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WRX Spotted: BGT Stability Tour putter shaft

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When you’re the new kid on the block, there is always going to be rapid innovation.

BGT and the Stability Shaft have proven to provide a tangible benefit to golfer using modern-day, heavier-headed putters and if you are curious about how it works, check out this feature piece done a few months ago (WRX BGT Stability Spotlight).

Here’s the newest shaft from BGT, the Stability Tour.

Although it looks extremely similar to the original Stability there are a couple of noticeable differences that stand our in the tour versions that we haven’t seen yet:

  • Even from the naked eye we can see that the new Tour version, has a smaller outside diameter than the original which in theory would make the shaft play softer. That’s not a 100 percent fact since there are different ways to use materials to make a composite (graphite) shaft play stiffer, but since this is the Tour version the assumption is this is to improve feel.
  • Black adapter from graphite to steel — it’s a smaller detail, but when it comes to putting and how something looks over the ball every detail counts. This new adapter certainly makes the transition look even cleaner.

We don’ have any official comment yet from BGT on what the specs are for the new Tour option or when it might be coming to retail, but we have reached out and looking forward to hearing more.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Harold

    Jul 4, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Just another marketing gimmick to increase the already exhorbitant golf gear prices: especially Drivers and putters. It’s the “puttie” not the “putter”

  2. chris

    Jul 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Having rolled one of these, i’m saddened by the “tour” being put on the end – as it is a last ditch effort to sell more product. As far as the original, I don’t see it being worth the 200$ they price it at now. The tour is sure to be more expensive. It’s a single-use shaft that made the scotty i put it on feel absolutely crap. A tour version is an attempt to make it prettier and will likely sacrifice some aspect of what people liked on the original. Breakthrough golf lost my interest when it took 4 days to contact someone on why i had to select the head i was putting the shaft in, when tips don’t even come with the shaft (unless it’s a straight shaft). No part of the experience seems worthy of the price tag.

  3. Charles Zuckerman

    Jul 3, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I have this on my putter and it has changed my putting for the better. You still need to understand line and speed but this gives the ball a much better roll.Well worth the price!

  4. Alfredo Smith

    Jul 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Love it! I have the original and it is amazing. My putting stats have improved so it was worth it for me. Try it, you might like it, LOL.

  5. Bruce Ferguson

    Jul 3, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Sort of like the UST Frequency Filter putter shaft, which has been on the market for years and can be had for $29.95.

  6. dat

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Fugly lookin thing

  7. JP

    Jul 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    The original was what? $200?!? How much can they command for the “tour” model? $300? $350?!? Prices on all golf equipment is getting out of control. Drivers over $500 are common. Iron sets under $1,000 are getting scarce. Pretty soon they will “revolutionize” the golf ball again and charge $10-$15/ball!

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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