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Snedeker switches to a 45-gram driver shaft

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Brandt Snedeker doesn’t change equipment often, but when he does decide to switch he’s not scared to play something unconventional.

Snedeker already plays one of the lightest iron shafts on the PGA Tour, AeroTech’s SteelFiber i95, which weigh 95 grams. This week, he’s using one of the lightest driver shafts on the PGA Tour, a UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 4X shaft that weighs 45 grams (Click here to see the other clubs in Snedeker’s bag).

According to Danny Le, marketing manager for UST, Snedeker first used the shaft in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was looking for a shaft in the 55-gram range to put in his TaylorMade SLDR, but he gained a little extra ball speed and consistency with the 45-gram model.

Most PGA Tour players opt for shafts that are made with low torque, which means they have a high resistance to twisting as a golfer unloads the club in the downswing. Many equipment experts believe the resistance to twisting can provide increased accuracy off the tee, especially for golfers with quick transitions. But Snedeker’s shaft has more than 5 degrees of torque, which is on the high-end of the range for Tour players.

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Graham DeLaet’s 65-gram UST Mamiya ProForce VTS shaft has 5 degrees of torque, slightly less than Snedeker’s driver shaft.

And Snedeker isn’t the only golfer on Tour who has seen improved accuracy from a high-torque shaft. Graham DeLaet, who is No. 1 on the PGA Tour in Total Driving (a combination of driving distance and accuracy), uses the highest-torque model of UST’s ProForce VTS 6X driver shaft.

The point? Just because low-torque shafts are touted as the best shafts for high swing-speed golfers doesn’t mean they always are. Go get fit and see what shaft is right for you.

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  1. Josh

    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Love this play by sneds!!!! I have the cobra long tom with grafalloy blackbird shaft, originally comes in 48″. I have it tipped and then cut down to be 45″ so the orginal 50g shaft is now down around 45g. It feels so stable and have tons of control over it. Never thought a light weight shaft could perform this way but I am now a believer.

  2. Eric

    Sep 19, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I believe it is a UST Tour SPX Black shaft.

  3. BenDover

    Sep 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    More evidence that torque is overrated.

    • bill

      Sep 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      R1 black cut to 44.5 with stock 55g X, and lovin’ life off the tee. I added a dab of lead tap around the neck just above the ferrule to recover some feel, and I’m off and runnin’. The days of 72s, 45 and umpteen 1/4 length shafts are OVER!!

  4. Peyton

    Sep 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Oh wow

  5. John

    Sep 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Callaway (I believe?) did a test with different torque shafts and found no difference in accuracy or spin/launch between high torque and low torque. They said it just alters the feel of the shaft, which translates into slightly different swings/deliveries with golfers, and ultimately different launch conditions.

  6. George P.

    Sep 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’m going to have to try the 45gram UST Mamiya VTS. Sounds awesome!

  7. naflack

    Sep 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Good to see that if these shafts can handle those guys they can also handle me…

    • Cannon

      Sep 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Not like these guys swing any faster than guys on this forum. They just have the consistamcy and complete game that most don’t come close to.

      • John

        Sep 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

        These guys do not swing faster than a lot of people on this forum. However, these guys do generate much more club head speed and swing speed than MOST of the guys on this forum. That is the reason many of these professional players use a low torque shaft because of the speed they are generating. Someone can swing as hard as they can and only generate 85 swing speed. Its not about how hard you swing, it is about how much swing speed you generate, which has a lot to do with the lower body.

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Keith Mitchell WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 230 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Blue 90 TX

7-wood: Titleist TS2 (21 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 TX

Irons: Mizuno Pro 225 (2), Mizuno Pro 225 “KM-92” (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Mizuno T24 (46-08S @47, 50-07S @51, 56-10D @55), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour
Grip: Golf Pride Pro Only

Grips: Golf Pride Victory Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

See the rest of Keith Mitchell’s WITB in the forums.

 

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/22/24): Piretti Workshop Tesora putter

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Piretti Workshop Tesora putter.

From the seller: (@zwhitworth): “Piretti Workshop Tesora – KBS GPS Matte Black shaft and Ping PP58 non-cord grip. Playing 35”. Micro/skim milled face. Limited headcover. Includes weight kit and wrench. Some light wear marks (ready to game not mount on wall). Relisting with a huge price drop –$800.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Workshop Tesora putter

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Min Woo Lee WITB 2024 (May)

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  • Min Woo Lee what’s in the bag accurate as of Charles Schwab Challenge. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond S (10.5 degrees @9.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond HL (16.5 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue HB 8 X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (2), Callaway Apex MB (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50-10S, ), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-14F @55), WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus3

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Milled Six T DB
Shaft: Odyssey Stroke Lab 70
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Claw 1.0

Grips: Grip Master

Check out more in-hand photos of Min Woo Lee’s clubs here.

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