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Never really gave it any thought Maverick, always played the steel.......what advantages are there to graphite putters? Is it a smoother stroke?

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It feels smoother and there appears to be a little bit better feedback. Just not certain whether it justifies the $150.00 that they cost. But, a friend of mine (Accra) has graphite shafts for putters in his line now and will be going to try them out for a putter I am thinking about.

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There are quite a few guys on WRX touting them. Personally I never have experimented with them. Now if you wanted to experiment depending on the brand and style of putter there is a low cost altetnative . Go to the thrift stores or yard sales and buy an in expensive club with a graphite shaft and try it. Make sure the putter takes a .370 shaft and your donor iron is 370 also.

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Thanks Stu, I will be going to see my friends at Modern Golf (who helped in the process of the Accra shaft) and will test them out when the new LH Miura putters become available. There is one Miura LH now but it is 363 grams and the one I'm interested in (350-353 gram head) will be available in roughly 2-3 months.

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I have to imagine that with modern balls and inserts its pretty tough to tell the difference in a blind comparison. I have a softer flex shaft in my Edel and would not rule out graphite if the tests backed it up. Any statistical benefit can only help your mental game!

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I like the Fujikura PT-110.  It's a smooth shaft.  Reduces audible feedback well if you have a harsh putter (such as a fine milled as opposed to a deep milled putter).

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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I've got one putter with a graphite shaft--a Frankly Frog.

 

I've got two putters with hickory shafts--a Callaway Little Poison III and a Tad Moore Chicopee.

 

The other guilty parties--and that's what all of my putters are--have steel shafts and are usually the only steel shafted club in my bag. 

 

If shaft material is important in a putter, I've never been a good enough rock roller to discern that.

 

 

 

 

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Curious about this one as well. Something shafted with a Matrix shaft has been on my to do list for a while. Had an Edel with the UST Frequency Filtered shaft and that one definitely had a different feel. Good different, I'd say, but didn't game/keep it long enough to know for sure. #putterho 

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Maybe someone could explain to me what the difference is between a steel and graphite putter shaft.  I can understand light vs heavy weight difference, but if you use a heavy weight graphite that is similar to steel weight, what's the difference in playability?  Looks, I can understand but smoother doesn't make any sense to me. 

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Graphite is better at dampening vibrations. It makes the putter sound quieter which most people equate to feel. Sound and feel are the same thing. You can accomplish the same thing with a thicker grip or deep milling or a sound slot. If you have a fine milled putter, graphite will make it "feel" softer by quieting the sound down because it dampens vibrations more

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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I understand dampening vibrations; it's one of the reasons I went to graphite in my irons years ago.  But I hardly put enough force on a putt that, if hit in the middle of the clubface, I would feel any difference.  Maybe on a 50 footer.   Yes, I can tell the difference in sound between milled faces and inserts, although my hearing is getting worse each year :( but to me that doesn't translate to feel.  I do prefer deep miled putter faces.

 

If I went to a graphite shaft, it would have to be free.

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I understand dampening vibrations; it's one of the reasons I went to graphite in my irons years ago. But I hardly put enough force on a putt that, if hit in the middle of the clubface, I would feel any difference. Maybe on a 50 footer. Yes, I can tell the difference in sound between milled faces and inserts, although my hearing is getting worse each year :( but to me that doesn't translate to feel. I do prefer deep miled putter faces.

 

If I went to a graphite shaft, it would have to be free.

Sound and feel are one in the same. Put in some ear plugs and hit putts with 2 identical putters, one fly milled and one deep milled and if you didn't look at the faces you wouldn't be able to tell which was which. Graphite changes the audible pitch of a putter. That changes the "feel". Same with the frequency filtered. Same concept except it's only half graphite. It's much cheaper to swap in a graphite shaft than find someone to remill a putter face

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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Graphite is better at dampening vibrations. It makes the putter sound quieter which most people equate to feel. Sound and feel are the same thing. You can accomplish the same thing with a thicker grip or deep milling or a sound slot. If you have a fine milled putter, graphite will make it "feel" softer by quieting the sound down because it dampens vibrations more

My Giannini has a Pure Big Dog grip, deep milling and a sound slot which makes it one of the best "feeling" putters that I have ever rolled. It has been in my bag since the day it arrived and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.....which is a big step for me. Although I don't think it will stop me from buying some new flatsticks over the winter.

In the Bag for 2020

PXG 0811XF Gen 2 10.5* (set at 9*) AD VR 6x

PXG 0341X Gen 2 15* AD TP 7x

PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* KBS Proto 95x

PXG 0311T Gen 3 4-6 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 ST 7 - PW KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 50/10 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 54/10 & 58/07 TTDG TI S400

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I had a graphite shaft in a copper Nead Mini with a Salty grip on it. Good thing it was fine milled or it'd have felt even more soft than it did. Was already close to the mushy side

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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Kicking this idea around, and so I thought I'd revive this old thread.

With the ascendance of the Stroke Lab putters, along with the Stability shafts, UST Frequency Filtered shafts, and DeChambeau playing graphite in his putter, anyone else try just a graphite shaft in their putters? I understand that Stroke Lab, Stability, and UST are all multi-material.

I just ordered a Gravity Grip, and I'm considering building it with graphite just to see if it makes any difference in feel and (especially) in my stroke.

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:taylormade-small: M4 3HL 16.5°, Atmos Red 60
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 19.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:755178188_TourEdge: CBX 20°, Project X HZRDUS 85 5.5
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
:odyssey-small: Stroke Lab EXO Seven Mini, 34"
:srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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I think there's definitely something to these shafts. I gamed the Stroke Lab for 2 months before returning it because of the face insert. It definitely had a great balance to it.

Just picked up a Spider X that has the KBS CT Tour shaft and while it's not graphite, it's feeling every bit as stable in the limited amount of practice I've had with it so far. The benefit of the CT Tour is that it's leaps and bounds cheaper because it is steel, but built with the same idea in mind. Might be a cheaper DIY experiment for you to try! But as we all know, curiosity will probably get the better of you later down the road and you'll have a graphite shaft eventually 😂

Taking the Spider X out tomorrow for the maiden voyage.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SIM Max 10.5 Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S

3w/5w: :callaway-small: XR16 Fujikura Speeder Evo 565 S

4h: :mizuno-small: CLK 22* Hybrid Tensei CK Pro Blue 80HY S

Irons 5-PW: :mizuno-small: JPX 919 Forged Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 S

Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX 4 50.10 | 54.10 | 58.09 Nippon Modus 115 Wedge

Putter: :EVNROLL: ER5 BGT Stability Tour

Ball: :taylormade-small:TP5

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Interesting, @yungkory. Is there some claims about what the KBS shaft is supposed to be doing? The description on their own website couldn't possibly be more generic: "The KBS CT Tour Putter Shaft is the first shaft for your putter to incorporate KBS Golf Shaft Technology into your game on the green."

Translation: "The KBS putter shaft is—wait for it—a putter shaft that's made by KBS!"

EDIT: I was looking at this as a cheap experiment option: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Graphite-Matrix-Kujoh-CFI-85g-Extra-Stiff-Flex-Iron-Shaft-40-370/202573802374

:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9°, Aldila Rogue White 70 X
:taylormade-small: M4 3HL 16.5°, Atmos Red 60
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 19.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:755178188_TourEdge: CBX 20°, Project X HZRDUS 85 5.5
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
:odyssey-small: Stroke Lab EXO Seven Mini, 34"
:srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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