Shafts Buyer's Guide 2006
The fact that golfers feel they need a $300 shaft upgrade says a lot about what these ultra-high-tech models can do for your game
With the highly publicized USGA regulations in place regarding clubhead design, the shaft will continue to play an even more significant role in upcoming years.
|Royal Precision Project X Woods|
(800) 920-4747 | $N/A
The same technology that made the Project X a great iron shaft is used to create an outstanding wood shaft.
Features: All Rifle steel shafts feature four distinct technologies—Frequency Matching, Stepless Design Technology, Flighted Technology and Internal Rifling.
Advantages: Frequency Matching provides superior consistency from club to club, allowing golfers to match the performance of their driver and fairway woods perfectly. Stepless Technology helps prevent loss of energy and distance, while Flighted Technology provides variable shot trajectories that can be customized to the individual. Internal Rifling dampens harmful vibrations.
Benefits: You name it.
What We Like: The whole deal.
Weight(s): 115g-130g (X-R)
Flex Point: N/A
Flexes: X, S, R
UST Proforce V2
|Royal Precision Saber Tour Vector|
(800) 920-4747 | $40
Designed for stronger players who need enhanced stability.
Features: A construction that utilizes a combination of amorphous nanostructure technology, extremely sophisticated material engineering, and Energy Inertia (E.I.) Curves (a unique shaft analysis process that precisely gauges the stiffness of a shaft from tip to butt).
Advantages: The goal of all the impressive technology used to produce the STV is to achieve the ultimate in launch control, which means optimizing launch angles and spin rates. Once this is accomplished, distance is maximized.
Benefits: Powerful players who want more distance.
What We Like: Focusing on launch parameters is key.
Weight(s): 65g, 75g
Flex Point: Mid/Low
Flexes: X, S, R
|UST iROD Driver|
(817) 267-2219 | $50
In 2004, UST introduced the now highly successful iROD Series, which consisted of shafts specifically designed to optimize the performance of hybrids, long irons and fairway woods. Engineers at UST took much of the same technology they used in the original line and applied it to a driver shaft.
Features: Manufactured with a super-responsive, interlinked carbon material that effectively increases torsional stiffness in the midsection of the shaft.
Advantages: The design is said to reduce clubhead twisting during the downswing for greater transfer of energy and greater accuracy.
Benefits: All players.
What We Like: Active tip section helps increase ball speed while encouraging a higher launch angle.
Flex Point: Low
Flexes: X, S, R, A
UST Low Carb