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The Aldila Rogue Elite Golf Shaft is a fitting series only available through Aldila Authorized Club Guilders. They are much the same design and material as the Aldila Rogue shafts. The difference is that each of the three shafts was designed for a specific launch propensity. The Aldila Tru-Fit System is a matrix of 18 shafts, 2 weights, 3 flexes and 3 launch designs.
Aldila offers a precision fitting guide with the system discussing each zone of the shaft as follows:
Tip Section = Launch Stiffer = Higher Launch – Softer = Lower Launch
Mid Section = Spin Stiffer = Lower Spin – Softer = Higher Spin
Butt Section = Feel Stiffer = Stiffer Feel – Softer = Softer Feel
Below each image are the zone stiffness numbers provided by Aldila
Aldila Rogue Elite Green – Low Launch Tip 9 – Mid 9 – Butt 5
Aldila Rogue Elite Blue – Mid Launch Tip 8 – Mid 5 – Butt 9
Lets take a look at the EI profiles of these shafts and see how the Fit2Score measurements align with the Aldila numbers.
This is a great way for a shaft company to participate in the golf gear market that now focuses on fitting. There is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the intent and design of driver shafts. It is good to have a shaft manufacturer guide the fitter and provide a designed fitting matrix. Nice work Aldila, thank you.
The third generation of the Fujikura Speeder Evolution has been released. I have not yet been given access to the full set of the second and third generation shafts. The first generation Speeder Evolution had been reviewed earlier. This overview of the three generations is based on the S flex of the 569, 661 and 757. The Speeder Evolution II is the stock shaft in the 2017 Mizuno Driver and Fairway. I confirmed by measuring both pullouts from several Mizuno clubs and review samples from Fujikura that the shaft in the Mizuno’s is indeed the made in Japan Speeder Evolution II.
The N.S Pro Modus3 Tour105 was released to the US public in August 2015. I had seen a set of these earlier in the year, labeled Prototype ST. The Modus3 Tour 105 is the same shaft that has been available on tour for several months. The word Prototype has been replaced with Modus3. I have been told it was put in play by a number of players. Lighter weight iron shafts are gaining broader acceptance in the tour community.
I am revisiting this review with a new look at the charts and numbers. As I prepared graphics for a speech to European club fitters I saw something in the charts that got my attention. A close look at the shafts confirmed what I saw in the graphics.
This is a discussion about Nippon Golf Shaft shot at the 2016 PGA Merchandise show. Be warned, it is a technical discussion between technical fitters.
The English Nippon Shaft site has been significantly updated recently. The update shows and explains the EI profiles of the Modus products. The section of that site that discusses EI profiles is excerpted below. When one of my fitting associates happened on it, I got a call telling me they copied my graphics. I had to explain, sorry, in fact, they were first, I copied them. Nippon and the other major shaft companies have designed and manufactured shafts with 3 point EI software for decades. It is only now, that the golfer and club makers are developing literacy in the language of the shaft engineer. Nippon is one of the few shaft companies that has for many years explained and defined their products to club fitters with EI graphics. The other is Mitsubishi Rayon. The 2015 Fujikura shaft product brochure does the same. This is the language by which one can under the subtle nuances of today’s shaft choices.
The Mitsubishi Tensei Pro is now available in two profiles Pro Blue and Pro White.These should not be confused with the Tensei CK, a shaft made for the club companies. The release of two shaft profiles is now becoming common from Mitsubishi. The KuroKage TINI is available in the XM and XT versions.
The Mitsubishi Tensei has DuPont Kevlar fiber woven with the MRC carbon fiber and place in the butt section of the shaft. Our testers are reporting that they prefer the feel of this over other shafts with similar profiles. Mitsubishi has a unique position in the shaft business. They are vertically integrated and make their own unique prepregs. The Tensei used MRC low resin content prepreg with 15% more fiber and 13% less resin. High density shafts have a unique feel. The density dampens vibration. The Tensei shafts have Boron fiber woven into the tip. This is a variation of the Titanium Nickel wire woven into the KuroKage shafts. The effect is a much the same, Improved tip stability which results in tighter dispersion.
The Project X Loading Zone steel shaft is getting a lot of tour play. Our tester with a 117 mph driver speed has made the Project X LZ 6.5 his gamer in his irons. Now the same brand name is on a 90 gram carbon fiber shaft for those of us with more modest swing speeds. I first noticed the shaft when my 2017 Mizuno fitting cart update arrived. This year’s 90g shaft from Mizuno is the Project X Tour LZ in a 5.0 and 6.0 flex.
What really got my attention was the FlexLoc torsional bands in the mid section of the shaft. These are the same bands used in the Project X LZ driver shafts. In the driver shaft, these band maintain stable torque and hoop strength through a section of the shaft with reduced wall thickness that created the soft midsection loading zone.
Stay tuned, I will add some range testing shortly. I am very interested to see if this design busts the distance loss we face as the stiffness associated with aging reduces club speed.