This became a one time review, as opposed to review and follow-up. WIfe has cancer. Didn't play much. End of shitty part of the review...
Back to the review. I said I'd give it a full run. I played it at 44.75" in a 12* R11s. Normal shaft is a Oban Tour Proto, 44.75", X-flex.
Read to the end. This review changed as of 7:15 this morning.
I am the worst driving 1hdcp player in the world. SS averages 110-115. I'll hit drives in places you can't believe, and in a bad way. I want straighter. I have a violent transition. There is nothing flowing or leisurely or "hey, nice tempo" in my swing.
I hate LM's. I want to play golf--not a video game. Especially of the LM in indoors. A waste of time. And I say that as a guy who fit and built for tour pros. Trackman indoors is a complete and utter waste of time. Thankfully, my buddy brought his with me to the range.
All balls were ProV1X, fresh from the box.
Oban, 10 hits. SS avg-113. Launch angle-14*. Spin-3100. Average carry--268.
Those numbers indicate I was missing the sweet spot. Smash factor too low. But pretty normal for me.
Paderson, 10 hits. SS-112. Launch angle-14*. SPin-2800. Average carry--273.
Again. Not exactly maxing out smash factor.
Like I said--I hate the LM. WHo cares what the numbers are. I know on the course how it's behaving. I loved it. My misses were brought closer together. It actually seemed to be a little shorter in the real world, but that was OK. Loved it. Had some low rounds with it. Was very happy.
Then it happened. I couldn't hit it on the planet. The misses were the same as before. BIIIIG misses when I missed. THIS was what I expected. I knew I had been perfectly fit into the old driver. There was no way a different shaft could make a huge difference for me. I had access to every shaft available, and the resources to test them, for 15 years. I wasn't leaving yards on the table. I then lost confidence in it. But I played it anyway. Played it on a couple dozen different courses. Didn't switch, even though I wanted to.
I hate commenting on feel. Hate it. It's so subjective. But I swear I hated the feel. When I didn't make perfect contact the shaft felt "wobbly." Now you know why I hate "feel." You can't possibly know what I mean, and I cant describe it better. But it felt wobbly. Decided after being reminded last week that I was late to the review that I was taking it out of the bag.
About a week ago a wood designer who is a friend of mine at a major OEM sent me a text and said that they were in trouble, that he had just tested the best driver head they had ever tested---but it wasn't their driver. We talked about it, and I told him I had this shaft that I had been testing (he reads the site here, and reads all the info posted here after I told him we were testing it.) At his urging, I got a tip from the other OEM, and pulled the TM tip and put the new one on.
7:15 this morning, my home club. It was a bit chilly, and very wet (lots of dew.) 10.5* Great Big Bertha driver. I played 2 drives off of every tee. The 10.5 demo from the club with a Rogue 60X, and my own 10.5 GBB with the Paderson in it (having contacts in the biz has it's advantages...). Holy hell. The shaft GLOWED WITH FANTASTIC WONDERFULNESS. After 9 holes I went to the trunk and got my R11s. I was hitting the Paderson consistently 8-15 yards farther than the Rogue. In places I have NEVER been on a course I play very often. Like I said--my home club. It was 8-15 yards farther than my R11s. I know I hate the LM, but I have to see the numbers and see whats causing it. I'd say it's head only--but head to same head it was much longer. The "wobbliness" was gone. There is no way I'll take this combo out of the bag. None. Measurably straighter and measurably longer is a combo I can't ignore.
I was set to come on here and not be excited at all. It's just a shaft in the R11s. Nothing at all special. My opinion may have changed today. I will keep this updated.