Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Shafts
It’s remarkable how much a good-quality shaft can change your game.
|Project X Wood
Key Feature: Featuring a similar bend profile to Project X iron shafts, the Project X wood shaft yields a penetrating launch and low spin. Its reinforced cross section provides a very stable shaft. The tapered midsection combines with the double-reinforced tip section to maintain a strong angle of attack and greatly reduce spin, even in the highest-launch drivers.
Flex Point: Mid-Stiff
|True Temper Dynamic Gold
Key Feature: This high-flex, Tour weight shaft is designed for skilled players seeking a low, penetrating ballflight for optimum control and accuracy.
Weight: A variety of weights between 122 and 137 grams
Flex Point: Low
Flexes: R, S, X
|Ust Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore
Key Feature: Available in three models—Blue, Tour Black and Tour Red—the new AXIVCore line features a four-axis material weave within the inner walls of the butt section that provides stability and consistent shaft recovery. The Blue series has a more active tip section for higher launch angles, while the Tour Black provides a similar high trajectory with significantly lower spin rates. The Tour Red offers a stiffer tip section for a more boring trajectory.
Material: High-modulus graphite
Flex Point: Mid-High
Flexes: X, S, R
|Ust Mamiya Attas
Key Feature: AXIV material positioned in the butt section reduces ovaling for better stability and solid feel in the hands. Constant taper design offers players a precise feel of more energy transfer to
the ball for instant player feedback with greater distance. Tighter tolerances ensure product consistency during manufacturing process. UST Mamiya has a reputation for producing some of the most consistent-performing shafts in golf.
Weight: 53, 66, 67, 68, 69, 75, 77, 78, 86, 89, 97, 99g
Flex Point: Med-High
Flexes: R, R2, S, X
In 2010, expect to continue to see shafts made specifically for each type of club category. Both shaft and club manufacturers recognize that geometric drivers, for example, have unique weighting and torsional
characteristics, and cause different stresses on the shaft in multiple directions during the golf swing. And with the advent of sophisticated clubfitting systems, you have every opportunity to find the absolute perfect shafts for your next clubs.
Some shaft manufacturers are taking that technology to the next level. Fujikura Composites has a fitting studio for amateur golfers at its Vista, Calif., headquarters. There, golfers can receive a detailed, computer-analyzed fitting session.
“Fujikura designs shafts for different swing profiles through our Fit-On Academy that will deliver these new geometrical heads to the ball as quickly and efficiently as possible to maximize the player’s distance and accuracy,” says Dave Schnider, president and COO of Fujikura. “We will continue to focus on different technologies aimed at stabilizing and delivering the clubhead quicker to the ball for different swing types.”
Other shaft manufacturers have interactive fitting systems available on their websites to help golfers quickly hone in on the right type of shaft for their games.
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