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The original Aldila RIP Alpha.  Absolutely loved this driver shaft paired with my old G400.

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Grafalloy Prolaunch Red Original. Pure stability in motion and a nice tip stiff profile makes for ideal numbers for me on the trajectory I like to play for links golf.

The only thing that comes close is HZADUS Smoke RDX Black which is also on my current rotation depending on head/loft in play.

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Right now I am quite enjoying the Ventus black 6TX. I will say prior to that my favorite two shafts were Accra TZ6 75M5 and Diamana LTD 70TX. those are my favorite three in a driver. 
 

‘’fairway basically anything more in alignment to a blue board profile. Old school Diamana blue board is hard to beat for me. 

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Driver: :taylormade-small: Sim Max 9 turned to 7 LAGP Tour AXS Blue 6x 

Fairway: :titelist-small: TSi2 16.5 LAGP TOUR AXS Blue 7x and :cobra-small: Radspeed 7 wood Motore 7X                      

Irons: :titelist-small: 2021 T100 4-PW X7

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50.08, 54.12, 60.08 Tour Issue S400 

9C54FDDC-2A34-48A4-B6DF-86A54FF6D43C.png.2af417475e97b5424283798c370b5d05.png Legacy Powell Prototype Putter LAGP TPZ 135

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I have a Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD-6x shaft.  That thing is unbelievable.  😮  Toying with the idea of having it stripped out of that JGR and putting a PXG adapter on it to mate with my 0811 XF.  Problem is, I might hit the ball TOO far...

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126422322_PXGLogo_2.png.74a339363ba3931cc4fc226a253621f8.png Gen 2  0811 XF 10.5*  Nippon N.S. Regio Formula MB+ 65 Stiff
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR 15*   Fairway UST ProForce V2 7F5 76g X-Flex
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR 19* & 22* Hybrid UST ProForce V2 90g X-Flex
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR HF-2 irons (5i - PW)  KBS Tour 130x

:cleveland-small: CBX Wedges (50, 54, 58)  TT Dynamic Gold 115 Wedge Shaft
MATI  Mamo Putter 33"  Super Stroke Football League 3.0 Slim
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Pro Launch Red for me.  It turned my G10 from a balloon factory to a laser maker.

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Modern Bag: :Sub70:  849 Pro 9*, Hazrdous Smoke S Flex;   :titelist-small:  915F 3w, Diamana S+ 70 S flex;  Snake Eyes 15*, & 23* Hybrids; :mizuno-small: JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0;  :cleveland-small: Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 ;  :ping-small: Heppler Fetch;  Ball - :Snell: MTB-X; Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: H2NO 

Classic Bag:  Driver - :wilson_staff_small: Persimmon; 3w - :Hogan: Speed Slot; 5w - :wilson_staff_small: Tour Block; 3 - pw - :wilson_staff_small: Dynapower; sw - Ram Tom Watson;  putter - bullseye standard or flange.

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A bit of old and new. Proforce V2 (purple and gold) and the white board for driver. Graphite YS7+ and the blue board for fairway.

Titleist 913D2 9.5* Diamana D+ White 72S | Titleist 917F2 17* Diamana TB 70S | Mizuno MP-60 S300 (3-PW) | Vokey SM5 52* (playing 53*) and 58* | Odyssey Black Series Tour Design No. 5 | Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Haven’t found the best ever driver shaft for me yet.  Still looking.

The Ping Alta CB Red 55 Stiff in my G410 LST 10.5 degree head has been very good.  It is pretty accurate and gives me a decent trajectory with pretty good distance, but it seems like when I really go after one it is not as stable as needed.  Ping also puts out very little data about it’s proprietary shafts.  Would love to see full specs and an EI curve for this shaft.

My driver swing speed is right at 100 MPH and generally I launch the ball lower than optimum with more spin than optimum too despite hitting the ball center or just above center on the face as confirmed by use of foot powder spray.  Angle of attack is very slightly negative, -0.2, and club path and face angle are good.  Head is set at 12.0 degrees and adjustable weight is in the center position.  Have tried lofting down but launch angle and trajectory aren’t as good.

It has been hard to find a High Launching and Low Spinning driver shaft with enough tip stiffness and low enough torque.  When I find one that launches high it often spins up or has too high torque or not enough tip stiffness and I hit high hooks. 

 

The Ping head is also heavier than most driver heads which tends to lead to high swing weight with standard length shafts.  With the Ping Alta 55 Red CB stiff the swing weight is D8.

Have been testing this week a couple of recent used shaft purchases that I just put Ping Adapters on.  Both have some aspect of counter balancing like the Alta.  The first is an Aldila Xtorsion Copper 60 Stiff.  The second is an Oban Kiyoshi HB 55 Stiff.

Have taken all three to the range alternating after ten or so shots.  Have played one round with each and haven’t been able to decide yet which one is the winner.  They all feel good and perform pretty well.  The Aldila seems to be the most stable and generally just goes straight no matter how hard I swing.  The Oban is more sensitive to tee height, have to tee it higher to get good results.  The Ping Alta rewards a smooth swing.  

Either would work, which is different for me.  Usually I have an immediate good or bad reaction to a shaft.

Next step is to get their swing weight and make tweaks as needed and then hit them all with a launch monitor and get swing speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin numbers.

Had a driver fitting last week and tried a number of shafts and a few newer driver heads which was a disappointment as nothing could beat what I’ve got now, that is why I’m tinkering on my own again.

Any other suggested shafts would be appreciated.

Ping G410 LST 10.5

Taylormade SIM Ti - 19 lofted down to 17

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Tour Edge C721 - 25

Tour Edge XCG7 - 28

Corey Paul - 6-PW Japan Forged Minimalist Blades

Corey Paul Functional Art 50, 54 & 58

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with BGT Stability Tour Shaft, SuperStroke Traxion 3.0 & 75g CounterCore

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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I find the Ping Alta CB Red 65 in R-Flex is as good a driver shaft as any I've tried for me. Fairway woods, too.

I'd be curious as to how it might perform on my smaller ( 307cc) TaylorMade 300 driver, although the Mitsubishi stock shaft isn't bad.

 

 

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I recently rediscovered the Xcaliber Pro T6*. Based on the fitting I did at the local PGA SS, I pulled the T6* from an old Geek driver I had, put a Cobra adapter on it, and went to Tucson. I went out for my 1st round basically blind in terms of the driver having never hit that shaft in my F9, and not hitting that shaft at all in probably 8-10 years. Holy cow. My F9 became a 300 yd laser pointer. To some degree, I question if I really need to look at a new driver. But I've been promised a new stick for 2022, so I'll be getting one. I could just put the old T6* in my new stick, and I may. Or I could go back to Xcaliber and order a new T6* and take that for a whirl and see what happens. Either way, the Xcaliber T6* has become my new best driver shaft ever. That was by far the best driving week I've ever had.

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