You will occasionally find Oban shafts featured in higher end OEM offerings upgrade offerings like TaylorMade’s Super TP series, but you won’t find Oban shafts offered as a stock shaft offerings in anyone’s lineup, and you’ll NEVER have to wonder if an Oban-labeled shaft is one of those lower-quality, watered-down, made for variants that habitually plagues certain OEM offerings.
The latest offering in Oban’s Kiyoshi series is the Tour Limited. Released earlier this season, the Tour Limited is an ultra-premium offering (even by Oban standards), and as you’ll discover in the review, it was designed in direct response to a popular industry trend. [READ MORE]
The most compelling of the Hiskei products is unquestionably the Wave shaft. To call it unconventional would be a bit of an understatement.
The Wave actually gets its name from undulating rippled wave pattern that starts about 10” from the tip and roughly 7” back towards the tip. For lack of a better description, it looks almost as if the shaft was left too close to a fire, melted and became deformed. [READ MORE]
While we always recommend getting properly fit, we’re not delusional enough to think that most of you are going to do that…not with your hybrid shafts anyway. So with necessary deference to reality, we can appreciate the simplicity of the MFS Hybrid series.
Our test results suggest that if you know what it is you’re hoping to achieve from your hybrids, there’s very little guess work here. Relative launch characteristics are as advertised, which means between the Black, Red, and White Tie shafts, Matrix is going to be able to give you the ball flight you’re looking for from your hybrid. [READ MORE]
How many times have you let some preconceived idea or bias get in the way of playing the best equipment for your game? I think for many of us club-crazy golfers, the answer is “more times than I’d like to admit.”
Personally, I will admit to a bit of a bias against Project X. Despite being fit into them on a couple of occasions, I’ve never loved the feel of their iron shafts. Because of this, I’ve never given too much thought to their graphite offerings. As you’ll see in this review, that would have been a HUGE mistake: the Project X graphite shafts are some of the most accurate and consistent I’ve ever tested. [READ MORE]
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a high-end graphite shaft company has created a graphite iron shaft that they claim is better than steel.
Though in 2013 this is not a new story (see also: UST Recoil, Nunchuk xi), it’s a lot like companies claiming that their new driver is 10 yards longer: part of us knows that it isn’t true, but part of us (the bigger part, if you’re an equipment nerd) has to test it. With the equipment nerd at the controls, I set out to test whether or not the Fujikura MCI iron shaft really has what it takes to make steel a thing of the past. [READ MORE]
UST-Mamiya’s Proforce VTS line has been on the market for over a year now, and while it may not have the sex appeal of the latest “it” shaft, because of UST’s torque-first approach to the design, the VTS remains one of the most compelling offerings on the market today.
Unlike traditional shaft offerings, the VTS line doesn’t assume that golfers who play stiffer shafts need less torque, or slower swinging players need more torque. Instead, the VTS line treats torque as an independent fitting; no differently than flex or weight.
According to UST, when players are matched to the proper torque shaft, ball speed increases of up to 6 mph with dispersion reduced up to 30%. [READ MORE]
The shots of a tour pro, whether with a driver or a wedge, all share approximately the same apex. The shots of Joe Hacker…not so much. Gopher-killing long irons and wedges that threaten airplanes are more the norm at your local muni.
To help us amateur players hit our shots more like the pros, True Temper has released the Dynamic Gold DG Pro iron shaft. The goal of the DG Pro is to bring the flight of the short irons down while getting the long irons up. The result should be that all of shots apex at about the same height, just like the pros.
Does the reality line up with that plan?
I dusted off my 3 iron to find out. [READ MORE]
First came the Nunchuk wood shaft. Then, last year, the Nunchuk 370 hybrid shaft. This year, nVentix launched the Nunchuk xi, a graphite iron shaft. Will anything stop Nunchuk and its mission to take over every club in your bag?
Honestly, I hope not. When I first heard about the Nunchuk, with its bold promises of straighter shots, I wanted to laugh…until I tried it. The Nunchuk hybrid shaft hasn’t left my bag since the review. So it was with great anticipation that I installed the Nunchuk xi shafts into my Wilson FG Tour V2’s and waited for the epoxy to cure. Will the Nunchuk xi be the shaft that breaks down the barrier to graphite shafts in irons? [READ MORE]
Though it wasn’t the most-hyped shaft coming out of this year’s show, the Elements has the compelling story – a solid mid-section being the foundation of a great shaft – and solid performance that could make it a sleeper hit this year.
UST’s proprietary research has uncovered new data that says that the oft-overlooked mid-section of the shaft is the most important for spin and launch. Armed with this knowledge, they set about designing a series of shafts, Elements Earth, Fire, and Wind, that offer different feels of launch characteristics while all utilizing a stable mid-section.
If you want to see if these shafts can make your driver a SHINING STAR, then head to your nearest UST Tour SPX deal and tell them you’ve GOT TO GET THIS INTO YOUR LIFE. [READ MORE]
Being in the middle is often a bad spot. In sports, you hear the term “tweener” for a guy who’s too small for one position, but too slow for another. The middle child is never anyone’s favorite. The middle finger…well, you know.
On the other hand, we all know what Little Red Riding Hood said about the porridge that wasn’t too hot or too cold: it was just right. That “just right” middle ground is exactly where Mitsubishi has positioned their blue Diamana shafts: not too much kick, torque, launch, or spin, just the right amounts. The B Series is the 3rd generation of Diamana, following in the footsteps of the original Blueboard and the second-gen Kaili. Is this new addition “just right” or is it just a “tweener”? [READ MORE]
The release of the Q3 Red Tie has taught me one thing: complain long enough and loud enough and eventually you will get what you want. In every Matrix review I’ve written, I’ve whined about Matrix abandoning their signature cherry red, and now it’s back! I win! Really, we all win, because the cherry red Matrix is simply one of the best looking shafts around. The logo on the shaft is fairly minimal and can be turned down and hidden at address. The rain graphics stop above the logo, so those who like really clean looks should be thrilled.
Moving on to feel, I was very pleasantly surprised by how stable the Q3 felt. I assumed that the Q3 would fall directly between the very stable M3 and the tip soft X3, but, in fact, the Q3 leans heavily towards the M3. My best one line description of the Q3 would be: M3 with a softer butt section. There’s a definite kick, but it’s higher (closer to the grip) than I expected. [READ MORE]
When you pick up the UST Recoil Prototype 125, there’s nothing about the feel that says “graphite.” It has plenty of heft and a nice even balance. During the swing, there’s a very minimal amount of load and kick; it’s a small but noticeable change from a Dynamic Gold. It’s at impact that you really sense the difference. Mishits have none of the sting and shock associated that you normally associate with missing the center of the club face. Centered hits feel even cleaner than normal, almost as if there was no impact at all. [READ MORE]