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#1 Alpha9.5

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:57 AM

I will be going to The Golf Performance Acadamy in Jan. in Ridgefield Ct. I want to start a club fitting business there. What shafts would you stock from the beginning? I can't afford to stock everything from the beginning, so what would your top picks be? I know a good stock of iron shafts, but what to begin with on hybrid and woods shafts? Any help would be appreciated.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:02 AM

Depending on your resources here are a few that will work well:

I'd suggest going to the Titleist shaft chart and buying shafts from as many different sectors as possible.  Such as Whiteboard, Blueboard, Speeder's, V2, Phenom, Motore F series, & VTS's.  Depending on the weights, you should be able to hit most flight patterns with these.  You can also get some Excalibers, or older Aldila's (Voodoo, RIP) for lower end shafts.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

Apart from TT, which you must carry of course, I suggest carrying a decent range from ONE manufacturer, and becoming really familiar with it, before expanding. This allows you the maximum possible discount, and allows you to be a real expert in one niche. For me, that line is Matrix, and I probably know their shafts better than anyone except D You, after hitting so many of them. I'd recommend the UST line for this purpose also. They carry a range of styles, weights and price points and have good recognition in the market. Fuji is excellent of course but the initial margin is lower and Harrison don't offer a true high end graphite iron shaft - otherwise they're outstanding and the Shotmaker is a plus too...
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

View PostAwalkspoiled, on 26 November 2012 - 11:00 AM, said:

Apart from TT, which you must carry of course, I suggest carrying a decent range from ONE manufacturer, and becoming really familiar with it, before expanding. This allows you the maximum possible discount, and allows you to be a real expert in one niche. For me, that line is Matrix, and I probably know their shafts better than anyone except D You, after hitting so many of them. I'd recommend the UST line for this purpose also. They carry a range of styles, weights and price points and have good recognition in the market. Fuji is excellent of course but the initial margin is lower and Harrison don't offer a true high end graphite iron shaft - otherwise they're outstanding and the Shotmaker is a plus too...
From what I've seen you have been very successful in this business for a very long time. Even through the tough economy.

What a great answer, one I would not have thought of, but is the direction I'm moving with my Pro Shop in general.

To be successful, I hope the OP listened with both ears!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

^^^^^^

Great answer AWalkSpoiled; for suggestions about which line to carry extensively, I'd suggest UST.  They have shafts that work great for the masses, the 3 VTS shafts along with V2 and Axiv should hit pretty much anybody's swing right on.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

I appreciate the advice so far. I am listening with both ears. And I totally agree on the one manufacturer, and know them like the back of my hand. I will always be learning as different options become available. Thanks for responses.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

I have no experience at all in this, but I did see this link on Golfworks about Robin Arthur's company:

http://www.golfworks...0035_A_c2c_E_ln


I don't know if that is helpful. Hopefully it is.



(re: distributor program)

Edited by MadGolfer76, 26 November 2012 - 05:09 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

A few NV's and YS+ series shafts would be good to have around.... oldies but goodies!
913D3 8.5* - UST Elements Chrome 7F5T
BioCell + 14.5* - Diamana Ahina' 80X
913Hd 18* - KBS Tour X
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

View PostAlpha9.5, on 26 November 2012 - 04:58 PM, said:

I appreciate the advice so far. I am listening with both ears. And I totally agree on the one manufacturer, and know them like the back of my hand. I will always be learning as different options become available. Thanks for responses.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:25 PM

I've been opertaing my own shop for almost ten years. I offer and stock shafts from Graphite Design, Matrix, and, UST-Mamiya. It is a good suggestion to start with one manufacturer as it can get quite expensive to stock lines from multiple companies, especially early before you identify what your customer base is looking for. Having said that, I would agree that UST would be a good one to lean toward. Great diversity in the offerings with good price points. Several options on packages to get started with. Jamie Pipes or Steve Wingate are great to deal with and will steer you in the right direction.


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