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7 hours ago, Jldillard1 said:

Been thinking of building a budget autofkex! Dropping from 60x to 50s tipping and giving a go! Was that old Kai’li a flower band or an ion blue?

It was Ion blue on one side and Ion silver on the other side. Was fit for it at the Taylormade kingdom in Georgia. 

My bag is a revolving door!

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None. I have found many that work with my swing depending on the head.

But my 1:1 EF Blue will be my favorite shaft to own

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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Oh my...There are several...

The GOAT in my opinion is the Grafalloy ProLite 35...The first premium shaft that paved the way for the Speeder, Diamana BB and others.  This shaft in a Callaway Great Big Bertha was pure.  I loved that setup.

As far as my favorite ever...man...This Tensei 1K white is a contender...

 

 

  • Ping G400 LST Mitsubishi Tensei 1K white 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Titleist U505 2 Tensei 1K Black 85 X
  • Titleist T100 4-P Nippon Modus 3 120X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • L.A.B. MEZZ.1 LAGolf P135 
  • L.A.B. MEZZ Max Broom Accra 47" 79.5*
  • Srixon Z-Star XV 

Currently testing the 2023 Titleist T100 Irons 4-P, follow along!

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60456-titleist-t-series-irons-2023-forum-review/

 

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Graphite Design Tour AD IZ.   Out of 10 or so shafts I tried for my current gamer, Epic Max LS, it was the only one that felt significantly different (in a good way).    I did a combined review of all the shafts I tried, here.  

 

  • 99422724_Screenshot2021-12-24001914.jpg.e67bdb8f7e6eea7baa71ca677594bbde.jpgEpic Max LS 11.5° (10.5°+1) w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 stiff
  • 99422724_Screenshot2021-12-24001914.jpg.e67bdb8f7e6eea7baa71ca677594bbde.jpgEpic Flash 3 Wood 17° (15°+2) w/ Project X Even Flow Green 60 stiff
  • 943183396_Screenshot2021-12-24001914.jpg.391f8ed5e36869c949eb3a241d2a750d.jpgSuper Hybrid 21° (20°+1) w/ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80 stiff
  • 518011180_Screenshot2021-12-24001914.jpg.f52e8c7ce28e9a854c65b04b28450163.jpgRogue Hybrid 5 (24°) w/ Aldila Synergy 60 HYB Graphite stiff
  •   Screenshot 2021-12-24 002411.jpg2021 P790 Irons 5-AW (1° flat, weakened lofts) w/ Aerotech Steelfiber i95 cw regular
  • 467311891_Screenshot2021-12-24002654.jpg.3c87f11fa77f127a10ed922bdcbbcc69.jpgCBX2 Wedges 54°, 58° w/ True Temper DG 115 Wedge flex
  • 467311891_Screenshot2021-12-24002654.jpg.3c87f11fa77f127a10ed922bdcbbcc69.jpgOdyssey White Hot OG #1 Stroke Lab, 33 in
  • 1360869533_Screenshot2021-12-24002835.jpg.38d6fb8915a5bd0b37b4bbec950f4c64.jpgPro V1
  • bushnell_launchpro_logos_medium.jpg.7df9dcd404a46928e3850d1e1335e4e3.jpgBushnell Launch Pro
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Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board S70 fitted at TPI, Carlsbad.

Certified Club Fitter.

Ping G425 Max Driver 10.5° w/Fujikura Ventus 55 R Shaft

Ping G425 Max 5-7-9 Fairway Woods w/Ping Alta CB R Shaft

Ping G425 Irons 5-U w/Ping Alta CB R Shaft (Power-Spec Lofts)

Ping 4.0 Eye2 Glide Wedges 54°-58° w/Recoil SmacWrap F3 Flex

Odyssey Versa Three-T Putter w/Superstroke 2.0 Tour 14" Grip

PING Pioneer Cart Bag

Lamkin Sonar+ Wrap Mid-Size Grips

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Graman 780 in S flex. I put it in an old Cleveland Launcher 460 Comp and It's been in my bag for over 15 years now. I use it every time I go to a demo day and I have never found a new driver with an OEM shaft that could do as well as what my old 460 Comp would do with that 780 Graman shaft. Even the Demo tech reps all told me to stick with what I have. 

All my clubs are custom built with aftermarket shafts that have been spine and FLO aligned for max performance every swing. 

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Project X M66 Proto... Such a random find but had Don Brown suggest the proper tipping. That thing was amazing. Sadly sold it for what I thought was greener pastures, not so much.

In my bag:

Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS 10.5* (set to 9.5) UST Lin-Q Gunmetal 6f5

Wood: :titleist-small: Tsi2 15* Project X RDX Black 70 6.5

Hybrids: :cobra-small: King Utility 19.5* Diamana Tensei White Pro 90TX

Irons: :cobra-small: Cobra King Tour MIM 4-PW Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 50*, 54*, 58* Tour Issue S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Nashville Z1C 34"

 Ball: :titleist-small:  Pro V1x

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First has to be Dynamic Gold X100 since it was in my first drivers back in the late 70s and mid-80s. It was a performer!!! Next would be the Aldila HM-40 80g shaft I had in a TM driver head. That was a great shaft for me! Lastly, Grafalloy Blue in my Cleveland Launcher 460 was amazing! 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 9*, Ping Tour 70X

Fairway: Ping G425 15*, Ping Tour 70X

Hybrid: Ping G425 22*, Ping Tour 80X

Irons:  Ping i230 4-GW, TT DG X100

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

Ball: Titleist 2023 AVX

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Grafalloy Blue  Titleist 905S.  Loved that setup.  Could take anything that i could give it.  Diamana Ahina in a Ping Anser is pretty solid as well.  Tried the "new" Blue a few years ago and it didnt go well. 

WITB:
Driver Ping Anser 8.5 deg Diamana 'ahina X
3 Wood Adams LS Stock S or TM 14 deg MiniDriver stock S
Irons Ben Hogan FW 15 KBS Tour V S
Wedges Ben Hogan TK 15 KBS Tour V S
Putter Nike Method Concept
Launch Monitor: SkyTrak

 

Play Right-handed

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Grafalloy Blue, the one that was all blue with the white logo sphere. Since they did away with that one the UST Pro Force has been my go to. 

My WITB:

Driver - Taylormade SLDR TP 10*

3 Wood - Tour Edge CB2 15*
Irons - Wilson Staff V2 4-pw

Wedges - Wilson Staff 54* & 58*
Putter - Scotty Cameron GoLo 3

Ball - Wilson Staff Duo Spin or Soft

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Aldila NV 65 or 75 for my woods. They always feel good, all in regular flex. I get good distance, and control I need. Recently updated a factory shaft with a Graffaloy ProLaunch 65 in reg. flex. The jury is still out...

Driver-Ping g410 SFT, 3W-Callaway Diablo Octane, Hybrids-Snake Eyes Viper 18*+ 21*, Irons-GigaGolf Reva Hybrid Irons 24*- 46*, Wedges-Cleveland CBX2's 50*54*58*, Putter-Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11c

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The Grafalloy ProLaunch Red in my Ping G10 was my holy grail for about 10 years.  

Modern Bag:  :ping-small: G410 LST 10.5*, Hzrdus Smoke RDX 6.5 Flex;   :titelist-small:  915F 3w, Diamana S+ 70 S flex;  Snake Eyes 18* 2h, 23* 4h & 27* 5h; :mizuno-small: JPX 900 Forged 6 - PW, PX LZ 6.0;  Edison 2.0 49*, KBS Tour 120 S; Edison 2.0 53*, KBS Tour 120 S ;  Edison 2.0 57* KBS Tour 120 S;   :ping-small:  Heppler Fetch;  Ball - :Snell: MTB-X; Bag - Jones MyGolfSpy Edition! 

Shot Scope H4, MG600 Rangefinder

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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Does anyone remember Titanium shafts? Me and my dad put one in a driver and I had it in about 3 more. That was my driver shaft for over 15 years. I loved that thing. It was heavy for a driver shaft by today's standards, but lighter than the steel shafts that were still popular in the late 90s. I could just swing as hard as I wanted and rip the ball and it would just go straight. It was amazing, I still have it in the back of the garage, not sure what I'll do with it.

Take Dead Aim

Driver: PXG 0211 10.5* 

Fairway: Titleist 917 F3 15*

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro Boxer Gold 18*

Irons: MacGregor MT-86 Pro

Wedges: Vokey 50/54/58

Putter: SeeMore X2 Costa del Mar

Ball: Srixon Z-Star

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On 5/9/2022 at 5:07 AM, bens197 said:

The GOAT in my opinion is the Grafalloy ProLite 35...The first premium shaft that paved the way for the Speeder, Diamana BB and others.  This shaft in a Callaway Great Big Bertha was pure.  I loved that setup.

 

... Prolite 35 was a terrible fit for me. So was the Aldila HM40. Both set a new standard for graphite shafts but just too stout for my swing and I really wanted to play them. The first shaft that just blew me away was the Graphite Design YS6 and I could probably still play one today. 

Driver:     :taylormade-small:  Qi10 Max 10.5* ... Graphite Design AD-IZr
Fairway:  :cobra-small: Aerojet 3/5 ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:      430 Hybrid 22*... Steelfiber 780Hy 
                  :taylormade-small:  DHy #4 ... Diamana LTD 65r 
Irons:       :titleist-small:         '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :EVNROLL:  Custom EV 5.1  33" 
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour

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Put me down as another believer in the Aldila NV 65. When I got get fit for new woods this offseason, that's the starting point and we'll see if something goes past it. 

Shafts that I've always wanted to test but never had the opportunity that I would love to go for: AD-UB, AD-DI Orange, Oban Purple (maybe even Tour Reserve) 

In a :ping-small: Hoofer Lite bag

 :titleist-small: TSR2, 10 degrees, A1 setting, Fujikara Speeder NX Blue 50-S

:taylormade-small: Stealth, 15 degrees, VA Composites Nemesys 70-S 

:755178188_TourEdge: E722, 19 degrees, Oban Devotion 80-S

:mizuno-small: JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro 4-P, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex

 :cleveland-small: CBX Zipcore 50* (bent to *49) and RTX Zipcore Tour Rack 54* (bent to *55), DG 115 Spinner, Tour Issue

:wilson-small: Staff Model TG 60*, Dynamic Gold 120 S300

 SIK Golf Flo-C

:bridgestone-small: Tour B-XS (2022 Model)

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58 minutes ago, chisag said:

 

... Prolite 35 was a terrible fit for me. So was the Aldila HM40. Both set a new standard for graphite shafts but just too stout for my swing and I really wanted to play them. The first shaft that just blew me away was the Graphite Design YS6 and I could probably still play one today. 

It makes sense because I never got along with the YS series.  They felt very loose on the lower end. Regardless, I’d still include GD YS series in that “game changer” category of great aftermarket options from 2002-2008. 
 

And as @Berg Ryman and @1puttparsaid. The NV and NVS are timeless and still relevant. 

  • Ping G400 LST Mitsubishi Tensei 1K white 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Titleist U505 2 Tensei 1K Black 85 X
  • Titleist T100 4-P Nippon Modus 3 120X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • L.A.B. MEZZ.1 LAGolf P135 
  • L.A.B. MEZZ Max Broom Accra 47" 79.5*
  • Srixon Z-Star XV 

Currently testing the 2023 Titleist T100 Irons 4-P, follow along!

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60456-titleist-t-series-irons-2023-forum-review/

 

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12 minutes ago, bens197 said:

t makes sense because I never got along with the YS series.  They felt very loose on the lower end. Regardless, I’d still include GD YS series in that “game changer” category of great aftermarket options from 2002-2008. 

 

... You may remember that Titleist drivers had a bore thru and finding the right shaft was always difficult. The guys in the tour van's came up with a Hot Set Up where instead of trying to figure out what YS shaft was needed to go full bore, they took a shaft one flex stronger and then inserted it 1.5" only. PIA to do your self because you either had to cut the shaft at the top of the hosel and then drill down 1.5" or pull the shaft and then insert the new shaft 1.5" and install a piece of a shaft as a plug thru the bottom and then either sand the end or use an old Titleist bore thru shaft and just cut the tip off and use it as a plug. But the reward was an awesome driver shaft combo that had more pop than a full bore thru. YS7 was much more popular on tour but some played the YS6. Those were fun days! 

Driver:     :taylormade-small:  Qi10 Max 10.5* ... Graphite Design AD-IZr
Fairway:  :cobra-small: Aerojet 3/5 ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:      430 Hybrid 22*... Steelfiber 780Hy 
                  :taylormade-small:  DHy #4 ... Diamana LTD 65r 
Irons:       :titleist-small:         '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :EVNROLL:  Custom EV 5.1  33" 
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour

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16 minutes ago, chisag said:

 

... You may remember that Titleist drivers had a bore thru and finding the right shaft was always difficult. The guys in the tour van's came up with a Hot Set Up where instead of trying to figure out what YS shaft was needed to go full bore, they took a shaft one flex stronger and then inserted it 1.5" only. PIA to do your self because you either had to cut the shaft at the top of the hosel and then drill down 1.5" or pull the shaft and then insert the new shaft 1.5" and install a piece of a shaft as a plug thru the bottom and then either sand the end or use an old Titleist bore thru shaft and just cut the tip off and use it as a plug. But the reward was an awesome driver shaft combo that had more pop than a full bore thru. YS7 was much more popular on tour but some played the YS6. Those were fun days! 

I remember it fondly. 
 

I was a full bore guy and at one point played a UST ProForce 75X at 44” with the full bore in a 975D because I liked the feel better than the LFE and JVS.  It was stout and it would absolutely drive the ball. 

  • Ping G400 LST Mitsubishi Tensei 1K white 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Titleist U505 2 Tensei 1K Black 85 X
  • Titleist T100 4-P Nippon Modus 3 120X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • L.A.B. MEZZ.1 LAGolf P135 
  • L.A.B. MEZZ Max Broom Accra 47" 79.5*
  • Srixon Z-Star XV 

Currently testing the 2023 Titleist T100 Irons 4-P, follow along!

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60456-titleist-t-series-irons-2023-forum-review/

 

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3 hours ago, Berg Ryman said:

Put me down as another believer in the Aldila NV 65. When I got get fit for new woods this offseason, that's the starting point and we'll see if something goes past it. 

Shafts that I've always wanted to test but never had the opportunity that I would love to go for: AD-UB, AD-DI Orange, Oban Purple (maybe even Tour Reserve) 

I just got fit with a Oban Purple in a TM Stealth and picked up over 20 yards. Honestly, it's the shaft and just goes to show me that a correct shaft makes all the difference.

Edited by GaDawg

Driver: :titelist-small: TSI3 - 10*, Hzrdus Smoke 6.0 Stiff

Driver: :taylormade-small: Stealth Plus - 10.5*, Oban Kiyoshi Purple O4Flex-65 Grams Purred
3 Wood: :taylormade-small: SIM - 15*, Graphite Design Tour AD DJ5 Stiff
Hybrid: :titelist-small: TS3 - 19*, Hzrdus Smoke 6.0 Stiff
Irons: :titelist-small:  5 - PW T150, with Nippon Zelos 7 Reg, 4 iron - U505 with Project X HZRDUS Black Stiff

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM 8 - 50*, 60* Standard Wedge Shafts

Wedge: :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 MG3 56* S200 shaft

Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Studio Select Newport 1.5        
Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Phantom X 5.5
Ball: :titelist-small: Pro V1x

 

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5 minutes ago, GaDawg said:

I just got fit with a Oban Purple in a TM Stealth and picked up over 20 yards. Honestly, it's the shaft and just goes to show me that a correct shaft makes all the difference.

 

... Awesome, and I completely agree that the correct shaft makes all the difference!  If you are in the right profile shafts for your swing, a new one is not going to add more than a few yards, if any. But sooooooo many are in the wrong profile shafts for their swings and a fitting can certainly add 20 yds or more. Of course forum members sometimes stumble into a perfect fit, especially us shaft ho's. 🤪

 

Driver:     :taylormade-small:  Qi10 Max 10.5* ... Graphite Design AD-IZr
Fairway:  :cobra-small: Aerojet 3/5 ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:      430 Hybrid 22*... Steelfiber 780Hy 
                  :taylormade-small:  DHy #4 ... Diamana LTD 65r 
Irons:       :titleist-small:         '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :EVNROLL:  Custom EV 5.1  33" 
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour

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I still enjoy hitting my old driver with a Graphite Design YS-6+ shaft. Always loved the feeling of that shaft. 

Driver: PXG 0811XF Gen 4 w/ Fujikura Motore X F3 6- 
3 Wood: PXG 0341XF Gen 4 w/ Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 70g
Hybrids: 19 and 22 degree PXG 0317XF Gen 4 w/ Project X Evenflow Riptide 80g
Irons: 5-PW PXG 0311P Gen 4 w/ KBS Tour 120
Wedges: Indi 50 FLX, 54 FLX, 58 ATK w/ KBS Wedge 610 (Official Review)
Putter: Battle Ready Blackjack, 36.5”, Double Bend neck

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Smitten with the Ventus black. Playing 7s. Works very well for me. 

Callaway Rogue ST Tripe Diamond 9* w/ Ventus Black 7s
Taylormade Stealth+ 3W w/ RDX Red 75s
PIng G410 3hy
Titleist T200 5-4i w/ Steelfiber i95
Srixon ZX7 A-6i w/ Steelfiber i95
Titleist Vokey SM7 54-10S and 58-08M w/ Steelfiber i110
Mizuno M-Craft IV (blue)

 

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On 5/10/2022 at 8:38 AM, Shapotomous said:

The Grafalloy ProLaunch Red in my Ping G10 was my holy grail for about 10 years.  

Yes yes yes the ProLaunch Red was solid... I had one in my 07 Burner TP and it was so good until the face absolutely collapsed and a ball went through it. 

In my bag:

Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS 10.5* (set to 9.5) UST Lin-Q Gunmetal 6f5

Wood: :titleist-small: Tsi2 15* Project X RDX Black 70 6.5

Hybrids: :cobra-small: King Utility 19.5* Diamana Tensei White Pro 90TX

Irons: :cobra-small: Cobra King Tour MIM 4-PW Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 50*, 54*, 58* Tour Issue S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Nashville Z1C 34"

 Ball: :titleist-small:  Pro V1x

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