May 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Sponsored by Aldila Voodoo and Tacki-Mac Itomic Grips
Itomic Golf Grips
  Itomic Golf Grips
Sponsor Tacki Mac's colorful new ITOMIC grips are not like traditional rubber grips. They are made from a proprietary blend of elastomeric materials that are very tacky with a super soft (but firm) feel. This revolutionary blend of thermo-forming materials is both very durable, and high performing in all weather conditions. ITOMIC grips maintain their tacky feel and new look for years by washing them with warm soapy water. The new Itomic grips are available in black, white, red, or blue and in a new wrap style. Follow the link below to order Itomic grips direct from Tacki Mac.
Hot Rod Your Hybrid
Many of the OEM hybrid clubs come with fairly basic shafts and the shaftmakers have stepped up with some high performance hybrid shafts for those of you that would like to hot rod your hybrid

I put together a page with many of the premium models from Aldila, Graphite Design, KBS Steel, Matrix, Mitsubishi, Penley, True Temper Project X, and UST Mamiya.

If you've been having trouble hitting your hybrid, take a look at installing a premium hybrid shaft for better control and distance. I'm working on a chart with tip dimensions for most of the OEM hybrids (components and many of the OEM's are .370 but there are exceptions), send me a note in the meantime if you're not sure which size you need.

Graman Golf Shafts
Graman has recently undertaken an overhaul of their entire shaft line with new paint and graphics and a new shaft series called The Signature Series. Graman shafts are are guarantied 1 cpm or less.

Here's what Graman has to say about their shafts: Graman's proprietary technology is capable of producing symmetrically precise shafts of superior quality and consistency. Nobody does it better. Since the early 1990's, Graman has been revolutionizing industry standards by using meticulous accuracy for frequency matching and uniform consistency. Graman shafts are so uniform, so precise and so symmetrical that G and S Series are guarantied 1 cpm or less. Each carries a limited lifetime guarantee.

Many of you may be familiar with their Professional G-Series. It's based on their "Limey" model (so named due to it's day glow green/yellow color). They've ditched the Day Glow color and gone with a Liquid Silver. Graman shafts are priced right...the 60g, 47" G60 is $48.95 and the M-Series is $25.95.

Wedges-New Groove Rule
There was a good article in this month's Golf Magazine on the USGA's rollback on groove dimension. Tour Pros are required to play the new narrower, shallower and more rounded edge designs under the "condition of competition" rule. The rest of us can use the older, higher spin (especially from the rough) wedges legally under the rules of golf until 2024 but manufacturers will be required to stop making these wedges at the end of 2010.

Golf Magazine had Hot Stix test the old grooves vs. the new grooves and there was quite a difference in spin. From the rough, the old grooves generated 48% more spin than the new grooves 7,246 rpm vs 4,899 rpm). From the fairway, the old grooves generated 9% more spin. Big difference in roll, too. Shots with the old grooves from the rough rolled 10.6 feet and the new grooves 18.9 feet.

If you don't play under the 2010 Condition of Competition and need spin, you might consider picking up a backup wedge or two before the manufacturers stop making them at the end of this year.

I've got a few premium wedges that still offer the old groove design. I recently picked up a new line from Japanese clubmaker Fourteen Golf. They've got one style with the new grooves and one with the old . Send me a note for a quote on these excellent wedges.

Shaft designers are getting into the high spin act with special wedge shaft designs. True Temper has a new tour prototype called the DG Spinner that was used by the winner two weeks ago, and KBS Steel has a new Hi-Rev model. I picked up 3 of the hard to find KB Hi-Rev in stiff (.355 taper) for pricing and to order.

I also carry the Miura forged wedges, another premium Japanese clubmaker.

Hot Shots
What's in the Bag info for this week. PGA UST Mamiya Proforce in driver and FW, KBS Steel in irons. Graphite Design had a Nationwide, LPGA, and Japanese Tour win this week and the Aldila RIP was used by the winner in the European Tour.

A friend of mine called to tell me he had his first hole in one using a hybrid I made for him (actually that he borrowed and never returned). I'm taking full credit for the hole in one. Maybe I should demand that I get my club back?

I wanted to pass along a reminder that I have a clubmaking email discussion group called Shoptalk that has been around since 1996 or so. Good group of techie types that like to discuss custom clubmaking. Info here to sign up:

Aldila Voodoo
  Aldila Voodoo
Free shipping continues on the Aldila Voodoo NV and Voodoo VS shafts. Link below What sets the VooDoo apart from other shafts is its patent pending S-core, or stabilized core, Technology designed to increase distance and provide outstanding accuracy with each swing. The real "magic" of the VooDoo is the high modulus carbon stabilization rib running the length of the shaft. "Our S-core Technology dramatically stabilizes the shaft's cross-section through the use of an internal carbon-fiber rib system," said John Oldenburg, Aldila's Vice President of Engineering. "The innovative rib structure increases hoop strength/stiffness so much that it is 80 percent greater than conventional graphite, and up to 60 percent greater than competitors' attempts at cross sectional stabilization." Visit the Aldila Voodoo Web Site here http://aldilavoodoo.html . For a chart showing launch and spin characteristics of the entire Aldila line, go here

If you're looking to upgrade the shaft in your hybrid, you might consider the Aldila Voodoo (link below). Same S-Core technology as in the wood shaft that, according to Aldila VP of Engineering, John Oldenburg, " resists shaft ovaling and deformation during the swing, which maximizes energy transfer to the ball and yields unparalleled distance and accuracy." Shaft looks cool, too (that's according to me).


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