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Prototype Xcaliber Rapid Taper irons.


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On 5/1/2021 at 6:14 PM, Ace329 said:

I play standard length with my steel shaft. For example, if my standard length for my 7 iron length is 37. Back in the day graphite standard length required an additional 1/2 inch to standard lenght. 

What is the standard length on a 7 iron with RTI shaft?

If your standard length for steel was 37 you would add a 1/2" for the Rapid Tapers. Same as any graphite shaft.

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Popeye love your write ups on this shaft. I had a short conversation with Brian at Xcaliber and I am really close to pulling the trigger. I am considering the 85 gram version. How much tip weights did you have to use on the shorter irons or using your method of 75 long, 85 mid and 95 short is a better way to go? Thanks

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On 7/10/2021 at 2:45 PM, br2813 said:

Popeye love your write ups on this shaft. I had a short conversation with Brian at Xcaliber and I am really close to pulling the trigger. I am considering the 85 gram version. How much tip weights did you have to use on the shorter irons or using your method of 75 long, 85 mid and 95 short is a better way to go? Thanks

Sorry I missed this post. On the shorter irons I was only using 2 g tip weights with the 95 g shafts and some were not weighted at all. I have found these shafts for me love a D2 in the short irons. That is very easy to maintain with the 95g and the short irons and I will let it get up to D3 if it wants to. I'm also careful to not buy heavy weight grips. 

Going with the three weights I will allow the Swing weight of the long irons to stay D0 and let them slowly grow down the the short irons. It's a poor man's MOI build. Going lighter to heavier in the swingweight promotes an easy swing with the long irons. It seems to cure one of the biggest faults with a long iron and that's swinging too hard. 

The biggest thing with these shafts is finding your sweet spot with flex. When you do so its just pure bliss. It's hard to explain till you feel it. 

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For the last seven years I have been working in a retail golf shop and built very few clubs from scratch. I've used constant weight shafts that seems like forever. As I am using NS Pro 95 NEO r in a set of P790s. Over the years I have built pseudo MOI matched sets either by head weights and/or 3/8 difference in length and find that I like the 5 and 6 irons in D0 and wedges around D2 or 3 so I'm thinking 75 in the 5-6, 85 7-P, 95 A-54,58. Cant wait.  Thanks again for sharing.

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On 7/17/2021 at 12:39 PM, br2813 said:

For the last seven years I have been working in a retail golf shop and built very few clubs from scratch. I've used constant weight shafts that seems like forever. As I am using NS Pro 95 NEO r in a set of P790s. Over the years I have built pseudo MOI matched sets either by head weights and/or 3/8 difference in length and find that I like the 5 and 6 irons in D0 and wedges around D2 or 3 so I'm thinking 75 in the 5-6, 85 7-P, 95 A-54,58. Cant wait.  Thanks again for sharing.

I am building three sets of Maverick Irons right now in the 75, 85 ,95, 100(spin wedge) set up. Just waiting on some appropriate ferrules to finish them off. I'll post up when I get them built. 

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I've been playing a set of Hogan Ptx Pros this last week and I'm loving the scores ice been posting. 

Home course I put up back to back -2. Then played two serious away courses Jack Frost National and Lederach. Shot 76, 77 with some holes that my wedges turned into shank machines both days. ( both mid round, three holes in a row.) 

This shot is from a 5 iron from 195. It stopped in less than a foot. Launch, spin and flight are near perfect. I just need to sink more putts. 

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16 hours ago, Popeye64 said:

Xcaliber will be haunting all shipping. Loss of key personnel has forced a changed of locations. 

I don't expect this to last longer than two weeks. 

Haunting? I guess we are getting close to Halloween season, after all, the pumpkin spice everything is out. 😉

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On 9/7/2021 at 8:44 AM, Siamese Moose said:

Haunting? I guess we are getting close to Halloween season, after all, the pumpkin spice everything is out. 😉

It was a scary time in the Xcaliber shipping room!!

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Late last month I had received some 105g prototype Rapid Tapers. 

There has been a lot of people asking for a heavier version. Usually scratch golfers or someone with a monster swing speed. Plus if these are ever going to make a tour a heavy weight version is a must. 

The 105g shaft was fairly easy to have made as the length of the taper was simply stretched the same distance gap that the 75, 85 and 95 already have. Each being progressively longer. Wound to the same frequency readings as well. Setup time at the factory was shockingly quick.

My initial thoughts were one of even more stability without losing that smooth feel. Also the load and release sensation was still there. After a quick range trip and data session, they showed nearly identical Launch and spin characteristics vs the lighter shafts. Such so that I couldn't differentiate which was which. But some thoughts on how they felt compared to identically prepared 85g and 95g clubs. Swinging the three back to back over a good 50 swings I felt like the 105s could wear me out. I felt like I was laboring a bit with the 105s yet swing speed and ball speed numbers were identical. When tired you can really feel the extra weight even though its ony a 10 g jump.... Onto the course.

I had these shafts into Maltby TS-1 heads. 6 iron 7 iron and GW. The rest of the set was 95g shafts. During the course of the round I tried to seamlessly play my clubs without favoring a gamer vs the prototype. 

Every time I hit the heavier shaft the playing partners gave an audible oohh and aaahhh. The shafts were just launching a piercing, straight on target dart. Great feel through the wet turf and solid feedback on where the club head was. I even hit a few that I didn't think were that great yet they were dead online. 

Not swinging club after club as in a range session the extra weight was of no concern. But as a side note, I don't think I want the 105g shaft in anything longer than say the 6 and even maybe stopping at the 7. 

My initial thoughts were so positive that another 25 prototypes almost ready to ship for testing across the country. 

This weight option will be a perfect blend for a stronger player mixing weights or just a full set. 

December should be fun as more testing continues. 

If you haven't hit these yet, you don't know the unique feel and performance you are missing. They are not a miracle shaft but they do open a lot of eyes. 

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I'd intended to wait a bit to figure out what I was doing, but the black Friday sale got me; I bought a full set of RT95s that I'll put in something or another.

I may even spring for a couple TS1 heads to pair with Wood Bros blades and my HMB 2i.

 

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Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila NV75 X, 43.5" -or- SpeedZone, HZRDUS Black 75 6.5, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42" -or- Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Mizuno TPM-2, 34"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TM TP5

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So my initial testing of the 105g shafts is over. 

The 105 shaft paired with the TS-1 heads is a sublime setup. The control and feel with the Pw and Gw were outstanding. Distance control was instinctive. Dial up a number and let it go. I've tested so many setups over the years but this wedge pairing is unreal for me. I've never hit anything better for short game control. 85 yards and in is almost automatic. 

The extra weight of the shafts make for an iron that you can just let fall to start the swing. The stability of the club is so confidence inspiring. Distance is gained with such ease. But with that extra weight I wouldn't want to play these in anything past a 6 iron. Even with that said I'll probably stop at the 7. You would have to be a really strong player to benefit having the 105g shafts in the entire set. 

I have the 4-6 TS-2 with the 95g Rapid Tapers and its a perfect for me pairing. 

I'm also tinkering with some new looks on the Rapid Tapers. Work in progress 

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There is such a demand for the Matte Black that I'm going to put in as big of an order as I can. 

I have the Matte Black 105g shafts in some Hogan ICON heads. It's such a slick looking build. I'm not sure if I like hitting them or looking at them more. 

Probably the best feeling club I've ever hit. That true, feels like you've hit nothing contact. Sound is just as addictive. Distance belies the fact the Hogans are traditional lofts. I'm getting the distance of a 2° stronger PW. 9 iron has the same pop to it as well. The more I play the 105 version the more I'm obsessed with it. 

If anyone else wants some matte black versions give me a shout. 

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