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Grafalloy Announces New Shafts

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Following the Prolaunch Platinum shafts with the underlying Smart-Ply technology originally seen with the Axis shaft , Grafalloy have taken this technology and added them to new Tour Concept versions of the Prolaunch Red and Prolaunch Blue.

Also released at the same time are new versions of the C-Note hybrid shaft, including a new lighter version to replace the C-Lite. Grafalloy shafts have been a stalwart of the major tours for some time now, with the Prolaunch series of shafts being amongst the most commonly used. The  Micro-MeshTM technology used in these shafts is Grafalloys solution to balancing tip stability and torque to reduce club head lag while retaining feel. The addition of Smart-PlyTM should now give these shafts even greater cross sectional stability.

Increasing cross sectional stability is seen as a way to increase energy transfer at impact with the result being greater distance and improved shot dispersion. Shafts with poor cross sectional stability undergo ovalling which causes energy loss and an inconsistent point of impact with loss of accuracy. Anti-ovalling technologies are of particular interest to shaft manufacturers and are commonly seen in current shafts, examples of these being Triax from Fujikura (basis of the RE*AX and ROMBAX shafts) and S-CORE Technology™ from Aldila (seen in the new VooDoo shaft).

Smart-Ply cross section

Smart-PlyTM consists of overlaying single direction fibres orientated in 6 specific directions (-45, -30, 0 ,30, 45, and 90 degrees to the shaft ), each orientation contributing differently to feel and performance. Grafalloy state that using this technology they can produce shafts that are over 50% more cross sectionally stable when compared to shafts like the Mitsubishi WhiteBoard or the Aldila SVS Proto.

The Prolaunch range consists of the Blue, Platinum and Red. The shafts are designed to have similar characteristics but with the Blue with high launch, the Platinum giving a Mid-High launch and the Red giving a Low initial launch angle.

 

Technical Specs

Shaft Type Flex Length Weight Tip Size Torque
Blue 65 R,S,X 46" 64g .335" 3.0/2.8/2.8
Blue 75 R,S,X 46" 75g/76g/78g .335" 2.9

  

 

Shaft Type Flex Length Weight Tip Size Torque
C-Note 85 R,S,X 41" 81g/83g/85g .370"/.355" 2.0
C-Note 105 S,X 41" 103g/105g .370"/.355" 2.0

 

New Hybrid Shafts

The new version of the C-Note is the same as the old one but it has a new paint scheme that is slightly more reserved than the original – the C-Note name was a reference to not only the weight but also the money like graphics and the legend ‘In Grafalloy We Trust’. The lighter  version replaces the C-Lite and has the same new paint scheme.

Shaft Type Flex Length Weight Tip Size Torque
C-Note 85 R,S,X 41" 81g/83g/85g .370"/.355" 2.0
C-Note 105 S,X 41" 103g/105g .370"/.355" 2.0

These shafts are made of a proprietary Tri-Material Torque Control that produces very low torque shafts for faster swingers looking for a low and penetrating ball flight.

All these shafts will be the subjects of Bag Chatter testing so look for some reviews in the forth coming weeks.

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Akshay Bhatia WITB 2022 (November)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Callaway Rogue ST Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 10 X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (22 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (50-10S, 54-10S, 60-08C)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten (long)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour long

Grips: Iomic

More photos of Akshay Bhatia’s WITB in the forums.

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Bettinardi unveils new 2023-2024 Queen B line of putters

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Bettinardi Golf has today introduced its new Queen B Series of putters that includes four timeless models.

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series enhances the Queen B 6 & Queen B 11, while also introducing two brand-new models, the Queen B 14 and Queen B 15.

The entire series is crafted using 303 Stainless Steel and features an all-new Caramel Copper PVD finish, which aims to not only accentuates the classic beauty of each model but also optimize visual cues on the greens to give a confidence-inspiring appearance at every crucial putt.

In addition, the new Queen B line debuts Bettinardi Golf’s new Mini Honeycomb face milling. This newly developed face utilizes an 8% smaller machine tool in order to provide the softest Honeycomb face to date.

“By utilizing an even smaller machining tool during the milling process, we were able to remove more material from the face of the putter, creating a softer feel at impact. Since 1998, Bettinardi putters have been world-renowned for our Honeycomb face milling. Twenty-five years later, my patented face continues to evolve and produces one of the most recognizable looks and feels in golf.” – Bob Bettinardi, CEO/Founder of Bettinardi Golf

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, November 22nd online at Bettinardi.com, and will be available for purchase at authorized Bettinardi dealers worldwide, starting January 17th.

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Bettinardi adds BB28 putter to brand’s BB series

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Bettinardi has today unveiled the addition of the BB28 to its BB series line.

The BB28 features Aggressive Flymill face milling designed to give the putter a responsive, yet soft feel off the putter head, and offers a full-flange design, which provides greater perimeter weighting and higher M.O.I.characteristics.

This latest addition uses a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishing technology, which is a thin, yet resilient coating that shows off the mill marks in an artisan way.

Each BB Series putter is one-piece milled from 303 Stainless Steel, which is the same blend of material preferred by all Bettinardi Tour staffers, with the metal offering a more durable, responsive, and solid feeling putter for optimal performance.

Bettinardi have also launched the center shaft BB28 putter featuring a 1/4 toe-hang wide-body blade, as well as a BB28 Armlock containing a near-face-balanced wide-body blade.

The BB28 model is available for pre-order at Bettinardi.com ($430) from November 22nd and at retail on January 22nd.

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