Many thanks to the WRX bubbas and Aldila for the opportunity to be part of this test and contribute to the forum. My shaft (60TX) showed up Friday and I was able to spend a little time with it on Trackman while conducting a Rogue pre-sale fitting day for Callaway and got one round in with it on Sunday.
I have captured a little bit of Trackman data that I gathered during my round yesterday. Shot a 2 birdie/2 bogey 72 in which I drove the ball rather well for having an unfamiliar shaft in play. Was also playing with my Dad and for some reason we rarely play well when we play together so it was nice to put up a decent round with him there. This was with the 60TX shaft plugged into a 10.5* Rogue SZ head. The drive captured below was struck reasonably well, but it did launch noticeably lower than the other decently struck drives I had in the round. This was just the only one I had time to get the Trackman set up for since we were racing to get the round in before sundown.
Head speed: 111
Ball Speed: 165
In late October, I either herniated a disc or badly jacked up an SI Joint which I'm still trying to recover from. Was a bit disappointed but not surprised that I'm down about 5 mph of club head speed after recovering from all of that. My very early impressions of the shaft are these, and I'll continue to add color and depth to my thoughts as I get more rounds and practice in with it.
-If you want a high end shaft that by its appearance does NOT scream, "HEY, LOOK AT ME AND MY $350 DRIVER SHAFT!!!", then the Synergy series is what you're looking for. The shaft comes in a very deep grey color with quite understated graphic highlights, most of which are on the under side of the shaft in the playing position. By appearance the shaft is all business and calls no attention to itself at all. Not being a fan of shafts like the orange AD-DI and all yellow/red HZRDUS shafts, I find this very appealing.
-Synergy is another in the wave of shafts using super premium graphite materials (graphene, in this case). Other shafts that use similar materials (HZRDUS T1100, the Tour AD series shafts that have Torcaya 1100) have a very distinct, satisfying, and addictive feel through the swing and impact that other shafts are not really able to replicate. Synergy Blue is in that exclusive class of shafts that provide an impact feel that I've heard best described as being like closing the door on a high-end German car (BMW M or Mercedes AMG). It screams quality of engineering, construction, and materials.
-The shaft bend profiles that I've always gotten best results with fall into the category of being relatively soft in the grip end while being relatively stiff in the tip because when I'm swinging well I have a very smooth, droppy first move from the top of the back swing. IOW, I want a shaft that plays stiffer than it feels (think Diamana White, Kuro Kage Silver, Aldila Rogue Silver etc.) if that makes sense. When I began to read the descriptions of Synergy Blue, it was obvious that it does not fall into the category of the shafts that I've always gotten the best results with. Synergy Blue does feel noticeably stiffer in the handle while having more active lower half. Even in the TX flex, there is a VERY pronounced sensation of kick through impact with Synergy Blue. What isn't there is the feeling that the shaft stores a bunch of energy during the initial transition from the top of the swing. That feeling shows up later in the downswing than I've grown accustomed to, which takes some getting used to. The more active tip does, however, launch the ball relatively high and does seem to be easier to turn over than what I'm accustomed to. Even though the higher launch would tend to indicated more spin, I didn't see anything to indicate that during the round I played with it. The back half of the ball flight, landing angle, and roll that I saw on course would indicate that escessive spin is not present.
-For all the reasons stated above, I could see the 70/80g versions of this shaft being a massive success in fairway woods. The Tour Blue was a major hit for many professional and high level amateur players in FWs and hybrids, and Synergy Blue was designed as the second coming of that profile with an update to the materials used.
My VERY early impression of the shaft is that all its redeeming qualities are immediately evident. However, if I was being fit for a driver shaft I do not think Synergy Blue is what I would end up walking out with. That is not because of any sort of flaw in the shaft at all, but rather that the characteristics of my swing and the way I load and unload the shaft would better match up with a different shaft profile. For example, take the materials of Synergy and apply them to the Tour Green or Rogue Silver profile and you'd have a shaft would be a perfect fit for me. Obviously will log many more rounds with this shaft and let others swing it get their impressions, but so far that's what I've got. Again, the merits of the shaft are immediately obvious. The issue is one of a mismatch of bend profile and swing characteristics.
Holler with any questions you have, and I'll continue to update. Pictures will be up as soon as able, cheers!
Edited by bcflyguy1, 23 January 2018 - 10:30 PM.