Aldila RIP Golf Shaft Review


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

The Aldila RIP was introduced to the golf consumer in 2010. RIP stands for reverse interlaminar placement.  Meaning, some of the bias plies that create torque were moved from the placement near the mandral to the outside of the shaft walls. The longitudinal plies, that create stiffness were sandwiched between the bias plies.  This reconfiguration increased torque and hoop strength, creating a more stable shaft with a different feel.

The profile is a change from the Aldila NV, like many of today’s designs, it shows multiple hinge points. It is one of the few shafts that lose stiffness toward the tip will holding low torque. The 70g version is a good shaft for creating mid to high launch fairways.

With the introduction of the RIP line of shafts, Aldila began putting torque numbers on the label.  With the 60 gram versions we found the torque numbers a little higher than our system, while the 70 gram versions we quite similar to our measurements.  The radial profiles are very good, the shafts can be installed in any orientation.

The RIP comes in three versions.  A Greek letter on the shaft indicates the version. The color of the eyes in the logo changes on each version.

Aldila RIP Alpha

The RIP Alpha, has red eyes. The Aldila RIP profiles are different in the 60g and the 70g models as shown. The radial profiles are very good, the shaft can be installed in any orientation. As you can see in the EI profiles, the shaft looses stiffness toward the tip.  With shafts of this type, tipping will increase stiffness without changing the design intent of the shaft.  When we see stiffness increases toward the tip, tipping can cut away some of the stiffest portion of the tip.  That is not the case with the Aldila RIP design.  We find the RIP to be mid launching shafts.



Aldila RIP Beta


This image shows the white version of the Aldila RIP.  All of the Aldila RIP models are available in either white or black.  In this photo, you can clearly see the Greek letter and the torque number in between the weight and stiffness.  The  Aldila RIP Beta, green eyes, has the same shaft geometry as the RIP Alpha from Butt to Mid. The tip is softer, yielding a higher launch and spin. In the heavier models, the Aldila RIP Beta is a great high launch low torque fairway shaft. The torque ranges from 4.9 in the 60R to 2.7 in the 70X Aldila RIP Beta, slightly higher than the Alpha.  The profile does not change in the heavier models.Aldila_RIP_Beta_EiGj


Aldila RIP Gamma


The Aldila RIP Gamma, yellow eyes, is a close match to the RIP Alpha. It is counterweighted. The balance point is about an inch and a half closer to the butt. This allows those that rely on swing weight to create a driver with a heavier head and still have a D2 swing weight. For those clubmakers that have moved on to MOI balancing this seems a bit archaic. It can be seen as a reminder of the weakness of the swing weight system. If you are looking for a counterweighted RIP Alpha, the RIP Gamma is just that. Or, you can do what Jack Nicklaus is reported to have done, and put a little lead tape under your grips. Many golf professionals have not been exposed to MOI balanced clubs and rely on a 90 year old scale design for club balance. Tradition runs strong in golf and the RIP Gamma caters to that tradition.


Aldila RIP Sigma

Aldila RIP Sigma is an OEM design. The samples tested were designed for Tour Exotic Fairways. The premium after market Adila RIP Alpha 70g X flex has a 2.6 torque while the ‘designed for’ version is 4.2. Based on limited samples the design is a hybrid of the Alpha and Beta. This is one more example of product compromises made to achieve price points that the golf consumer considers competitive and reasonable. In defense of the club companies, they simply deliver what the consumer is willing to pay for.  Branded shafts in branded clubs, often sold for less than the price of the premium aftermarket shaft that gets played on tour, do not have the same manufacturing specs or tolerances as the tour quality shaft.

  • Douglas Knox

    I’ve been using an RIP ALPHA 60 IN MY PING DRIVER for years but I am not happy with it – it doesn’t load right for me. I crush my Ping 3 wd using the NVS 65 – seems to load very well. Can anyone recommend what Aldilas shaft I should put in my driver to get a better loading feel? Maybe RIP BETA or DVS? I like a soft tip because I can feel the all better. Or could an NVS also work well in a driver? Swing Speed is about 102 and can hit driver about 260. However, I can regularly hit my 3wd 240 to 250… Sometimes 260. I just want my driver to add 20 or 30 yards to my 3 wd!

    • DevotedGolfer

      I do not see the NVS as having a soft tip. It actually tightens some starting at about 14″. That profile generally delivers good directional control. The RIP moves in the opposite direction, continuing to soften all the way to the tip. It has been some time since I looked at the NVS profile. It is a classic design, little surprise it works well for you, especially in a fairway.

      The NVS profile is similar to the VooDoo you might try one in your driver. In the same family of profiles is the Mitsubishi Diamana Blue. All of the versions, the original Blue Board, the Kai’li and the new Diamana B series shafts are close. They will have a slightly higher tip to butt stiffness ratio than the NVS and about a half of degree less tip torque. You will most likely fit into the 50 or 60 X versions. The new Aldila Tour Blue’s and Green’s are in transit for review. A new shaft, from Aldila, the Rogue will release this year at the PGA merchandise show. I am waiting for samples of it as well.

      Get yourself to a good fitter with a wide range of shafts. In the long run, working with a good fitter is less expensive and less aggravating than buy and try. There are a lot of shafts similar the the NVS, the RIP Alpha is not one of them.

      • Douglas Knox

        Hey thanks for the feedback. Terminology is key here. I “think” what I like about the NVS is a relatively low kick point. Regardless, I hate the RIP alpha… Which I have read is somewhat opposite to the NVS. I was mislead 3 years ago and have been paying the price ever since. I don’t have access to a good fitter – and that is complicated by being LH and living in Asia where LH DEMO CLUBS & SHAFTS are unavailable. I would gladly pay the fitting fees IF ONLY…

        Aldilas has so many new shafts – trinity, magnum etc but can’t seem to figure out which might align closer to the NVS and further from the RIP ALPHA!

        Other than VOODOO & diamana, any other suggestions?

        • Douglas Knox

          By the way, it’s the slight whippy feeling that I like in a shaft. It allows me to feel the ball upon contact. I prefer regular over stiff for the same reason – stiff shafts feel dead and not very loaded to me…

          All suggestions very welcome!

          • Douglas Knox

            One more thing to DEVOTED GOLFER – your comment about the NVS having good directional control is spot on – despite using an R FLEX I don’t have problems with direction control – I just can’t load the RIP ALPHA very well.

          • DevotedGolfer

            Look at the review of the Aldila VooDoo. The shape of the EI curve you see there represents the feeling you like. We are all different and what works for one is no guarantee that it works for someone else. The NVS profile, a steady loss of stiffness from tip to butt with a tightening near the tip is the profile of the KBS line of iron shafts. It is the slope of that profile that sets launch. You will see this simple design in many of the Graphite Design Tour AD models, UST AXIV Black, Miyazaki JDL and Dromos. You will find that using the stiffest shaft you are comfortable loading will give you the tightest dispersion.

          • Douglas Knox

            Ok I see that the curves for VOODOO & DIAMANA BLUE are similar. I also see that RIP BETA is similar but with a deeper valley upon approaching the tip. I think the store confused ALPHA for BETA – and inadvertantly really screwed my driver swing up! I had the DVS before but cracked it on a Tee box.

            I can’t find the NVS or DVS EI CURVES to confirm – are you confident they are similar?

            I also hit my Ping rapture 3wd (using NVS 65 R) off the tee very very well.

            So understanding that you have
            no crystal ball, if money was no object, would you put my G10 9deg driver in an NVS, VOODOO, RIP BETA, OR DIAMANA BLUE? I just want the latest technology similar to the NVS – with all those models there must be a better “NVS” on the market today?

            Thanks so much for your time!

          • Douglas Knox

            BTW with my 250/ 260 yard 3wd as my goto club for tight fairways, I don’t want tight dispersion with my driver… I want 30 more yards when there is room to bomb it! It is very frustrating not to be able to hit a driver much longer than a 3 wd!!

          • DevotedGolfer

            Am I confident the curves are similar? Yes, I created the measuring instrument, the software, did the measurements and wrote this site. They are not exact, but very close.

            The latest technology in a similar design is going to come in the form of the KuroKage TiNi Proto 60S. This is a Mitsubishi Dealer only shaft. Next will be third generation Diamana Series B. New technology means hi density materials creating the same strength with less weight. The KuroKage TiNi Proto has the lower 12″ of the shaft reinforced with Titanium Nickel wire. It is in my driver as well as that of some of my more talented associates.

            Regarding distance vs dispersion. Distance requires dispersion control, the longer you hit it, the less room there is for angular error. You will not see any stock shafts on the tours for exactly that reason.

          • Douglas Knox

            The Mitsubishi shafts sure sound good! Could you check your archives for curves on the NVS or DVS? All this talk about stiff reinforced tips has me a little gun shy on the Mitsubishi shafts – don’t have a powerful swing remember!

            Great website – bringing some meaning to all these shafts is a good thing! Thanks

  • Adrian

    I usually never write reviews, but I felt compelled to write about this shaft. The Aldila RIP Alpha Stiff 60! This shaft has changed my game! I am a mid to low 90’s player. Never have broke 90 in my life. (Also have never taken a lessson). I’ve gone through driver after driver trying different lofts and flexes. One day while at the driving range, my buddy let me use his driver just so I could see how his club felt. I could not slice this club if I wanted too!!! Usually the harder I swing, the more I slice. Not with this Alpha shaft. He had it on an Adams 9064LS head. I immediately went to Golf Mart to find a used one. My luck, they did not have it on an Adams, but instead on a Titleist 913 D2. OMG!!! I love this set up even more because the head was adjustable!!! I know my advice means very little, but if you are a consistent slicer like I WAS, GET THIS SHAFT!!! My first round with it, I shot a 86!!!! I consistently hit middle of fairway with a slight fade!

  • Stu

    I realise this discussion ended quite a few years ago, but was wondering if someone can help me. I live in Oz and am several days drive from any sort of shaft fitting business. A mate recently noticed my driver’s shaft and gave me a similar shaft for my Titleist 913F fairway wood, which he said he’d bought and didn’t like. It’s the Aldila RIP Alpha 80 S. I absolutely love it – has added a little distance but (even better) gives very tight dispersion off the tee. I’m now thinking that maybe my driver shaft isn’t quite right as it definitely isn’t as well behaved. I’m using a Titleist with the Aldila RIP Alpha 70 S. It gives me good distance, just not particularly tight dispersion. I found some stiffness/shaft profile numbers somewhere in my travels and notice that the Alpha 80 S gets progressively stiffer compared to the Alpha 70 S, as it gets closer to the tip. Given I don’t have access to a fitter, is there any shaft that may give me similar results for my driver (ie. similar or more distance but tighter dispersion) that I’ve experienced since I put the Alpha 80 S on my fairway wood? On the basis of lighter weight possibly leading to greater swing speed, I thought maybe the Aldila RIP Alpha 60 X, but note its a fair bit stiffer than the Alpha 80 S except for the 16 and 21 inch sections. I’d appreciate any worthwhile suggestions as I pretty much have to buy online, sight unseen. Cheers

  • IO

    Hi Russ,
    I know this thread is a little old, but I wanted to know if you had measurements for the RIP Alpha deflection/tip and butt torque/balance point measurements for this shaft, and also the RIP Phenom and original NV? I really like all 3 profiles, especially the RIP Aplpha but just want to see measurements to compare to other shafts, mainly the balance point as I just do not like counterbalanced/high balance point shafts. Might be because I play a more traditional 44-44.5″ driver that the swingweight is really light at that length with a high-balanced shaft.

    Reading your diagrams, i am guessing 23″ is the “neutral” balance point, and a value 1.0 or higher is trending to high-balance? If so “1.0” already a big difference from “neutral” in terms of swingweight?