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 define the distribution of flex down a golf shaft was possible, in fact most shaft companies had such systems. But the information, for fear of giving that information to their competitors, 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 about 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 VRTX Golf Shaft Review

Project X VRTX Red and Blue 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 True Temper VRTX is a Performance Fitting Center Exclusive Product. In 2019 True Sports, the parent company of True Temper acquired the Ontario based PGMC group which included the Accra brand of golf shafts. PGMC is a distribution company that services the golf club building and fitting community. This acquisition gave True Sports a first class organization to handle sales, service and training for its golf products which include the True Temper and Project X brands. PGMC also handles other True Sports acquisitions, ACCRA, AeroTech and Grafalloy.  I graduated from the Performance Fitting Center adding it to the 9 other certifications I can recall.

The Project X VRTX driver shafts are sold only to PFC club builder / fitters. The VRTX Red is available in 40 to 60 gram models. The VRTX is available in the more traditional 50 to 70 gram range.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

Evenflow Riptide LX Golf Shaft Review

Evenflow Riptide LX 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 TrueTemper Evenflow Riptide LX is the second of two Riptide X series driver shafts released in late 2021.They contain ultra low modulus prepreg in the tip section. Both the LX and the MX have lower torque that earlier Riptide models which starts in the tip and continues up the shaft. We generally see lower torque tightening dispersion while at the same time created a feel of increased stiffness. In the Riptide X series, feel

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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

Evenflow Riptide MX Golf Shaft Review

EvenFlow Riptide MX 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

There was a sense of familiarity as the first EI Flex Distribution Graph formed as I measured the Riptide MX. I have seen this profile before, in fact it is an archetypical design. Successful on tour after a very, very long time, the profile is available from several shaft companies.

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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

ACCRA iCWT Graphite Iron Shaft Review

ACCRA iCWT 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 ACCRA iCWT iron shafts are unique. They are constant weight sets with 4″ parallel tips. A golf club builder, by cutting away some of the tip, can created the stiffness they want. The ACCRA iCWT is available in three weights, 75g, 95g and 115g.

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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.

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

Nippon Modus3 Tour115 X Golf Shaft Review

Nippon Modus3 Tour115 X 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

As of the end of 2021 availability the Nippon Modus Tour115 is limited. I received only the X flex version. The shaft will be added to the Mizuno fitting cart in 2022. We now have Nippon Modus3 shafts in 5 weights, 105, 115, 120, 125 and 130. It is important to note that these are more than simple weight options of the same design. The Modus3 120 and the Modus3 130 are radically different 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.

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