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True Temper re-releases the Grafalloy Blue shaft

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Don Brown, product developed for True Temper, knows that the Grafalloy Blue shaft isn’t for all golfers. In fact, he even estimated about 80 percent of the golfers were not upset when it was discontinued in 2011.

But the 20 percent of golfers who fit into the Blue were a vocal minority.

“We discontinued it a few years ago and we got inundated with phone calls, ‘I want a Blue. Where can I get a Blue?” Brown said.

Recently, True Temper decided to re-release its “cult favorite” shaft with some minor alterations. One obvious alteration is the color. It has been painted white instead of blue because of the color’s popularity, Brown said.

There are also some adjustments made to the manufacturing of the shaft, which is now made with higher-grade materials to make it more stable. It also features True Temper’s Speed Coat technology to improve aerodynamics, which True Temper says can bring faster club head speeds.

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The shaft comes in both a 60-gram and 75-gram versions, and is available in R Flex, S Flex or X Flex. It retails for about $80.

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Andrew Prezioso is an assistant editor for GolfWRX as well as a freelance sports reporter and photographer (http://amprezioso.smugmug.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @AMPrezioso. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2012.

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  1. Roy

    Dec 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I am an old custom club maker who dynamically fitted shafts. The Blue in an R flex was perfect for my 105 mph swing speed. I should have bought a few of these before they quite making them. The blue R flex was very close to a conventional stiff and with the lower torque produces a very repeatable, long distance and accurate driver. The new blues (see Hireko Golf Dynacraft shaft fitting addendum) to confirm that it indeed has the same weight, torque and frequency of the old blue. I have just order several of them and will retrofit a drive I made that doesn’t work that well–looking forward to having a real “monster” in my hands. I discovered this when a Nike rep told me this past summer that the Blue had been resurrected.

  2. TK3

    Jul 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hi TT,

    My SS hovers right @ 100mph, with an aggressive attack (ex hockey player). Would the Blue in a Regular be too soft or should I go with a Stiff? Looking @ the 60g version.

    Avg drive @ 270 (with roll)
    Current driver – Titleist 910 D2 playing @ 46″

    Cheers,
    TK3

  3. jaime

    Mar 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    hi I just order cobra bio cell with a blue 65 x stiff its a lower ball flight and more accurate shaft then stock shaft and price was good too

  4. dekker

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    the new blue is the same as the old blue, except for the paint job and the speed coat. It’s a beast even in S so tighten your laces. The most accurate shaft I used but I still prefer my Prolite 35x in a driver
    Tested the original Blue(S) in my driver, and pulled it to put in my 980f 13* 3wood. Smartest move I made with it. Point and shoot.

  5. Carlos Lopez

    Dec 13, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Does anyone have the Blue 75 X with a Nike VRS Covert Driver head combo? I would love to get your feedback on it. Thanks.

  6. Liam.B

    Oct 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

    ive been looking for a shaft that helps me control the ball better. being tall with a fast swing speed i find most wood shafts whippy. will this shaft help me with a more consitant ball flight, considering im not after a high ball flight but more medium.

  7. Kent Marlin

    Aug 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

    It’s about time! The best shaft I ever owned! Thanks, Kent

  8. Maurice

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Is this a high launching shaft?

  9. Maurice

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Hi there, where can I purchase this shaft?

  10. Joe Golfer

    Mar 1, 2013 at 1:35 am

    All I recall about the original Blue was that it played stiffer than the designated flex on the shaft. That is surprising considering that most graphite shafts play a lot softer than the designated flex listed, just so that golfers can assuage their egos and play a stiff flex that would have been an R flex fifteen years ago.
    A buddy of mine had a club with an R flex Blue, and it played more like a very slightly soft S flex, closer to S than R.
    I wonder if the new Grafalloy Blue follows that same flex profile.
    That original Blue certainly played stiffer than both the ProLaunch Blue and also the ProLaunch Red and also the old ProLite.
    One can say all they want about the specs, such as a listed torque and the # of grams, but does the new Blue play to a stiffer than normal profile just like the original did?

    • True Temper

      Mar 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Joe Golfer,

      The new Blue has the same profile as the original Blue so I guess the answer is yes. The Grafalloy Blue is a unique design those with a stiffer butt section through a slower taper rate, thus the appearance of playing stiff. It’s all relative though, we design shafts for specific player profiles and Blue was designed for quicker tempo players. Why should every shaft play the same?

      TTS

      • John

        Mar 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Are there any OEM’s offering this new Blue? The Original was the the best shaft i ever played

        • RC

          Mar 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

          Ping has it in their works catalog. I’m getting a G25 with at blue in it. Not gonna be able to get it above my shoelaces, but it’ll look amazing!

  11. Edawg

    Feb 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    So freaking excited that you guys relaunched the Blue!!! I have gone years looking for old Blues on Ebay, but to no avail. Can’t wait to throw ’em in my Cobra ZL and Mactec 3wood.

  12. Guy Crawford

    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    The old Blue flight profile is completely different from the new Blue. I was excited until I saw the specs. I’ll go Tour AD or Adilia instead.

    • True Temper

      Feb 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Guy,

      Completely wrong. The profile is the same. Look at the specs of the Blue 60- same as the original with a couple grams of weight removed.

      True Temper

    • RC

      Mar 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Good luck with that AD, not sure if there is a $300 difference in the performance though. Aldila is crap.

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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