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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. nolongerKucherfan

    Jun 17, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I get a kick how everyone is so impressed with all the letters and numbers shaft manufacturers include in the names….like stupid car names …audi A4 Allroad quatro (you can drive it on all roads I guess…included in the price). Audi A43Sportbac etron….(sounds like a sportsbra).

  2. Ray Baker

    Jun 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    JR was playing to Tensei Orange on Sumday. Not this shaft…

  3. Jack

    Jun 16, 2019 at 7:02 am

    What a suprise….Golf WRX takes something that a member brought up in the forums well before the article came out and claims they “spotted” it.

  4. Mat

    Jun 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Matt kuchar eats bung hole.

  5. matt

    Jun 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    To be sure TPT’s LKP, or low kick point, designated shaft is any thing but tip soft. Golfshaftreivews.com has covered these products. He uses a tip/butt ratio, which basically says how tip the butt is compared to the tip. The tip on the LKP shafts is quite to very stiff (compared to the butt, which is all that matters as far as a profile is concerned). The MKP is off the charts tip stiff. In other words, the LKP shaft has a tip/butt ratio similar to Tensei pro orange, one of the stiffest tip shafts around.

    Granted I’ve never swung a TPT shaft, they have a lot of crazy tech going on, not to mention some bizarre balancing. Its an individual product for sure. But to go by the “low kick point” designation is absurd.

    • Realist

      Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      Get over yourself buddy

      • matt

        Jun 16, 2019 at 1:18 pm

        Lol ok. just thought a shaft in the 98th percentile of high kick point shafts calling itself LKP was sorta noteworthy on a site fully devoted to golf gear.

        • Cris

          Jun 17, 2019 at 3:36 am

          Thanks for sharing, Matt. Appreciate the insight.

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