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2013 Best Shafts



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One of our favorite subjects on GolfWRX is shafts. They’re very confusing to most people, but golfers who get fitted and know what works for them can get into a comfort zone on the course that can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.

We’ve already covered the latest launches for for drivers, fairway woodsirons and wedges. But golfers buying new or looking to dial in their old gear need to know about the hottest shafts that are hitting stores this year. You can click here to see what shafts the pros are playing in their equipment and also read through this article to find some inspiration prior to your fitting.

If you are one of those readers that is looking for a very deep dive into shaft facts we have a series of articles that are for you. One of our featured writers, Tom Wishon, a 40-year veteran of the golf equipment industry specializing in clubhead design, shaft performance analysis and clubfitting research and development. Tom served as a member of the Golf Digest Technical Advisory Panel, and has written several books on golf equipment including “The Search for the Perfect Golf Club” and “The Search for the Perfect Driver,” which were selected as back-to-back winners of the 2006 and 2007 Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf (ING), the largest organization of golf industry media professionals in the USA. He wrote a three-part series exclusive to GolfWRX to educate golfers about shafts:

Part 1: Taking the Guesswork out of selecting a shaft
Part 2: Taking Shaft Fitting from Guessing to Specifics
Part 3: Facts about shafts — What they do

Now that you’ve learned what shafts do and don’t do, take a look at a few of the latest shafts that have impressed our forum members and our panel of elite custom fitters.

Click here to read the specifics on the voting committee and how we picked the best.


UST Recoil Graphite Iron Shafts

The Recoil Iron shafts won our “Best in Show” for 2013. 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. Click this link to read more about the Recoil Shafts. 

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.

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ust recoil


Graphite Design’s new Tour AD GT Shaft

Graphite Design has added to its popular line of Tour AD shafts with the Tour AD GT, a softer version of the company’s low-spin, low-launch Tour AD BB shaft. 

The GT is a good choice for golfers who like the feel and performance of the BB (Click here to read our review of it) in their driver but want a shaft that gives them more spin and a higher launch with their fairway woods. The GT is available 50-, 60-, 70- and 80-gram weights and will retail for around $380.

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graphite design shafts 2013


Oban’s new ‘Kiyoshi White’ Shaft

Oban’s “Kiyoshi White” shaft is the latest edition to the company’s Kiyoshi family of shafts, offering a different bend profile and improved stability through a new design pattern.

Oban, a high-end golf shaft manufacturer based in Chicago, released the first member of the Kiyoshi family, the “Kiyoshi Purple,” in mid-2011. The purple-colored shaft uses Oban’s Emersion Wrapped Frequency Technology to offer golfers a product with a high-launch and low-spin in a wide weight range (45-to-85 grams and hybrid, L-X Flexes).

Oban’s “Kiyoshi Black” was released in early 2012. It uses the same technology, but the Black was designed with less torque and a stiffer butt section that gave it a medium-launch and low-spin. Like the Kiyoshi Black, the Kiyoshi White offers a mid-launch and low-spin. But a new design pattern that Oban calls “MultiPlex Design Technology” allowed it to be made with a softer butt section, which makes the shaft feel “more bendy,” especially at the top of a golfer’s swing.

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oban shafts


2013 KBS Custom Series Shafts!

In 2012, KBS Shafts launched their Custom Series, which offered three custom finishes to their popular KBS Tour line: White Pearl, Black Pearl and Silver Pearl. This year, it looks like things will be a little different.

Here’s a sneak peek at the updated KBS Custom Series for 2013. It looks like we’re going to get a few more choices including a custom label color and laser engraving options (GolfWRX username on the shafts, anyone?). While options are increasing, the price is headed in the opposite direction. This year’s KBS Custom ‘base’ MSRP will be $40.95, down from $49.95. We’ll add more info on these as soon as we can.

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kbs custom


Fujikura Fuel Shafts

The Fujikura Fuel is a low-launch, low-spin shaft that uses special construction and a high kick point that the company says gives golfers a tighter dispersion and a softer feel than Fujikura’s previous low-launch, low-spin shafts.

Dustin Johnson used a 70-gram Tour Spec version of the shaft to win the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, giving the company tons of momentum heading into 2013.

Along with the standard Fuel shaft, which is available for $225 in a wide range of flexes and 50-, 60- and 70-gram weights, the company has created a 60-gram version of the shaft Johnson used to win the Tournament of champions in stiff and x-stiff flexes.

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fujikura feul


Project X 95 Iron shaft for the masses

No longer are True Temper’s Project X iron shafts reserved for only elite players.

The new Project X 95 Flighted iron shafts are the lightest in the Project X family, weighing only 95 grams. They are also more playable than previous Project X models — the long irons have a softer tip to help golfers hit those clubs higher, while the short irons have stiffer tips to give golfers a more consistent flight with their scoring clubs.

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project x 95 iron shaft


Nippon New Modus iron shaft

Nippon’s latest iron shaft, the N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130, is stiff in the butt and mid sections, but it has a softer tip section. “What that creates is a little bit of a higher, easy launch but then a lower, Tour-type spin to get the ball to go through the air in a more penetrating fashion,” Mark Pekarek, North American distributor for Nippon said.

This is the opposite construction of the company’s N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 shaft that debuted in 2012, which is about 10 grams lighter than the Tour 130. Usually, lighter-weight shafts are designed to hit the ball higher than their heavier weight counterparts, but the Tour 120 has a stiff tip with softer mid and butt sections — a construction that actually results in a lower flight.

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Nippon iron shafts 2013


Matrix Shafts

Matrix has simplified its shaft offering for 2013 with three shafts that fit into three distinct categories.

New for this year are Matrix’s X3 “White Tie” shaft, which replaces the company’s popular XCON shafts, and the company’s Q3 “Red Tie” shaft, which replaces the HD Series shafts.

Last year, Matrix released its M3 “Black Tie” shaft, which replaced the company’s M2 series. It’s the lowest-launching, lowest-spinning shaft in the Matrix Flight System — the company’s portfolio of shaft characteristics.

The White Tie is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Black Tie, offering golfers a high-launch with mid-to-high spin. Splitting the difference is the company’s Red Tie shaft, which offers a mid launch and mid spin. All three shafts carry an MSRP of $375.

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matrix shafts


True Temper re-releases the Grafalloy Blue shaft

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.

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grafalloy blue


Nunchuk’s xi graphite iron shaft

Nunchuk’s wood and hybrid shafts have already found the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour.

nVentix hopes to have the same success with its new graphite iron shaft, the Nunchuk xi, which debuted at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show. The shaft has the same design theory as the company’s driver/fairway and hybrid shafts, as well as the same weight — about 104 grams. It’s available in both 0.355-inch and 0.370-inch models and will retail for $75 per shaft.

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nunchuck shafts


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  4. leftright

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Go get fit, it will probably ease your pain and give you piece of mind. That said, it is mostly a waste of time. I know more people who have come away “unhappy” than happy with their fittings. They get fit, spend $2K for equipment and find out it is not for them. Why, one might ask? It is because you are fit by a machine and not in the real world. Tour pro’s do not trust machines and privately will tell you so. They take 4 clubs, 20 shafts to the testing facility (which by the way has a driving range) and hit on the range to find the one they like. The trackman and other devices are “not” accurate for the most part. One guy gets 2400spin, 100mph and 14 launch and hits it 260, the next guy comes in with fairly similar specs and hits it 230 and they tell him he needs a regular instead of a stiff or more degrees on the driver, etc. He goes to the course and can’t bust an egg. Getting fit might be a good baseline but it is not the holy grail by any means. Guy goes and gets fit for Pings, store uses trackman and the guy talks him into Taylor’s only to find out the guy gets commission on Taylor’s not Pings or so on so forth. Golf is rife with corruption like everything else. Give the guy what he wants and let him use “real world” testing, not some machine that is wrong more times that right. As far as lefthander’s go, do not trust any of the machines, they cannot read lefthander’s properly and you will end up wasting money as many lefthanders have found out. Some fitters are even not fitting lefthanders because they know this to be a problem. Get fit on the range by a guy who knows shafts and equipment and does not rely on the a piece of technology that “cannot” simulate real world golf shots. I’ve been playing for 50 years and golf does not have to be that difficult or time consuming but you cannot get the feel for a new car by “sitting in it” and not driving it.

    • Teaj

      Dec 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Is it perfect? probably not but their are simulators out there that are going to help in a fitting. how do I know this, well for a while there I developed a duck hook and low and behold they were both present in real world situations and on the simulator. I used to spin the ball off the planet with a 112mph swing and end up 20 yards short of my buddies swinging at a much lower speed. 112mph swing speed with and end result of 260 yard drives, guess what happened in the simulator? If you guessed the same thing happened in the sim and on the course you win the prize. Are there simulators that don’t take spin rates and attack angle into effect? absolutely there are, if you are going to get a fitting the perfect spot would be outside with a trackman or forsight to get specific numbers and data to base a good decision from.

      Also for you to say all pros don’t use them, I couldn’t disagree with you more. There are a tun of pros that like to see the numbers to be sure they are getting all they can out of their equipment. Thats not to say there are pros out there that don’t use it, some guys go for a feeling and how the flight looks to their eye, but to say that non of the pros use them would be false.

  5. Golfer 57

    Jul 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I bought a oban kyoshi gold on callaway big bertha alpha. It is a killer golf club !!!!!

  6. Joydeep Mukherjee

    Jun 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I am buying a G25 Oing driver. after looking at my specs can you please suggest the right shafts for me to choose from.
    The link is below :

    Thanks and regards,

  7. Jeff Smith

    Jan 14, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I am in need of a wood shaft. Current g25 3 wood with stock stiff shaft. I like the stock shaft but just a little loose with some gnarly hooks if not careful. I don’t want to go too heavy as the specs show 68g and 3.2 torque I believe. Want something close maybe ust v2? Thanks

    • jj

      Feb 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      The G25 3 wood, V2 stiff w/ 1/2 ” tip is AMAZING!

  8. golfinator57

    Sep 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    didn’t see aldila on the list. maybe they didn’t release new shafts for ’13. or could it be they just weren’t good enough to beat out the other great products?

  9. Gazza

    Sep 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I am looking for a lightweight driver shaft with a high kickpoint , my driver swing speed is just over 90mph but I launch it high , any ideas guys ?

  10. Lilabner

    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Project X black in my Ping G25 .

    Unbelievable! The dispersion is tight at 260-275 yards. I even got in some 283 and 284 drives. Best shaft I have ever hit. I’m 57, 5’6″, 158 lbs. I can play with the long hitters now. I may be a 10.1 handicap and am convinced, it will help me achieve a lower handicap.

    Not bad as I bought it on line for $125.

    The funny thing is my pro at my club had told me I probably wouldn’t like the new shaft because the stock shaft was tuned to the head. To me, statics backed, the “black” is tuned to me and the head….in one round, 250, 284, 283, 245, 261, 260 and 241. The 245 and 241 were hit thin.

  11. Todd

    Jul 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Did not see the aerotech steel fiber shafts on here. Of course shafts are all personal preference, but the steelfibers are pretty incredible. Kuchar and Snedeker use them and Freddy is trying them.

    Just wondering if anyone on here had reviewed them or tested them. I tried them back in March and April here in Michigan when it was cold and I immediately put them in all of my irons.

    For those not familiar, they are a great shaft. They are graphite wrapped in steel thinner than a human hair. So they have the vibration-dampening effect of graphite and the consistency of steel. I put the 110 gram shafts in my irons, and they have a high kickpoint, which I love because it keeps the trajectory from ballooning, which is common with most graphite shafts, but these are great and they spin well.

    Again, just wondering if anyone had reviewed or tried them.

    • Sean

      Sep 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm


      I’m wrapping up a review I’ve written for my own golf community as well as for print. I can’t produce much of it here right now but can say the shafts have been, for me, a revelation. They’re incredible. The days of steel are indeed numbered.

      I’ve recently committed to coupling a set of i95s with a fantastic and little-known set of heads I’ve been tracking during development for the last two years (an amazing story unto itself). The configuration is drool-worthy.

      It’s my job to look at all the options so I have a frame of reference. If it wasn’t, I can say–without any form of compensation from Aerotech–that I would play these for years without feeling a need to look further.

      I feel obligated to add that, while I appreciate the site and view these forums as some of the most intelligent in golf, I’ve got to call GolfWRX out on two things:

      First, allowing “Anonymous” panel members blows a huge hole in credibility and does a major disservice to this community.

      Worse, while there are a lot of options, the Steel Fiber shafts are the proven top composite performers on tour. They turned in the best performance of all composites in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

      So far this year, according to this week’s tally (from Aerotech/not yet fact-checked) and following a 4th and 8th finish at the Deutsche Bank and 2nd/10th at the Shaw Charity Classic, Steel Fiber iron shafts are:

      * No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points
      • No. 4 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points
      • No. 2 and No. 4 on the PGA TOUR Money List
      • No. 7 and No. 8 in official world rankings
      • Tied for No. 2 in Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR
      • 5 wins on the PGA Tour; 1 win on the Champions Tour

      Publishing a “Best of” composite shaft story here that doesn’t include Aerotech defies explanation and raises a lot of questions.

      • other paul

        Dec 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Its an old shaft even though its awesome. I play i110s in my irons. Saves my joints trouble when I hit them thin. Great feel. Great looks.

  12. Dan

    Jul 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I think its very interesting that i just read an article on GolfWRX ripping Callaway for Its “Longest Driver” campaign using specs from Tour golfers, how misleading it is and yet the majority of this article is about what the Tour offerings are.

    Honestly, I dont care what the pros play. My 8 HCP and 95MPH swing arent even the same sport that these guys are playing. At least split up the article for a Pro’s/Joe’s split.

    Best shafts? Best for who?

  13. Mark Gilray

    Jun 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I bought the 2012 Cobra AMP driver – great driver unfortunately launched too high with the stock RIP stiff shaft SS about 110 -115mph. I got a great club fitter to pull a fubuki stiff shaft out of my Callway FT Square Driver 2009 version – Best move ever – Low Spin driver, great results!! Total cost £25.00 about $35.00.

  14. Curt

    May 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I understand what the “commoners” are arguing here, but come on, most people want the “best of the best” regardless of price. Most people have figured out how to get the “best of the best” from a pull for $100-$150 from the BST or ebay. So, Rock-on GolfWRX, most people do not care to hear about the $50 – $100 shafts………………………..

  15. Dugan

    May 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I hope golfwrx dont go the same route as golf digest, only test the big name equip. Then throw one or two lesser known companies in. Agree with richie, you guys should do a test on shafts from $50- $150. That would be great!

  16. justin

    May 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

    They posted a review on the “best” shafts on the market, not the review for the best performance for your money. I understand where you guys are coming from though.

  17. Lee

    May 9, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Totally agree with Richie how about a review of shafts that are in the price range of the masses and frankly in performance are not greatly different in the majority of hands. I play a 2012 Rocketballz 9 degree Tour driver with the standard stiff shaft cut to 44.5 inches after an hour with the fitter on the flight scope etc his conclusion was that I wasn’t going to get much better without sourcing a $1000+ Japanese Tour shaft, decision made.

  18. Richie Burke

    May 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I see all the expensive shafts you have here, but how do they expect the reg. player to spend $300 for a driver with a bad stock shaft to then upgrade & buy a $200 or $300 shaft. Then in 2 years go to trade it in because there have 4 new modlels od that driver out which offer longer distane & straigther drives & get a $75 buy back on that outdated club.
    Maybe you will find this amusing was at the range & a guy was testing the new R1 with 3 different shafts all priced about $200 -$300 each he was writing a review on the club & give the driver & 3 shafts for free for his review, well I watched him hit 30 balls with all different setting & all three shafts then I asked him to try mine a Ping G15 with UST v2 shaft no settings a shaft I installed my self for a cost of $60 & he hit it as well or better than all the fancy & $$$$ costly stuff he had Took 2 looks at my shaft & said “Boy this is a great setup you got a winner here” So the bottom line for us working stiffs who can’t pay $500 or $600 for a driver & shaft how about you do a review using what the average player can afford.

  19. Benz Petprasert

    Apr 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    how come Accra shafts are not on the list?

    • GolfWRX

      May 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I cant remember seeing them as a possibility during the tally.
      FYI… There is a real world objective process. The 6 clubfitters that fit over 500 players a month each have weighed in and formed an opinion that lead to the “Best of”. You can see how and who voted…

      • Joe Moravick

        May 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        you claim that each of these clubfitters fit 500 players each in one months time. For me that is hard to believe. That mean each of these 6 clubfitters do 16.6 fittings per day for 30 days. If they are doing fittings that quick I would not go to these fitters.
        Just my opinion

        • Travis

          Jul 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

          I think he’s saying that combined, the 6 fitters fit 500/month which would be 2-3 fittings per day

  20. Greer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    i have Hit all the above shafts.
    KBS Tour best iron shaft for me, but very surprised the UST line did not show up for woods.
    It might not be the high dollar shaft that golfers for some reason want to pay for, but the ProForce V2 out performed all the other big name shafts I have hit this years.
    Sorry a 400.00+ shaft might work for the Jones’ but the ProForce V2 is just fine for use common scratch golfers.

  21. Matt

    Apr 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Any feedback from wrx ers about the fuji fuel??

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Whats in the Bag

Presidents Cup WITBs: U.S. Team



Tiger Woods

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-10 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Patrick Reed

Driver: Ping G400 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 70X

3-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 80TX

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 (3), GrindWorks Patrick Reed “Proto” (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Artisan (50, 60), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 55
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron “Captain America” Proto
Putter Grip: Iomic

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Xander Schauffele

Driver: Callaway Prototype Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Black 8X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro “Raw” (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 “Raw” (52), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56), Titleist Vokey Design BV Proto (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Bend hosel

  • 540 weight
  • 15g weights
  • 34 3/8

Putter grip: SS Traxion 2.0 Tour (40g counter)

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Z Cord Mid Size

Justin Thomas

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX (44 7/8″)

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 Degrees)
Fujikura Motore Speeder VC  9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10 @47.5), Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (52-12 @52.5), Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (56-14 @57), Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 60T (@60.5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)
Length: Std Lie 64.5
Grip: TVC 60RD USD
Swing weight:  D3

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Webb Simpson

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees, A1 setting, Draw CG)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 65 TX (45.25″)

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, A1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 70 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: UST Mamiya VTS 86 TX

Hybrid 1: Titleist 913 Hd (21 degrees) B2 setting
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X

Hybrid 2: Titleist 913 HD (23.5 degrees) C3 setting
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Irons: Titleist 620MB (5-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (54-14), Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM5 (60-06K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Patrick Cantlay

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees, C1 Setting/Draw CG)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (21 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 90 TX

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw (46-10, 54-10, 56-08, 62-08)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Length: Std
Loft: 53, 57, 61
Lie: 63 on all
Grip: TV 58RD USD
Swt: D3, D2, D1, C9

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X

Tony Finau

Driver: Ping G410 (9 degrees @8) Flat setting
Shaft: Accra TZ6 Proto M5 75 (Tip 1”)
D5, 44.75 Inches

3-wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees @14.25)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z 4100 (Tip 1.5”)
D3. 42 Inches


3-iron: Ping iBlade (20 degrees)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 3 120TX

4-PW: Ping Blueprint
Shaft: Nippon Modus 3 120TX

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (50/SS @51), Titleist Vokey SM7 (56/10S, 60/08M)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 3 125TX

Putter: Piretti Elite “Custom”

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Matt Kuchar

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 bent to 51 degrees); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57 degrees), TaylorMade HighToe (64 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi DASS KM-1 Arm Lock (soft carbon steel, 400 grams, 2.5 degrees loft)

Grip: Lamkin Arm Lock

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Iomic X-Grip

Gary Woodland

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Accra RPG Tour Z M5

3-wood: Titleist TS2
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 100X

Utility: Wilson Staff (18 degrees)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Wilson Staff Forged Blade 4-PW
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52/12F @53, 58/10/S), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125S

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport

Ball: Bridgestone BX

Grips: Golf Pride BCT MidSize

Bryson DeChambeau

Driver: Cobra SpeedZone (9 degrees @7)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts Tour B.A.D VD3 75TX

3-wood: Cobra King LTD (12.3 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts Tour B.A.D 3VD1 75TX

5-wood: Cobra F8+ (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts Tour B.A.D VD1 85-TX

Irons: Cobra King Utility (4, 5), Cobra King Forged (6-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Shafts B.A.D Prototype Rebar

Wedges: Cobra King Tour Raw (50, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Shafts B.A.D Prototype Rebar

Putter: Sik C-Series

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

Grips: Jumbo Max

Rickie Fowler

Driver: Cobra SpeedZone (10.5 degrees set at 9.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 70X 43 inches

3-4 wood: Cobra King F8+ (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Synergy 70 X 42 inches

Utility: Cobra F9 Speedback (4, 20 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Proto

Irons: Cobra “RF Proto” Forged (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Cobra King V-Grind Prototypes (52-10B, 54-10F bent to 56, 60F)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2 Proto
Grip: Standard Scotty Cameron Pistol

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align “Rickie Custom”

Golf ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5x (No. 15) Pix USA

Dustin Johnson

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 X Tour Spec 2.0

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3-iron), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X (P790), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 Black (52, 60 degrees), TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour 120S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5x (No. 1) PIX “USA”

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best players/cavity back irons with a thin top line?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from That’s two thus far Shooter who is on the hunt for players or even game improvement irons which “do the best job of mimicking blades with the sleek top line, minimal to no offset, and best feel possible out of a hollow or cavity construction”. Our members share their thoughts.

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.

  • bodhi555: “If I was after a player’s CB first one is be trying was the 620 CB, was checking out a set a couple of weeks ago and they look remarkably blade-like at address. More offset than I liked in the long irons, but a very attractive looking club.”
  • Valtiel: “If you’re willing to go older/used, the Bridgestone J40 CBs have one of the thinnest top lines I have seen on a CB. They are also legendarily soft feeling.”
  • leftylama: “Two cheap options would be Nike Vapor Pro Combo (hard to find a good set now though) or the Wilson FG V6.”
  • BogeyB54: “JPX 919 forged look great behind the ball, so do the HMBs.”
  • gibbyfan: “Miura 1007, if you are looking. Longer heal to toe than the MB. Thinner sole than the modern Miura irons. Head shape not as large as the 57s, possibly less offset.”

Entire Thread: “Best players/cavity back irons with a thin top line?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Optimal bag setup for a high handicapper?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rkillian who has opened up a discussion on the optimal bag setup for high handicappers. Here’s a look at rkillian’s current set-up: 

“Driver 9 degree head turned up to 2 to 11 degrees. I get my most consistent ball flight and distance from this setting. The 9 gave me the best numbers that day in the store but up 2 degrees works much better for me on the course – Total average is about 270 set like this”

“HL 3 Wood at 16.5 Degrees – total average is 235 off the tee, but I have hit some into the 250s. But I can’t hit it off the deck whatsoever. I get lucky sometimes when I try and hit it off a mat at the range but never off actual turf.

3 Hybrid 19 degrees – a well-struck shot will go nearly that same distance as my 3 wood maybe 220. But a well-struck shot with this club is the anomaly here.

4 Hybrid 22 degrees – I can hit this club pretty consistently 200 yards plus if I don’t chunk it and up to 220 total or more on the right hole from a tee.

5i-PW at 45 Degrees – I don’t hit my 5 iron consistently, but I am “ok” with my irons. My 8 iron is my 150-yard club when well struck.

Gw at 52 – This almost never gets used. It is about a 110-yard full swing, and I have found that I am never really at that yardage.

Sw at 56 – about 90-95 yards on a full swing but it can balloon on my and fall short. I am finding I don’t use it on full swings often though. Pretty much use it 80 yards and in.

and of course the 3-putt machine.”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forums, with a range of interesting ideas suggested.

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.

  • jvincent: “You don’t talk about how long the various clubs are or what shafts are in them, so this is somewhat a guess based on what you have said above. Definitely drop the 3W in favour of a 4W or 5W. Since it looks like the driver is working for you, try to get the same model of shaft, but in a heavier version. Make sure that the length of the fairway wood you end up with is no longer than 42.5″. I’d recommend 42″. You don’t say if the current hybrids are the same brand or not, but if not, try to get a 3 that matches your 4. Again, shaft weight and length are important. A long hybrid that you can’t hit aren’t any good to you. I’d keep the 5i. I would add back the 52* wedge. At your skill level, not having to manufacture a partial swing is going to be better in the long run. Again, if it doesn’t match your irons at least try to get the same shaft weight and make sure it is the correct length.”
  • ChipNRun: “Two main observations: FW Shaft. Your 3W/HL may have a common problem with TaylorMade FWs: the shaft is too long. The 3W/HL has the same shaft length as a 3W, not a 4W. If you trimmed shaft back to 42.5″, this might help get you the better control of a 4W. (assuming swing weight does not get too light – you could have fitter tip-weight it if it feels too feathery.) Work with a fitter to see if a shorter shaft might help. Lessons!! Since you shoot about 96, you need to tweak your golf swing before you tweak your bag mix. Get a swing tune-up lesson, and see if the pro can figure out adjustments you can make to hit the ball better. A lesson or two can take you farther in a month than you can get on your own in a full season. It appears you are stuck in the mud: find a pro who can help pull you out. Then, practice what the pro tells you – and play some holes if weather permits – before your next lesson.”
  • mkuether: “Very interesting topic! Like many others who have already posted, I think we have a lot in common. My distances are very similar to yours, and your scores are similar to where I was about ten years ago. I also struggled with my longer irons, hybrids, and especially fairway woods. The good news is that I was able to find a set that worked for me and improve significantly. I am sure you can do the same. First, the #1 thing that has helped me has been to simply get clubs I was comfortable with. It took me a while to find a hybrid that really suited me, but once I did, it made a huge difference in my confidence. I ended up dropping my 5-wood entirely because I was just never confident with it, but a 19-degree hybrid was much better (for me). I also stopped trying to hit a 3-wood off the deck (I was terrible at it) and reserved it for the occasional shot off the tee where I felt driver was too much. My 3-wood doesn’t get a lot of use since in my case I’m simply more confident with my 460cc driver, and I can usually throttle back and hit that shorter when needed. Anyway, I’m not sure why I’m so much more confident with my hybrids now (who knows, maybe they just suit my eye), but the confidence really helps. I also avoid playing clubs with longer than average shafts (e.g. my driver is 44.5″) and I find that really helps my confidence and consistency. If you’re already having trouble with fairway woods, longer shafts are only going to make it worse. I would also try and learn to hit your shorter irons as distance clubs on full swings, that has helped me a lot too. Knowing that I have a consistent, full-swing shot that I can hit a consistent distance (or pretty close) down to about 80 yards has definitely helped my scores. You seem to play an incredibly short course for your overall distance so I can’t imagine that you’re getting that much use out of your longer clubs anyway. Just curious, do you enjoy playing a course that short? I find it more fun to play a slightly longer course where I have a variety of shorts in the greens, seems like you would be hitting driver/wedge on every hole unless you’re teeing off with shorter clubs on purpose. In any case, a golfer of your skill level (or mine) is going to be missing the green on most approaches with a wood or hybrid, so it probably makes more sense to work on optimizing the bottom half of your bag since you’ll need to get up and down a lot. Anyway, good luck improving. I’m sure a little experimentation with different clubs will go a long way towards feeling more confident and playing better.”
  • CapnSwagga: “I don’t write much here I’m not a writer its easy to have something profound to say but to be able to eloquently write it I have not these skills, but I’ll try to make my point, I myself played the same game constantly trapped in trying to figure out what equipment was for me. A close friend and golf professional helped me tremendously after a few rounds, and it wasn’t any advice on my swing or what my equipment should be it was simply: stop. Stop thinking, stop worrying, stop analyzing (although it is very important to analyze post swing). We get a wrapped up in the idea of what’s supposed to be right or work or what we see on TV and in reality the one simple principle “hit the ball” gets shrouded over. People will go on and on who makes the best clubs or ball or what shaft is going to work the best for you, but any golfer could pick up any piece of crap and knock it out there…off grass, turf, mats, tees or even a strippers **** it’s the confidence to do what is required without any additional thought. I don’t disagree with suggestions others made above and gapping your bag is also very vital, so I’m sorry if my comment goes slightly off your topic I think having a solid practice regime and dedication are truly the tools to become better at golf. Thanks for the read.”

Entire Thread: “Optimal bag set-up for a high handicapper?”

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