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Talamonti H85 R New Hybrid Shaft Review


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#1 jabrch

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:03 AM

Ok - So I am an unabashed supporter of Talamonti Shafts...I have reshafted my F11 Driver and 3W with them, and I had two of his older generation hybrid shafts in my closet - but didn't want to pull my MRC Thump from my SuperHybrid 19 or my C.Kua from the mashie.  However, recently I won a new Hybrid shaft from Phil - and decided to replace my Aldila NVS Proto.  

First observation - the color of the shaft is LOUD.  I like it - but that yellow is loud.  I think most people don't care about the color of their shafts.  I like it - but I wonder if it is going to scare off some players?  Not sure - It may draw as many as it pushes away - and that number may be small.  After all - performance should be more important than color.

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So I brought it to my guy at Golfsmith and had him install it.  As always - nice job.  A little hitch in that his assistant grabbed it and didn't follow the alignment dots - but no big deal.  

So prior to the reshaft, I had the Aldila NVS Proto R shaft .  I liked the performance of the club, but I had a tendency to lose it to the left a bit, and wasn't necesarily getting the nice soft drop out of the sky and stick on the green result that I hoped for from a hybrid as compared to a FW wood.  I was hoping this shaft, a mid/high launch shaft with low spin would get me the same or better feel that I get from my Thump in the 19 degree SH.  With the old shaft, I expected about 225 yards from this club.  

I took it out to the range and, after warming up, took a few easy swings.  I could feel a bit more stability through the club.  I have a mid 90s SS with my driver, so I am between a R and a S flex.  I like playing Rs, I get more distance from them, but need a relatively stout R or I start to lose consistency and have wider dispersion.  The shaft feels extremely stable.  So after a few easy warmup swings, I started to get more aggressive...  I was really pleased.  The shaft felt to me like it was loading extremely well, and that when I let it go, it flew through the impact zone with more speed and power than my old shaft.  After a few swings, I really understood why Phil was so excited about this new shaft.  I was getting about 235 from it - but nearly every shot was within a 15 yard radius of my target.  For me - that's really good.  I tend to spray it a bit - and really tend to lose it left with my hybrids.  

I took about 20 swings at full go.  Really liked what I saw.  The shaft feels good.  It performs consistently.  Certainly well worth the $75 it costs.  It comes in a 85 and a 100 gram model - I don't carry the SS for the big boy version - but a lot of guys here do.  

Now my problem - I have two of his older generation hyrbid shafts sitting in my closet and nothing to do with them....

BST?  or really expensive alignment sticks?  :-)

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:17 AM

Good review bro.  I've always wondered about the Talamonti shafts.  How is dispersion compared to your Thump?  Feel?  I would just sell your older gen models on BST.  I'm sure somebody would pick them up.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:42 AM

Review is almost spot on for my experience....I got the Stiff shaft....

The dispersion is so tight...it makes me seem like a genius golfer!  HA!

It is longer, straighter and a perfect flight.  I tipped mine 1.5 inches btw.

I could not be happier....I love the graphics!

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:35 PM

Can anyone compare this newer model to the older model? Anyone played both?

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 01:32 PM

There was no older model of the Hybrid shaft...this is his first.

If you are talking about the driver shaft, then they were stiffened up a bit from the mid section down through the tip and torque was reduced.  The original version was softer and players with a higher SS could fell the difference.

The shafts feel more stable and feels more true to stiff.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 01:43 PM

I got the H100x and it's a monster in my Rescue11. I tipped it per Phil's recommendation and installed it in the sleeve I bought from Will (those sleeves appear to taper a tad at the bottom, which to me is strange for a parallel tip size, but I did have to turn the bottom 3/16" on the shaft down just a tad to get it to fully seat). For me, the club is now simply point and shoot. The shaft is VERY stable and launches like a rocket.

I, too, now have Talamonti shafts in the entire top end of my bag. PD70 v1 in the driver, PD80 v2 in the 3 wood and H100 in the hybrid. All are x flex and are launch pads for me.

Here are all 3 shafts:
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And the H100 when looking down the from the grip in the Rescue11:
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There's all at STD in the R11 driver and 3 wood along with the Rescue11.

Edited by RookieBlue7, 20 August 2011 - 02:18 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:23 PM

View Postphizzy30, on 20 August 2011 - 11:17 AM, said:

Good review bro.  I've always wondered about the Talamonti shafts.  How is dispersion compared to your Thump?  Feel?  I would just sell your older gen models on BST.  I'm sure somebody would pick them up.

I love my Thump.  I'd say they are very similar.  The only difference is about $125.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:24 PM

View Postputtnforthe8, on 20 August 2011 - 01:32 PM, said:

There was no older model of the Hybrid shaft...this is his first.

If you are talking about the driver shaft, then they were stiffened up a bit from the mid section down through the tip and torque was reduced.  The original version was softer and players with a higher SS could fell the difference.

The shafts feel more stable and feels more true to stiff.

It was his FW/Hybrid shafts....wasn't just for the hybrids...but yeah - you know what I mean.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:26 PM

Blue - I'd have gone with the 100 if I were a faster swinger - but at my fastest I get into the high 90s....the H85 is great for me.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:36 PM

View Postjabrch, on 20 August 2011 - 02:26 PM, said:

Blue - I'd have gone with the 100 if I were a faster swinger - but at my fastest I get into the high 90s....the H85 is great for me.
Yeah, I understand. Just giving info on the H100 also. He doesn't make the 100 in R and doesn't make the 85 in X.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:44 PM

Right....

The two I have sitting in my basement that I likely will be selling are the Original PD80 in R flex.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:50 PM

I will be playing talamonti in driver, 3wood and hybrid like Rookie soon! New version of both PD70x and PD80x. PD70 in either 9015d or r510TP - PD80 in r9 TP 3wood and finally the H100x in my 09 rescue TP. Can't wait to try these shafts!

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:53 PM

Phil makes some great stuff, services his customers even better, and prices his gear fairly.  Great operation.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:27 AM

View Postjabrch, on 20 August 2011 - 02:53 PM, said:

Phil makes some great stuff, services his customers even better, and prices his gear fairly.  Great operation.


+1

Placed an order today and Phil was quick to answer my emails. Very helpful as well!

Also, I came across there Facebook page online during a search and he seems to be running a top notch operation with Talamonti Shaft's!

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

View PostRookieBlue7, on 20 August 2011 - 02:36 PM, said:


Yeah, I understand. Just giving info on the H100 also. He doesn't make the 100 in R and doesn't make the 85 in X.

He makes the 85 in "X"....he doesn't make it in "Tour X".


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Posted 01 September 2011 - 12:23 PM

So an update:  Been playing my 85S Talamonti with a R11 head.   All I can say is wow....what a great club.

I am using it to tee off more than I am my other clubs now.  I am getting about 240 off the tee where as with the stock shaft I was pretty much around 225...so I say it has been about a 15 yard gain.  What is the best though is how tight the dispersion is now....the ball almost never strays offline....even with my not so perfect swing!

I love the color combo with the R11 head and just love the overall feel.  I have a WINN PCI Hybrid grip on there which finishes off the combo...

Highly recommended for hybrid users.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:59 PM

I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?

-Recue 11
-TEE XCG-4
-Nike VR Pro

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 07:53 PM

View Postsvs, on 01 September 2011 - 03:59 PM, said:

I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?

-Recue 11
-TEE XCG-4
-Nike VR Pro

Works great in the rescue11 for me.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 04:58 PM

View PostRookieBlue7, on 01 September 2011 - 07:53 PM, said:

View Postsvs, on 01 September 2011 - 03:59 PM, said:

I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?

-Recue 11
-TEE XCG-4
-Nike VR Pro

Works great in the rescue11 for me.
Reviving an older post.  How do you think this shaft would work in a driving iron,  something like the Taylormade or Tiltleist driving irons?  Thanks.

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