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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UST LIN-Q Driver Shaft Review

UST LIN-Q Blue & Red Driver Shaft Review

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

I have limited access to UST shafts as they do not provide review samples. In looking at the UST website they have provided accurate EI profiles of the LIN-Q product line. I would expect as much as they own one of my EI instruments. Carbon fiber materials are constantly being improved. UST tells us that they used the latest generation TORAY prepreg in the LIN-Q. 

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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

Dynamic Gold 95 Iron Shaft Review

Dynamic Gold 95 Iron Golf Shaft Review

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

I have just learned to say True Sports instead of True Temper. Then the name changed again to TrueTemper Sports. That makes more sense, but all those words are much to long for the fields in my database. Hence, TrueTemper Sports is abbreviated to TTS.

Another name change I embrace is the expansion of the Dynamic Gold brand name applied to weight variations of the design. No longer, at least for the moment, will the Dynamic Archetype in different weights bear a different model name. More on this later in the review. For now, lets just say the 95 gram version of the Dynamic Gold fills out the line which now includes 105, 115, 120 and the original 130 gram models. 

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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 U Golf Shaft Review

Project X U Golf Shaft Review

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

The Project X Utility (U) is a 0.370 tip, 40.5 inch long utility iron or hybrid shaft. It is designed to compliment the Project X iron shafts. After seeing it I wish more iron shaft companies would design similar compliments to their popular iron shafts.

I use steel shafts in strong player hybrids. This usually means using a tapered 2 iron shaft with a shim. The shim is necessary to put a 0.355 shaft into todays typical 0.370 hybrid hosel. The advantage of using steel in a hybrid is a combination of cost and consistency. Steel is 3 to 4 times the cost of a premium carbon fiber shaft. And, it matches the feel and rigidity of the strong players irons making it a perfect extension of the iron set.

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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 Black Gen4 Driver Shaft Review

TrueTemper Project X HZRDUS Black Gen4 Driver Shaft Review

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

The True Temper HZRDUS Black Gen4 features a new Dual Torsional Design throughout the shaft. It is the fourth HZRDUS Black model so the name Gen4 is appropriate. First was the Black. Next, the Smoke Black. That was followed by the third generation Smoke Black RDX. I see the last three generations as variations on a shaft I had a great respect for, the Project X Loading Zone

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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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Russ

VA Composites Raijin 2.0 Driver Shaft Review

VA Composites Raijin 2.0 Driver Shaft Review

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

The VA Composites Raijin 2.0 is the second version of the VA Composites Raijin, the first shaft produced by Victor Afable in 2017. Raijin 2.0 bears no similarity to the original Raijin. It is a different design with new materials and is Filament Wound. There are very few foundries the I know of that can filament wind.

Typically carbon fiber shafts use flags of prepreg wrapped around a mandrel. Filament wound shafts are made by wrapping ribbons of prepreg around a mandrel. This is done automatically removing the skill of a craftsman from accurately positioning the prepreg flag. Orientation of the fiber is built into the prepreg ribbon.

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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