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  1. I‘m still waiting for my Srixon demo kit to arrive, which should be soon, but I already have some fitting experience with G425 irons. Boy - those are some nice irons especially for players with normal ballspeeds. They produce a nice high ballflight with plenty of ballspeed despite their really strong lofts. Looking forward to the Srixons to show up, so I can get a decent comparison between those two models. It‘s been definitely a very good year and most new released products are a definite improvement over their predecessors. Cheers, Michael
  2. Callaway Apex Line should be available mid February. I just ordered a first set for a customer, who always wants the freshest and newest clubs without even demoing them and got that information from customer service. Will most likely order a combo set for myself, since I get heads only from Callaway and have some brand new ACCRA iSteel shafts sitting at my shop waiting to be paired with new iron heads.
  3. As you already figured out, you can’t get ACCRA shafts directly from any OEM as an upgrade option. The people behind ACCRA decided to stay loyal to their custom Clubmakers customer base even after being acquired by TrueSports. So even, if you would decide on a different set of irons (which really might not be necessary, since the G410s are great irons already), you would have to have them reshafted. Ping doesn’t offer head only accounts to custom shops, since it’s not a good fit to their philosophy and the way, their heads are manufactured. Swing weighting is done with different inserts, glued in during the manufacturing process. A head only account would have to hold a large variety of weights for each different head style, making the stock hard to manage. Either way, from my personal findings, the ACCRA ICWT perform similar to Recoils, but a bit more precise and a bit firmer feeling in the same weight. I played Recoil Protos for some time and while I had great results when testing the ICWT, I kept the Recoils due to me preferring their feel at impact. Steelfibre shafts are very different from Recoils and ICWT. Stiffer overall and counterbalanced by a good amount. When building sets in standard length with Steelfibre shafts, I always had to deal with a significant change in swingweight with those shafts. Some players like that feel, while others just hate it and perform very poorly with these shafts or counterbalanced shafts in irons in general. Another shaft on the very stable side, that you might want to check out, are the PX Catalyst options. If you go from steel to graphite, these might be something you like. During my fittings, when dealing with players who want to get fit for an iron and the question is about steel vs. Graphite, it normally comes down to 2 things. Once being the price tag. Most steel shafts are just cheaper than their graphite counterparts. There are some stupid expensive steel options out there as well (Oban Steel), but generally speaking, steel is less expensive. The next question is health of the joints. Mainly elbow, wrist and shoulder. If you want to lessen the impact on your body, graphite is the way to go. Once these points are clear, it’s all about finding the best combination of weight/heft/balance, to help the golfer perform to their max potential. And with irons, I don‘t mean the one long shot, but the best mix of distance and dispersion. I hope, you get a chance to retest and compare the Recoils to the ICWT shaft. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ACCRA still outperforms the Recoils, but it shouldn’t be by a lot. Enjoy the process and don’t let them rip your wallet apart Cheers, Michael from Germany
  4. Hi therod with FST, the lower weights are generally slightly softer than the heavier ones. But I honestly doubt, that you will see a significant difference between the 115 and the 125. It might even happen, that you hit the 125 higher due to a different delivery of the clubface due to the weight difference. If you want to change the height of your ballflight, change the loft. Changing shafts will only affect the flight significantly, if the shaft changes your impact situation due to a different timing. When fitting customers within the same weight range and the same clubhead, I rarely find a huge difference in ballflight height. Changing the head design and/or the loft of the club is way more effective, when it comes to that topic. Cheers, Michael
  5. Zelos line is a solid option for this task. I prefer to build wedges with slightly heavier shafts to maintain shortgame control. I try to keep them around 20 grams heavier than the shafts in the irons. In this case, Zelos 7 would be my preferred option. Cheers, Michael
  6. The weight might be the issue. KBS Tour being significantly heavier than AWT 2.0 plus being a higher balance point shaft will most likely screw with your timing. If you like AWTs and want to try a KBS product, KBS Tour 90 might do the trick, but honestly....I would just stick to what works. Cheers, Michael
  7. Aerotech Steelfibre, PX Catalyst and KBS TGi are all relatively stout playing graphite shafts with a pretty firm profile. Those are nice options, if you come from a shaft like DG, PX and LZ or even a Modus 125. They will feel firmer (but still offer more vibration dampening properties) than NIPPON 950. As already mentioned by Wedgie, UST Recoils would be close in feel compared to Nippons 950 Pros. 780 SmacWrap would be a good option or the taper tip 95, if you prefer that weight range. Another option could be ACCRA shafts with their iSeries. They play slightly firmer than Recoils, but not as stout as PX Catalyst, Steelfibre or KBS Graphites. Cheers, Michael
  8. There was never a constant weight parallel tip DG around iirc. Nippon is one of the very few companies offering constant weight 0.370 shafts out there Edit: just use a shim as already mentioned. I did that a couple of times during my 20 years of club building. No issue at all
  9. KBS Tour V basically is a beefed up KBS Tour with a firmer tip section. Nowhere near as stout as PX, but firmer feeling compared to KBS Tour.
  10. Hi guys, does any of you have first hand experience with the new ACCRA steel shafts? I’m playing Modus 105 S-Flex these days and plan to go a bit heavier in shaft weight to help maintain my rhythm a bit better. ACCRA 115 could be an option, just would like to know, if anyone is familiar with the characteristics and/or feel (I know....very subjective) of those shafts. Any input is appreciated Cheers Golfmanufaktur
  11. The CT Lite isn’t overly exotic, when it comes to the profile of the shaft. I would take a closer look into the MRC Blueboard profiles or PX Evenflow/Riptide.
  12. Modus 120 is a very different profile compared to PX. Way softer under the hands and in the middle section of the shaft. They are similarly firm in the tip section though. Not saying, that you can not replace PX by a Modus 120, but it’s not a given, that it will work out the intended way. The easiest replacement is the C-Taper 130X.....very similar shaft, since it’s been designed to mimic the PX. Another option could be DG X7.
  13. Since the G400 is one of the heavier heads out there, a counterbalanced shaft might be a good option. Hzrdus Smoke YELLOW is an option, as is the already mentioned Aldila Rogue Silver. Or you go shorter in playing length and get your trusted Graffaloy shaft
  14. As already pointed out by others, impact location determines playing length. If you hit the ball well, don't change playing length. If you have issues with the contact, you can start with some adjustments. The advice to grip shorter is your first starting point, if you want to feel it out. Cheers, Michael
  15. Mavricks are a nice improvement over Rogues. Looks are pretty similar, but sound and with this feel is improved on the Mavricks. I played XR Pros for a couple of years and the Mavrick Pros are way nicer in direct comparison. Cheers, Michael
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