True Temper Rifle Parallel Iron Shaft Review
True Temper reintroduced the Rifle Iron Shaft in 2017. it is a parallel shaft which a True Temper Performance Fitting Certified Club Maker can trim to exacting stiffness. The Rifle shaft has a long history in the golf business and was once a popular shaft on the PGA tour.
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When I was new to club making I attended what was then a weekend seminar to become a Rifle Certified Clubmaker. I learned the history of the research done by Dr. Joe Braly. That research pioneered the effort that is ongoing today to find a synergy between the golfer and the golf shaft. Quoting from my Rifle training manual, “The conventional process of determining shaft flex strictly by weight does not recognise a number of other variable that can stand in the way of producing a correctly matched set of clubs.” I am not certain that we yet fully understand that synergy. But, the research that resulted in the Rifle fitting system was a pioneering step in the history of club fitting. I know a number of golf pros that still speak fondly of their Rifle shafts sets of old.
Lets explore the Rifle fitting process and compare the Royal Precision Rifle to the True Temper Rifle.
Callaway HZRDUS T800 Driver Shaft Review
My primary focus is premium after market shafts, yet I am always asked about the stock shafts installed drivers. The Callaway HZRDUS looks very much like the $400+ shaft used on tour, it is not. The notations are ever more subtle The stock Callaway HZRDUS is labeled T800, the tour and aftermarket shaft is the HZRDUS T1100. I recently measured a pull out, let’s look at how they differ.
Project X HZRDUS T1100 Driver Shaft Review
The Project X HZRDUS T1100 is the fourth shaft in the series. The graphics are a departure from the HZRDUS Black, HZRDUS Red and HZRDUS Yellow that preceded it. They were matt finished, the T1100 is iron finished with green lettering. It is a great looking shaft that will not spook some like the HZRDUS Yellow did. The yellow is a great design. If it fits your swing, it is one of the few shafts that I have come across the does indeed add distance. I see the T1100 as a variation on the design of the Black and Red. Together, these 4 shafts are an great fitting matrix. Lets take a look at the measurements.
Project X LZ Graphite Iron Shaft Review
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.
True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven
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.