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True Temper’s new Dynamic Gold 120 shafts lighten up a classic

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One of the most popular and recognizable iron shafts in golf is True Temper’s Dynamic Gold, a 130-gram steel shaft that has been a staple in the bags of weekend golfers for decades. It continues to dominate shaft counts on the PGA Tour, and current users of the shaft include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods.

As golf technology has progressed in recent years, however, golfers are finding that lighter-weight iron shafts can be beneficial to their games. True Temper has been a leader of the charge by creating lighter-weight alternatives to the Dynamic Gold line, most notably its XP 95, 105 and 115 shafts. But with their lighter weights, those shafts are generally higher spinning and higher launching. The same is true of the progressively weighted Dynamic Gold AMT shafts, which by design includes lighter-weight long and mid-iron shafts to help golfers hit higher shots with those clubs.

With its new Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue line of shafts, True Temper sought to create a lighter-weight version of the Dynamic Gold that offers the same tour-level performance. The shafts are 10-14 grams lighter than the original, but provide a very similar trajectory. In fact, True Temper says the Dynamic Gold 120’s are “slightly lower spinning.” That means that even with their lighter-weight design, they can hold up for the fastest swingers. The new shafts also offer the same balance point as the original Dynamic Gold, so swing weight will not be affected. For comparison, see the specifications of both shafts below.

Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 and X100

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Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and X100

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The Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue shafts are available in two flexes: S400 and X100, and are available exclusively at True Temper Performance Fitting Centers.

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  1. T.J.

    Jul 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I was on the verge of selling my Mizuno mp-25’s with kbs tour shafts when I came across these bad boys! Despite the feel of those KBS shafts, I generated to much spin with a ballooning effect on my shots. These new tour issue 120 are phenomenal!! Picked up 5-10 yards with a beautiful trajectory! Spend the money and game these shafts. They are as smooth as a KBS tour shaft with the lower spin of the dynamic gold s400 in a Project X weight! It just feels like a rocket coming off the face.

  2. Kevin

    May 14, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Looks like they are just trying to copy what Nippon is doing now that they have started to gain some traction in the market place. Really original idea, but it will sell because it says True Temper.

    • Dave C

      May 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

      I would say this comment would be even more accurate if you had referenced KBS as a 120 competitor (tour, c-taper, etc.)

      • Kevin

        May 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        Yes, I think referencing KBS would have been more accurate if this shaft was set to release a few years ago when KBS was first starting to make its mark. Although KBS does not compete with True Temper in market share, they have carved out its customer base and those numbers will not change much unless one of them do something groundbreaking. I think True Temper sees the traction Nippon is starting to gain in the mainstream marketplace as yet another company who can take market share.

  3. cocheese

    May 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    When?

  4. Orvill

    May 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    S400 and X100 TT DG shafts that will produce higher launch and more spin and a lighter weight steel shaft are going into my Miz musclebacks. You know what they say — “if you can’t get it up you can’t get it in”. I want the feel of tour-level performance in my clubs, that satisfying stiff feel.

    • Rossot

      May 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      ????

      You are talking about golf…. Right?

      • Rex

        May 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        I think he’s trying to say that he putts from the rough

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Webb Simpson WITB 2021 (November)

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  • Webb Simpson what’s in the bag accurate as of the RSM Classic. 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees, C2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 TX (45.25″)

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 70 TX

5-wood: Titleist 913Fd (18 degrees, B1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: UST Mamiya VTS 86 TX

Hybrid 1: Titleist 913Hd (21 degrees, B4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X

Hybrid 2: Titleist 915Hd (23.5 degrees, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Irons: Titleist 620MB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (52-08F, 56-14F), Titleist Vokey Design BV Proto 2021( 60-08K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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The top-selling golf push carts of 2021

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We hope you find this list valuable, GolfWRXers! These products are the best-sellers on Amazon in the push cart category at the time of publicaton. We may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of publication!

1. CaddyTek 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart

Notable Review: “Really pleased I went with this. Nice big wheels, sturdy, and it still folds pretty small, and ties up with the lower bag strap. Love the built in bag, very handy, the included umbrella holder and drinks holder, and the smartphone holder, which now functions as my GPS. The whole thing looks great, seems well made, so far very happy with it.”

Get it from Amazon for $191.25

2. JEF World Of Golf – Deluxe Steel Push Cart

Notable Review: “One of the better purchases I’ve made on Amazon. This is great for our 800 yard, Par 3 course here. Two seconds to setup and “un-assemble”. Folds up into a tiny space…even without removing the wheels… which THAT only takes seconds to do. ….Been better if it had wider, Velcro straps, and if the handle length was an inch or two longer (I’m 6′, 4″), but well worth the purchase price!”

Get it from Amazon for $44.99

3. CaddyTek Explorer V8

Notable Review: “I love everything about this cart from the cool cooler to how quick and easy it is set up and break down. Also love the umbrella holder and beverage holder, adjustible height handle and easy pushing. Awesome deal all around!”

Get it from Amazon for $178.13

4: Caddytek CaddyLite 11.5 V3 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart 

Notable Review: “I always had a two wheel pull cart so this is quite a change. Sometimes I still pull it out of habit. It works very well pushing it up a hill, and I like the brake to keep it from rolling around. The mesh bag holds my head cover during each hit, and the water bottle holder is handy. There is a handy “pouch” bag on the bottom of the cart to hold a jacket. I haven’t used the screw-on umbrella holder yet. Very Happy with my new cart and the bungee type straps hold my bag well.”

Get it from Amazon for $132.42

5: 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart

Notable Review: “Absolutely beyond expectations. Was able to put together, without trying to decipher the impossible instructions. I was sure I must have done something wrong, but everything worked perfectly. Folds up like a charm. Easy to lift and push/pull. Just love it! Worth more than 5 stars. Hope everything continues to operate as smoothly, as it does now.”

Get it from Amazon for $139.07

6: JANUS Golf Push Cart

Notable Review: “I needed to get one more golf cart for gift. I got this after comparing around 10 items. When I saw picture, I was wondering about the quality. However, I purchased it because price was good. I actually was pretty surprised when I got this item. After assembling, I felt that this item is above my expectation. It is very sturdy. Love the color. Highly recommend.”

Get it from Amazon for $115.32

7: CaddyTek 4 Wheel Golf Push Cart

Notable Review: “Stop looking at other carts…this is one for YOU! Trust me.. I have done the research, followed the blogs, seen the videos. THIS is the push cart for YOU!! I am tall (73 inches) and this cart is PERFECT for my height. Plenty of room and stability for a full sized or over-sized bag. The wider stance and larger wheels (compared to Clicgear and other Caddy Tek models) is great for uneven terrain. Ive gotten multiple compliments on it from others who have smaller or three-wheeled carts. In fact, based on my research, TWO of my golf-buddies also purchased Caddy Tek’s. The cart is easy to assemble, open, adjust, close, etc. The adjustable handle, storage, drink holder, umbrella holder, pouch and cooler are all as advertised and make this a TOTAL PACKAGE!!!”

Get it from Amazon for $219

8: KVV 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart

Notable Review: “This is the lightest, smoothest cart I have every owned. It folds smooth and small. I like to pull my cart. The design allows me to put the handle at a comfortable level while maintaining the tire width. My previous cart tires width would decrease when the handle was adjusted. With the tires closer together, the cart will tip over easily. With the large soft tires, my bag feels like it’s lighter. I’m glad I took a chance on this cart. The fold on this cart saves a lot of room in the trunk.”

Get it from Amazon for $184

9: CaddyTek Caddylite 15.3 V2

Notable Review: “Wow! Love it! Great stability, love the net and compartment, holds my phone very stable. No complaints. Amazing purchase! Folds up nicely. I have a HUGE golf bag and this thing holds it wonderfully. Absolutely love the bunjee cords that hold the bag on there. I thought the plastic umbrella holder would break but it holds up in moderate winds with a heavy 62 inch umbrella just fine.”

Get it from Amazon for $170.19

10: Rover II Push Cart

Notable Review: “I have been using this cart for a few months now. The cart works very well. Easy to fold/unfold and very sturdy. Note the front wheel is fixed. It does not rotate like other carts. I do not find this to be an issue. I really enjoy walking the course and this has made it much easier than carrying my bag.”

Get it from Amazon for $92.31

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KBS TD, 1 One Step: Get to know the first KBS shaft for woods and new putter shaft

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KBS’ TD “Tour Driven” wood shaft is the company’s first entry into the driver/fairway wood market, and the line remains as relevant as it did at launch two years ago

As a refresher, the TD Graphite wood shaft has been designed as a mid-launch/low-spin performance Graphite golf shaft that is designed to optimize the maximum performance and efficiency of spin and launch angles at various swing speeds.

The KBS TD Graphite wood shaft plays lighter and stiffer than other graphite wood shafts on the market in design for excellent performance and superior feel – aided by the new KBS Category Swing Speed System to fit shafts off swing speed alone instead of weight and flex.

KBS TD: The creation

The shaft is designed to fit the widest range of players, with the concept centered around the Kim Braly (KBS R&D and Tour Operations Director) Signature shaft geometry. The shaft features equal reduction in stiffness throughout the length of the shaft for an efficient engine while also loading and unloading for players at an incredibly efficient rate

The TD driver shaft was designed with an El curve that applies the formulas from the KBS Tour iron shaft. The result is a driver shaft that produces a piercing ball flight, with a smooth, extremely stable feel as well as a tight dispersion. 

Instead of then applying the standard R, S and X “flex” principles, Kim Braly developed a fitting matrix that could be applied to fit players into their flex profile.

To do this, Braly looked at swing speed as the baseline while assuming that all other variables the fitters address are neutral, including tempo, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, angle of descent, distance and dispersion.

The result? The development of a matrix of weights and categories. 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 grams. And categories 1-5. The baseline swing speed chart is as follows: 

If a player then wanted to know what category represented what flex, it would be the following:

The system, though, as with other KBS shafts, is not designed or fit to a “flex” but a flex profile.

Speaking on the new addition and the first foray into the driver/fairway wood market, Kim Braly, R&D and Tour Operations Director stated

“I’ve been asked the question of when we were going to enter the wood shaft market for many years and my answer was always not until we’re 100% happy with the product and we can make an even bigger impact with a full set of shafts throughout the bag.

We’ve worked tirelessly with our Tour players and R&D team to perfect our first wood shaft which has all the characteristics of a KBS shaft. We’ve designed it to offer optimized spin rate and launch, which equals more power and distance on every shot with the driver and fairway woods.”

KBS 1 One Step putter shaft

In addition to the TD Graphite wood shaft, KBS has also recently introduced its new 1 One Step putter shaft.

Weighing six grams more than conventional putters at 130g, the 1 One Step Putter Shaft is a single bend, straight tip model .370 in diameter that provides golfers with more flexibility in creating a pure amplified feel and reduced vibration at impact for more accurate and consistent putts.

On the 1 One Step putter shaft, Braly had this to say

“On average, around 45% of strokes per round involve your putter, so we wanted to create a shaft with varying putter head weights per stroke that puts more confidence in the hands of those who currently aren’t that confident on the greens. 

“A lot of time and investment has gone into producing another putter shaft that can be played by a Tour pro or a higher handicapper. On the green it’s all about feel and the 1 One Step creates that pure feel, enabling a smooth stable stroke each and every time. The research we did saw many more putts holed, so I’m excited to see how golfers react to it.”

As the second putter shaft to be created by KBS, the 1 One Step shaft follows the popular CT Tour version launched in 2019 and comes in Chrome, Black Matte, and Black Gloss finishes.

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