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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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.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

Graphite Design Tour AD UB Shaft Review

Graphite Design Tour AD UB 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 Graphite Design Tour AD UB is the second shaft from Graphite Design to use Torayca ® M40X pre-preg. Torayca ® M40X has both high strength and does not deform when loaded. Tensile Modulus is the mechanical property the relates force to deformation. The material in the UB does not elongate when loaded. In a golf shaft, the energy applied is not lost to elongation. It is stored in the shaft and theoretically is released at impact resulting in higher ball speeds.

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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 Tour Z RPG HBP & LBP Driver Shafts Review

ACCRA Tour Z RPG HBP & LBP Driver Shafts 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

High Balance and Low Balance designs compliment the ACCRA Tour Z shaft, released in 2017. High modulus. low resin prepreg results in low wall thickness, enhancing feedback. Uniform taper provides maximum energy transfer down the shaft. A woven prepreg from Toray runs down the length of the shaft, resulting in a uniform torque profile down the shaft. ACCRA tells us this creates the lowest resin to fiber ratio of any shaft they have ever designed. The shafts are made in a Japanese and the quality and conformity across weights and flex designations is as good as I have seen. Lets explore the EI Profile flex distribution of these shafts and look at how the movement of balance point changes a shaft.

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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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Russ

Aldila Rogue 130MSI Black Driver Shaft Review

Aldila Rogue 130MSI Black 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 Aldila Rogue driver shafts have now all been reissued with 130 MSI prepreg. The Aldila website informs us that Mitsubishi Chemical fiber and prepreg is used exclusively in the shaft. Mitsubishi acquired Aldila several years ago. Aldila and Mitsubishi are one of the few brands, perhaps the only brand, in the business to produce the materials their shafts are made with. Lets look at the rogue Black EI profile and then compare it to the Rogue White and Silver.

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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 iSeries Steel Iron Shaft Review

ACCRA iSERIES Steel 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 iSeries Steel shaft is the first and only steel shaft offered by ACCRA as part of their i series line of shafts. All other iSeries shafts are carbon fiber. The ACCRA iSeries has a unique step pattern. It is stepped in the butt end and stepless from the mid section down. It also has a unique finish called Eco-Satin. It has the look of brushed chrome, but is in fact a coating that prevents rust and eliminates the chemicals required in the Nickel-Chrome plating process.

ACCRA primarily sells shaft to custom fitters. They are the house brand of Premium Golf Management out of Kingston Ontario. Premium golf Management and True Temper Sports partnered in 2016. That partnership made PGMC the distributor of True Temper, ACCRA and most recently Aerotech golf shafts to the professional golf club fitting and building community.

The ACCRA iSeries Steel iron shaft is a taper tip constant weight design available in 105, 115 and 125 gram models. There are 10 shafts in each weight enabling club fitters to adjust the set of the set by selecting the shafts needed for the set from this matrix. 

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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