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#1 harbor17

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:46 AM

I am looking to upgrade my driver shaft and am looking for some advice.  I play a TM R9 460 9.5 Stiff aldilla ReAX stock shaft.  I am happy with the driver head but am looking for something that may add some distance, tighter dispersion and lower the ball flight alittle.  My current ball flight is alittle high with alittle to much spin as the ball does not roll out much.  I am a 7HC and my SS is around 94-96mph.  I hit the ball around 245-260 and like to play a tight draw.  Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:09 PM

I play a Miyazaki Kusala Black 72 Stiff, in my SuperTri. It has a Lower Ball Flight and a Lower Spin. For me its AMAZING, and the feels is also very good.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 04:10 PM

Depends on the amount of money you want to spend. less cost would be axiv core green stiff. whiteboard for more money

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 04:13 PM

 jimhaire, on 29 November 2010 - 04:10 PM, said:

Depends on the amount of money you want to spend. less cost would be axiv core green stiff. whiteboard for more money


What is your swing speed and trajectory?  Also what do you like about this shaft?

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 04:17 PM

would my ss be fast enough for a whiteboard?  Also I am wondering if I should be playing a R instead for a stiff flex for driver?


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 05:47 PM

graf prolaunch red. you can't beat them for the pirce. those reax shafts in the TM drivers suck.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 06:11 PM

RIP, you can get a RIP for under 100 on the bst. taylormade one is the exact same as the black graphics one. if you sand the taylormade paint off the black rip graphics are underneath it.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 06:43 PM

if you can handle the ultra-lite shafts may i recommend the aerotech claymore mx-48 F4 or F3 flex....

the shafts are 48 grams and very reasonably priced at golfsmith...

i have about the same SS as yours and have reshafted one of my spare driver heads(bridgestone J38 8.5*) and have gained about 10-15 yards carry distance and tighter shot dispersion..

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 07:24 PM

With a ss of 94-96 a whiteboard would be too stiff for you. You might want to try one of the kaili's or the titleist oem ahina. The rip could work for you aswell.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 07:30 PM

UST ATTAS T2.  Here is my review:  http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/380195-the-ust-mamiya-attas-project-20/page__st__30__p__2664596#entry2664596


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 07:58 PM

the miyazaki kusala black and whiteboard will probably not work well for you at those swing speeds, maybe in regular, but you will know your swing best.  your distance is pretty good with the swing speed you've listed.  my preference is to go with one of the more modern light (<60g) stiff shafts to increase swing speed, maximize carry, maybe something like the xcon5 (smooth swinger) or the miyazaki c. kua 43 (more aggressive) if you can afford it.  it will be much more consistent, have better dispersion, higher launching though but lower spinning maybe giving you some extra yardage on the roll depending on the ball you use.  the spin and consistency of the reax shafts are horrendous but will work well enough for those who cannot differentiate.  the main focus should be on the consistency.  if you are poor, you can probably find some decent pulls or even those already built with the r9 tip here on the bst or ebay.  also, some people do prefer a heavier shaft to keep their tempo in check and like a medium to low ball flight, and if you're one of those people, it may benefit you.  going with a heavier (>65g), regular/firm flex, maybe motore speeder 7.0 (smooth) or motore f3 or fubuki (aggressive) might work.  i do like the rip too, but it has different models and i forgot which one i used.  but in any case, i still prefer lighter shafts in my driver.  the best way to know is to try them out for yourself.  if there's a shop with a range, that you can demo a few shafts, that would be the best option.  the good thing with the r9 460 head you have is that you can switch shafts fairly easily.  good luck!

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:31 PM

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

RIP, you can get a RIP for under 100 on the bst. taylormade one is the exact same as the black graphics one. if you sand the taylormade paint off the black rip graphics are underneath it.

really? how would you do this and sand off a consistent amount?

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:41 PM

 Balbowski116, on 29 November 2010 - 09:31 PM, said:

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

RIP, you can get a RIP for under 100 on the bst. taylormade one is the exact same as the black graphics one. if you sand the taylormade paint off the black rip graphics are underneath it.

really? how would you do this and sand off a consistent amount?


yes really, im not the one who did it but months ago another member posted pics of his sanded down and the graphics underneath the TM paint. he had pics of before during and after.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:52 PM

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 09:41 PM, said:

 Balbowski116, on 29 November 2010 - 09:31 PM, said:

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

RIP, you can get a RIP for under 100 on the bst. taylormade one is the exact same as the black graphics one. if you sand the taylormade paint off the black rip graphics are underneath it.


really? how would you do this and sand off a consistent amount?

yes really, im not the one who did it but months ago another member posted pics of his sanded down and the graphics underneath the TM paint. he had pics of before during and after.

interesting, can you post a link to that thread?
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:04 PM

i dont have one, its been months ago.


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:13 PM

My suggestion is a Oban Devotion.  I just put one in my R9 9.5 degree driver and absolutely love it.  It launches a mid trajectory low spin bullet that lands hot and rolls out.  The dispersion is really tight and I can go after it as hard as I want without fear of a hook (which I had before I put it in play).  I love it so much I'm looking to get one in my 3 and 5 wood.  Got the driver shaft on the BST for $95.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:41 PM

 notlonuf, on 29 November 2010 - 09:52 PM, said:

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 09:41 PM, said:

 Balbowski116, on 29 November 2010 - 09:31 PM, said:

 caseyc1, on 29 November 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

RIP, you can get a RIP for under 100 on the bst. taylormade one is the exact same as the black graphics one. if you sand the taylormade paint off the black rip graphics are underneath it.


really? how would you do this and sand off a consistent amount?

yes really, im not the one who did it but months ago another member posted pics of his sanded down and the graphics underneath the TM paint. he had pics of before during and after.

interesting, can you post a link to that thread?

I couldn't find the link through a search of previous rip threads, but I did find some info that says there were some original RIP shafts that got repainted with R9 graphics per taylormade's request. On those shafts you could actually see the embossed RIP logo on the white part of the shaft. But my guess is that the RIP shafts in the superdeep do not have the embossed RIP graphics that you can see on the Titleist and Adams clubs that have the legit RIP in them. Not saying that the TM RIP is not real, just that I don't think it has the embossed graphics because that would be visible through the paint.

To the OP though, I do think the RIP 60 Stiff Alpha (red eyes) would suit you pretty well, and the TM R9 graphics RIP would save you some coin over the Aldila graphics. Swing speed at 94-96 dictates that a stiff flex would most likely be right for you, but it technically is in the range of a regular (80-95 mph) but you would have to have a pretty smooth tempo to do the regular.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:04 PM

if i remember right who ever did the sanding down of the TM one to reveal the RIP graphics under the TM paint said that you couldnt see the graphics through the TM Paint. wish i could find the thread lol.



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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:15 PM

your swingspeed and mine are nearly identical as are our average carry.  I played a Whiteboard (63, stiff) in a 9015D head with no problem and now play the 9064LS with a Ion Whiteboard (63, stiff).  I have no problem with the shaft, but it could be because I have a very strong and aggressive move at the ball, I don't know for sure.  I also play Rifle 6.0's and/or DG S300 in my irons.  My typical 150 yd club is either an 8 or a 9i.  I'm a high ball hitter and the whiteboard brought me down to a very penetrating trajectory that goes forever with nice rollout.

I don't think SS is the "tell all" for shaft fitting.  My suggestion is that you find a way to try multiple shafts.  I personally don't like the RIP.  The 70S is better than the 60S however IMO.

Don't believe everything you hear, or read about your swingspeed.  And if you determine that you like the whiteboard but it's a bit too stout, try it in a Reg flex tipped to firm.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 04:01 PM

Does anyone have any experience with the aldilla voodoo?  I saw a SVN6 online for a good price and am thinking about pulling the trigger.  It is alittle hevier thought, 70grams.  Do you think this would work with my ss?  It is the aldilla with the green paint.


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:19 PM

ok, I have my mind set on the RIP 60 shaft.  According to the website I am right on the border line between R and S flex.  I am 94-96 SS and swing pretty smooth.  Any suggestions or insight on this shaft?  I am thinking about the R flex because I tried a Motore F1 stiff and it was too stiff for me.  I am thinking the upgraded shafts play stiffer than stock shafts.

I forgot to mention I cut down my driver shaft to play at 43.75 which I think makes the shaft feel alittle stiffer right?

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:12 PM

A lot of smooth swingers find stiff shafts can feel a bit boardy and overly stiff to handle. This is again amplified when a shafts length is cutt down as per what you mention above 43.75".

One suggestion above is the Prolaunch Red.  This is a good shaft and great value, however even in a regular flex you may find it overly stiff/boardy for you....especially if it is cut down to a total club length of 43.75.

My advice is get yourself to a good retailer of Taylor made clubs.  Take advantage of the many shaft options which they have available to try.  Even better if there is a launch montor or driving range to try them with, it will be well worth your time rather than speculating on what might be!!

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:14 PM

you could always just get a R and tip it to play between a R and S.




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