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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 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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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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