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  1. On the discussion about "made for" vs. "after market" shafts: I have been fit for drivers three times since 2009, and in all cases one of the stock shafts gave me best or "near best" numbers. Granted, I only have 87 MPH driver clubhead speed. But, I'm not going to pay an extra $350 upcharge for a driver shaft that gives me six more yards in distance. A related issue is swing precision. My swing is not as precise as someone who is a 2 HDCP. Thus, they would likely benefit more from the narrow performance window of a-m than me. Also, the "made for" shafts, as you correctly remarked, are often last year's after-market shaft. This is like in the early 2000s in personal computers: last year's "screamin' machine" is this year's stock model. The year 2 item, be it a computer or golf shaft, has lower costs in part because of economies of scale and leveraging past R&D. Related topic: you needed to get a better handle on explaining fixed costs vs. variable costs, and economies of scale. One of the biggest fixed costs is R&D, as you all have noted. If we have the R&D all done for a Speeder X1 after-market, we may tweak it as a shaft profile that fits a lot of people that will play our new driver, and call it the Speeder X2A. But, as a "made for" shaft we will sell 20 million of them rather than 1 million of last year's a-m Speeder X1. The economies of scale for the 20-fold leap in numbers sold makes for a lower per-unit cost. Finally, will a respected shaft maker risk putting junk materials into a "made for" shaft? When someone shows me an after-market shaft, once I see them hit the ball, I sense the a-m benefit is often 80% prestige and 20% performance.
  2. I would like to test the Bridgestone Tour B WX-1 wedges. I tested the TM SLDR irons in 2014 for another blog. 1. John / Swansea, IL (near St. Louis) 2. Handicap = 20.4 3. Current Wedges = Callaway MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS and MD.PM 60°/10 All three shafted in KBS Tour R.flex 4. Your desired set/lofts: 50° + 56° + 60° / Any chance for Modus 105 R-flex shafts? Also, Midsize grip, or grips in box? Glad to help you, JPO
  3. Greetings from the St. Louis area. A self-taught golfer for my first 10 years, I have spent the rest of my time trying to recover. I am very interested in golf equipment, from both the technology and supply-chain views. I teach at a college business school, and use golf industry examples in my classes. My biggest problem as a golfer is real-life interruptions during the season. I may play eight times in June, and then miss three weeks because of this or that. In August, I am a volunteer for the PGA Championship at Bellerive CC.
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  5. 1. John in Illinois 2. My Bag Makeup. Callaway XR16 Pro Driver (10.5*) / Fuji TS Speeder 665 R-flex Tour Edge XRail 4W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex Cobra FlyZ 3-4H 19* and 4-5H 22* / VLCT Altus Light Flex Callaway X20 Tours 4i-9i / NS Pro 8950GH R-flex Callaway wedges MD3 48* and 54* / MD.PM 60* Slotline SL-583F Inertial putter / SuperStroke 2.0 MidSlim grip + 50 gr. backweight 3. HDCP = 21 4. Goals for 2018 Play in some two-day tournaments Play golf at least once a week this summer, get most of rounds into the 80s Earn a reputation as an insightful equipment tester in the Connect Challenge
  6. Welcome to the forums Greenside :)


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    1. Greenside


      I am from the St. Louis area. A self-taught golfer for my first 10 years, I have been trying to recover ever since.


      I am very interested in golf equipment, from both the technical and the supply chain sides. I teach in a college business school, and sometimes use golf industry examples in my classes.


      My main problem as a golfer are real-life interruptions. I may get in eight rounds in June, and then not get to pick up a club again until August tournament season.

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