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Review – Dynamic Gold DG Pro Iron Shafts

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Introduction

By: Matt Saternus

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.

Specs, Price, and Manufacturer Notes

According to True Temper, the DG Pro offers golfers “progressive optimized peak trajectory from long irons to short irons.”  They also feature variable wall technology for ultimate feel and control.

DG Pro is available in R, S, and X flex, in weights of 109-113, 118-122, and 125-129 grams, respectively.

DG Pro carries an MSRP of $40 per shaft.

Looks, Feel, and Miscellaneous

When you first pick up the DG Pro, it feels - surprise surprise - like a Dynamic Gold.  Nice and heavy, more head-heavy than counter-balanced.  No adjustment needed in that department.  During the swing there’s more “life” in the DG Pro than your standard DG, but nothing extreme.  At impact, the DG Pro offers a feel that is largely familiar, but slightly crisper.  On the spectrum of steel shafts, it isn’t quite at that uber-clean Nippon level, but it hints at it.

Unlike most steel shafts, there is a very interesting visual note about the DG Pro.  As you can see in the pictures, True Temper has utilized “double steps” in the design of the DG Pro.  They’re noticeable at address, but not distracting.  What’s interesting is that these double steps vary in location from shaft to shaft (I assume that’s how they create the different trajectories).  This varied step pattern is important to keep in mind as you build your set of DG Pros so you don’t have a heart attack thinking that you installed them improperly (I speak from experience).

On a more frivolous Looks note, I like the switch to the vertical shaft band as opposed to the traditional wraparound label.

 

Performance

For the Performance testing, I installed the Dynamic Gold DG Pro shafts into a set of Wilson FG Tour V2 heads.  They were tested against a set of Dynamic Gold S300 shafts that were installed in the exact same heads.  Testing was done on a FlightScope X2 launch monitor.  All shafts were gripped with PURE Grips.

Testing was done at Golf Nation in Palatine, IL, one of the best indoor golf facilities in the country.

 

FLIGHTSCOPE DATA

:: Tighter dispersion with 9 iron and 6 iron. Nearly identical with 3 iron.
:: Significantly closer to the center line with DG Pro 3-iron. 2 yards closer with 6-iron. Identical with 9-iron.
:: Carry Yardage: +3 yards with 3-iron, +6 yards with 6-iron, +1 yards with 9-iron.
:: Launch Angle: Identical across the board
:: Spin rates: Identical across the board
:: Peak Heights (Apex): Identical across the board.

ANALYSIS

Let’s first address the question “Did these shafts help you hit your 3 iron higher?”  Answer: It depends how you look at it.  In absolute terms, no, FlightScope showed that the peak heights for DG Pro and DG were identical.  BUT, to get my standard DG to that height, I have to hit cuts or pushes.  The DG Pro allowed me to hit the ball straight (I heard that’s a good idea) and still get some air under it.  So, to me, the DG Pro absolutely showed the ability to help me get more height on my long irons.

Now on to the thing I wasn’t expecting: a significant improvement in both measures of accuracy.  With the DG Pro, I cut my dispersion by 1/3 with my 9 iron and made a marked improvement with the 6 iron.  Switching to Offline, I improved my 3 iron by 80% and got my 6 iron 2 yards closer to center.

Finally, there was a small, but measureable distance gain in switching to DG Pro: +3 yards with the 3 iron, +6 with the 6 iron, and +1 with the 9 iron.

Conclusion

While I went into this test with high hopes (anything that promises higher long irons has my attention), the DG Pro exceeded my expectations.  Not only did it deliver on the promise of raising the flight of my long irons, it helped me to hit the ball much more accurately.  Importantly, it did all of this without my having to adjust to a new weight or feel.

If, like many of us, you need a change of trajectory with your irons, see your local True Temper fitter about DG Pro.

 

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig July 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hmm? I must be missing something…. Didn’t seem significant enough difference… Especially in peak which was the supposed entry point in selling these new options. Plus small sample size.

In one case saying a iron was 2 yards closer….. Data seemed meh to me for the cost upgrade.

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Matt Saternus July 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

“Let’s first address the question “Did these shafts help you hit your 3 iron higher?” Answer: It depends how you look at it. In absolute terms, no, FlightScope showed that the peak heights for DG Pro and DG were identical. BUT, to get my standard DG to that height, I have to hit cuts or pushes. The DG Pro allowed me to hit the ball straight (I heard that’s a good idea) and still get some air under it. So, to me, the DG Pro absolutely showed the ability to help me get more height on my long irons.”

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Adam Huckeby July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

More distance with tighter dispersion without loosing spin and launch…i dont care about the distance really…i mean common small gains are all we get in golf. These results were measurable and repeatable across each iron he tested. If I saw repeated results in a test like this they would be in my bag.

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C.Evans July 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

I got to test these early this season as part of a panel that I’m part of. I was not allowed to post any thoughts until they officially announced them. Now that they have, I can speak on them. The feel of these shafts are, to me, different from the traditional DG feel. They also flight a little higher than traditional Dynamic Golds for me. The dispersion is roughly the same (less than 2 yards difference) to traditional DG’s.

I will say if you’re a fan of Dynamic Golds or if you’re a fan of KBS Tour’s feel, you’ll want to try these. With the stronger lofts of today’s clubs, players looking for the traditional flights from their older, weaker lofted clubs will find these to be a pleasant surprise in that department, as they take the flight back to what they’d be like with a traditional loft.

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Walkrjames July 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Great review Matt. Thanks

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ms1195 July 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Glad to read about these new shafts, nice review. I have always loved the feel of S300′s but also struggle getting the long irons up high enough. I was wondering if this is DG’s answer to Project X flighted shafts, which worked well on getting the long iron flight up but didn’t feel nearly as good to me. Could you make any comparison between the two?

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Matt Saternus July 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Unfortunately, I can’t say too much about PX Flight vs. DG Pro. I’ve never cared for the feel of Project X (though the new PXi is pretty nice), so i’ve never gamed them.

Best,

Matt

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Joe Golfer July 27, 2013 at 12:39 am

It’s good that the feel of the flex is consistent even with the specific intention of different ball flights.
I recall some years ago trying out the TT Black Gold iron shafts. I found that the long irons felt sloppy, as if their frequency was significantly less, while the mid and short irons felt like they played true to their specified frequency.

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Ray April 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

It’s been awhile since this was posted and I was curious if anyone had anything to add. Seriously thinking of getting this shaft in a set of Nike Covert Forged.

Thanks for the read…

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Tom August 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

Currently, I’m a +3.5 hndcp. I recently visited Taylormade’s Kingdom for an all encompassing fitting. I’ll only talk about irons here… I have been hitting Rocketbladez Tour since they came out (with KBS Tour). My driver ss is currently 115mph. After 10 swings indoors on the MATT system to see my tendencies (in 3D), the 10year Taylormade employee, who has assisted in fittings with Garcia, Weir and others, put me into a 2014 TP MC. For this we used my current shaft profile – KBS Tour with every swing on trackman. My design was to aim straight at the 190yd target and put the exact same swing on the ball shot after shot. The shots curved left by about 8yds. He changed heads to a flatter lie angle, same shaft – curve left. He switched to a standard DG X100. Shots curved left, albeit less than the KBS Tour. He grabbed the DG Pro X100. I had never heard of the DG Pro. It looked quite odd… Shots flew straight. I didn’t care about looks after I hit shot after shot – all straight. Then I’d intentionally cut the ball and the ball did what I wanted. Same with draws, lows and highs. Performance was best in class. I was happy. Then we got to trackman. The apex was raised from high 80s (with my KBS Tour) to just over 100 (McIlroy hits 115) with the 7-iron. And, my distance gain was really surprising. DG Pro – My 94mph 7-iron swing spun 7,000RPM and flew 188yds. As compared to my KBS Tour 94mph 7-iron swing spun 5800RPM (apex 86′) and flew 174yds. I ordered an entire new set, each with DG Pro X100. Excited to put these into my bag. Great shaft.

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Dan December 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hey Tom,

how’d the dynamic gold pro x 100′s work out on the course? Just as straight and just as long? Also do they feel boardy like standard dynamic gold x 100′s or smooth like the KBS Tour X’s?

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