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AeroTech launches TiFiber driver shafts on Tour

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Before AeroTech SteelFiber shafts became popular on the PGA Tour, the best golfers in the world almost exclusively used all-steel iron shafts. The SteelFiber shafts, made of graphite composite with a surface layer of steel, changed that. Big-name players like Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker began using the SteelFiber shafts, leading to more PGA Tour players and regular golfers trying (and liking) them.

Related: Our Q&A with Chris Hilleary, President of AeroTech Golf Shafts

Now, AeroTech has developed a driver shaft that’s made with graphite composite and has a full layer of titanium fiber on the perimeter. The shafts are called “TiFiber,” and we spotted them this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

According to Chris Hilleary, President of AeroTech Golf Shafts, the layer of titanium adds hoop-strength stability and keeps the shafts from deforming during the swing and into impact. The result is a lower-spinning trajectory that creates a more penetrating ball flight.

On Tour, we spotted AeroTech’s new TiFiber “Tour 70” shaft that’s designed for higher swing speeds in F5 (Stiff) and F6 (X-Stiff) flex options. Hilleary says another TiFiber shaft is in the works: a Pro 60 shaft that’s slightly softer. He says it will benefit those who need a bit more launch and spin, but still want the added stability that titanium provides. While both the Pro 60 and Pro 70 are driver shafts, Hilleary says they can be cut down and turned into fairway wood shafts.

The TiFiber shafts ($395 each) will be available for purchase starting in January 2018, Also, be on the lookout our for an exclusive giveaway of the shafts in our GolfWRX forums in the coming weeks!

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the AeroTech TiFiber shafts

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  1. Jerry

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Trolling…

  2. Double Mocha Man

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Obbie, what’s in your bag? Any graphite shafts in there?

  3. Dave R

    Aug 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    It’s clear that you sir have tried this shaft. But is there anything reported on this very informative site that you agree with? Just wondering…………….

  4. Anthony

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:10 am

    GOLD!!!

  5. MuskieCy

    Aug 3, 2017 at 12:03 am

    The best player on planet Earth has spoken.

    All bow down and contemplate the message. Pure enlightenment will follow.

    Or something.

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Patrick Cantlay WITB 2022 (January)

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  • Patrick Cantlay what’s in the bag accurate as of 2022 The American Express. 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

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Fairway woods: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), Titleist TS2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 Flex TX, Mitsubishi Diamana ZF TX

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Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46-10F @47, 52-08F), SM8 (56-08M @57), SM8 Prototype (61)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Will Zalatoris WITB 2022 (January)

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  • Will Zalatoris what’s in the bag accurate as of the 2022 The American Express. 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees), Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X, Fujikura Speeder TR 661 X F

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Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

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Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S), Titleist WedgeWorks 2021 Proto (60 degrees)
Shafts: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100IMG_1390.jpegIMG_1391.jpegIMG_1396.jpeg

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 prototype

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

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Do blades negatively impact performance? Or is it all in our heads? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been having an in-depth discussion on blade irons. WRXer ‘Royal Mustang’ has questioned whether ‘solid’ players are mistakenly scared off of playing blades, posting

“A lot has been written here about pro-blades/anti-blades. My question for those of you who play them or don’t play them: do they negatively impact your performance? Could you shoot a lower score if you had played a GI or SGI iron? Is that 8-iron you hit slightly thin and left 160 and in the bunker really 164 and a birdie putt with a GI iron? Or is that just your assumption as you have no data to back it up with? Do you see higher scores with blades and lower scores with other irons? Enough to statistically matter to get to a 95% CI? 

I have only played 2 rounds with blades, but I can say that they were both pretty low rounds. I had some good iron strikes. It is anecdotal evidence, however: perhaps I was playing well, perhaps I got lucky. I was well-positioned off of the tee. I can’t say for sure that I was better with these irons. Perhaps I was better as I dialed down my expectations and made smooth swings. I know a blade 8i isn’t going to fly 175, so I don’t try to hit it 175. That is completely mental, however. Make a smooth swing and hit to 165. 

For what it is worth, I play Mizuno MMC MP20s, but I also have a hybrid set of Callaway MB21/Apex Pros. And no, I don’t have enough rounds to say either way. I sure do like the way the MB21’s look when I line up, however!  

I should preface this in that I am talking about people with solid swing fundamentals. The guys/gals you see swing and say “low single digit/scratch/plus”. Their wear spot on their 7 iron might not be the size of a dime, but a nickel is pretty typical.”

And our members have been having their say on the matter 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.

  • PuttingMatt: “Honestly, my scores stay relatively the same, whether I play musclebacks or player cavity backs. Ball striking is on the player, not the equipment. When I started playing, blades were your only choice; it is up to you to decide if your irons perform well for your game. The swing you deliver to the ball is everything.”
  • b.mattay: “Yes. Thin shots hang in there much better with a cavity back IMO. Long irons are also much easier to hit. I’m switching into cavity backs and a 4 hybrid for this next year. Don’t have data yet, but I guarantee my par 3 and par 5 scoring will drop this next year!”
  • Jim E: “Pure blades aren’t hard to hit in the short irons. In fact, I think it’s easier. It’s when you get to the 5,4,3 irons that pure blades are difficult. Higher cog means you need a more pure strike with decent clubhead speed to get these on a playable trajectory.”
  • bladehunter: “If you have some speed, there’s no negative effect that I’ve ever seen anybody quantify from say 5 iron down. Obviously, 2-3 iron will require pretty good everything ….. but many play a hybrid there anyway. Personal preference should be the reason for the Choice either way. If you’re hitting the relative middle it’s not performance.”

Entire Thread: “Do blades negatively impact performance? Or is it all in our heads? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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