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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Mitsubishi Diamana Thump Iron Shaft Review

Mitsubishi Diamana Thump Iron Shaft Review

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

 

This is the second release of a Diamana Thump Iron Shaft. The first release, in 2010, was eventually discontinued. At $160 per shaft, or $1280 per set of shafts, there was little interest. I am surprised to see the shaft again being offered. Perhaps PXG’s success at selling uber expensive irons demonstrated there is a market for ultra premium irons.

What exactly do you get at $160 per shaft? Much like an exotic sports car you get light weight strength. I am seeing equivalent steel stiffness with 10 to 15 grams less weigh. I am not referring the the R,S,X denoted on shafts. Those letters are meaningless ways to compare shafts outside of their own particular model. I am referring to area under the EI curve, the only functional method I have seen to rate shaft stiffness. I have to get into the 125 gram range in steel to see a stiffness match to the 2018 Mitsubishi Chemical Thump 105 gram iron shafts. These are truly exotic iron shafts at a truly exotic price. Unless you are comfortable with the stiffness found in something like a 125 gram KBS tour this is not a shaft you can load. But if you are, you have to see what happens when your clubs weigh loses 15 grams. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

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Oban CT-100 Golf Shaft Review

Shamida / Oban CT-100 Golf Shaft Review

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

The OBAN / Shimada CT-100 is a lower weight version of the CT-115 released last year. They give the club builder the ability to fine tune set stiffness in a constant weight, taper tip design. Iron shafts have traditionally been parallel or taper tip. I wrote an article, Parallel vs Constant Weight Irons Shafts, explaining the differences several years ago. The CT-100, like the CT-115, is a set of 12 constant weight shafts from which the club builder selects a group of shafts to build to an exact the stiffness range. This combines the best aspects of constant weigh taper sets with the tunable stiffness of parallel iron sets. This overcomes the tip stiffness compression inherent in parallel iron sets. If you did not understand that statement, read the technical article.

The discussion about the CT-100 starts at the 9:30 mark on this video shot at the 2018 PGA Merchandise show.

Lets take a closer look at the OBAN CT-100. 

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ACCRA Tour Z RPG 400 Golf Shaft Review

ACCRA Tour Z RPG 400 Golf Shaft Review

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

ACCRA added a new profile to the Tour Z RPG in 2018. The Tour Z RPG is a lower launch version of the Tour Z RPG 300 reviewed last year. This video, shot at ACCRA day at the PGA merchandise has Ken Thompson of ACCRA explaining the RPG shafts to the club fitters gathered there.

ACCRA has moved some of their manufacturing to a Japanese foundry. The Tour Z RPG is a made in Japan product. It uses high modulus materials with the lowest resin content of any ACCRA shaft. A new material with a quad weave runs the entire length of the shaft. The 4 Tour Z RPG 400 shafts have consistent bend profiles. Fitters can work to find your proper weight and flex knowing each of these shaft have exactly the same bend properties. The radial consistency was 99.3% with a 0.5% standard deviation. They are round. 

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