This site is the most comprehensive collection of golf shaft reviews ever assembled. It contains both objective measurements and subjective opinions of fitters and club testers. The reviewers are full time golf club fitters, many rated by Golf Digest as the best in the USA. The testers are are great ball strikers.

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

Golf Shaft EI & Hoop Strength

Measuring the Golf Shaft

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

Several years ago I learned the term EI from engineers in the business of designing shafts. The instrument most used was in the $10K+ range, therefore not affordable to most. Not even all shaft brands had these instruments. It took about 2 years to come up with the original affordable EI measuring design. This shaft review site shows measurements taken with the Fit2Score instrument.

After many years of use, I decided to redesign and improve the original instrument. That original is used by 4 shaft companies.The improved version 7 proto of the Fit2Score EI shaft measuring instrument is in testing. This composite photo illustrates the new design elements.

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To the left is the redesigned press. The gauge is re-positioned to improve accuracy and repeat-ability on measurements. This change makes measurements on different instruments comparable. The center photo shows the new manufactured weight. Positioning pins are incorporated into the weight. A significant improvement making it possible to compare readings on different instruments. This press and weight design have been in use now on a retrofitted instrument for several months.

The top image on the right shows a hoop strength measuring fixture. It centers the shaft under the press and uses the 11kg weight and .0001 gauge to measure hoop strength. The new driver database structure includes fields for 7 hoop strength readings along the length of the shaft. This pulls aside another veil of shaft understanding. Hoop strength will now be shown in the reviews here. The bottom right photo shows the newly designed self centering shaft support. This design maintains the radius of the earlier design while eliminating the guide to center the shaft. The shaft naturally ‘falls’ to the bottom of the curve making readings faster and repeatable.

The instrument goes on sale for $2600 in September. Excel based spreadsheets are included for gathering and analyzing profiles of shafts.

ACCRA Concept CS1 Golf Shaft Review

ACCRA Concept CS1 Driver Shaft

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

ACCRAconceptCS!_ImagePremium Golf Management evolved from a Canadian distributor of golf shafts to a producer of the ACCRA brand of golf shafts. They have long term business relationships with most of the professional golf club fitter / builders in the world. The golf fitters that attend the annual PGA merchandise show in Florida all arrive a day early for ACCRA day. A day of golf hosted by ACCRA  gives them all a chance to renew relationships and exchange ideas.
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The 2014 Concept CS1 is another step in the evolution of ACCRA. Shown to the right is a shaft summary document that comes wrapped around every Concept golf shaft.

Several years ago PGMC, purchased one of the Fit2Score shaft measuring instruments. It brought manufacturing consistency into focus as it has now for the several shaft companies that own the instrument. Through a partnership with Mark Timmes a fully automatic shaft measuring instrument was invented.

The evolution I speak of is shaft to shaft quality and consistency. The ACCRA Concept CS1 ranks among the best of the best in quality, shaft to shaft consistency and uniformity of bend profiles through out all the weights and flex options of the model. The review samples of the ACCRA Concept CS1 shafts were at hand when I was updating the software that accompanies my own shaft measuring instrument. The S3 Shaft Summary inspired me to finish my own project to produce a report on individual shafts. This is a composite of the entire CS1 family of golf shafts.

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This is more information than we usually provide for a golf shaft review.  Thie Concept CS1 is a high balance shaft that we see often now. The desire to create swing weights in ranges considered acceptable with heavy, bling loaded driver heads is moving the shaft balance of many 2014 models towards the butt. Radial integrity of the CS1 is exceptional in every shaft measured, averaging 99.5% with a 0.3% standard deviation. Don’t bother with alignment of the ACCRA Concept CS1, it is perfectly round to start with. As our measurement instrument technology evolves we are beginning to survey hoop strength at 7 points on a shaft. The first set of hoop strength measurements is shown in these reports. 

ACCRAConceptCS1_EiGjTbThe tip to butt ration indicates a mid to mid high launch propensity, making it a good fit for the low launch heads that are common today. The tip torque is on the low side of what is typical in premium shafts, indicating tight dispersion control. The weights are true to the labels. This is a unique design. A soft handle with a perfectly smooth change of stiffness down the shaft. Many shafts are getting high balance by adding material to the butt. That creates stiff handles that resist loading by smooth transition golfers. The ACCRA Concept accomplished a high balance with a soft handle. Nice touch. It would appear they did so with premium super high modulus graphite judiciously positioned in the shaft.
The ACCRA Concept CS1 is on the cutting edge of shaft design. Find an ACCRA fitting partner and take one for a test drive.

Beyond Frequency Matching Golf Clubs

EI Profile Iron Shaft Set Certification
Beyond Frequency Matching

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

I am asked if I offer frequency matching custom built irons sets. The short answer is no, frequency matching as practiced, is a legacy concept. Frequency matching is done by checking a single point near the butt of the shaft and declaring the set matched if this point falls along some linear progression. However, checking a single point does not assure that the rest of the shaft, especially the tip area is consistent. The Fit2Score EI technique, available from owners of our EI instrument, checks the shaft in 2″ increments, validating that the set of shafts used in your iron set are consistent from tip to butt. We go on to check torque, weight, balance and radial integrity.

Another legacy concept is shaft alignment. My position has long been that if a shaft requires alignment to make it playable, it should not be used. If it is essentially round to start with, alignment is a waste of time an money. But, roundness, the radial integrity of the shaft must be checked to assure that the shafts in your set consistent.

The following illustrations are from testing the upgrade of the Fit2Score iron set building and shaft certification software. I have been using a personal version of this system for several years. it is being refined for user friendly input. New reports are being created. The iron set shaft certification report covers many aspects of a shaft set including radial integrity, flex, weight, balance and torque. This has been my standard building practice on all sets for low single digit players for the last few years. Among high quality shaft sets about 1 in 15 sets has an outlier. It is usually a soft spot somewhere along the shaft. However in some cases, the outlier looks like it came from another planet.

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This group of reports walks through the KBS Tour V shafts, starting with the 100g R flex and finishing with the two tour only versions, the 125 and 130 gram X flex. The last two pages show the KBS Tour X and the KBS CTaper X. It is a unique and interesting overview of the KBS family of iron shafts.

Each of these sets exhibit perfect uniformity in all aspects. The EI profiles consistently increase in stiffness from the wedge shafts to the long iron shafts. The shape of the profile curves do not change for any shaft in the set. You can expect consistent performance throughout iron sets built with these shaft sets.

If this is your first exposure to this measurement system you will note that it goes all the way to the tip. The first measurement is taken at 6″. The beam measured is from 1″ to 11″ from the tip. We are in fact, measuring the section of the shaft that is interactive during impact. You might hear that other devices using cantilever beams are more accurate. In fact, the EI formulas will lead you to believe this. However, we have learned through experience that 11kg is all the load we can put on a 10″ beam of light soft shafts without causing a failure. That load would have to be less in a cantilever system, thereby negating what appears to be an advantage by simply looking at the EI formulas.

 

True Temper Dynamic Gold Pro Iron Shaft

True Temper DG Pro

DG Pro R300
DG Pro S300
DG Pro X100

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

DGProLabelsThe Dynamic Gold Pro iron shaft is now available to the public through True Temper Performance Fitting Centers.  Pro is a play on words, it is short for progressive.  In my golf vernacular the word flighted comes to mind to describe these shafts. But True Temper feels progressive is a better word to describe these sets of shafts.  They are sets. There are three different step patterns in each flex. The design promotes higher launch and spin on the long irons and lower launch and spin on the short irons.  There three step patterns in a set, 2-5, 6-8 and 9-W.  There is a unique design for the 9 iron and the wedge.  This is not always the case in many constant weight shaft sets.  These sets are not exactly constant weight. The weight of the raw shafts decrease slightly from 2 iron to wedge by around 6 grams.  I am told this was necessary to hit the bend profile targets.

The progressive design of these shafts came from tour experience. The modern ball is designed for low spin off of low lofted clubs. This carries over to long irons. Low spin is a benefit on clubs like drivers where the primary objective is distance. But on irons, where control, stability and stopping on impact is important, spin is the golfers friend. The design of the Dynamic Gold Pro “Progressive” is to make the long irons playable, add a little spin to the mid irons and keep the short irons much the same as the Dynamic Gold. We have not tested a set, but the bend profiles indicate a truly progressive set, shaft to shaft through out the set.

These profile images were updated in July 2014 from the Fit2Score set certification process.

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Shaft to shaft bend profile consistency is very good in the sets I measured.  As you can see by looking at the EI profiles, the sets are consistently progressive. The longer the shaft, the more loss of stiffness at the ‘apex’ of the profiles.  This is evenly spaced through out the sets. Hence, the Dynamic Gold Progressive label. The median weights are; R=108, S=118, X=125. This is a departure from the standard Dynamic Gold. The weights of the R, S and X flex versions of the Dynamic Gold shafts have very small differences. The R flex Dynamic Gold weighs 127 grams. A 127 gram R flex shaft is an anomaly in current fitting practice. That is addressed in this update of the Dynamic Gold.

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As with most True Temper designs, the bend profiles of the R, S and X designs are different. The Dynamic Gold Progressive is not as different as other designs I have looked at.  The length of the tips, the distance between the tip and the first step are different in each flex design. That results in a different launch between the three designs. This, combined with making the softer flex models lighter is a great update to this iconic brand.

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.