Golf Club Fitting requires an intimate knowledge of the golf shaft. Fit2Score, a Dallas Fort Worth golf club fitting company applied many years of club fitting experience to these reviews. We all know, 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. At some point, with the advice of other club fitters and golf shaft designers, I developed my own measurement instruments and standards.

We will soon start testing and reviewing the new 2014 products. It is cold in Dallas now and our efforts are focused on getting the video from the PGA Merchandise show edited and posted at the DevotedGolfer YouTube channel. Subscribe when you are there and you will be notified when new videos are uploaded.

Use the category selections on the right to sort and filter the content. The Golf Shaft Technology category explains the terms used in the shaft reviews. What you see here is the tip of the iceberg of a knowledge base available to the Fit2Score affiliated golf club fitters. What started as a database of the shafts used by a small group of fitters has expanded into a extensive overview of golf shafts. If the shaft you are interested in is not currently listed, check back, we will get to it shortly. And send me a note that you would like to see it reviewed. 

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

Fujikura Speeder 757 Driver Shaft Review

FUJIKURA SPEEDER 757, SPEEDER 661, SPEEDER 569 & SPEEDER 474 DRIVER SHAFTS

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MK Golf Technologies,San Antonio, Texas

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

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The Fujikura Speeder 757 – possibly the most iconic shaft in the history of the PGA Tour. It has never left the Tour since its debut in 1998. The new Speeder shaft line, including the 757, 661, 569 and 474 models, have been brought back by Fujikura for 2014. These shafts have been designed using Fujikura’s Triax Core Technology, a three-directional woven graphite material on the inside layer of the shaft that contributes to increased speed and stability. Ultra high modulus materials provide excellent feel and stability. The weights – ranging from 48 grams in the 474 R2 to 79 grams in the 757 X, fit a wide range of players and swing types.

Radial consistency of all the shafts measured was 98.8% with a standard deviation of .6%. This is a new way of presenting this statistic in our reviews. We feel this is a better way of assessing the overall quality of a shaft product than having to make that assessment by looking through a column of numbers. At this level, every shaft measured met our minimum threshold of less than 2% difference between hard and soft planes. You can confidently install the Fujikura Speeders in any orientation and not be concerned with orientation in rotating hosels.

Another change you will notice in our table is the addition of calculated 5 pound deflection. Deflection was for many years the standard for assessing shaft stiffness. Ben Hogan’s club maker used a deflection board. EI can be translated mathematically into deflection. Each section of the shaft is viewed as a spring with a calculated bend – all the springs are linked together and a digital image of deflection is created. As closely as one is able to take measurements from an actual deflection board, our calculated image was verified.

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Matching deflection with how a person’s swing dynamically loads and unloads is one of the key elements in the fitting process. At MK Golf, we use our knowledge of shaft characteristics together with FlightScope radar technology in our fittings. Through our fitting and testing of these new Speeder shafts, we have determined that most all of the shafts in this Speeder line work well for golfers with a long, smooth swing with a smooth transition and medium to late release. Golfers that have a faster transition, or that put a heavier load on the shaft either at transition or on the downswing, may experience some slight instability from this shaft through the impact zone. In those cases, we see improvement in the numbers and results with the Motore Speeder Tour Spec shafts. However, these Speeder shafts will work extremely well for that smooth swinger that likes the feel of a fairly active tip section. This active tip section leads most golfers trying any of these shafts to almost always comment that they have great feel. Most well struck shots with these shafts will feel great and exhibit mid to mid-high launch, and mid to low spin numbers. A great shaft option for those smooth swingers out there looking for great feel, low spin and a mid to mid-high launch.

Shown below are two FlightScope screen shots of one shot hit by one of our best local professionals using the Speeder 757 X flex. As you will see, this was a well struck shot, however, he laid off this shot slightly to 85 -90% of his max effort. He typically pulls hard from the top and has a fairly late release, usually generating clubhead speed closer to 108-110 mph. At approximately 105 mph he hit an excellent shot with this 757 shaft. At full speed, with his typical strong loading of this shaft at transition, his dispersion suffered a bit. His favorite shaft is the Speeder Tour Spec.

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Here is Alex Dee, Vice President of Fujikura Golf shafts talking about the research being done at Fujikura and the 2014 shaft designs:

 

 

Mitsubishi KuroKage Blue Driver Shaft

Mitsubishi KuroKage Driver Shaft Review

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

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In 2014 Mitsubishi reintroduced the Bassara V shaft as the dealer only KuroKage. It is a great looking shaft, Blue ion finished. It has a great history, this was Lorena Ochoa’s shaft. Many years ago I fit a great many of these. It is a Diamana Blue with about a half degree more torque. The radial consistency of all the samples measured was 99.6% with a 0.3% standard deviation. Translation, excellent. Install this shaft in any orientation, use it in a rotating hosel. Shaft to shaft consistency; as good as it gets, the fitter and the shaft your club gets built with will be indistinguishable from each other.

MRC_KuroKageBlue_EiGjTbIf you are familiar with the Misubishi Blue Board design, you know this shaft. In a former life it looked like this:

MRC_BassaraV_ImageSome of the shafts I measured for this review came from the fitters that were still in my shop. I was impressed that many years ago when this shaft was first available that the radial quality was exceptional.

 

Matrix Ozik Black, Red and White Tie Driver Shaft

Matrix Ozik Black Tie, Red Tie, White Tie

By Grant James, The Golf Doctor
Sydney Australia

Matrix Golf introduced the Ozik Black Tie, Ozik Red Tie and Ozik White Tie early 2013. The M3 Black Tie came first and it was met with instant success and popularity on the professional tours. A few months later the Red & White Tie series were introduced. Each shaft is marketed with different launch/spin characteristics:
Black Tie M3; low launch, low spin
Red Tie Q3; Mid launch, Mid spin
White Tie X3; High launch, Low spin

The Tie series incorporates many cutting edge golf shaft manufacturing processes, two of which I feel contribute to the performance benefits of the Matrix Tie series.

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Matrix uses 16 sided mandrels, the metal core around which the graphite sheets are wrapped during manufacturing. This creates a straighter structure than steel and in their testing transfers more feel to the golfer in the heavier shaft designs.

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My fitting experience has taught me the importance torque, especially tip torque in containing shot dispersion. The Ozik Tie series of shafts from Matrix has the necessary tip torque resistance.

Shaft to shaft, the EI Bend profiles are very contestant, which as a Club-Maker is something of very high importance to me. I can trust the shaft coming out of the bin is the same as the shaft I used during the fitting.

DevotedGolfer.tv had a chance to talk to Nathan Fritz, PGA Tour fitter for Matrix, at the 2013 Colonial and talk about the Ozik Tie series.

The charts below, show exception Radial Quality and Torque.

 Matrix Ozik 6M3 Black Tie

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The Black Tie shaft has a very firm tip section, with a softer middle and again strengthening up in the butt section. This type of shaft will suit a golfer who is looking to reduce launch, spin and has a strong transition move with a late release point. Matrix Golf is going from strength to strength with quality, technology and with so many options, almost anybody could find a fantastic shaft for their new club-head choice.

If you have a look at the 3 FlightScope data screen shots below, the design characteristics that Matrix advertises are correct. The testing was done with Jordan Mullany (Australian PGA) at The New Brighton Golf Club, Sydney, Australia. All shafts were tested using exactly the same head, Cobra BioCell + 9.5°.
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Black Tie 6 Stiff; Avg carry 295 yards, avg launch 9.4, avg spin 2395

Matrix Ozik 6Q3 Red Tie

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Red Tie 6 Stiff; Avg carry 282 yards, avg launch 9.7°, avg spin 2578

Matrix Ozik 6X3 White Tie

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White Tie 6 Stiff; Avg carry 281 yards, avg launch 10.8°, avg spin 2169

The Tie Series is a fantastic product, they do what they say they will. Excellent shaft to shaft consistency, and a favorite in my fitting kit.

KBS Tour V Golf Shaft Review

 KBS TOUR V GOLF SHAFTS

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

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Callaway_2014ApexProIron_ImageWhen we get back to back wins 2013 in the Scottish Open and the British open the shaft in the bag of the Phil Mickelson gets a lot of attention. Well, it turns out it was it a tour prototype that is now available. It is an unusual profile for steel but not unique. Here is a look at the KBS Tour V which now is the stock steel shaft in the 2014 Callaway Apex Pro Irons. It has a long handle, every so gently declining in stiffness until the about 14″ from the tip. Then it declines rapidly. I have heard Kim Braly refer to the design as ‘fast tip.’

It is noteworthy to mention that the stock graphite in the 2014 Callaway Apex Pro is the UST Recoil. An interesting choice of premium shafts, in a classy players design iron head.

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This is a new design for KBS, lets take a closer look by comparing it to the other KBS designs, the KBS Tour and the KBS C-Taper. 

Comparsion EiLooking at the EI profile on its own, one is tempted to say it is tip soft.  But when we compare the profile to other KBS shafts of the same stiffness, the tip stiffness is about the same.  The butt stiffness is about the same. The mid section of the shaft is stiffer. And that brings to mind the research done by Ralph Mann and UST. They concluded that the order of importance in a golf shaft design was tip, mid, torque, butt. And the latest series of driver shafts from UST, the Elements, have hyper stiff mid sections.  So, why not use this design in an iron shaft. This is radically different from traditional designs, but not so radically different from some other recent designs.  Sergio has been using a similar design in the Modus3 Tour130 and has had a string of tour success in the 2013 season.

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Using our new modeling software to create deflection illustrations from the EI curves, this design reveals a tendency to create a lower launch than other KBS Designs. I applied a high load to create this much deflection for the illustration. You can see how much less deflection and tip angle this design creates.

I tested a review sample installed in a Miura CB-501 on the range and was surprised at how tight my ball flight dispersion was. I had expected more variation from the soft tip. That was not the case, the balls were flying true despite a heavy cross wind the day I was testing. As with any golf shaft, you will not know if it is right for your swing without testing it. If it ever gets warm we will get some comparison numbers from profession ball strikers.

 

AeroTech SteelFiber Golf Shaft Review

Aerotech SteelFiber Iron Shafts – constant weight taper tips

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

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I have known Chris Hilleary, owner of AeroTech almost from the day I started club building. He has always been an active supporter of the club building & fitting organizations. When Matt Kuchar started playing and winning with Aerotech Steel Fiber iron shafts, the brand became better known.

The SteelFiber constant weight taper tip model is the most popular of the Aerotech iron shafts. It comes in five weights, 70, 80, 95, 110 and 125 grams.  The profiles change slightly with each weight.  The torque is slightly higher than steel, but certainly in range for tour grade iron shafts.

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Aerotech SteelFibre shafts have a stainless wire wrapped over a filament wound graphite core, combining the properties of steel and graphite into the shaft.  The construction of the ‘wire’, 1/10 the diameter of a human hair is illustrated here.

Having heard Chris say that the design of the Aerotech SteelFiber shaft eliminates ovaling in the shaft, I tested the claim. In golf shafts, the wall thickness near the butt end of the shaft is thin. In light weight shafts this creates ovaling. The shaft flattens, becoming elliptical when it is loaded. I clamped an 85 gram steel shaft and deflected it 5 inches. I could measure 0.005″ of ovaling. The 80 gram Aerotech SteelFiber shaft ovaled .001″. The combination of carbon fiber and a stainless steel wire wrap does virtually eliminates ovaling in the Aerotech SteelFiber iron shafts, even in the 80 gram version.

Perhaps more significant, Aerotech is one of the few, if not the only company, filament winding carbon fiber shafts.  The material is wound around the mandrel much like thread is wound on a spool. Other carbon fiber shafts are made of sheet of material wrapped around the mandrel. That can create seams, which can create radial stiffness differences around the shaft. The radial consistency of the filament wound Aerotech Steelfiber review samples measured averaged 99.5% with a 0.5% standard deviations. No alignment is necessary with those numbers, these shafts are round.

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Aerotech SteelFiber shafts are available in both parallel and constant weight taper designs. This review is about the constant weight tapers. This illustration shows a set of i80 shafts each measured every 2.5 inches down the shaft. The shaft to shaft profile consistency in this set is excellent.  Each shaft increases in stiffness throughout the shaft, from tip to mid to butt. I have checked 6 sets of different weight and flex, all were found to be consistent.

Street price of the Aerotech SteelFiber shaft is around $47. This puts it at about twice the average price for quality steel and at about the same price as premium steel iron shafts. The Aerotech SteelFiber iron shafts are in play on the PGA Tour and most recently the LPGA and the Champions Tour. The winner of the 2012 Fed EX was and is playing Aerotech SteelFiber in his irons. This is a significant milestone for carbon fiber iron shafts.  In many sports where light weight and strength are needed, carbon fiber has replace other materials. I looked recently at a road bicycle frame weighting just 4 pounds. That is 8 pounds less that the frames I rode many years ago.  Aerotech has made the break through in professional golf that will cause  many more golfers to consider trying carbon fiber shafts. I see exotic carbon fiber shafts matching the most popular steel EI and GJ profiles and weigh 20 grams less.

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The i80 and i95 tapers lack the notation cw on the shaft label. The 110 and 125 versions are marked.  This may make if difficult to identify a set of tapers from parallels once they are installed without a caliper.The EI profiles vary slightly with weight, adjusting launch to match the swing speed range anticipated for the weight. The steep decline in EI profile on the 70 – 95 versions is similar to the very popular Nippon Modus3 Tour 120. The same profile, but significantly lighter. In my fitting experience, that consistent stiffness from mid to tip creates tight dispersion and workability control.

Overall this is a great iron shaft.  If your looking to shed some weight from your irons, the 80 and 95 gram versions will do that without giving up dispersion control. With the success AeroTech is having on the professional tours, availability is now longer limited to custom fitters. AeroTech iron shafts are now available as upgrades from Bridgestone, Cleveland/Srixon, Nike, Ping, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson. 

Mitsubishi Fubuki Z and Fubuki ZT Golf Shaft Review

Mitsubishi Fubuki Zeta & Fubuki Zeta Tour Driver Golf Shafts
Callaway Big Bertha 2014 Stock Driver Shafts

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

Fubuki Z

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Several years ago Mitsubishi Rayon created shaft models for the golf club manufacturers that no longer said ‘made for’ on them. These designs closely resemble the Mitsubishi Rayon premium shafts. The Fubuki Zeta and Fubuki Zeta Tour continue this tradition. The driver market has settled in on a $400 price point and many premium shafts range from $300 to $850.  For some, these prices are justified by performance, for others, they are not.

drivers-2014-big-berthaThe 2014 Callaway Big Bertha stock shaft is the Fubuki Zeta or simply Fubuki Z. For those that are familiar with Mitsubishi Rayon golf shafts, the shaft design is indicated by the little letter that is left of the weight. The Fubuki Z is indeed a quality shaft, it is just not made in the Mitsubishi Japanese facility. While many of the great shafts of the highest quality are made in Japan, other production facilities around the world are capable of the same level of quality. And many have put in place stringent quality control standards that assure only quality products go out the door. What I have measured in the review samples of the Fubuki Z and ZT indicate this is certainly true on this line of shafts. Radial consistency of the Fubuki Z was 98.8% with a 0.7% standard deviation and 99.4% with a 0.4% standard deviation for the Fubuki ZT. These are outstanding numbers as they should be for a shaft offered in a driver with a rotating hosel. Shaft alignment is not a concern with these shafts. Shaft to shaft consistency is not the same as the awesome quality seen in the Mitsubishi Japan productions, but it is respectable.

FubukiZ_EiGJTbThe Fubuki Z looks to me much like the Fubuki Alpha. The Fubuki series has been around for quite some time, starting with the Fubuki Tour, then the Fubuki Alpha and most recently the Fubuki K. I have a lot of experience fitting the Alpha. It launches a litter higher than average with a bit more spin. The difference between the Fubuki Zeta and the Alpha is torque. The Fubuki Zeta has about a half degree more torque through out the shaft than the premium Fubuki Alpha. If you demo the Fubuki Zeta and think a little tighter dispersion will come from tighter torque, the Fubuki Alpha is available as a $150 upgrade from Callaway.

Fubuki ZT

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drivers-2014-big-bertha-alphaThe Fubuki Zeta Tour is the stock shaft in the 2014 Callaway Big Bertha Alpha. The profile is similar to the Fubuki Z. The balance point is shifted upward slightly allowing for swing weigh to be maintained with a heavier head. Other than the balance shaft, there is very little difference between the Fubuki Z and ZT. Both are available and interchangeable in a Callaway fitting cart.

An interesting $150 upgrade option from Callaway is the Fubuki K. The Fubuki K resembles the Diamana W series, with a mid shaft stiffness bump creating a lower launch lower spin ball flight.

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ACCRA Tour Z Golf Shaft Review

ACCRA TOUR Z DRIVER SHAFTS

By Woody Lashen, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Pete’s Golf, Mineola, New York

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ACCRA started in 2002 as a Canadian distributor for Royal Precision and UST. In 2004 they started into the shaft business licensing the ACCRA brand name from UST. In 2007, they purchased the brand name and embarked on independent development of premium golf shafts distributed exclusively through certified ACCRA fitters.

LS_ST_CB_DeflectionsThe ACCRA Tour Z is available in three launch designs; ST (stable tip) low launch, CB (counter balance) low mid launch and LS (low sping) mid launch. The Tour Z has an iridescent logo that changes color in the sunlight as the shaft is rotated. The weight and flex are noted near the tip. The raw shafts are market with the stiff and weak planes facilitating alignment for those inclined to do so. Our testing has shown excellent radial consistency, the ACCRA Tour Z is suitable for use in rotating hosels without regard for alignment.

I had a chance to talk to Gawain Robertson, co owner of ACCRA Golf, at the 2014 PGA Merchandise show about club fitting and ACCRA golf shafts.

ACCRA Tour Z CB Driver Shaft

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The ACCRA Tour Z CB driver shaft is the latest addition to the Tour Z brand. Although it says “CB” in it’s name, this shaft is really not counter balanced. What ACCRA has done is raised the center of gravity (CG) to offer golfers a different “feel” and launch condition from their popular ST series.
The Tour Z CB series of shafts was patterned after the extremely popular ACCRA XE and XC lines of shafts using updated materials and new design concepts.

The tip section in this shaft is slightly softer that the Tour Z ST and the torque is lower combined with the higher CG it promotes a ball flight that is only slightly higher than the ST (Mid) a spin rate that would be considered mid to low.

As with all Tour Z shafts, the CB offers Constant Flex Technology, ACCRA’s super Thin Wall design and the platinum band around the cool matte black finish certainly makes this shaft distinctive. What really makes this shaft stand out is the unique feel that is created by the combination of many technologies in one shaft.

TourZ_CB_EiGjTbRadial consistency was 99.5% with a .3% standard deviation. It does not get much better than that. The ACCRA tour Z shafts FLO planes are marked on the butts. You can ignore them, these shafts are good to play in any orientation.

 ACCRA Tour Z  ST Driver Shaft

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ACCRA’s first introduction in the Tour Z line was originally named Tour Z+, with the introduction of the CB and LS lines it was renamed ST in 2013. This shaft was originally designed for a specific PGA Tour player who was looking for a very stable shaft from top to bottom but still wanted “feel”. ACCRA’s engineers tested many combinations to accomplish this the final design features a super thin wall design, something that has been incorporated in all ACCRA Tour Z shafts. The super high modulus materials enabled ACCRA engineers to use these thin wall structures that enhance energy transfer and feel to the golfer yet maintains strength and durability.

From a playability stand point, this shaft certainly accomplishes what it advertises.  The ST is Accra’s must popular shaft on tour with many players using the Tour Z ST 55 shaft as the stability of this shaft gives them the confidence of a heavier shaft in a 55 gram product that helps them generate more speed, without sacrificing control.

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Once again, radial consistency was 99.2% with a .3% standard deviation. It does not get much better than that.

 ACCRA Tour Z LS Driver Shaft

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The ACCRA Tour Z LS series of shafts was originally patterned after the shaft that brought ACCRA to prominence in the premium golf shaft market. The ACCRA SE and SC series of shafts each featured a responsive tip section combined with very low torque. This was revolutionary 10 years ago.

The Tour Z LS takes that philosophy and uses the latest in design and manufacturing techniques to produce and updated version of these classic ACCRA shafts. The first thing that a golfer feels with this shaft is the responsiveness (or kick) in the tip section, this is followed by the realization that this shaft offers tremendous stability from torsional strength in the tip section.

As with all ACCRA Tour Z shafts, the LS features Constant Flex Technology and the Super Thin Wall design, enabling professional Club Fitters to perfectly fit a golfer to flex, weight, ball flight and feel. This shaft has become popular for many levels of golfers as a fairway shaft and has also become and excellent option for golfers looking for a mid-high launch/low spin option.

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Radial consistency was 99.3% with a .7% standard deviation, outstanding.

The Tour Z family offers many options for all different types of swings, as with any shaft, getting fit for them by a top fitter is critical to getting the maximum performance for them.

Fujikura MCI Iron Golf Shaft Review

Fujikura MCI Metal Composite Iron Golf Shaft

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

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We are in a new era in iron shafts. Composite shafts have found their way to the PGA Tour. Acceptance of ‘graphite’ shafts by tour pros means serious amateurs will consider playing them. The shaft companies are responding with tour quality composite shafts. The MCI shaft from Fujikura is truly a composite, it is made from graphite with a metal fiber wrapped into the tip section.

The bend profile is seen in many of the current generation of performance orientated iron shafts. It resembles the design seen if driver shafts. Much higher tip to butt rations than we typically see in iron shafts. That is going to create a propensity for higher launch. I confirmed that on a range. A cavity back iron fitted with the MCI launched the same as a game enhancement high launch design head fitted with a traditional bend profile design composite shaft. The feel was much the same. And for those looking for shock absorption, thin ball strikes are muted, the vibration is not transmitted to the hands. If your iron game would be improved by a little extra launch, you should be testing the Fujikura MCI shaft.

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Radial consistency of the MCI is very good.  The average of our review samples was 99.1% with a 0.6 Standard Deviations. Spine alignment is not necessary with these shafts. Fujikura marks every shaft with one of the flat line oscillation planes and puts the label on that plane. Installing the shafts label down is the equivalent of FLO alignment.

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Aldila RIP Nasty Long Golf Shaft Review

ALDILA RIP Phenom Nasty Long

By John Dranschak
Dead Solid Perfect Golf Clubs, Columbus, Ohio

AldilaPhenomNLImageLike many designs from Aldila, the Rip Phenom Nasty Long has profiles matched fit to the anticipated use of the shaft weight. The 60 gram version is a higher launching design than the 70 gram model. The design profile is similar to the RIP line and the RIP NV,where we see a reversal of the mid stiffness, compared to the original NV. However the Nasty long takes this to a new level, with the mid stiffness staying constant or slightly increasing from about 25″  to near 15″. This gives a much stiffer mid and upper tip section before declining again as it progressed toward the tip. AldilaNLEiGjTbAldilaNLDeflectionsRadial quality is excellent and is suitable for the popular adjustable drivers. The low torques of the Tour shafts provides good tip stability for higher swing speeds.  

Performance Testing

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The  performance of the Aldila Phenom Nasty long was conducted using a Foresight Launch Monitor. Joe Stago, a PGA Professional at Golftec (Easton) in Columbus, OH hit the 60S and 70S versions of the shaft.  Joe’s comments follow:

AldilaNLDeflectionPhenom Nasty Long 60S – This shaft really performed well with my normal swing. It felt a little stiffer than the RIP NV, which feels good,  but it certainly gave me excellent performance. I like to hit a slight draw and I was able to hit that shot with little effort and it gave me the launch and spin I was looking for.

Phenom Nasty Long 70S – This shaft performed very well, but I had to work really hard to make it perform. I can make it work but it is probably a little too heavy for me with my normal swing. I prefer lighter feeling shafts and this would not be my first choice but it performed as well as the 60S, it just took a little more effort than I prefer.

Shimada Iron Shafts

Shimada Iron Golf Shaft

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

In response to a request from a viewer, the Shimada iron shaft data available on my old shaft review page has been resurrected. it has been some time since I measured these and some of the data now shown in the current reviews is not available. The review samples are no where to be found in the shop.

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The profiles look much like the new TourTemper XP 95 S flex design, That same design is available in different weights and stiffness.