Reviews: Shaft Reviews

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Matrix 5M3

The word “Prototype” gets thrown around like confetti when it comes to golf equipment. The only more over-used word is probably “Tour or Tour Issued.” But today, my fellow spies, I have a true prototype review for you: the new 5M3 shaft from Matrix. For the player that wants to drop their spin numbers and the weight of their shaft, the Matrix 5M3 is a perfect fit. It offers the benefits of a lighter weight shaft without sacrificing stability or distance. Particularly for players that have historically liked the feel of Matrix shafts, the 5M3 is something worth checking out. {READ REVIEW!}

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage

You guys asked for it…and we’re going to deliver. We will now be including shaft reviews in the MyGolfSpy Review System. And it all begins with the Kuro Kage by: Mitsubishi Rayon. They say they have produced a series of shafts that feature the performance and feel of one of their most popular shafts, the Kaili, at a significantly lower price. If you’ve enjoyed the performance of past Mitsubishi shafts, or if you want to see what all the buzz is about, then read on spies. {READ REVIEW!}

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Nunchuk Hybrid Shaft Review

Yet, another golf shaft review you absolutely do not want to skip over. Miss this one and you might be leaving some strokes on the course. And once again it doesn’t come from one of the big shaft companies who are household names in the industry.

A while back, I reviewed the original Nunchuk shaft and found, much to my surprise and many others, that it did exactly what it claimed: helped me to hit the ball straighter. At the PGA Merchandise show this past year, the guys at nVentix released the next member of the Nunchuk family: the Nunchuk 370 hybrid shaft. Will this new, hybrid-specific Nunchuk live up to the reputation of its big brother? {READ REVIEW!}

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Arthur Xtreme Engineering “XCaliber” Shafts

If your looking for a new shaft…hell even if your not…don’t skip over this review. If I told you that the shaft designer with the most PGA Tour wins had a new line of shafts, what would you expect the price to be? I bet you’d guess that the shafts were the newest members of the $300+ club, right? What if I told you that they weren’t $300 or even $100 but instead ranged in price from $40 to $60? Is that something you might be interested in? {DON’T MISS THIS ONE!}

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Fujikura Motore Speeder (ENTIRE LINE-UP)

A new era in MyGolfSpy shaft reviews begins today! No more apples to oranges comparisons!

Today we are going to review an entire line of shafts to break down the key differences between the various models so that you can make an informed decision about which one might be best for your game (not that you’d ever buy equipment without being fitted, of course). The first shaft line to be tested under these new protocols is the Motore Speeder line by Fujikura. {CHECK IT OUT!}

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SHAFT REVIEW! – RT Technologies Zeus LT Shaft

While I can’t guarantee that it will stay there, I can say that for right now, the RT Technologies Zeus LT is in the bag. That’s saying a lot when you consider the amount of different shafts I’ve had the opportunity to use over the last year. There’s simply nothing the Zeus LT doesn’t offer: it keeps the spin low, the ball stays in the fairway, and the feel is great. I have tried plenty of shafts that can do two of those, but this is one of the few that offers all three in spades. Though you definitely won’t find them in your local big box, go yourself a favor and track down a qualified fitter who stocks RT Technologies the next time you’re looking to upgrade your bag. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. {MORE INFO}

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Diamana +PLUS Series – SHAFT REVIEW

There may not be a better known series of high end shafts than the Diamana series by Mitsubishi Rayon. Virtually every golfer (at least the ones who hang out on golf web sites) has hit a Blue Board or a White Board or their successors, the Kaili and the Ahina. This fall, Mitsubishi is introducing the newest iteration: the Diamana +PLUS Series. The names have changed again: the White Board is now known as the D+ and the Blue Board is called the S+. While it’s not technically the 3rd generation Diamana (that’s coming in early 2013), Mitsubishi claims that these new shafts combine the best of the past two models.

Can these new models fill the big shoes that they’re stepping into? Read on to find out. {READ REVIEW}

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SHAFT REVIEW – Fujikura FUEL {I’d Bag That!” – Approval}

The Fuel is the first shaft that got 100% “I want to bag that” approval….”the Fujikura Fuel is special”….”“Fujikura really has something with the Fuel”….“Wow, that’s really good”….“This shaft seems to make the ball go straighter.”

Bottom line: it’s just damned straight. And long! {I’D BAG THAT!!}

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Finally, a shaft company is bringing some common sense simplicity to the world of picking a shaft. I applaud Matrix for making it easier to pick the right shaft with their Matrix Flighted System for 2013. They will be offering the Matrix Flighted System which consists of three models: the M3 (Black Tie), the Q3 (Red Tie), and the X3 (White Tie). These three models will offer golfers low, medium, and high launching options, respectively. Read on to see what we found.

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SHAFT REVIEW – Miyazaki B. Asha

What do you think of when you hear “Miyazaki Shafts”? The first things that come to my mind are amazing graphics and the International Flex Code. And, of course, shafts that perform well. So, whats new with the new Miyazaki B. Asha shafts? Lots of things, but the biggest thing that I noticed while testing these was how low spin many of the shots were. Now are you interested? Well check out what else we found in our in-depth testing of the Miyazaki B. Asha shafts.

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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]

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SHAFT REVIEW – Project X Graphite Shafts

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]

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Shaft Review – Nippon Modus 3 Tour 130 Iron Shaft

Nippon has long been a favorite iron shaft among those in the know, carrying a tremendous reputation for tight tolerances and great feel. So why aren’t they more prevalent? One reason is certainly a lack of marketing, but another big reason was the lack of options for “better players.”

With the addition of the Modus3 Tour 130, there’s now a Nippon shaft for absolutely everyone. While some might flinch at the price, I think that the feel and the unmatched tolerances make Nippons well worth the money. Whether you’re upgrading some old heads or getting fit for a new set of irons, make sure Nippon is on your list of “Must Try” items. [READ MORE]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Talamonti Shafts

Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of companies trying to interact directly with consumers via Twitter, Facebook, and forms of social media that were actually designed for girls (Pinterest). While it’s a great trend, it’s not exactly new to Phil Talamonti. For as long as I’ve known about Talamonti shafts (about 5 years), I’ve heard stories of golfers calling Phil directly for advice on what shaft to play. It’s simply how Phil does business.

Though it may not be a name you’re familiar with, I can say without reservation that Talamonti shafts are as good as any big name graphite shaft on the market. The biggest hurdle that consumers need to overcome is the inability to demo a Talamonti before they buy it. Talamonti shafts can currently be found at authorized club fitting studios, and I’m sure the list will be growing as word gets out about the quality of this product. [READ MORE]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Diamana B Series

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]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Oban Kiyoshi

Lots of companies talk about being proponents of custom fitting. They have lists of authorized fitters on their website…right next to the button that says, “Or just buy it online without trying it first.” Rare is the company that puts their money where their mouth is, but Oban is one such company. Try to find a place online (other than eBay) to buy an Oban shaft. You can’t do it.

So what about performance? Well, out of all the shafts I’ve tested, I can’t remember one with this much pop. It’s almost enough to make you feel bad for the golf ball. And the OBAN Purple may be the single best color since Ozik’s candy lime. It’s pure awesome. It’s one of a handful of shafts I want to play simply because it looks great. [Read More]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Project X PXv Shafts

True Temper Proclaims – The Lightest Shaft Ever Introduced.

A sub-40 gram driver shaft? Could it possibly be durable enough and can it actually perform?

There’s light, there’s superlight, and then there’s the new PXv 39 from Project X. As the name implies, the shaft weighs a mere 39 grams…and that’s before you cut it. Engineers at Project X were so hell-bent on creating the first shaft to break the 40-gram barrier that they didn’t even paint it. “If we painted it, the total weight would have gone up to about 42 grams, and we are committed to staying under 40 grams.” said Don Brown, Project X product development manager and designer.

Of course, lightweight is only great if it can actually perform. To find out how Project X’s wispy wonder stacks up, we put it through our shaft testing protocols alongside its slightly heavier brother, the PXv 52.

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Matrix Q3 Red Tie

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]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – Nunchuk xi Iron Shaft

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]

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Shaft Review – UST Elements Series

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]

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SHAFT REVIEW! – UST Recoil Iron Shafts

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]

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Review – Dynamic Gold DG Pro Iron Shafts

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]

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REVIEW! – Fujikura MCI Graphite Iron Shafts

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]

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Review – Matrix MFS (Black, Red, and White Tie) Hybrid Shafts

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]

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Shaft Review – The Hiskei Wave

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]

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Shaft Review – Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited

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]

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First Look – UST Elements Prototype Shafts

UST Elements Prototypes

Two new shafts for two very different swings.

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Tested: Low Spin Driver Shafts

What’s the Lowest Spinning Driver Shaft?

We tried to find the answer