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Golf Digest 2013 Americas 100 Best ClubFittersRuss Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

Fujikura Pro Iron Golf Shaft Review

Fujikura Pro Iron Shaft

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

FujiProI_ImageThe 2014 Fujikura Pro iron shaft is a unique design. I like the graphics, the logo is filled with the darker tone of the top of the shaft on one side and the lighter tone of the bottom of the shaft on the other side. The uniqueness does not stop there.

FujiProEII recently wrote an article about the profile of typical parallel shaft design and how it develops into set profiles with collapsed tip strength differences. While I was writing that article I began measuring the Fujikura Pro shafts and recognized the uniqueness of this design. As you can see in this illustration, it is atypical for parallel shafts. The tip section does not flatten. Instead it continues to lose stiffness toward the tip. Because we measure the stiffness of the shaft in 10″ zones, these subtitles of design are apparent. When we compile the measurements of these zones into a composite image we see the shaft from a different perspective than systems that measure either the entire shaft or additive images of zones of increasing length from the tip toward the butt. While a fitter can work with either image, those that have access to this system have an insight blurred in additive zone systems. We will post a technical article shortly about this issue, so lets return to the Fujikura Pro Iron Shaft.

FujiProI_DfEiTbAverage radial quality of the shaft was 99.1% with a 0.8% standard deviation. Don’t worry about aligning these shaft, they are about as close to round as shafts get. As we move forward with iron shaft reviews we will start showing the profile of the 3i, the 6i and the wedge shafts from a set. On some sets the profiles change through out the set. It is important when looking for the set that works best for you that these difference be understood. And it is here that the Fujikura Pro is unique among parallel tip iron shafts. The design profile results in sets that have consistent tip stiffness progressions. There is a video discussion of this in an earlier review.

I am still working on the software to show iron set images. We can virtually trim zone profiled parallel iron shafts. The images at the right show the virtually trimmed shaft as a 0″ tip trim, a 2″ tip trim and a 4″ tip trim. Much like a set of constant weight taper shafts, the tip stiffness of the Fuikura Pro increases uniformly through the set. That is unique!

The images on the left show what you would see if you were to put these shafts on a deflection board. Notice how the subtlety of the zone measurements disappears in the overall bend of the loaded shaft. One of my fitting associates described it as being color blind. How does one explain the difference between red and blue to someone that is color blind.

The overall stiffness of the shafts is typical for this weight range of iron shafts. Looking at this profile I see a shaft that is butt soft in relation to the mid section. This is for a player with a smooth transition and a good loading pattern at the top of the downswing. That is discussed in this video.

Aldila Tour Blue – Aldila Tour Green Golf Shaft Review

Aldila Tour Blue and Green Driver Shafts

Golf Digest 2013 Americas 100 Best transparent.fwMeasurments By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

 

Testing by John Dranshak
Dead Solid Perfect Golf Clubs, Columbus Ohio

The Aldila Tour Blue and Aldila Tour Green have now been with us for about a year and this review was first published last year. It has been updated with testing by John Dranshak, a club fitter that has been using 3 point EI profiles to guide his fitting process. These shafts are noted by Aldila as being made from ultra thin carbon fiber. This technology was first introduced in the Aldila NV and was unique in its day. Most premium shafts are now made with multiple layers of thin sheets. In my memory, Aldila pioneered this technique and a look at the radial consistency of these shafts shows what can now be accomplished in the mid price range ($250) of premium golf shafts. The shaft to shaft bend profile consistency of the Aldila Tour shafts is very good. You can be confident your shaft will be a very good match to the shaft you were fit with.

Aldila Tour Blue

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The Aldila Tour Blue is an impressive classical design, soft mid in relation to tip and butt. Outstanding radial consistency, average 99.3% with a 0.5% standard deviation. This shaft is available as an option from most club companies.

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With help from my friend and technical mentor, Dave Tutelman, I have expanded our 3 point EI measurements to create illustrations of shaft deflection under load. This is the first published illustration of the new addition to my software. The EI database that is the foundation of the GolfShaftReviews now shows how a shaft bends when loaded. Different loads can be applied and compared. With this information a fitter has a foundation to compare the relationship between a shaft profile and a golfers loading and release patterns. The bumps you see in the EI data shown in  these reviews come out during the swing. What is left are subtle changes. Those subtle changes create the differences in feel, flight and dispersion that we recognize in different shafts.

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Experience with this profile predicts a mid high launch.It will fit those with an aggressive transition. I like this profile in fairways.

Aldila Tour Green

AldilaTourGreen_ImageThe Aldila Tour Green was in play on the PGA Tour at the end of the 2013 season. I saw it often on video coverage. A low launch design created with a soft trough at 26 inches and a stiff bump at 18. Not an uncommon design but new in the Aldila lineup. The reinforcement you can see in the tip section creates flat deflection below the mid-high maximum bend point, creating a lower launch. The Aldila Tour Green is one of the stock options in the Titleist 913D2 and the Titleist 913D3 drivers and can be found in many of the Titleist fitting carts. 

AldilaTourGreen_EiGjTb99.2% average radial consistency, with a 0.4% standard deviation. Excellent for rotating hosels. Both the Aldila Tour Blue and the Aldila Tour Green are high balance point shafts.

AldilaTourGreen_DeflectThis is another illustration from the new deflection rendering software. The tip stiffening bump seen in the Aldila Tour Green is nowhere to be seen in the deflection of the shaft under load. Yet it is there, creating a change in the angle the shaft delivers the head at impact. What we see in this illustration is a comparison of deflection of the different models of the Aldila Tour Green with a 5 pound load. Using this information, an informed fitter has a guide to stiffness unlike any other method I am aware of. The illustration below shows the Aldila Tour Green 65 TX under different loads. The different EI profiles result in very subtle changes between the Green and Blue versions of this latest design from Aldila. AldilaTourGreen_Loads

Simulated Deflection Loading

The new addition to the Fit2Score software renders simulated deflection under load and unload as it might happen during a golf swing. It is a very unique tool for understanding the performance of a golf shaft. The ability to model performance of a golf shaft is created by the 3 point bending shaft instrument used by reviewers on this site.

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Performance Testing by John Dranshak

Player testing was performed at Golftec (Easton) in Columbus, OH by Joe Stago PGA Professional. Joe tested the Phenom Nasty Long, RIP NV, and standard NV shafts earlier this year and is familiar with the Aldila line of shafts. The shafts were paired with Adams XTD heads including Driver, 16.5* fairway metal and 20* and 23* hybrids.

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The data shows that the Tour Blue will launch slightly higher than the Tour Green as expected from the EI profiles. The Tour Blue launched 1.2* higher with the driver and also had slightly higher spin numbers. Joe commented that both shafts felt very solid with the Tour Blue being much easier to get airborne with the hybrids and fairway metals. He particularly liked the Tour Blue in the 23* Adams XTD hybrid and commented that it was significantly longer than his current 23* hybrid. Joe praised both shafts for their stability and accuracy, and although he prefers a slightly lower spinning shaft for his swing with a driver, he was very impressed with the performance of both the Fairway Metal and hybrid shafts. Overall these shafts have excellent performance for the better golfer looking for the right combination of accuracy, distance and feel.

Fit2Score Golf Shaft Measuring Instrument

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 have 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 instrument. The improved version 7 of the Fit2Score EI shaft measuring instrument is now available. This animation show it cycling on a shaft.

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The gauge was re-positioned to improve accuracy and repeat-ability on measurements. Positioning pins are incorporated into a manufactured weight. The new press and weight design have been in use now on a retrofitted instrument for several months. Most of the original instruments have been upgrade with these assemblies. The newly designed self centering shaft support 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.

A hoop strength measuring fixture has been designed. 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 instrument is now available for $2200. Excel based spreadsheets are included for gathering and analyzing profiles of shafts. Owner have the option of subscribing the the historical knowledge base that is at the core of the reviews on this site. Contact russ@fit2score.com if you are interested in this essential club making instrument.

Graphite Design YS Golf Shaft Review

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

Graphite Design YS Reloaded Golf Shafts

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The YS Reloaded is a updated version of the Graphite Design YS+ featuring better materials, 50 gram versions and new graphics. The profile, a classic, soft mid in relation to tip and butt is largely unchanged. This profile is available from every major shaft brand at many price levels. A bundle of YS+ shafts were in the shop that had never been reviewed. That presented the opportunity to compare the origional YS+ to the 2015 YS Reloaded.

Graphite Design YS+ Golf Shafts

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In the YS Reloaded, the point of maximum bend in the shaft is moved up slightly toward the butt to accommodate the heavier heads that dominate the current market. Newer materials deliver slightly improved hoop strength as well as more consistent hoop strength down the length of the shaft.  In the 60 gram models the 2015 YS Reloaded has slightly lower torque. The 70 gram versions are much the same as the earlier YS+

GraphiteDesign_YS_EiDfTbMeasuring the radial integrity of Graphite Design shafts is always easy. They are marked with one of the FLO lines and the shaft graphics are on that line. Putting the label up or down orients the strong side of the shaft toward the face of the club. The radial quality of the YS Reloaded shafts was 98.8% with a 0.5% standard deviation. Translation, tour quality. During a visit to my shop last year by the Graphite Design executives, we discussed radial quality testing. Their factory procedure and mine test protocol were identical. Find a FLO, note the CPM, turn the shaft 90 degrees to find the second FLO, note the CPM. If the two are not within a few CPM of each other, scrap the shaft. I have yet to see a Graphite Design shaft I would not consider unacceptable for use.

I have been told by some readers of this site that they do not understand all this information. So, here is some help understanding the graphics. The chart shows the average bend profile of both the 50 gram and the 60 / 70 gram models. The hump in mid shaft stiffness in the 50 gram version is a characteristic I am seeing quite often in the light weight models of a design. The first time I saw it in ultra premium shafts I was surprised. I have seen it many times now and believe we are looking at something the designers are finding necessary to stabilize the 50 gram models we are seeing now in most shaft lines. Typically when I see a bump like that in a design I have found it creates lower launch. Of course, we must also remember that the ratio of stiffness to swing speed is a primary consideration in launch. As many of us, myself included, move toward lighter weight shafts, which as a function of weight are not as stiff as the heavier models, this mid shaft stiffness bump restores the launch pattern one would see in a heavier version of the same shaft. Having written this to help with understand the chart, and rereading what I just wrote, I am not quite certain I helped anyone understand anything, :-)

As you look at this graphic you will see a slight change in the intersection of the tip and butt loading average of the YS Reloaded 60 & 70 gram shafts and the earlier YS design. This indicates a slightly lower launch over the previous design as the tip to butt ratio is higher in the YS reloaded.

Graphite Design Tour AD MJ Golf Shaft Review

Graphite Design Tour AD MJ Driver Shaft

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

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The sixth version of the Graphite Design Tour AD driver shaft line releases shortly. We got an early look at the 10 shafts in the MJ series. They range from 53 grams to 87 grams uncut. The profile is consistent through out the weigh range, each weight/stiffness increment has exactly the same bend profile. They simply get heavier, stiffer and have lower torque.

Since the original Tour AD DI, the Graphite Design AD DI series has had a mid shaft stiffness ‘bump’. Each model has varied the degree and position of this mid shaft stiffness design.
GraphiteDesignADMJ_compareThey have all started with a relatively stiff butt section. This is the first to soften the handle. The overall design of the shaft is very similar to the 2014 Tour AD-MT design as you can see in this illustration. Is has a softer butt. In my fitting experience this design, soft butt / stiff mid is a good fit for a player that starts the downswing with a good hip move with a stable upper body. The soft butt loads for the golfer whose transition force is generally down the shaft. He takes this stored energy to a strong mid swing shoulder turn where the mid shaft stiffness stabilizes the shaft in preparation for the elbow and wrist uncocking. I would expect many good players that have been under whelmed with the Graphite Design AD family will find this one adds a little distance along with dispersion control.

GraphiteDesignADMJ EiDfTbLike all the Graphite Design Tour AD shafts, the radial consistency is excellent, averaging 99% with a 0.5% standard deviation. The softer butt stiffness in the profile is not reflected in the overall stiffness of the Tour AD MJ. I would have expected a mid low launch propensity from the butt to mid section design. However, the tip is a litte softer than other shafts with this butt/mid stiffness relationship. That will add to launch, especially with the bling load heavier driver heads that have become popular recently.

Mark Maness tested it at The Golf Center at the Highlands, one of the two DFW ranges where Fit2Score conducts club fittings. Before you watch Mark’s comments this is a summary of the FlightScope results:GraphiteDesignADMJFlightScope

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We are in the early days of using a SkyPro, a 6 degree of freedom, accelerator gyroscope that attaches to the golf shaft. Mark mentioned he tugs the club at the start of the downswing. His initial load on the shaft is down the length of the shaft as he get the club into motion with his body rotation. This is what that motion looks like on SkyPro. And it is this motion that I find best fits into shafts that have soft butts relative to the mid section of the shaft. The Tour AD-MJ brings that profile to the Graphite Design Tour AD lineup.

KBS C-Taper Lite Parallel Golf Shaft

KBS C-Taper Lite Parallel

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas
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Parallel shafts have been a favorite of club builders with frequency machines for much of the time I have been engaged in club building. My involvement with a group called the PCS introduced me to the concept of frequency matched shaft sets. Before I developed an understanding of EI measurement, I was and avid practitioner of frequency matching. As I developed an understanding of the golf shaft through EI, I switched to using constant weight taper shafts exclusively. It is only recently, in the preparation of this review and another parallel shaft that I developed a new appreciation for the genre. For a full discussion, read the article Parallel vs Constant Weight Shafts.
KBS CTLiteParallelEISetLets take a look at the set profiles of the Parallel vs Taper versions of the KBS C-Taper Lite S flex. The factory trimed constant weight shafts ascend uniformly from tip to butt while the parallels are compressed at the tips and the butts.
KBS CTLite ParallelTipsLets take a closer look at the tips of these two sets.You can see the compression of tip stiffness that is common to most parallel shaft designs. As someone reminded me a few days ago, there was a time when a lot of the top PGA tour players played Rifle shafts. Another Kim Braly design.

As you look that the magnified tip sections you see that the profile of the constant weight set is the same on the 3 iron and on the wedge. The profile of the parallel set changes. The wedge shaft is straighter going to the tip, the 3 iron shaft is for want of a better term more curved. It is the difference near the tip that creates flighting in a set.

KBS CTLite ParallelvsRifleAs I mentioned the Royal Precision Rifle it ooccurred to me it would be interesting to compare the C-Taper Parallel to the Rifle. If you miss your Rifle’s, it looks like they are back. Not exactly, but very close.

KBS CTLite ParallelEiDfTbLike all the KBS shafts I have measured, the Radial Quality is exceptional. In the chart above the Butt Stiffness values were taken from the from the recommended 6 iron cut. The rest of the numbers are from the uncut 42″ shaft. With the exception of the R flex, the overall butt stiffness is similar to the taper tip version. If you build MOI matched iron sets, the parallels will require extra weight in the hosel than the tapers.

Parallel Iron Shafts

Parallel Iron Shafts vs Constant Weight Tapers

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

There are two types of iron shafts, factory trimmed sets and parallel shafts. The unitized parallel tip shaft was introduced by True Temper is the early 70’s. That was long before my involvement with golf gear so I will not make any attempt to discuss the history. This article will start with a brief explanation of the two shaft types and then discuss what I see using EI measurements. If you are a golfer and not a club builder I will lay out some background knowledge to give you a fundamental understanding of iron shafts. If you are a club builder and have not seen one of my presentations about parallel shafts, this article presents a unique understanding of the properties of parallel shaft sets.

Factory Trimmed Iron Shaft Sets

Sets of shafts are available cut to length from the shaft manufacturer. The shafts in the set are labeled with the iron they are designed for, 3, 4, 5, etc. The set is trimmed in 1/2 increments. The 4i shafts is 1/2 inch shorter than the 3i shaft, the 5i is 1/2 shorter than the 4i and so on. This photo is of such a set, 4i – wedge.ConstantWeightTaperSet
ConstantWeightTipsIn a set like this, the distance between the tip and the first step is where you will see the 1/2 inch increment. The longer iron shafts have longer tips, making them ‘softer’ than the shorter iron shafts with stiffer tips. This is to synchronize stiffness in the set. Long iron heads are lighter than short iron heads. The shorter tips match with the heavier heads, increasing tip stiffness as the weight of the heads get heavier.

Most factory trimmed sets are called Constant Weight Tapers. The tips are .355″ diameter and are tapered to fit into tapered iron hosels. This taper makes trimming the tips prohibitive, although it is possible to make small tip trim adjustments on taper tip shafts. Constant weight refers to each shaft in the set being approximately the same weight even though they are different lengths. This is a big issue in creating overall shaft balance in either swing weight or MOI matched sets of irons.

Not all factory trimmed iron shaft sets are tapered, some are parallel. Nippon offers the entire NS Pro series in either .355 taper tips or .370 parallel tips.

Not all factory trimmed iron sets are constant weight. The True Temper XP and Dynamic Golf Progressive sets get lighter as they get shorter.

Parallel Iron Shafts
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Parallel Iron shafts come from the factory at a single length. This is a set of KBS Tour C Taper Lite Parallel Shafts. The word Taper is not exactly correct, like all parallel shafts the tips are .370. These shafts are designed to be tip cut 1/2 inch per shaft, then butt cut to length.
KBSCTLParallelSetThis creates a set as shown to the right, illustrated from the Fit2Score set documentation software. The raw shaft weighed 106 grams. The first cut brings it to 95 grams in a 3 iron and each successive cut of 1/2 inch from the tip reduces the weight about 1.3 grams with the wedge shaft weighing 86.4 grams.

Creating MOI or Swing Weight matched sets requires additional weighting in the head to get the desired dynamic weight. The dynamic weight of the parallel shafts in this example drop 25% from the 3 iron to the wedge. In a set of constant weight shafts this loss would be half of that.

Parallel Set ConstructionLets take a look at the design of a typical parallel shaft. They are designed to be cut from the tip to create different lengths. In doing so, the stiffness is increased by moving the mid section of the shaft closer to the tip. The tip is the softest part of the shaft. As it is cut away, the shaft becomes stiffer. The mid section, where the shaft loses stiffness slides closer to the tip.

But look closely, what else are we seeing. The bend profile of the shaft is changing. We are creating a flighted shaft set. The longer shafts will have a propensity to launch higher while the shorter shafts will launch lower. That is the essence of what is called a flighted or a progressive launch set of shafts.

ConstantWeightKBSTourXCompare the profiles of this set of KBS Tour Constant Weight Taper shafts to the set of the parallel shafts above. The constant weight set ascends in stiffness uniformly through out the set. The mid to tip change in stiffness is uniform through out the set.

Viewed from this perspective, sets build from parallel shafts are fundamentally different from constant weigh sets. The change in dynamic weight is not entirely a negative, it must be balanced against the desire to create a flighted set of irons. This brings to mind a story told to me by a PGA Tour shaft company rep many years ago. I was told Greg Norman changed from Royal Precision Rifles, parallels, to another brand of constant weight shafts. He went without a win for a long time. The rep had his caddy recommend that he try going back to the Rifles. He did and went on a streak, winning that week and finishing high for the remainder of the year. That story never made much sense to me at the time. Now, having looked closely at parallel shafts as I rewrite the Fit2Score EI profiling software, the AhHa moment arrived. The typical parallel set is flighted! It is the nature of the beast.

TrueTemperProgressiveEarly in the article I said, “Not all factory trimmed iron sets are constant weight. The True Temper XP and Dynamic Gold Progressive sets get lighter as they get shorter.” The Dynamic Gold Progressive looks to me like the profile of a parallel set. Look at the loss of weight in the set. The True Temper XP115 occupies some middle ground, not as much loss of weight, but certainly to some degree showing flighted launch.

Future reviews of iron shafts will not only show the profiles of the 6 iron as I have in the past. The set make ups will be included.

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 in 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. The tip is similar to a Dynamic Gold S300. A stiffer butt creates a higher tip to butt ratio and a higher launch propensity.

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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.

A view of factory cut iron shafts is not complete without looking a the makeup of the complete set. This is the first of many iron shaft reviews that will be updated with this important view of set profiles.

I avoid using the word constant weight tapers because not all cut to length iron sets are constant weigh nor are they tapers. The Fujikura MCI is constant weight, averaging 102 grams uncut, but it is .370 parallel tipped. The set illustrated below is the 100S. The EI profiles ascend consistently from shaft to shaft in the set.

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To understand this aspect of shaft sets, look at the set profiles of the UST Recoil. By comparing these to set profiles you see why I referred to the UST Recoil as a flighted set. By contrast, the Fujikura MCI is similar to most constant weight steel shaft set profiles.

 

Oban Revenge Driver Golf Shaft Review

Oban Revenge Driver Shaft

Kirk James & Mark Vallier, Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
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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In our testing and fitting of the Revenge, the results have been consistent with the EI Bend Profile shown above and Oban’s description of the shaft in their marketing materials. The tip section of this shaft, described as “responsive” by Oban, is definitely softer than the the tip sections of the other shafts in Oban’s line. This “responsive tip” results in a mid-high to mid launching shaft with the launch progressively getting lower as the shaft gets stiffer. The use of ultra premium, high modulus graphite materials provides the typical Oban signature stability and feel. This shaft is both responsive and stable at the same time. It typically launches in the mid to high range with no ballooning and with a flight that stays flat with a good angle of descent. We find that this shaft works best for the player with a smoother tempo and a softer shaft load during the swing. Truly a great feeling shaft for those smooth swingers out there.

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Radial integrity of the Revenge review samples was 98.8% with a 1.0% standard deviation. The profiles were consistent through all the weights and flexes. The torque did not change as much as shafts of different weights and flexes traditionally do. The stiffness is indicated primarily by the stiffness number on the shaft. It did not change as shafts typically do as the models got heavier. A 03 flex was about 6.5 lbs, an o4 flex, about 7.5 lbs, and so on. The 85 gram shafts were a little stiffer, but not significantly so as is often the case.

Oban Revenge Hybrid Golf Shaft Review

Oban Revenge Hybrid Golf Shaft

Kirk James & Mark Vallier, Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
MK Golf Technologies,San Antonio, Texas

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

Revenge Hybrid ImageThese Revenge hybrid shafts do produce impressive dispersion results in real world testing, especially for shafts in these weight categories. The flight is mid-high to high, but they do not balloon, even in the Texas wind. The use of ultra premium graphite materials ensures a consistent bend profile, better performance and consistent shots. The low torque provides very tight dispersion. The moderately softer tip and butt sections of this shaft provide a responsive feel that never seems boardy. These hybrid shafts are highly recommended for the player with a smooth tempo. I personally play the Revenge 65\04 in two hybrids, and I can honestly say I have never played a more consistent, better feeling, or better performing hybrid shaft. I am constantly amazed at how tight the dispersion is and how flat the trajectory is with a 67 gram hybrid shaft. Consider looking at the Revenge 85 if you are a stronger, slightly more aggressive swinger. This is a very impressive shaft from Oban, and definitely worth your consideration if looking for a hybrid shaft.

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The radial integrity of the review samples was 98.6% with a 0.5% standard deviation. Hoop strength is high indicating very little ovaling is going to occur. Tip/Butt ratios were consistent throughout the range of weights and stiffness.They indicate a mid high launch propensity, decreasing with both weight and stiffness. You must remember, your personal experience will be how your speed and swing characteristics are matched to the weight and stiffness of these shafts. The tip torque numbers are impressive. Certainly not the lowest we have ever seen, but very respectable for shafts in this weight range. In our fitting experience, low tip torque hybrid shafts create tight dispersion groups.