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What new product can a company offer to strong golfers when they already have two of the most popular shafts in play on the PGA tour, the Dynamic Gold X100 and the Project X? We have seen the addition of the 7.0 flex of the Project X. That is a big number. How about hanging a Seven on the iconic Dynamic Gold brand. I see the Dynamic Gold X Seven profile as more like the Project X than a Dynamic Gold X100.
Mitsubishi has released the fourth generation of the classic Blue Profile. Like the third generation B, it is made using the proprietary high density Mitsubishi prepreg, Dialed and Mitsubishi MR70 fiber. The fiber is 20% stronger and 10% heavier than conventional prepreg. New is Boron Fiber is added to the tip section of the Diamana BF. One might assume that is what the BF indicates. What exactly can we see in the shaft measurements between the Third Generation B series and the BF.
The Tour AD TP is new for the 2017 season. It is designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory. As I measured the bend profile of the shaft I knew immediately this shaft is a winner, it is a refinement of the Graphite Design Tour AD DI.
Designed around new tooling, The Tour AD TP introduces a new technology called ‘Fast Taper Technology or FTT. The mandrel, the steel core the shaft is built on, has a faster taper rate from the mid to the tip of the shaft than other Graphite Design shafts.
The Tour AD TP uses a new pre-preg from TORAYCA ®, T1100G. This new material is comprised of both High Modulus and High Tensile strength fibers. The resin system is contains NANOALLOY® Technology for added strength and vibration dampening. Premium golf shaft have come a long way from the early days of graphite shafts.
Lets compare the bend profile of the new Tour AD TP with the Graphite Design Tour AD DI. What I see is the knee point of the bend profile has moved up the shaft and the bend profile is smoother going into the tip. This is going to create a propensity to launch and spin a bit less than the Tour AD DI. The difference in feel will be the solid thump that is typical of a high density shafts compared to the sharper crack of lower density pre-preg.
You will notices as you look at the bend profiles progressions below that they change very little as the shaft weights and stiffness change. That makes club fitting with these simply a matter of finding the correct weight and flex. The bend profile does not change through the 50 to 80 gram ranges. It changes only slightly on the 40 gram designs.
The radial consistency of the review samples was 99.2% with a 0.3% standard deviation. The shafts are round and suitable of insertion into rotating hosels. Alignment does not matter on a shaft that is round, the Graphite Design Tour AD TPs are round.
Lets here what Mark Maness, our shaft tester has to say about the Tour AD TP:
Here is a summary of the FlightScope data from our test:
The only difference of significance was the vertical launch. Looking at the bend profiles of these two shafts we see how the designers created launch. The TP loses more stiffness, getting significantly softer about 18 inches from the tip. Then it stabilizes, and loses very little stiffness toward the tip. The M9003 is stiffer through his region, but ends into a softer tip. I have always known Mark to work the head through impact. The softer tip of the M9003 gives him more responsiveness in this area. That is reflected in his sense that the AD TP is stiffer, or heavier as he called it.
And once again as we have mentioned many times, be careful of shaft recommendations made through others experience. There is no substitute for testing shafts with a knowledgeable fitter until you find your perfect fit.
The Project X HZRDUS Red is the fourth driver shaft in the Hand Crafted family from True Temper.The profile is best described as a higher launch version of the register .
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Oban in a partnership with Shimada and is introducing a set of iron shafts through their dealers called the CT-115. A taper tip shaft with a constant weight of 115 grams, it comes in 12 discreet lengths which in turn can be fit and assembled to bring you 7 different flexes. As follows; R, R+, S-, S, S+, X- and X. The lengths are 36” thru 41.5” in half inch increments. The aesthetics of this shaft provide a nice, brushed chrome finish and an eye-catching, hologram shaft label that you can apply over the steps on the shaft without any form of wrinkling. Now that is a club builders dream!
The club builder selects a group of shafts to build a set. Using the shorter shafts, the set is stiffer. With a group selected from the longer end of the matrix, the set will be stiffer. All of the shafts are .355 tips and all were remarkably consistent in weight as you can see in the chart below. The word remarkable meant 115.3 grams plus – minus .3 grams. To put that in perspective, a typical set of constant weight irons usually has a bit less than a 2 gram range. Adding to that attention to quality, the radial consistency was 99.9% with a 0.1% standard deviation. That’s impressive, aligning these is truly useless.
We have built a number of fitting irons with these shafts (PXG and Miura) all through the flex range and the numbers are quite impressive. Taking it from the Fitting Studio and on through the consequential building process we liked what we saw especially with the better player, who launched these lower in the shorter irons, higher in the longer ones and all with the characteristics of a low to mid-spin shaft.
This set of iron shafts is designed for a golf fitter that wants to deliver precisely tuned stiffness to their clients. In the past, that was done by tip trimming parallel shafts. The Oban CT-115 has all the advantages of parallel shaft designs with none of the disadvantaged. Advantage one, the set will be constant weight not descending. Advantage two, the stiffness steps between clubs is precisely done by the factory and not left to the club makers frequency instrument. Advantage three, the set stiffness range is on the high side unlike parallel sets which tend to be on the low end.
Below are the Launch Monitor results of a 2 Handicap… A big, strong, strapping guy who can hit the ball as good as any I’ve had. He loved the feel of the shaft and did not have any reservations with the 115-gram weight. We brought him through the fitting process with all of the premium shafts that we offer. In the end, the OBAN won out with feel, stability, ball flight and ball dispersion.
Give your club fitter a call and check it out! It just may be a shaft for you…