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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

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.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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Stephen Curry unveils new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection

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This week at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Stephen Curry unveiled his new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection.

According to the company, the range takes inspiration from Curry’s off-court and on-course style and combines it with the latest innovations from UA Golf to deliver an elevated performance line.

The collection contains 14 unique pieces and includes tops, bottoms, outerwear, hats as well as the Curry 6 SL golf shoe. The shoe combines the Curry 6 basketball shoe with a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole – designed for maximum lockdown and lightweight traction.

The Unlimited Range polos start at $80, outerwear $95-100, pants $80, hats $30, and the Curry 6 Golf SL retails for $160.

All items will be available in the Fall of this year in limited quantities at Under Armour Brand Houses and on UA.com across North America, Asia and Europe, as well as at select pro shops across the United States.

 

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