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#1 tuftskec

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:22 PM

I have Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2 Iron that is currently shafted with a KBS Tour X that I want to experiment with. I recently switched to DG X100s in my irons and was considering reshafting it with an X100...

Then I got to thinking about turning it into a more dedicated driving iron for something I can rely on to find fairways. I had a store credit so I recently purchased a Matrix hM3 Black Tie 105 Hybrid shaft. The shaft is a .370 tip so I am going to have to shave it down to fit the .355 hosel.

Any tips for shaving down the shaft? I have read about carefully cutting away layers with an exacto knife and/or sanding carefully.

Anybody have any experience with the Black Tie hybrid shaft? Should be the low spin/low launch I am looking for. I will post progress of the experiment and hopefully results once I build the club.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:19 PM

Just sand 3/8"-1/2" of the tip a little at a time and keep dry testing fit.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

Quick update: Club built, just sanded down tip, super easy. The results are better than expected. I took it to the range yesterday and honestly have never been more impressed with a club that quickly. Easy to work left and right but still wants to go mostly straight. Longer than expected too. I believe I have a 250-270 fairway finder now.

Only issue I have is that the head is a little light once the club was built. I am going to add a little lead tape to get the desired swingweight.

Overall, I highly recommend this setup and or shaft.
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  • Nike Covert 2.0 Tour - Diamana S+ 60 Blueboard X
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5w - Diamana S+ 70 Blueboard X
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  • TM SLDR TP 3H - Adila RIP Phenom 100 X
  • Mizuno MP-25 6-PW - DGX100
  • Nike Engage 50, 54, 58 - DGS400
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:40 PM

View Posttuftskec, on 12 September 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

Quick update: Club built, just sanded down tip, super easy. The results are better than expected. I took it to the range yesterday and honestly have never been more impressed with a club that quickly. Easy to work left and right but still wants to go mostly straight. Longer than expected too. I believe I have a 250-270 fairway finder now.

Only issue I have is that the head is a little light once the club was built. I am going to add a little lead tape to get the desired swingweight.

Overall, I highly recommend this setup and or shaft.


What playing length did you settle on?  Did it play really light or just a little more light than you prefer?

I'm about to build up a 2 or 3i as a DI using this shaft.  Play the 95x in my 16deg hybrid.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:55 AM

I went with 40" for the 2 Iron.

Its a light swingweight. Came in around D0 range. It didnt effect performance at the range at all but I like a little more weight in the clubhead. Hopefully I can put a little lead tape on it and get some the swingweight up a bit.

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  • Nike Vapor Fly 5w - Diamana S+ 70 Blueboard X
  • Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2I - Matrix Black Tie 105h X
  • TM SLDR TP 3H - Adila RIP Phenom 100 X
  • Mizuno MP-25 6-PW - DGX100
  • Nike Engage 50, 54, 58 - DGS400
  • Lajosi DD201

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:09 AM

I'm a huge proponent of the driving iron with graphite hybrid shaft setup - one of my favorite clubs to experiment with and use on the course. Plus, they're usually really cool looking!

A bit of lead tape should fix your problem with the swingweight in short order.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:30 AM

can you hotmelt the VFP irons in the toe port to help with sound and bring the SW up???
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

I was wondering the same thing about the hot melt. I would definitely prefer that as a permanent solution once I figure out how much weight I want with the lead tape.
WITB:
  • Nike Covert 2.0 Tour - Diamana S+ 60 Blueboard X
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5w - Diamana S+ 70 Blueboard X
  • Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2I - Matrix Black Tie 105h X
  • TM SLDR TP 3H - Adila RIP Phenom 100 X
  • Mizuno MP-25 6-PW - DGX100
  • Nike Engage 50, 54, 58 - DGS400
  • Lajosi DD201

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

I did something similar with a Mizuno MP-H5 21* and a Ping 707 TFC hybrid shaft.  It was already .355 so was easy to slip in.

It performed well enough to kick out my 18* 2H and allowed me to gap my wedges better.

Now I have an easier decision with only 3 clubs off the tee box instead of 4 and an extra wedge for scoring where emphasis should be anyway.

Gotta credit Jordan Spieth for putting this idea in my head.
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