newer brand in the competitive shaft market, but they have a long history of creating great shafts. JC Beeson was a shaft designer at Matrix before starting Veylix in 2012. Veylix is typically on the cutting edge of high-end materials for its shafts, and the Mansion is just the latest shaft in that line. Mansion uses 40T graphite and then covers it with a 2-3 nanometer graphene jacket.

Out of the box, the Mansion looks great with its matte black finish, subtle graphics, and Wildeye logo. If you aren’t very familiar with Veylix, they have yet to produce a shaft that doesn’t look fantastic! The packing slip indicated that each model needed one-inch of tipping as standard, and that is not very common anymore for driver shafts. Near the tip of the shaft is a line signaling the end of the parallel tip section, so if you require more than the standard one inch of tipping, you will know how far you can go. I don’t remember seeing a shaft with that indicator, but it is kind of interesting and you don’t notice the line at all during play. The finish is called MatteTouch Black and it does have a satin type feel to it that draws you in to touch it!

I have hit a few Veylix models in the past, Rome and Arcane, and have always been impressed by the quality of the shafts. The Mansion is a lighter weight shaft (EXP-5.FM5 – 56g, EXP-7.FM5 – 70g) lineup compared to say the Rome line. I found the Mansion to be mid/high launching and very straight. Veylix lists the EXP-7.FM5 as a low spin shaft and I have no reason to doubt that. the EXP-5. FM5 did launch higher and spin a little more than the EXP-7.FM5. I wasn’t on a launch monitor, but on the course and the range, I never noticed any kind of ballooning or rise in ball flight with the EXP-7.FM5, while the EXP-5.FM5 rose just a touch. Tee shots were very straight, reducing the draw and fade movement I typically see. The Mansion just wants to go high and straight: a very good thing! While the Mansion is easy to square up, I never had a real fear of it going left on me.

During the swing, you can really feel how active the Mansion is; less boardy than the Rome but similar to the Alpina. The Mansion does transmit a little more vibration to your hands compared to the rest of the Veylix line. I was surprised with the amount of feedback at impact, especially mishits. Mansion really lets you know where you made contact on the face instantly.

Overall, the Veylix Mansion is another quality offering for those who want the best in shaft materials and design. If you are looking for a mid-to-mid/high launching shaft with mid-to-low spin, with tight dispersion, then you should try the Mansion. For players who don’t necessarily need help elevating the golf ball with the driver, Mansion could be a really solid fairway shaft offering great accuracy with a mid ball flight. Make sure to get more aquatinted with Veylix shafts this year!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

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.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

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.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Top 5 coolest things at the PGA Fashion & Demo 2019 in Las Vegas

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If you are doing an apples to apples comparison, the Orlando PGA Merchandise Show and The Vegas PGA show are on two different planets. It would be like comparing the Death Star to Marty McFlys’s hoverboard in “Back to The Future.”

However, the best thing about the PGA Fashion & Demo in Las Vegas is the laid back nature and quality time you get with the brands that show up. So, as I made my way around the Sands Expo at The Venetian, I did find some seriously awesome swag that will be coming out in the next six months…and oh yeah, Sherry Major, the woman who runs both shows, is a unicorn and deserves a street in her name.

OK, here we go.

DORMIE WORKSHOP MASTERS-INSPIRED HEADCOVER

The title says it all, the Nova Scotia, Canada-based creators do amazing custom pieces for not only individual clients but also for some of the most exclusive clubs in the country.

Cost: $100-$300

Check em out here.

G/FORE MG 4.1  

Let’s be honest G/Fore doesn’t miss much. I own a pair of the original release of the MG 4.1, and I get asked about them on the street allll the time. This new color and the rest of the new line will be quite the must-haves, I reckon. And yes they are REALLY comfortable on the course and in the street.

Cost: $185

Check em out here.

VINEYARD VINES MENS BELT

I’m not super familiar with VV, but these ridiculously well-crafted belts are not only awesome with the Shinnecock and Oakmont themes, but they remind me of the belts my old man used to rock. I’m all for the modern gear making its way into the market, but who doesn’t want an Oakmont belt?

Cost: $58

Check em out here.

DUNNING GOLF “PURE” ACCESSORIES

This is a cross-collaboration between Dunning, Imperial Headwear, Dormie, and others to promote golf as it is…PURE. The name represents so much and the simple high-end hats, head covers, etc. express the word that we say when something in golf is better than most and represents the essence of the game: It’s pure.

Cost: $35

Check em out here.

TOUR STRIKER PLANEMATE

Lots of buzz about the brainchild of David Woods and Tour Striker’s Martin Chuck. I have tried it, and I can honestly say it helps in multiple ways. Once you follow the protocol that they send, once you become an owner, you have a swing device that builds in the sensation of “shallowing” the golf club and you don’t need a teacher there yanking the club down to show you how to do it. I love working on things at home and this thing is a gem.

Cost $162.99

Check em out here.

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