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Shafts | Irons
UST Mamiya
Key Features: The new generation of PROFORCE V5 shafts are for the player seeking more distance with improved feel over the previous generation. The firm tip section produces a mid-trajectory while the use of superior materials and design produces a very stable and consistent golf shaft. Put it this way: We've been huge fans of PROFORCE shafts over the years. This latest version has us all giddy inside.
Specs: Available in a variety of weights and flexes.
Players Spec Ami99
Key Features: If you want added forgiveness in longer irons and more rigid control in shorter irons and wedges, the Players Spec Ami99 delivers that in a precision-made set of graphite shafts. The "ascending weight progression" means weight increases incrementally from 95 grams in the 3-iron shaft to 100 grams in the pitching wedge shaft.
Specs: Progressively weighted, with SteelFiber composite construction.
RIP Iron
Key Features: It has a low-torque design, not just among graphite iron shafts, but it's low-torque when compared to steel models, as well. The tip and butt sections remain firm, while the center section does the bending work for the utmost in distance and control. And, like the wood RIP Shafts, it's made with the same RIP technology that made those shafts so popular.
Specs: Available in 90 and 115 composite models in a variety of flexes.
UST Mamiya
Elements Series
Key Features: Each shaft in the Elements Series (Earth, Wind, Fire and new the ion-plated Chrome Series) is fitted by a TSPX fitter, meaning that fitter is certified and is an expert, making sure you get the perfect shaft for your golf game. Whether it's a low, mid- or high launch with whatever spin you need, a TSPX fitter will give you the most personalized fit you can get from UST Mamiya. Every Tour player using a UST Mamiya shaft was fitted by a TSPX fitter. No exceptions.
Specs: Each shaft caters to a specific launch/spin ballflight, with a variety of flexes and weights within that set to choose from.
Pro 95i
Key Features: If you want a graphite shaft that has the weight of steel, the Pro 95i might be just the shaft. It has the weight (99g) you'd come to expect from steel, but with the feel and load capabilities a graphite shaft provides. This means more vibration dampening, making these among the smoothest-feeling graphite iron shafts around. The set uses a 2-iron blank, making it capable of holding a consistent swingweight throughout the set (when trimmed to length).
Specs: Available in X, S flex profiles with a mid-bendpoint.
Key Features: A stiff-tip design for a lower ballflight while retaining a smoother feel through impact.
This shaft also incorporates much of the same design found in the popular KBS Tour shaft, hence, the buttery feel and Tour-preferred trajectory (low-launch, low-spin) these shafts create. We love the satin finish, too.
Specs: Available in five flexes in steel with progressive weight/flex profiles.
Key Features: Much like the KBS Tour shaft with a tight shot dispersion, mid-launch and low-spin characteristics, only this time in a lighter steel version. Also, like every shaft Kim Braly makes (those are his initials, folks), the shafts are stepped for precision flexing from butt to tip, meaning they're silky-smooth and flex only as much as you need them to for extreme control.
Specs: Steel construction in three flexes (R, S, X) in 100g to 120g weights, respectively.
Nunchuk xi
Key Features: The same Tri-Zonal Tech that made the single-flex Nunchuk wood shaft so popular is here in a graphite shaft for irons. Again, the one-size-fits-all mantra is here, too, promising minimal vibration, better feel and more "bio-feedback" to help golfers make similar swings with each iron in the bag.
Specs: Available in 104g, one flex/length. Butt trim to desired length.
True Temper
DG Pro
Key Features: A progressive design (meaning the shafts have different design profiles for long, mid- and short irons) lends a higher ballflight in long irons and a controlled flight and cushioned feel in short irons. Middle irons are a mix of both. Long irons fly higher, short irons fly lower and middle irons, again, fall in between. Spin is also optimized for each shaft.
Specs: The steel progressive design comes in three flexes, each with progressive step patterns and weights in the full set.
Project X
Key Features: The PXi is a tapered steel shaft, designed for an aggressive player with a higher swing speed looking for a low-spin launch and a mid-low trajectory. That said, the PXi retains a smooth feel and has a lighter weight, making it a top choice among elite players who want the extra swing speed and distance that come from weight reduction in the shafts.
Specs: Available in four flexes from 108g to 117g.
True Temper
XP Series
Key Features: Designed specifically for players with deliberate swing speeds (you know who you are), the lightweight XP 95 shafts promote a high trajectory for maximum distance. If you want big distance (TT claims you can increase distance up to 6 to 8 yards more!), but have a faster tempo, the XP 105 is 10 grams heavier (105g), but still lends a high launch for max carry.
Specs: Both shafts come in S and R profiles.
UST Mamiya
Key Features: The popular Recoil composite shafts are designed to allow golfers to load and unload each shaft more effectively, whether it be a full or partial golf swing. That means better distance control and shot dispersion from club to club and swing to swing. Also, the unique construction helps absorb vibration for less wear and tear on the hands and elbow joints.
Specs: Available in a wide range of profiles and flexes.


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