How many times have you heard it said that there is no standard rating system for golf shafts. When I entered the golf club fitting business over a decade ago I learned what a huge problem that presented to a fitter.

This site shares the knowledge of golf shafts accumulated through years of club fitting, club building and golf shaft measuring. The technology menu is a collection of articles focused on understanding golf shaft design and the attributes of the golf shaft that can be independently measured. My objective in creating this site is to balance the marketing messages of the golf business with some science. And ultimately to help you play better golf.

It took years to understand shaft measurement and many more years to accumulate a meaningful database of shaft measurements. Golf Shaft Reviews focuses on providing unbiased standardized measurements of golf shafts. The magnitude of that accomplishment did not occur to me until a golf shaft company owner said it to me.

If you believe as I do that the golf shaft is essential to good golf, register now. Testing shafts and writing articles takes a great amount of time. The membership fee underwrites the time and resources needed to keep this site going and growing. It will also fund acquisition of shafts that have not been available. You will notice, this site is does not run ads, that allows me to remain unbiased in the articles.

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KBS TCI Graphite Iron Shaft Review

KBS TCI Graphite Iron Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

Following the success of the KBS Carbon Fiber Hybrid shaft released in 2017, KBS has created light weight parallel iron shafts. Rather than me explaining the shaft, listen to Kim Braly at the PGA 2018 merchandise show discuss its development and pre release testing.

The shaft does not have a flex designation on its label. The number is the 6 iron swing speed which is your first cut and fitting the shafts. Lets take a look at the profile and data. 

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TrueTemper EvenFlow Red Driver Shaft Review

TrueTemper EvenFlow Red Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

The Project X EvenFlow line was designed for the mid swing speed range golfer. The Red is the third shaft in the series. The EvenFlow Blue and Black the mid and low launch versions were reviewed in the fall. This video was shot in January at ACCRA day at the PGA Merchandise show. We were outdoors in the wind, the video is not great, but the content is. Bill starts the discussion of the EvenFlow at the 3:30 mark.

At the time this video was shot the EvenFlow Red had not been released. Now that it is we can look at the profile and compare it to the EvenFlow Black and EvenFlow Blue. 

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Mitsubishi KuroKage XD Shaft Review

Mitsubishi KuroKage XD Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

The KuroKage XD joins the aftermarket family of KuroKage X driver shafts. This started with the KuroKage Proto TiNi several years ago. The KuroKage Proto morphed into the KuroKage XM which was simply updated graphics on a very successful shaft. Now, the KuroKage XT has been updated to the KuroKage XD.

The KuroKage XD has a dual wrap of Titanium Nickel prepreg in the tip as you can see in this image. Titanium Mickel (TiNi) is an elastic wire that immediately springs back to its original shape when stretched. It is used to increase the tip stability of the shaft. If a single wrap is good, as illustrated by multiple PGA Tour wins, Then a double wrap should be better. This is one of an array of that tip reinforcements used by Mitsubishi Chemical. The Tensei Pro White and Tensei Pro Blue have boron reinforced tips.  The Tensei Pro Orange has high density MR70 in the tip.

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Graphite Design MAD Driver Shaft Review

Graphite Design MAD Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

I have recently been reviewing driver shafts in the $350 to $750 range. I was interested to see how a $180 shaft compared to the $380 Tour AD IZ also recently released. From a profile perspective these are two entirely different designs. However this search lead me to the Graphite Design YS-Six Reloaded, a $100 shaft that from a profile perspective a dead match to the IZ. An interesting find! Back to the Maximum Accuracy and Distance, while there is not a close match from Graphite Design, the profile is very popular and successful for many.

Let’s hear Bill McPherson describe the Maximum Accuracy and Distance shaft at the 2018 PGA merchandise show. The MAD discussion starts at the 5:00 mark in the video.

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Oban AirBurst Golf Shaft Review

Oban AirBurst Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

When I looked at email this morning there was an announcement from Oban that the AirBurst shaft is now available. I called Ralph for review samples and he told me the protos I had measured last year were the final versions. Much to my delight I was not going to have to spend a half day measuring shafts for the knowledge base and this review. When the TaylorMade M3 arrived in January it went into my bag. Over the last few months I have played a number of 50 gram shafts. The AirBurst was in the bag last month and between storms and cold weather it got played for a few rounds.

Over the years I have learned that light weight driver shafts are not created equal. The lighter the shaft the thinner the walls. Thin wall driver shafts without premium material play like wet noodles. You can hit them straight by slowing down your swing and waiting for the head to show up. It is like a bunt. With a little practice, you can get the ball to go straight. They are actually a good training tool if you are out of sync and need to get your feel back. But should you go after the ball, there is no telling where the head is or how it will be positioned at impact.

Then there are the premium shafts made with high density thin ply prepreg. The thin sheets let the designer use enough bias plys to stabilize torque. With enough torque, the head will be aligned with your hands at impact. Then, the light weight shafts let those of us who’s swing speeds are age challenged get our speed back. Define the term “premium light weight shaft”? In dollars, the definition has become $700+. Add a head and we have an $1100 driver. For the record, I am currently alternating between two 50 gram shafts in this price range. And I have not missed any fairways over the past two months.

Ralph and Woody start the discussion about the Oban Airburst driver shafts at the 5:15 mark on this video shot at the 2018 PGA Merchandise show.

Lets take a closer look at the Oban Airburst.

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