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Tech Talk: UST Recoil Graphite Iron Shafts

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In the last decade, graphite has become the material of choice on the PGA Tour for the shafts in drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.

It would make sense that graphite shafts would slowly have started to creep into irons as well, but almost every top player on Tour is still using steel shafts in his irons and wedges.

Mike Guerrette, vice president of brand development and Tour operations for UST Mamiya, said the reason why graphite shafts haven’t become popular with Tour players in their irons was because of a problem with their design.

According to Guerette, graphite iron shafts of the past had walls that were too thick, which decreased ovaling and resulted in poor energy transfer. That resulted in less feel and less distance — two things that never go together on Tour.

UST’s new Recoil iron shafts are made with denser graphite fibers that allowed engineers to decrease wall thickness. Because the fibers are denser, the shafts can be made as heavy as 110 to 125 grams, the weight range that is preferred on Tour. Click this link to read more about the Recoil Shafts. 

Check out the video below, where Guerrette explains in detail the construction and benefits of the new shafts, which he says will give golfers more distance and a better feel than steel.

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  1. Rick

    Mar 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Why should I take your word? Haven’t even heard your story. Have not seen any reviews on the 800 or 600 series but I’m sure they r out there.

  2. Mike Boatright

    Oct 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I like this concept but what I fear is breakage with let’s say a 9 iron over time. Your hitting down pretty hard vs a driver that never sees much ground impact.

  3. Mike

    Jan 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I purchased these shafts, F4, in the Callaway Apex irons. I own a Trackman, here’s the numbers with a 7i, club speed 83.6, ball speed 120.5, spin rate 5970, carry 177.5, total 185.9, launch angle 19.2, dynamic loft 24.1, spin loft 26.5, smash factor 1.44, angle of attack -2.2. Five shots all about the same. Look at ball position to adjust height, spin, carry, etc. Shafts feel great. Would love to feel these in my Ping S55’s with the 110 shaft and see the numbers. These shafts don’t feel like the graphite I’ve tried, tip soft, launch high. I know where the club is, I can feel it.

  4. Gerald

    Feb 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This sounds like the same comments I heard when people were being asked to put down their persimmon woods and try metal heads.

  5. JEFF

    Jan 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I shot a 68 yesterday with my crappy DG X 100 STEEL shafts. I got them for 6.00 each!

  6. Bill Gabbert

    Jan 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Do your homework fellows. You can buy these shafts from Hireko Golf fo only 44.99. And if you haven’t tried them maybe some people on here should try them first before you write such negative comments on a product that might just changed your golf game. I have one coming to demo in an extra TM 7 iron.

  7. Sean

    Jan 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’d be very interested in these shafts, but the price is a bit out of my reach.

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  9. Chris

    Jan 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Wow – lots of negative comments. Have any of the previous people actually hit one of these? They feel great, the offer many of the positives of steel shafts without the negative vibrations. We’ve only had the demos in our shop for a couple of weeks and have already had a couple of “steel only” guys that don’t need or want a lighter weight shaft, make the switch after picking one up. They loved the distance, improved dispersion and feel. Maybe give them a shot???

    • S

      Jan 31, 2013 at 2:34 am

      I would love to, if you could sell each shaft for around $30, I would do it. $125 is a bit much, especially when there is nothing wrong with steel

  10. Scott

    Jan 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    If these are so great why aren’t PGA Tour players playing them? Two guys on the Senior Tour are playing them, but that’s what they were always made for: old people.

  11. Famous Davis

    Jan 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The opening sentence of the article is a hoot. In the last decade, graphite has become the material of choice on the PGA Tour for the shafts in drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. Like graphite wasn’t already the default choice in 1998? GMAFB. To see my ungodly ballstriking for yourself, just come out to Admiral Baker any Tuesday. I’m the guy in the dumpy khakis.

  12. Desmond

    Jan 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I like his hair, wish he spoke English instead of terminology. When he discussed torque towards the end, he reverted back to English. Interesting concept – they should go down to lighter weights and give Aerotech a run…

  13. G

    Jan 28, 2013 at 2:34 am

    It has NOTHING to do with DESIGN. It’s all to do with COST!

    Why would you want to pay $125 PER SHAFT for your irons!!!!!! That’s INSANE.

    • Andy

      Jun 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

      They are worth every penny! Take my word for it.

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