Golf Shaft Reviews is my freelance journal about golf shafts. If you want to understand golf shafts you have come to the right place. Here you can learn why some shafts work for you and others do not. I encourage you share your comments about what you experience with the shafts reviewed. Learn which profiles work for you and which do not. There is a great deal to understand beyond weight and stiffness.

When I entered the golf club fitting business about 15 years ago, there was no source of information for golf shafts. There was no standard rating system for golf shaft stiffness. That was and still is a problem for fitting golf clubs. Golf shaft stiffness is not a simple concept. So as the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Shaft engineers and designers define golf shaft stiffness as a profile, the shape of stiffness down the length of the shaft. I have been writing about EI profiles on this journal for 7+ years. At last, the term EI profile, is part of the discussion shaft companies are having with golfers.

Creating a uniform system to profile golf shafts was possible, in fact several shaft companies had. But the infromation was not shared with golfers or golf professionals. I learned what I could from golf shaft engineers, purchased the instruments that were available and then invented my own EI instrument. It took a few years to refine the EI Instrument and many, many years to acquire and measure the popular golf shafts. This journal provides you with uniform measurements of thousands of golf shafts.

If you are new to my journal, the technology menu is a collection of articles that will help you understanding golf shaft design and the attributes of the golf shaft that can be independently measured. My objective in creating this journal is to balance the marketing messages of the golf business with some science. And ultimately, help you make better decisions when selecting your golf clubs.

This journal is entirely supported by reader subscriptions. If you believe as I do, that the golf shaft is essential to good golf, please subscribe. Testing shafts and writing articles takes a great amount of time. Your subscription underwrites the time and resources needed to keep my journal going and growing. You will notice, this site is does not run ads, that allows me to remain unbiased in the articles.

This video is a detailed discussion about golf shafts stiffness and the history of how it was measured and marketed.

It took years to understand shaft measurement and many more years to accumulate a meaningful database of shaft measurements. The magnitude of that accomplishment did not occur to me until a golf shaft company owner said it to me. Several golf shaft companies now use the EI measuring instrument I designed and manufactured. This video is a discussion with three other Top 100 fitters about how having a shaft database changed their business.

If you are a golf professional and would like access to more data there are two choices. Golf Professional subscribers get access to a larger set of data and individual profiles of all the shaft model weights and stiffness variations that were made available. Fit2Score Affiliates have access to the entire database through Excel. To hear a recent podcast interview I did about golf shafts with Tony Wright, a Fit2Score Software Affiliate, Click Here.

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Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX Golf Shaft Review

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX Golf Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Highlands Performance Golf Center, Carrollton Texas 
Golf Digest Certified America’s 100 Best Club Fitter

The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is on of two shafts released in 2021 using Hexcel HexTow carbon fiber. Hexcel is a producer of aerospace grade carbon fiber used in aircraft. I reviewed the HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX last month. The Black is a firmer midsection compliment to the super soft mid Blue RDX.

Lets listen to what TrueTemper has to say about this 2021 Shaft.

The Project X RDX Smoke Black is available as a no charge option from some of the brands. Several models are available from TaylorMade. To compare the Project X Smoke Black RDX to other shafts, lets look at the measurements.

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Russ

Mitsubishi Diamana TB Golf Shaft Review

Mitsubishi Diamana TB Series Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Highlands Performance Golf Center, Carrollton Texas 
Golf Digest Certified America’s 100 Best Club Fitter

The venerable Diamana Blue Board is now in its 5th generation, The 2021 Diamana TB series. Rather the reading me talk about what is new, just watch this video from Mitsubishi Chemical. 

The Diamana Blue defines the most popular shaft archetype, a soft mid profile. This archetype is available from virtually every driver shaft company. Many brands produce exact copies and many other produce variations of the archetype. The EI profiles of the Diamana TB Series are not much different than the 4th generation BF series. What is noticeably different are manufacturing tolerances. Mitsubishi Chemical is vertically integrated. They make their own fiber, resin and prepreg. That gives them full control over design and manufacturing. The TB series is available in 21 versions from 40 to 80 grams and in flex designations from R2 to TX. I validated what they claim, there is very little variance in Butt diameter and balance through the matrix of shafts. That makes life easy for the fitting technician.

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If you want to truly understand golf shafts, register for an annual subscription of $10. Ten dollars is less than the cost of a sleeve of premium golf balls or a bucket of range balls. Your support will keep Golf Shaft Reviews going and growing. This website is the only comprehensive information source about golf shafts available to the public. I do not receive compensation from the shaft companies nor clutter the site with ads.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

TrueTemper Elevate ETS Golf Shaft Review

TrueTemper ELEVATE ETS Iron Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Highlands Performance Golf Center, Carrollton Texas 
Golf Digest Certified America’s 100 Best Club Fitter

The TrueTemper ELEVATE ETS is available in both taper tip and parallel designs. the Elevate ETS 85 and 95 are .370 parallel tip designs. The Elevate ETS 115 is a constant weight taper tip DYNAMIC design offered in R, S and X flex.

Here is what TrueTemper tells us about the ELEVATE ETS.

If you are not familiar with what I refer to as a DYANAMIC design it is explained with this illustration. Dynamic design constant weight taper tip iron sets are a shaft design archetype almost exclusively produced by TrueTemper. The EI profiles change with flex designation. This is discussed in the review of the Dynamic Gold. In many other taper iron sets stiffness is a byproduct of weight, as weight increases, stiffness increases while the EI profiles remain the same. The TrueTemper Dynamic archetype holds weight nearly the same from flex to flex while changing the EI profile. The Elevate ETS R, weighting 115 grams has a longer tip section promoting a higher launch. The Elevate ETS S weighs 116 grams and has a shorter tip section promoting a mid launch. The Elevate ETS X weighs 117 grams and has the shortest tip section promoting the lowest launch of the group. As you look at this illustration you can see how the tip to first step length differences creates three different bend profiles.

This is a vital understanding if you are considering the ELEVATE ETS taper shafts. You have the ability to pick a launch propensity while holding weight constant. Now, lets look at how these three profiles compare in overall stiffness and chart the profiles of the parallel designs.

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If you want to truly understand golf shafts, register for an annual subscription of $10. Ten dollars is less than the cost of a sleeve of premium golf balls or a bucket of range balls. Your support will keep Golf Shaft Reviews going and growing. This website is the only comprehensive information source about golf shafts available to the public. I do not receive compensation from the shaft companies nor clutter the site with ads.

The technical section of the site is open to all. In it you can learn about the terms and concepts discussed in the reviews.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX Golf Shaft Review

TrueTemper Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Highlands Performance Golf Center, Carrollton Texas 
Golf Digest Certified America’s 100 Best Club Fitter

TrueTemper is releasing a number of new Project X driver shafts in 2021. This is the first set I have measured. It is offered with several graphics. Lets listen to what TrueTemper has to say about this 2021 Shaft.

The Project X RDX Smoke Blue is available as a no charge option from some of the brands. Several models are available from TaylorMade. To compare the Project X Smoke Blue RDX to other shafts, lets look at the measurements.

To read this review, you must register . 

If you want to truly understand golf shafts, register for an annual subscription of $10. Ten dollars is less than the cost of a sleeve of premium golf balls or a bucket of range balls. Your support will keep Golf Shaft Reviews going and growing. This website is the only comprehensive information source about golf shafts available to the public. I do not receive compensation from the shaft companies nor clutter the site with ads.

The technical section of the site is open to all. In it you can learn about the terms and concepts discussed in the reviews.

Information provided at registration will NEVER be shared with ANYONE. To be notified of new reviews, follow DevotedGolfer on facebook.

Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

KBS $-Taper HT Iron Shaft Review

KBS $-Taper HT Golf Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Highlands Performance Golf Center, Carrollton Texas 
Golf Digest Certified America’s 100 Best Club Fitter

The Covid-19 virus has had a profound effect on the golf season and the golf equipment vendors. The beginning of the year was slow and many equipment companies slowed factory and assembly production. Then, golf was recognized as a “safe” recreational activity and golfers escaped the isolation of their homes to the golf courses. Many looked at the 10+ year old set of clubs they owned and decided to update them. The equipment business was struck by lightening. As of the publication of this review, most are backordered 3 to 4 weeks.

The January 2021 PGA merchandise show, an annual event that bring together the golf suppliers and golf professionals will be virtual. New product releases will also be virtual. GolfShaftReviews and Devoted Golfer will be producing virtual interviews in place of the interviews we have traditionally shot at the PGA Merchandise show.

Here is our first look at a new shaft from KBS, the $-Taper HT. The shaft was designed in response to feedback from tour players. It is only available in Tour weights, 120g, 125g and 130g. Let’s take an look at it’s profile and then compare it to the $-Taper and the CTaper.

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If you want to truly understand golf shafts, register for an annual subscription of $10. Ten dollars is less than the cost of a sleeve of premium golf balls or a bucket of range balls. Your support will keep Golf Shaft Reviews going and growing. This website is the only comprehensive information source about golf shafts available to the public. I do not receive compensation from the shaft companies nor clutter the site with ads.

The technical section of the site is open to all. In it you can learn about the terms and concepts discussed in the reviews.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ