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Aldila X-Torsion Black and Green Mamba shafts

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Is the next new driver shaft craze on the way from Aldila?

Aldila’s new X-Torsion Black Mamba and X-Torsion Green Mamba shafts have a new design and use a “MAMBA” (Multi-Axial Material Bias Angle) material that’s designed for extremely low torque and spin — lower than any other shaft in the company’s stable, according to John Oldenburg, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aldila. And PGA Tour players are already taking notice.

At the 2016 RSM Classic, George McNeil and Charles Howell III used the Black Mamba shafts (designed for very low spin and launch), while Anirbahn Lahiri, Lucas Glover and Tad Ridings used Green Mambas (designed with a slightly softer tip, but still low spin and torque).

For many golfers with fast swing speeds, it’s beneficial to have a golf shaft that reduces twisting through impact, according to Oldenburg, because it allows the shaft to “recover” faster. Less torque and more torsional stability allows stronger golfers to “go at the ball” without worrying about the ball ballooning or spinning too much. Therefore, the goal, especially for Tour players with high swing speeds, is to design a shaft that has very high torsional stability. And Aldila’s new Mamba shafts have the highest torsional stability currently available from the company.

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Both the X-Torsion Black Mamba and X-Torsion Green Mamba shafts use what Aldila calls a “flat-weave” construction in its tip section (the bottom part of the shaft), which is where the majority of shaft twisting occurs during a golf swing. The construction method weaves together individual fibers that are positioned in opposing 45-degree angles in an over-under structure that creates a thin, strong and highly consistent woven graphite fabric.

Aldila says its woven technology is superior because it’s used on both the interior and exterior of the shaft, which enhances stability. Most weaves are placed on the interior of the shaft to protect the weaves from abrasion, but Aldila’s unique “lay-up and sanding process” protect the integrity of its flat weave, allowing it to be used on the outside of the shaft as well.

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The flat-weave construction is also novel because of it spreads and flattens the graphite fibers used to create the shaft, allowing them to be thinner and thus improving the precision of the weave. Those graphite fibers are also are stronger than typical graphite weave materials. They use intermediate modulus materials that measure 44 MSI, according to Aldila, 33 percent stiffer than 33 MSI fibers typically used. That further enhances stability.

So how does Aldila show off all that technology in a shaft named Mamba? A snake-skin-esque exterior, of course. See what GolfWRX members are saying about the shafts in our forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Matt K

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Is this the Rogue M-ax rebranded? A lot of the commenters hated the graphics and name for the M-AX. This is undoubtedly better, wonder if the profile/material is the same though.

  2. Mat

    Dec 13, 2016 at 5:18 am

    X-torsion. Most accurately named shaft in the history of golf equipment. 🙂

  3. Dave R

    Dec 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    One guy peed, someone’s noodle is to soft and so is his butt and he hopeing for a stiff shaft. What type of forem are we on here? The Anti guy is right get some rebar and go play.

    • Rd

      Dec 13, 2016 at 3:16 am

      And you’re so excited, you can’t type nor spell

  4. KK

    Dec 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I peed a little just looking at the pics

  5. Snope

    Dec 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Just make them feel as solid as the RIP Alpha and Beta, I’ll take 10 each

  6. Teaj

    Dec 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I wonder if this is going to transition into an iron and hybrid/driving iron shaft line? Has anyone seen the specs for these bad boys? or even just weights?

  7. Matt

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Again I hope that the shaft isn’t soft in the mid section or the butt. There are a lot of low spin shafts that feel like noodles

    • LaBraeGolfer

      Dec 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Unfortunately, a shaft has to have a soft point in the bend profile.

      • The Anti-Smiz

        Dec 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        you guys should just go swing some literal re-bar with your super-fast-in-an-internet-forum swing speeds.

      • Matt

        Dec 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        Soft is a relative term. I find the Tour AD to be soft, the non-TS Fuji Motore, the 70g version of the White/Blue felt soft to me. I prefer the V2, Protopype, F7M2 Ltd, etc.

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Callaway announces huge all-stock merger deal with Topgolf

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Callaway Golf has announced an all-stock merger agreement with TopGolf with the number of shares to be issued based upon an implied equity value of Topgolf of approximately $2 billion – including the 14% already owned by Callaway.

Callaway first invested in the golf entertainment company, Topgolf, back in 2006 entering an exclusive golf partnership agreement at all Topgolf venues.

 

On the new deal expected to be completed in early 2021, Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway said that the all-stock merger between the two can create “an unrivaled golf and entertainment business”.

“Together, Callaway and Topgolf create an unrivaled golf and entertainment business. This combination unites proven leaders with a shared passion for delivering exceptional golf experiences for all from elite touring professionals to new and aspiring entrants to the game. We’ve long seen the value in Topgolf and we are confident that together, we can create a larger, higher growth, technology-enabled global golf and entertainment leader.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Callaway will issue approximately 90 million shares of its common stock to the shareholders of Topgolf, excluding Callaway, which currently holds approximately 14% of Topgolf’s outstanding shares. Upon completion of the merger, Callaway shareholders will own approximately 51.5%, and Topgolf shareholders (excluding Callaway) will own about 48.5% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Topgolf’s revenue for 2019 was approximately $1.1 billion, and the company currently has 63 locations worldwide, including 58 in the U.S., and has more than 23 million customers. Find out all about Topgolf here.

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What irons are left-handers playing? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our lefty members have been dishing on the irons currently in their bag. WRXer ‘1221’ is in the market for a new set and wants to see what other left-handers have been finding success with, and our members have been sharing their clubs in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • dclccoritti: “Titleist…all blades. Love the look of the new TM P7-CB’s.”
  • LeftyMatt24: “I’m in T100s bent weak. They are an awesome middle ground between blades and players. Titleist offers their full line in left and right-handed. The new SEL from Mizuno is a good option. Can’t go wrong with Srixon z785 either.”
  • The_Champ: “Ping Blueprint.”
  • Llefty: “Srixon 585 3-PW and Bridgestone JGR Tour B HF2 5-AW.”

Entire Thread: “What irons are left-handers playing?

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Ryan Palmer WITB (October 2020)

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  • Thanks to Ryan Palmer for the photos!

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees, upright setting)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX USA Limited Edition 60 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade Sim MAX (@15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 70 6.5

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 80 6.5

Irons: Srixon U85 (23), Srixon Z 785 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate VSS Pro X (4), KBS Tour 130 X (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X (50) KBS Tour 120 S (56,60)

Putter: Odyssey Rossie II
Grip: Flat Cat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (‘21)

 

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