2008 Shaft Buyer's Guide

The engine of every club is the shaft, and now is the time to get your engine running at top speed. Today?s shafts are, without question, better than ever.

Mitsubishi JavlnFX
Key Feature:A stable tip section that doesn’t compromise responsiveness or feel. Unlike many shafts engineered with a tip section meant to stabilize the shaft throughout the swing, the JavlnFX doesn’t require an extremely aggressive swing profile to provide outstanding performance.
What We Like: Another quality product from Mitsubishi Rayon that’s built with premium-quality materials and processes, but can be enjoyed by players who don’t necessarily have Tour-like swings.
Who It’s For: Recreational to better players who require a more responsive tip action to achieve optimal launch and spin conditions. Those who want a premium-quality shaft but don’t want something that feels harsh or is hard to swing.
Material: High-modulus graphite
Weight: 61g-81g
Torque: 3.8-4.3
Flex Point: Mid-high
Flexes: X, S, R
RT Technologies Zeus
Key Feature: The Zeus shaft features a filament-wound construction that incorporates the use of carbon nanotubes. This combination provides both extreme strength and a low amount of torque as well as tremendous consistency.
What We Like: RT stand for “rigorously tested,” and we believe it. This company makes high-tech shafts that really perform. The combination of filament winding, which most companies don’t do any more, and carbon nanotubes is unique.
Who It’s For: Top amateur players and Tour professionals who require a low-torque shaft with plenty of strength and a boring trajectory. If you’re a strong player who likes to swing hard, check out the Zeus.
Material: Filament-wound graphite
Weight: 75g
Torque: 2.7
Flex Point: High
Flexes: X, XS, S

SK Fiber Aero Jet
Key Feature: This lightweight shaft offers a midrange torque and kick point, allowing for excellent consistency and customization. Like all SK Fiber shafts, the Aero Jet is built with premium aerospace-grade, unidirectional high-tonnage carbon fiber and is manufactured under extremely tight tolerances. The result is said to be greater consistency from shaft to shaft.
What We Like: SK Fiber’s research and development team constantly experiments with new and innovative composite materials like Kevlar, titanium and new pre-preg processes to bring the best high-performance graphite golf shafts to market.
Who It’s For: The Aero Jet is specifically designed to add power for smooth swingers and accuracy for power hitters. Low- to mid-handicappers in particular will appreciate the feel and performance of the SK Fiber shaft.
Material: Graphite
Weight: 71g, 74g
Torque: 3.2
Flex Point: Mid-high
Flexes: S, R, A
UST Proforce V2
Key Feature: A high-performance design that delivers increased ballspeed with less spin for less shot dispersion. A low-torque design that’s optimized to work with modern oversized drivers due to enhanced stabilization properties. A more flexible overall bend profile.
What We Like: The performance and versatility of the V2 design. There are top-notch Tour players like Jim Furyk and Davis Love III playing the V2, and we can play it as well.
Who It’s For: Just about any golfer looking for greater stabilization throughout the swing and a more consistent impact position. Golfers who want a shaft that doesn’t feel too stiff and allows them to feel the clubhead throughout the swing are primed for the V2.
Material: High-modulus graphite
Weight: 55g, 65g, 75g
Torque: 2.2-3.7
Flex Point: Mid to mid-high
Flexes: X, S, R (A 55g only)


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