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Graphite Design adds TX flex to popular Tour AD-DI shaft line

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For the select few golfers who thought the stiffest Graphite Design Tour AD-DI shafts weren’t stiff enough, the company has announced that it will sell its most popular wood shaft in an even stiffer TX flex for its 70-gram, 80-gram and 90-gram models in orange/white.

TX-flex shafts are approximately 0.5 flexes stiffer than the company’s X-flex shafts, making them a good choice for golfers looking for even lower-spinning performance from the AD-DI line.

Learn more about the Tour AD-DI shafts from Pro’s Choice, the company’s distributor for the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia.

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  1. Peter Daugberg

    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I’m Reading mostly negative comments on GD AD- DI? Why? Are you all pros? I’m playing hcp 3,5 ish and on my way to 2. Something – my SSP is 102 and The AD DI 6 stiff is the most steady and low spinning shaft I’ve had – not! Going to rip it out of my Cobra Fly Z + in the nearest future!

  2. Graphite Design Sales

    Sep 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Hi guys. Bill here from Pro’s Choice/Graphite Design. I would like to clarify that this new retail offering of the Tour AD DI shafts in TX flex is by no means a new model with a DI paint job. The TX Flex shafts that we have been manufacturing for years has always been a “Tour Only” shaft offering. We have had numerous requests from customers over the years for the heavier Tour AD DI-7 and DI-8 shafts in a stiffer flex thus we have decided to now begin to offer to the retail market the Tour AD DI-7 and DI-8 weights in the stiffer TX Flex. We are also happy to now be able to now offer the DI9-X Flex shaft as well. The Tour AD DI model continues to be a very popular shaft profile for us and we enjoy being able to continue to add new weights and flexes in an effort to meet the requests of our customers.

    Thank you all for your continued support of the Graphite Design brand.

    • oti

      Sep 17, 2015 at 4:04 am

      So you are milking the dead TW cow! There you are!

    • Mr K

      Oct 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      hey, late reply but want to know, i bought a di 6tx from my mate who said it was a tour issue tour only shaft. i dont know if this shaft even exists as i dont see anyone selling di 6tx so please help me clarify thanks

  3. ETW

    Sep 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Question is, should it even be called the AD-Di? Basically it’s a different shaft with the Di orange paint job, just so they can sell more of this paint job, making people think it’s the one that Eldrick used, and making money off that, because Graphite Design knows it’s getting beaten by the likes of Aldila, Fujkura, et al.

    • jdub

      Sep 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Because they offered it in a stiffer flex? I don’t follow. So every shaft manufacturer should call their regular and stiff flex shafts of the same model something different?

      Ever heard of the blind leading the blind?

      • Morgan

        Sep 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

        Couldnt be better said. love when people complain about a product that wasnt meant for them.

  4. jdub

    Sep 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    They do– its called the BB or the 9003 series will lower launch and spin. All they’re doing is offering the exact DI profile in a stiffer flex… I don’t know why people are whining about it.

    The shaft is popular and already well known so offering it with a stiffer flex just simply allows even more people to fit into it without tipping the heck out of it for those that truly swing fast enough to need it.

  5. john

    Sep 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    dont know about “select few” – I swing about 113 mph with the driver and I had a tour ad di6x – it felt like a total noodle, spinny, soft noodle!
    I agree with the other poster here that you’d just choose a different shaft and stop drinking the “that orange shaft tiger used to use” kool-aid

    • TonyK

      Sep 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

      yeah,, the shaft Tiger used to use and now Lydia Ko is using 🙂

  6. Other

    Sep 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Why not just use a different shaft?

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (17 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB
Shafts: Project X 125 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Apex TCB (AW), Callaway Jaws MD5 (56-10S
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (AW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7s Black
Grip: Odyssey

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 @ 15.75)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM2 MAX (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5

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Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-12F, 56-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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TOUR REPORT: Jason Day’s new Scotty Cameron, celebrity Ben Baller’s WITB, and Xander’s new 3-wood

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The West Coast swing continued this week on the cliffs of San Diego at Torrey Pines for the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open, and we caught up with some of the top players (and celebrities) in attendance to see what clubs are in their bag, and what changes they’re making.

As GolfWRX uncovered, Xander Schauffele, Jason Day and Justin Rose made equipment changes ahead of the event. We also caught up with famous celebrities Ben Baller and Gareth Bale to get glimpse at their equipment setups; both players competed in the Pro-Am on Wednesday. We also spotted some new equipment that players were testing, and we caught up with Gary Woodland to check out his new Cobra setup.

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Here’s a look at his original Scotty Cameron build:

Last week at The 2023 American Express, however, Day switched into a nearly identical head, except this time it was made with a “Tour Black” finish. He ended up finishing 2nd in Strokes Gained: Putting on the week, and we caught with him on Tuesday at the 2023 Farmers Insurance this week to get a look at the new putter for ourselves:

Could this be the putter that helps Day get his magic back on the greens?

I went into way more depth into the putter switch over on PGATOUR.com, so click the link if you’re interested. We also have more photos and discussion of the putter in our GolfWRX Forums.

For this week, due to the particularly heavy rough and firm greens at Torrey Pines, Day also put in a TaylorMade Stealth 7-wood, equipped with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80X shaft. His caddie says he flies it about 245-250 yards and lands softly.

Check out more photos and discussion of Day’s switches here

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While Schauffele upgraded into a new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions, he kept his old Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3-wood in the bag that week. As we covered in our full story on PGATOUR.com, he struggles with 3-woods that spin too low when he hits a right-to-left shot; he doesn’t want the ball coming in too hot and not being able to hold the green.

Since then, however, he found a new Paradym Triple Diamond 3-wood setup that minimizes that concern. His new 16.5-degree HL fairway wood, which is actually bent down to 15.3 degrees, has helped Schauffele tighten spin variation due to the spin consistency across the face.

He put the new 3-wood into play on Wednesday at Torrey Pines.

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Check out the rest of his 2023 WITB here

Hideki tests an all-new Graphite Design putter shaft

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Ben is a Baller

Ben Baller is a famous actor/jeweler/designer/entrepreneur/avid golfer/TaylorMade staffer, and he was also on the winning Pro-Am team this week.

Ahead of his victorious round at Torrey Pines, we got a look at all the clubs in Baller’s bag.

We expected nothing less than an eye-popping custom Scotty Cameron Masterful putter, engraved with his name and paint-filled with Lakers yellow. Uniquely, though, Baller went with a driver-less setup to help avoid the rough at Torrey Pines, so he went with a top-end setup full of TaylorMade Stealth2 and Stealth fairway woods and hybrids.

He fills out his bag with TaylorMade Stealth irons, TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges and custom TaylorMade golf balls with his logo on them.

Check out Ben Baller’s full WITB here

Kickin’ it with Gareth Bale

 

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Gareth Bale – a newly retired Welsh soccer player (or footballer, if you prefer) – also teed it up alongside Ben Baller on the winning Pro-Am team. While we didn’t get a chance to capture photos of every club in Bale’s bag, we managed to capture a few photos of his setup.

He doesn’t have a bad golf swing, either, especially for being a former world-class member of Real Madrid and Tottenham.

 

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Justin Rose switches drivers

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Ben Martin’s new EvnRoll putter

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TaylorMade’s San Diego head covers

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Unfortunately, the sun is also setting on this week’s Tour Report from Torrey Pines. We’ll see you next week as the Tour travels up the West Coast to Pebble Beach.

Check out all of our photos from Torrey Pines here

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