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Testers Wanted (4) For the longest time all golf clubs were steel shaft and that was that. Then driver and fairway wood shafts started appearing in graphite and that slowly took over as the primary, and finally only, shaft material for those clubs. Irons followed suit, a bit later offering graphite and that has continued to evolve into some pretty high tech offerings. This put golfers in the position of having to choose accordingly: the consistency of steel or the light weight and extra distance of graphite. Enter the world of steel/hybrid composite shafts offering the best of both materials. First these appeared in irons and then they made their way to the driver and eventually into putter shafts. So what was missing? Hybrids of course! Hybrids are often neglected among clubs; getting little respect and often overlooked for their perceived faults: a hook bias, tough to hit off the turf, not accurate, and so on. Well Nippon is providing hybrids the respect they have been lacking. With the new GOST: Graphite On Steel Technology, they have created a shaft that allows the hybrid to launch high—as it's designed to—and have tighter dispersion and be more accurate than the typical graphite shaft, something you want for those long approaches into greens. So we are giving four forum members—US Residents Only—a chance to test, review and keep one of these shafts and report back to the forum their findings. Doing so will require a commitment of putting the hybrid in play on the course and at the range and providing ongoing commentary in the forum throughout the process. How To Apply In a post within this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name / State of residence Handicap Current Degree (loft) of Hybrids you use That's it. Good luck to everyone. We'll be selecting the testers within the next 10 to 14 days; be sure to check back to see if you've been selected!
Nippon recently launched their G.O.S.T shaft and while it looks great I feel I am curious to has how it performs. I have never really found a shaft for a hybrid or utility that had the right weight or feel. The Mitsubishi Tensei pro hybrid shafts don’t feel like the woods and I game the nippon 120x and it would have to be a major improvement for me to change. curious if anyone has had a chance to hit the shaft and provide some feed back to feel and performance. Nippon makes great products but shelling out $250+ dollars for this is a big commitment.
Great forum, great community, and I am sure one of the knowledgeable members has come across this question before (or, can point me in the right direction). I have used the search bar some to pin point this topic to some effect, but haven't come across the answer that satisfies my curiosity. I already know and understand a dynamic fitting and static fitting work best for shaft fitting and it's hard to beat a good (and patient) fitter. My question pertains to online iron shaft fitting/recommendations from most of the shaft manufacturers and/or online fitting services: How relevant is a question regarding iron distance (say, 6i carry) when your current 6i loft and the set you are interested in purchasing is different? I could ,theoretically, hit my 6i 170 yards using a 26* loft but only hit my buddies 6i 155 yards using 29*...these are just relative numbers to express a questionable point... with all other variables being the same (relatively speaking) but loft. My interpretation of the line of questions for iron shaft recommendation is that it is generating results based on flight and dispersion preferences along with swing speed/power/carry distance. However, if my current 6i is 26* and is allowing me to move the ball 170yds down the fairway, how good is the online fitting tool going to be if the new set I am interested in has a more traditional loft to it? Am I totally off base in this line of thinking? Are the manufacturers shaft recommendations useless? Again, I apologize if this has already been discussed ad nauseam. Happy golfing!
Hi Guys, Tour2000 joined today, I'm a 1 handicap in Maryland. Played quite a bit of tournament golf (mostly for cash) but some amateur events. I've been working on new golf instruction material with my coach (out of Olney Golf Park - Brendan Horton) that we believe will help people with limited time improve their golf game. I'm gearing up to make a run at winning the MD State Amateur and Open next year - putting in serious work on improving flaws in my swing. Thanks for the great site. Tour2000 MUIRA CB57 NIPPON NS PRO 1150GH (Pured) Titleist 913 Driver Taylormade Rocketballs (2)(4) Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2.0