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Fujikura Ventus hybrid shafts (GolfWRX exclusive first look)

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After much anticipation and speculation, Fujikura is bringing the VeloCore technology from its highly popular line of Ventus wood shafts to hybrids and utilities with the launch of the all-new Ventus HB.

The new Ventus HB shafts are available in both Blue (mid-launch) and Black (low-launch) profiles as well as a large variety of weights to fit any golfer. They also utilize Fujikura’s proprietary VeloCore Technology to offer extreme stability, to help reduce dispersion and offer greater control.

Fujikura on VeloCore

Our multi-material bias core construction delivers ultimate stability through transition and impact (maximizing clubhead MOI) – increasing velocity and smash factor. The multi-material core is crafted with full-length, ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber for ultimate stability, and incredible feel.

What this really means is VeloCore technology, which contributes to the shaft’s extremely low torque tip section helps in reducing the amount of clubhead twisting created from off-center hits. Any shot where the ball is not hit directly on the sweet spot results in some amount of clubhead twisting and what the engineers of Fujikura have discovered—thanks to the help of Enso – 3D motion capture system—is that creating extra tip stability can result is much tighter dispersion.

This type of stability is just as important in hybrids and utility irons as it is in wood shafts because these clubs are using in a variety of situations, whether it be off the tee or out of the rough.

Considering the ever-growing popularity of hybrids along with driving iron utility clubs, the Ventus HB is a welcome line extension.

Specs, Price, and Availability

The Fujikura Ventus hybrid shafts will be available starting September 1 for the Ventus Blue, and September 15th for the Ventus Black. They will retail for $200 each in both profiles.

For more on the Ventus HB shafts, check out my Instagram TV video below. 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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.

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  1. MCoz

    Aug 19, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I have been a big fan of the Ventus series before the original release of the wood shafts. I will be testing the these over the next three days. My first desire is to put one in a SIM Max #3 (set at 18*)Hybrid. I have an Atmos Black Tour Spec Stiff in my SIM Max #4 (21.5*) and I love it, I can hit high shots with a fairly steep decent that stops very well with fantastic overall distance. Now it will be great to see how the Ventus does with a stronger club. if it does too well I may have to drop my SIM 5 wd which I really like also (or just carry 15 clubs at least when I can!) More to come.

    • Grant

      Nov 20, 2020 at 12:24 am

      How much would you tip the Ventus Blue for a 19* hybrid? Thanks

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Titleist expands M Grind loft offerings through Vokey WedgeWorks

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When it comes to offering versatility for players who like to manipulate their wedges around the green and on full shots, the Vokey M Grind is one of the best options around. Now, based on the success of the M Grind SM8 wedges—which had come in lofts of 56 and 60 degrees—Titleist—through Vokey WedgeWorks—is expanding the loft options to include 50, 52, and 54 degrees.

What is the Vokey M Grind?

The man himself, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, calls the M Grind his “most favorite” grind, thanks to its versatility. The versatility is made possible by its medium bounce profile, and its aggressive heel, toe, and trailing edge relief. It is the ideal fit for golfers with a sweeping and more shallow approach into the ball and aren’t considered large divot takers.

“The grind in the back allows you to open up the wedge and get under the ball a little easier, while the front of the wedge allows you to get out and produce that lower, stronger ball flight,”
-Aaron Dill, Vokey Tour Representative

Since the tour is such a proving ground for Titleist and the products they release, it should be no surprise that these new loft options have been made available for golfers with players like Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, and Charles Howell III all utilizing the M grind on tour.

SM8 Wedge Technology refresher

Each and every single Vokey wedge goes through a full grooves inspection to ensure they are cut with a level of precision that leads the industry to produce maximum spin and shot control. After that micro-grooves are cut in between the spin milled grooves to maximize spin on partial shots.

The Vokey Spin Milled groove design has not changed since Vokey began offering variable depth and width designs depending on loft. Tolerances continue to get pushed, but since the design was already at the limit, it’s now more about being able to replicate rather than search for an elusive few hundred RPM.

When talking about those extra RPMs gained by potential tool and radius changes, Titleist likes to use the analogy of a pencil. You can sharpen a pencil to an absolute point, but the first thing you are going to notice when you start to use that pencil is how quickly that extremely sharp point dulls back to a “standard” sharpness. This relates directly to groove radius and Titleist’s philosophy to offer maximum spin for the life of the wedge, not just those first five rounds of golf, because unlike PGA Tour players, regular golfers can’t just wander into a tour van and ask for a new lob wedge every week.

Advanced WedgeWorks custom options

Inspired by the customization Aaron Dill (@VokeyWedgeRep), does to wedges on a weekly basis on the PGA tour the WedgeWorks custom options have been expanded to include:

  • Six unique toe engravings
  • Expanded stamping options: 10-character Straight/Freestyle; 15 characters around toe; 5-character staircase style
  • Custom paint-filled Loft and Grind markings and BV Wings logo
  • Hand Grinds: Raw finishes can be hand ground to exact specs, including both performance grinds and profile adjustments

Price, specs, and, availability

The new Vokey M Grind wedges will be available starting today for custom orders in golf shops and on Vokey.com in the lofts of 50, 52, and 54 degrees in a raw finish and in right hand only.

The wedges are priced at $199 each and that includes custom stamping, custom ferrule, and custom shaft bands.

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Tommy Fleetwood joins TaylorMade in multi-year deal; Fleetwood 2021 WITB

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TaylorMade has officially announced that Tommy Fleetwood has joined its tour staff in a multi-year deal.

The Englishman is no stranger to TaylorMade equipment and has been playing a set of prototype irons built by the company since 2019. For 2021, Fleetwood will play a bag with TaylorMade woods and irons, as well as the brand’s TP5X (2021) #19 golf ball, as he continues to test wedges and putters.

Per the company, Fleetwood upholds strong ties to Adrian Rietveld – who was TaylorMade’s lead technician on the European Tour before making the move stateside in 2019 – and he also played a variety of TaylorMade metalwoods after becoming an equipment-free agent in 2016.

“This could be the start of something special. I have a feeling there are some exciting times ahead, I couldn’t be happier to join Team TaylorMade.” – Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is a five-time winner on the European Tour and has also had three top-5 finishes in the majors, two top-5 finishes in WGCs and a top-5 finish at the Players in 2019. In the Ryder Cup 2018, the 30-year-old went 4-1-0 winning 4/4 fourball and foursome matches with Molinari.

Speaking on the new signing for Team TaylorMade, David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf said

“Tommy Fleetwood is a premier golfer, but he’s an even better person. Statements like that get thrown around a lot, but if you ever have the chance to spend time with him, you’ll immediately know it’s true. There’s a warmth, sincerity and wit about Tommy that stands out. He’s the ideal fit for Team TaylorMade as we embark on a journey to become the most people-centric golf brand in the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the team.”

Tommy Fleetwood 2021 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees) or SIM2 Max (10.5 @ 8.5 degrees)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (13.5 degrees Rocket)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws (52S, 56S, 60T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (2021) #19

Per TaylorMade, Fleetwood is continuing to test TM wedges and putters.

Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is set to debut his new TaylorMade equipment this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Best forged driving irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing forged driving irons. WRXer ‘Merv’ is on the hunt for a new driving iron and reaches out to fellow members for suggestions – with DI’s from Srixon proving to be popular amongst WRXers.

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.

  • FatThinShank: “Srixon U65/85”
  • Cptwiggly: “I love my u85 2 iron. I bent it 2 degrees weak for gapping, and it’s a great addition to my bag.”
  • Bama_Rich: “The new Callaway X Forged UT is the best feeling one I’ve hit. It has more of a “crack” at impact compared to the “clicks” feel of others. I have a review coming soon.”
  • golfer881: “+1 for Srixon ZX.”

Entire Thread: “Best forged driving irons”

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