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Golf Club Fitting requires an intimate knowledge of the golf shaft. Fit2Score, a Dallas Fort Worth golf club fitting company brings many years of club fitting experience to these reviews. While there is no measuring standard for comparing golf shafts, this golf club shaft review site applies a uniform measurement system to all of the shafts reviewed. During the 12 years I have been professionally fitting and building golf clubs I evolved through a few systems for comparing golf shafts. Through experience and with the advice of other golf club fitters and golf shaft designers, I developed my own measurement instruments and standards.

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Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

Mitsubishi Fubuki J Golf Shaft

Mitsubishi Fubuki J Driver Shaft

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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The fourth generation Fubuki, the Fubuki J, released to Mistubishi Golf Club Fitters in June of 2014. It is an update of the second generation Fubuki, the Fubuki Alpha. I see the Fubuki family as two different profiles and discussed them in an earlier article. Here is a quick overview of the two profiles.

MRC_Fubuki_TourvsK The original Fubuki Tour and the Fubuki K,introduced a few years later, are very much like the Diamana White and the second generation White, the ‘ahina. The third generation White, the Diamana ‘W” series is a different profile. The Fubuki Tour was discontinued in 2014. The Fubuki K is still in the product line.
MRC_Fubuki_AvsJThe second generation Fubuki Alpha and the fourth generation Fubuki J are also the same profile. They similar yet subtly different than the Diamana ‘ilima and the KuroKage Proto TINI. The differences make these unique designs that must be tested to find your best fit.

 

MRC_Fubuki_J_EiGjTbOn yet another shaft, the radial quality is close to perfect, the soft plane average is 99.5% of the hard plane with a standard deviation in my sample of 0.2%. Alignment of this shaft is meaningless. And on another design, we see a section near the tip that gets stiffer to closer we get to the tip. Tipping this shaft would be cutting away some of the stiffness designed into the shaft. The bend profiles of the entire model line, from 50 gram to 80 gram are the same. Stiffness is a function of weight. Every Fubuki J shaft has the same bend profile.

FubukiJ_tsubaThe Fubuki J is counter balanced, the balance point is close to 3 inches above center. Mitsubishi tells us this is similar to the handle weight of a sword as illustrated. This is done by adding tungsten powder to the prepreg used in the handle of the shaft. While we see some additional stiffness in the handle, this is by design. It is not caused by adding wall thickness to create a counter weighted shaft. Adding wall thickness to the butt is a common design in high balance shafts resulting in handles with damped feel. The handle section is also reinforced with a metal mesh sheet, controlling deformation (ovaling) without affecting bending.

FubukiJ_tipThe really interesting technology of the Fubuki J is the tip. I am again going to share with you in illustration from the Mitsubishi dealer publication. The tip is a combination of low torque zone close to the hosel with a softer section just above it to create a hinge. I am going to repeat myself, don’t think you are going to stiffen this shaft by tipping it. You will be cutting away some of the engineered design. Get a stiffer shaft.

The first time I hit this shaft the tip stability got my attention. I felt stability during impact I have never felt before in a golf shaft. I do not hit the center of the face as consistently as our regular shaft testers. The Fubjki J gaves me head stability on my toe and heal strikes. It knocked the Diamana B out of my bag. Now after two weeks and multiple rounds of golf, unlike many other first loves, it is still in the bag. There are many shafts that claim high launch, low spin. The Fubuki J in my hands actually delivered on the promise. Here is a quick look at my FlightScope summary comparing the 50 gram X flex Fubuki J and the same weight and flex Diamana B in a 10.5 Adams XTD ti driver head set to 11.5 degrees.

FlightScopeReport_FJvsDBWhy would someone with a 93 MPH club head speed be concerned with spin. Not shown in this table is my -3.5 degree angle of attack. That negative angle of attack delofts my head at impact and adds spin. The Fubuki J added loft and reduced spin. The ball is up and the spin is down, keeping me from ballooning drives into the Texas breeze. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I have been struggling with that negative angle of attack and have not yet found my personal motion get to correct it. Until I do, the Fubuki J is my gamer.

Mitsubishi Bassara Phoenix UltraLite Driver Shaft

Mitsubishi Bassara P UltraLite Driver Shaft

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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In 2013, Mitsubishi Rayon began the introduction of shafts that are available only from Authorized Mitsubishi ClubFitters. The UltraLight Bassara Phoenix released in 2014, is the third such shaft.. The color is dramatic, a burnt orange with a clear coat finish. The bend profile is a perfect match to the KuroKage Proto TINI, the first of the fitter only shafts. That profile is one of my favorites for a well trained swing. TINI stands for Titanium Nickel Wire. It was first use in the Ultralight Bassara “G” series shafts. It is now being added to many shafts. It is a high elastic material that can stretch and immediately regain its original shape. In addition to storing and releasing energy, it stabilizes the shaft tip.

TINI_illustrationTip stability results in tight dispersion. A consistent loss of stiffness makes this profile easy to load and many find it adds dramatic distance to their drives. The KuroKage Proto TINI is only available in 5 models ranging from 60S to 70XX. The Bassara Phoenix completes the range, starting with a  30 gram L flex and ascending to a 59 gram TS flex.

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The radial consistency is excellent, averaging 99.4% with a 0.3% standard deviation. If we look for similar designs in iron shafts, the KBS Tour is the closest bend profile design. Both have a consistent loss of stiffness from butt to tip, Near the tip, the stiffness increases to stablize the head during impact. With such designs, tipping will actually remove some of the tip stiffness. With the Bassara Phoenix, if you want more stiffness, get a heavier, stiffer shaft. Tipping is not recommended for this shaft. Alignment of the Phoenix is not necessary nor will it be beneficial. The radial consistency of the Phoenix makes it excellent for rotating hosels.
Bassaras_EiGjA comparison of the current Bassara UltraLight models shows the Phoenix and the Wyvern to be quite similar. The Phoenix profile indicates a little more launch. The Phoenix is modeled after the ilima profile. In fitting after fitting, I put more ilima’s into fairways metals than all other shafts combined. The 53TS Bassara Phoenix is a great shaft if you are looking to build an ultralight fairway.

True Temper Wedge Shafts

Wedge Golf Shafts – True Temper

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

TT_Wedges_Ei.fwNo set of golf wedge shaft reviews would be complete with covering the golf wedge shafts from True Temper. Most wedges come with a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft. Shown here is the EI profile of the Dyanamic Gold S300. The S200 is used is some shafts because of its slightly different weight, but the profiles are not different enough that you could tell much difference.

TT_Spinner_Wedge_ImageA few years ago the Spinner and Spinner Plus were released. These shafts have a section of reduced diameter in the high midsection of the shaft. The effect on the EI profile is dramatic. However, the overall effect on the bend of the shaft is much less as shown below. A little more deflection at full load results in a little more loft on the wedge head and a little more spin on the ball.

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Dynamic Gold Progressive

TT_DGProgressive_EiIn 2014 True Temper introduced two new shaft designs, the Dynamic Gold Pro and the XP. This chart shows a comparison of the Pro, or progressive launch, shafts to the Dynamic Gold. The Dynamic Gold Progressive set features increased launch on the longer irons and lower launch on the short irons. The idea is to create a set with a similar ball flight apex throughout the set. The launch of the Dynamic Gold Pro S300 is slightly higher than the standard S300 and as expected the launch of the Dynamic Gold Pro X100 is a little lower. Both are interesting alternatives to the standard Dynamic Gold in your wedges.

True Temper XP105 Wedge Shaft

TT_XPWedge_EiAlso new in 2014 is the True Temper XP line of shafts. The model started with the XP105 which was launched with Mizuno and quickly followed with the XP95. The XP105 is the stock shaft in the Mizuno JPX wedge. If you have been building wedges with light weight shafts as I have for many years, this is not anything astounding. But this is the first wedge I know of that comes standard with a light weight steel shaft. For the player that finds light weight steel a good fit in their irons, that fit should be carried over to their wedges. The use of the XP105 in the Mizuno JPX wedges makes lighter weight wedges readily available.

Nippon Wedge Shafts

Wedge Golf Shafts – Nippon WV Shaft

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

Nippon WV ImageNippon makes a great dedicated wedge shaft, the N.S Pro WV. It was introduced in 2009 and has been one of my custom fitted wedge shafts since that time. It is one of the higher launch, therefore higher spin wedge shafts available. It is offered in three weights which correspond to increasing stiffness. Those weight options align well with the weights of the N.S Pro line of iron shafts. Using the wedge shaft that is just slightly higher than the weight of the iron shafts have proved to be a good fit.
Nippon WV EiGjTbRadial consistency is 99.8%, in other words, the shafts are perfectly round and alignment is a waste of time.

Nippon WV Blue DGS300When I requested the review samples from Shaftology, they suggested I also look at the N.S.Pro Super Peening Blue wedge shaft and included samples. They use the Super Peening Blue when they are looking for lower flighted wedges. This chart illustrates what makes the Nippon WV unique. The Super Peening Blue and the Dynamic Gold S300, the shaft found often in retail wedges are quite similar. The N.S. Pro WV has a steeper EI profile. and a higher tip to butt stiffness ratio. That creates a higher trajectory, higher spinning shot. If your looking for a ball flight that will drop and stop, the Nippon WV is among the best in this category.

KBS Wedge Golf Shafts

Wedge Golf Shafts – KBS Tour, KBS Hi-Rev, KBS CTaper, KBS Tour V

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

Golf wedge shafts, unlike driver shafts, do not get updated every year. When some prototypes arrived recently I realized I had not looked at wedge profiles in several years. Nothing had changed during that time. This year, the KBS Tour V and the Modus3 Tour 130 brought an entirely new profile to iron shafts. This profile is very interesting as a stand alone wedge shaft. Before we get to it, lets look at the KBS golf wedge shafts.

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The KBS Tour was the first shaft introduced by Kim Braly. The wedge shaft from that model is offered as a stand alone wedge shaft. It is a mid high launch design. The KBS tour is available in 5 weights, R, R+, S, S+ and X. starting at 110 grams and ascending in 5 gram increments. When the new groove rule was introduced, Kim introduced the KBS Hi-Rev wedge shaft to get back some of the spin lost from the softening of the wedge edges.

The KBS Tour C Taper came next. It is modeled on the Project X which Kim Braly designed at Royal Precision. It is stepless and is designed to create a lower launch lower spin ball flight. While not offered as a stand alone wedge shaft product, the wedge shaft in the sets is a great choice for someone looking to lower wedge ball flight. Like the KBS Tour, the KBS Tour C Taper is available in 5 weights.

KBS Tour Wedge EI ProgressionKBS Tour shafts have consistent bend profiles from flex to flex. The R is the same design as the S, just a little heavier and a little stiffer. With 5 flex/weight combinations, I fine tune flight and feel by moving up or down between weights. This illustration shows the KBS Tour wedge stiffness progressions. The same relationships are true for all KBS iron golf shafts. The KBS Tour 90 is a lighter weight version of the KBS Tour, adding two more weight options. Likewise, the KBS Tour C Taper Lite adds 3 additional weigh options to the C Taper design.

KBS Tour HiRevvsX8iMany years ago I learned in Royal Precision Rifle Shaft Certification class how to create the Rifle Spinner Wedge Shaft. The formula was simple, go up a flex and use the 8 iron. The Rifle Golf Shaft has a parallel tip, designed to be trimmed by the club maker. I now use constant weight taper shafts exclusively. But, that lesson prompted me to look at closely at the design of the KBS Tour Hi-Rev Wedge shaft when it was introduced. And I found the designer of the Rifle product, Kim Braly, used the same principle in constant weight shafts. Knowing this, I have built countless ‘Spinner’ wedges in sets applying the same principle with all of the KBS shafts, C Tapers and C Taper Lite’s included. The feedback from my customers is universal, they love the feel of the wedge shafts on partial shots.

KBS Tour V Wedge Shaft

KBS Tour V Wedge EiGjTbIn 2014 the KBS Tour V design was introduced. The KBS Tour V is available in three weights, 110, 115 120. There are also two professional club maker, only KBS Tour V Tour weight/flex models, 125 and 130 grams. This chart shows the 130 gram V X flex and the two Tour flex models. This is a unique design. When Mark Maness tested the Tour V design his immediate reaction was to change his release because he did not like the height of the ball flight. The Tour V design is a high launch, high spin shaft. It promotes a drop and stop ball flight. That makes it an interesting wedge shaft choice.

KBS TourV Deflection Here is a look at the deflection profiles derived from the EI profiles of the KBS Tour, KBS Hi-Rev and the KBS Tour V wedge shafts of similar weight and flex. There is not a lot of difference between the KBS Tour and the KBS Hi-Rev. But, the Tour V deflects significantly more. Based on our experience, the KBS Tour V creates a higher flight. With higher flight come more spin. That combination creates the drop and stop shot we look for from our wedges. If you are looking to add trajectory and spin to your wedges, the KBS Tour V shaft will deliver.

Hogan Apex Lightweight Golf Shaft Review

Iron Golf Shafts – Hogan Apex LightWeight Steel

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

In my search for a replacement shaft that was no long available I was referred to J. J. Hill by my friends at UST Mamiya. J.J. has been in the club fitting and club repair business for 25+ years in Southern Minnesota and the Central US. He visits courses in the area with his trailer conducting fittings and doing club repair. During a long discussion of the history of shafts, J.J. told me he had a stockpile of light weight Hogan Apex iron sets.

EIVersion6A box arrived at my door a few days later and after sitting on the to do pile for months I decided to profile them on the redesignd EI instrument. That instrument has now moved from proto to manufacturing and will be available in a few weeks.  We have repositioned the gauge, giving us more consistent and accurate readings. The weigh and weigh bearing surface are now machined. The shaft guides self center the shaft. The updated instrument is faster and more accurate. Most current owners are upgrading their instruments.

In May, Perry Ellis International announced that the Ben Hogan brand will return to the business of club-making in 2015 via a licensing agreement with EIDOLON Brands, LLC. Terry Koehler, president and chief executive officer of EIDOLON Brands, is a lifelong Ben Hogan devotee and former director of marketing of the Ben Hogan Company. He is also the architect of the SCOR Golf wedges and set-match short irons. This re-introduction of Ben Hogan golf clubs coincides with the 60(th) anniversary of the first Ben Hogan irons in the fall of 1954. Terry Koehler has assembled a world class Research and Development team based in Fort Worth, Texas, where Ben Hogan golf clubs were first produced. The new Ben Hogan clubs will be introduced in 2015.

It was that announcement that got that box of shafts from the to do pile into the shop. I am told the Lightweight Apex iron shaft was introduced by the Hogan company in 1968. The sets of shafts I tested were made for Callaway when it took over the Hogan brand. We believe these were made around 10 years ago. Much has change in steel shaft manufacturing over that time. The radial integrity of the shafts I tested was excellent, 99.8% with a 0.1% standard deviation. It does not get much better than that. Aligning these is a waste of time and effort.

HogenApexLightweight_EiGjTbHogenApexLightweightSetCertificationThe numbers speak for themselves. This weight has proven to be a good fit for many golfers today. I ran the S Flex set through the certification process available from club builders equipped with the Fit2Score EI instrument. Respectable results, a slight anomaly on the 8i shaft. I have seen worse in current products. This highlights why you should have your iron shaft sets tested.  The radial quality of this set is perfect, alignment will do nothing for this set. But that 8i is likely to launch a little higher than the rest of the set.

My primary interest in any new set of shafts I look at is howthey compare to the shafts I know. Looking up the EI profile gives a fitter the insight of his experience with familiar shafts when he first encounters a shaft he does not ‘know’.

HogenApexLightweightvsXP105The lightweight Hogan Apex iron is a very close match to this years True Temper XP105. The XP105 is about 10 grams lighter and therefore a little softer. When I looked at hard stepping the XP105 S flex twice it came very close to the profile of the LightWeight Apex shaft.

 

If you are interested in this shaft, J.J. Hill has them available. He can be reached at jjhillgolf@yahoo.com or by phone at 507 271 2215. He is also a good resource for UST Mamiya shafts that are no longer available. Thanks JJ for making this little piece of shaft history available.

 

Nippon Zelos7 Golf Shaft Review

Iron Golf Shafts – NIPPON N.S.PRO Zelos7

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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The Nippon Zelos 7 is now available in the US. I have review samples but have not taken the shaft to the range for testing. Quality carbon fiber shafts dominate the lightweight iron shaft market. The NSPro 750 was the lightest steel shaft available from Nippon. The very thin walls of the butt of the shaft had to be reinforced with a woven graphite fabric. The Zelos7 is about 5 grams lighter than the 750. The graphite butt wrap is gone. Nippon is one of the largest manufacturers of automotive valve springs. They are using their metallurgical expertise in the design of golf shafts. The Modus3 shafts are one of my favorite steel iron shafts. The deliver great feel and exceptional dispersion control. The Zelos7 has quickly become a top seller in the Asian market. Using new alloys, Nippon design a 72 gram steel shaft that is stable. It is targeted at the slow smooth golf swing that is best fit into a light weight club.

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Radial consistency of the review samples was 99.9% with a 0.1% standard deviation. It does not get much better than that. The torque is typical for high end graphite in this weight range.

NS_Zelos_750_Ei A quick comparison of the Zelos7 to the N.S. Pro 750 gives an view of what is now possible with new shaft alloys and production lines. The loss of stiffness down the shaft consistent. The tip to butt ratio and shape of the EI curve indicate a lower launch lower spin design than the 750.

Nippon N.S.Pro Golf Shaft Review

NIPPON N.S.PRO STEEL

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

NIPPONSHAFT650NHK Spring Co. LTD.’s automotive value-spring alloy served as the genesis of a revolution in the golf shaft industry. When Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 950GH came to market in 1999, it was the first consistently-made sub-100 gram steel shaft in the world. Light weight steel shafts allow some players to increase their swing speeds and thereby adding distance. All Nippon Shaft products are “constant weighted,” meaning that every iron in a set, from 3-iron to pitching wedge weighs the same. Tour Professionals play constant weight iron shafts almost exclusively. There is no good reason the rest of us should do otherwise.

“Constant weighting is a Nippon Shaft specialty,” says Hiro Fukuda of Nippon Shaft USA. “It doesn’t make sense to have a 3-iron that weighs more than your pitching wedge. The pros want a constant weight throughout their set for consistency.” I could not agree more. As my knowledge of golf shafts evolved, I stopped using parallel blanks and have never gone back to them.

NipponShaftsProductionNippon Shaft developed proprietary golf shaft materials and specialized heat-treatment production processes resulting in high performance golf shafts that have great feel, consistency and performance. These productions lines raised the bar on steel shaft quality and consistency. Shaft to shaft linear consistency in a set is excellent, creating sets of matched bend profiles well beyond what can be achieved by frequency matching parallel blanks. The N.S.Pro family of steel shafts can be installed in any orientation, the redial consistency is excellentNSPro_EiGj

The N.S.Pro Steel shafts are available in 75, 85, 95, 105 and 115 gram models.  Like typical graphite driver shaft models they increase in stiffness as they increase in weight.  That means the 95 gram S is stiffer than the 85 gram S.  Once again, the diatribe we often hear that one manufactures S is not the same as another manufactures S, is shown to be a fundamental lack of understanding of golf shafts. A Nippon Shaft 95S is not the same as an 85S.  When looking at golf shafts, the weight and stiffness together must be considered.  That is why it is important to see a club fitter that offers a range of weight and stiffness options.

This review was updated to include the Ei, Gj and data tables for each model in May of 2014.

Nippon N.S.Pro 750GH

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Ultralight steel is limited by the wall thickness of the butt section of the shaft becoming so thin it is unstable. Nippon addressed the problem in the ultra light Nippon N..SPro 750GH by laminating a four axis carbon fiber wrap to the butt. This is the same material used in many graphite shafts to control torque and ovaling. The shaft launches mid high and follows the stiffness profile pattern of the N.S.Pro family of shafts. Torque ranges from 2.6 in the 78 gram R flex to 2.3 in the 85 gram S flex. This is a unique ultralight weight steel iron shaft design.

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Nippon N.S.Pro 850GH

The Nippon N.S.Pro 850 is an exceptional alternative to graphite in the 85 gram shaft weight class. By virtue of being steel, the torque is low compared to carbon fiber products in the same price range. It fits exactly in-between the N.S.Pro 750 and the 950. Like those shafts, the loss of stiffness from point to point is consistent, creating the optimal flow of energy transfer from your hands to the club head. Torque ranges from 2.1 in the 86 gram R flex to 2.0 in the 90 gram S flex. This is a mid high launching super light weight iron shaft design.

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Nippon N.S.Pro 950GH

The 95 and 105 differ only in weight. The most popular of the Nippon N.S.Pro models is the 95 gram 950GH. It is offered as an option in many branded clubs. It has a uniform loss of stiffness from butt to 12″ from the tip. There it stiffens slightly for good control of the delivery of the head. Shaft to shaft linear and redial consistency in a set is excellent. Torque ranges from 2.1 in the 93 gram R flex to 1.7 in the 105 gram X flex. This is a mid high launching light weight iron shaft design.

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Nippon N.S.Pro 1050GH

The 105 gram Nippon N.S.Pro 1050GH is exactly the same as the 95 gram N.S.Pro 950. It is slightly heavier for the stronger player that prefers extra weight to enhance his feel. Shaft to shaft linear and redial consistency in a set is excellent. Torque ranges from 2.0 in the 94 gram R flex to 1.7 in the 113 gram X flex. This is a mid launching iron shaft design.

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Nippon N.S.Pro 999GH

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The Nippon N.S.Pro 999GH is an ascending weight steel shaft set. The set uses the 105 gram design in the high lofted clubs and the 95 gram design in the low lofted clubs. The result is a consistent balance in the set and MOI matches with less weight added to the high lofted heads. They are ion plated with a dark nickel finish.

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Nippon N.S.Pro 1150GH

The Nippon N.S.Pro 1150 has a different profile from the rest of the Nippon N.S.Pro model line. It is a different shaft, not simply the next weight step up. The butt is stiffer. it is a fitting option for someone with an aggressive transition and will play more like a Dynamic Gold. Torque ranges from 2.0 in the 113 gram R flex to 1.6 in the 127 gram X flex. This is a mid to mid low launching iron shaft design.

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Matrix VLCT Driver Golf Shaft Review

Driver Golf Shaft – Matrix VLCT SP & Matrix VLCT ST

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

The VLCT model is the 2014 driver shaft from Matrix Golf Shafts. It is available in two versions, Sp and St. The stiffness on the shaft is shown as a speed rating. A = +75, R = +85, S = +95 and X = +105. My review samples were the original graphic. The name on the shaft is VELOX, that is changing. If you see a shaft labeled Matrix Velox, it is the same shaft, different graphics. The ST version has a stiffer tip to promote a lower launch. 

Matrix uses the term CFI, Circumferential Flexural Integrity for what I call radial consistency. They define it perfectly as “ an innovative layup method devised to insure a shaft’s flexing properties are consistent around the 360 degree circumference”. I checked a total of 18 shafts and found the radial consistency at 99.0% with a 0.7% standard deviation. Those numbers translate into a shaft that can be installed in any orientation. The shaft is suitable for rotating hosels. Alignment will add nothing of value to the performance of the Matrix VLCT shafts.

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I had a chance to talk to Tom DeShiell, Director of R&D at Matrix Golf Shafts at the 2014 PGA Merchandise show. He discussed all the 2014 models.

 

The Velox 60 gram ST shaft is stock in the 2014 TaylorMade JetSpeed TP driver. At $400 retail for the driver, that is a great bargain, considering the retail price of the shaft alone is $375. 

UST Proforce V5 Golf Shaft Review

Driver Golf Shaft – UST Proforce V5

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

USTProforceV5_ImageThe UST Mamiya Proforce V5 is a 2014 update of the ever popular Proforce V2. I have never had much experience with this shaft so my comments will be limited to observations of the numbers. Comparing it to the single Proforce V2 that was in the shop, the Proforce V5 torque is about a half degree lower. That creates a more stable tip for the larger heavier driver heads that we now see loaded with bling.

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Radial consistency is excellent, the average was 99.8 with a standard deviation of 0.3%. None of the review sample exceeded my 2 cpm threshold, all were excellent. At this price point, that is notable. It reflects a trend in the shaft business to produce quality shafts that work consistently in any orientation in rotating hosels. The graphics of the Proforce V5 reflect that, wrapping uniformly around the shaft.

If you were familiar with the UST AXIVCORE Tour Green you will find the Proforce V5 to be quite similar. Compared to the AXIVCORE which integrates 4 axis material int he tip, the Proforce V5 has about a half degree more torque. You can expect a mid launch ball flight